Prof. Jürg Schiffmann

CIS – “Get to know your neighbors” Seminar Series

Steps towards automated design

Prof. Jürg Schiffmann, Head of Laboratory for Applied Mechanical Design (LAMD)

Monday, June 21, 2021 3:15 – 4:15pm (CET)


The design of mechanical systems is a challenging task. This is primarily due to competing objectives and stringent design constraints, which limit the design space and make it difficult to find feasible and optimum solutions. In this seminar, I will present first steps towards automated design to alleviate the tedious and repetitive part of the design process.

After obtaining his diploma in mechanical engineering from EPFL in 1999 Dr. Schiffmann co-founded a start-up company dedicated to the design of gas-lubricated bearings. In 2005 he joined Fischer Engineering Solutions where he led the development of small scale, high-speed turbomachinery. In parallel he worked on his PhD, which he obtained from EPFL in 2008. He then joined the Gas Turbine Lab at MIT as a postdoctoral associate where he worked on foil bearings. In 2013 he was nominated assistant professor and in 2019 associate professor with tenure at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Dr. Schiffmann is the recipient of several best paper awards from the ASME TurboExpo.