Taylor Medal Award 2018
This year's Taylor Medal went to Dr. Markus Zeis from the Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University, for his scientific work establishing a process signature for electrical discharge machining, a machining process involving thermal/chemical effects on the workpiece.
At the General Assembly in Tokyo, the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP) awarded Markus Zeis of the Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University the Taylor Medal. The award was handed out by the President of the Academy, Professor Don A. Lucca at the opening ceremony. The CIRP F.W. Taylor Medal Award is given to young, outstanding researchers who conduct original research into areas studied by the CIRP. Dr. Markus Zeis received this award for his CIRP publication "Deformation of thin graphite electrodes with high aspect ratio during sinking electrical discharge machining", which he presented in Lugano in 2017. In this he was the first to describe approaches for establishing a process signature for electrical discharge machining, a manufacturing process with thermal/chemical effects on the workpiece.
Dr. Markus Zeis graduated from RWTH Aachen University with a degree in mechanical engineering, specialising in aerospace. During his studies, he spent six months working for Airbus in the A380 Program in Toulouse, France. Dr. Zeis holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering (production engineering) and a doctorate in natural science (physics). Most recently, he has led several research groups in the field of non-conventional manufacturing technologies at the Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in Aachen. Since March 2018, Dr. Zeis has been working for the engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines in Munich, where he continues to work in the field of manufacturing technologies.