CURRICULUM VITAE – PROF. FRITZ BIRCHER, JULY 2017

 

PERSONAL DATA

Nationality Swiss

Date of Birth August 17, 1957

Marital status married, two children

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

since 9/2013    Founder and Director of the Institute of Printing (iPrint)

University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland,

School of Engineering and Architecture, Fribourg, Switzerland

since 6/2012    Professor for Digital Printing

University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland,

School of Engineering and Architecture, Fribourg, Switzerland

2008 – 2011    Founder and head of the Institute for Printing Technology (IPT)

BFH Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland,

School of Engineering and Architecture, Burgdorf, Switzerland

1996 – 2000    Head of the Mechanical Department

BFH Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland,

School of Engineering and Architecture, Burgdorf, Switzerland

1993 – 2011    Professor in Mechatronics

BFH Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland,

School of Engineering and Architecture, Burgdorf, Switzerland

 

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

Since 9/2012   Consultancy, Fritz Bircher Innovation, Madiswil, Switzerland

Consultancy in digital printing for several international companies

2011 – 2012    Senior R&D Consultant, Vistaprint Schweiz GmbH, Winterthur, Switzerland

Technology monitoring, innovation process, new products and processes

1990 – 1993    Head of R&D, Wyttenbach Informatik AG, Langenthal, Switzerland

Development of control systems in machine industry, deputy of the CEO

1985 – 1990    R&D Engineer, Sulzer Brothers Ltd., Winterthur, Switzerland

Development of HW and SW for system control solutions in a wide range of applications and for several company divisions

 

ACADEMIC EDUCATION

2008 – 2011    Executive Master in Business Administration

Degree awarded: Master degree in Business Administration with an orientation in Innovation Management (Diploma with distinction)

Management Zentrum, Berner Fachhochschule, Switzerland

1979 – 1985    Master Studies in Electrical Engineering

Degree awarded: Master degree in Electrical Engineering ("Dipl. El. Ing. ETH")

Department of Electrical Engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Thesis: “Advanced digital control in power plants”

 

PRE-COLLEGE EDUCATION

1973 – 1978    High School at Gymnasium, Interlaken, Switzerland,

Degree awarded: Baccalaureate ("Eidg. Matura Typ C")

1969 – 1973    High School at Sekundarschule, Spiez, Switzerland

1964 – 1969    Elementary School in Adelboden/Spiez, Switzerland

 

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

2017 - present Member of the Board, Swiss National Thematic Network "Additive Manufacturing"

2016 - present Moderator at the International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies (NIP)

“Printing for Fabrication”

2015 - present Founder and Organizer of the international Inkjet Training Program, Fribourg CH

2014 - present Chairman of Scientific Committee, TheIJC (inkjet conference), Düsseldorf, D

 

CO-ORGANIZER / MEMBER SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Organizer of the 44th international iarigai conference “Advances in Printing and Media Technology - From Printing to Manufacturing”, Sep 10-13, 2017, Fribourg CH

Organizer of the 12th European Coating Symposium, Nov 8-10, 2017, Fribourg CH

Co-Organizer of the Innovation Platform «2D Surface Manufacturing» with NTN-IS, Fribourg CH

EXTERNAL FUNDING HISTORY

[legend: role in projects: *=main applicant ; °=co-applicant ; SNF=CH fundamental ; CTI=CH industrial ;

industry=direct funding ; BFH=Bern University of Applied Sciences foundry;

HES-SO=University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland foundry ; UWS=Ursula Wirz Foundation]

 

Project title                                                                 Funding     kCHF      Timeline                   Status

Ultrasonic micro scalpel for high-precision robotic          HES-SO       50          12/2016 – 5/2018     active

medical interventions°

3D-printed bioresorbable polymeric coronary scaffold°  CTI              209        9/2016 – 8/2018       active

Miniaturization of an existing valve principle to a            CTI              295        8/2016 – 7/2018       active

new valve generation*

Exploring new jetting technology*                                 industry      608        5/2016 – 4/2018       active

Development of nanoparticle inks and high resolution    HES-SO       85          1/2016 – 9/2017       active

inkjet printing technology for sub-micron structures°

Solvent on Granule 3D printing 2*                                 HES-SO       74          9/2015 – 3/2017       active

Digital direct decoration*                                              industry      1’500      9/2015 – 8/2018       active

Photo curable formulations for the use in                       industry      80          4/2015 – 12/2016     completed

3D inkjet processes *

3D-printed bioresorbable polymeric coronary scaffold°  HES-SO       127        1/2015 – 12/2016     completed

Solvent on Granule 3D printing 1*                                 HES-SO       65          2/2014 – 6/2015       completed

Grant for competence development and lab                   UWS            3’400      9/2012 – 12/2017     active

equipment (Ursula Wirz Foundation)*

Various small projects and studies on inkjet printing*    industry      500        2012 – 2016              completed

LED curing of inks and varnishes in printing machines* CTI              516        2010 – 2012              completed

Functional model for 24-channel feeder for                    CTI              100        2009 – 2010              completed

μ-24 bioreactors*

nW-DSC-Modul for biochemical Analyses*                     CTI              100        2009 – 2010              completed

Digital printing on polygonal objects*                            industry      50          2009 – 2010              completed

Grant for competence development and lab                   UWS            1’200      2008 – 2011              completed

equipment (Ursula Wirz Foundation)*

Various small projects on inkjet printing*                      industry      250        2008 – 2011              completed

Feasibility study on jetting glue*                                   BFH             100        2008 – 2009              completed

Simulation of micro valve*                                            BFH             100        2008 – 2009              completed

UV LED lamp for the curing of inks*                               BFH             100        2008 – 2009              completed

Industrial braille script*                                                 BFH             100        2007 – 2008              completed

New inkjet valve for high viscous inks and glues*          BFH             100        2005 – 2006              completed

Development of a device and method for producing       CTI              500        2003 – 2005              completed

braille script and 3-dimentional structures with inkjet*

 

TOTAL FUNDING FOR APPLIED R&D PROJECTS >CHF 10.2 Mio since 2003