Thomas Gries, born in Cologne, Germany, in 1964, studied at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He holds a diploma degree in mechanical engineering and economics and a doctorate in mechanical engineering. From 1995 to 2001, he worked at Lurgi Zimmer AG, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, at the Department of Technologies for Fibres&Textiles in leading positions.
From April 2001 onwards, he is Director of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University. The honoris causa Professorship of Lomonossow University is the most distinguished scientific award of Russia given for his achievement of tailored reinforcements.
The ITA was established in 1934 and is one of the world’s leading research establishments. Its fields of research consist of man-made fiber technology, staple fiber processing, fabric production, technical textiles & composites, medical textiles & biomaterials as well as in smart textiles & joining technologies. With a budget of 15 million € and a staff consisting of 110 scientists, 65 technicians and administration staff and more than 200 graduate researchers ITA is leading in the digitalization of the textile sector.
Thomas Gries presently; Member of National Academy of Technological Science and Engineering ACATECH, Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Science, Member of the scientific advisory committee of the “Zukunftsinitiative Textile NRW (ZiTex)” and other institutions, Evaluator DFG (German Research Foundation) as well as of other national and international project funding organisations, Member of editorial board of several highly ranked scientific journals and conferences.