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Prof. Dr. habil Jürgen Held

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Appointed Professor for Product Design and Ergonomics in 2008: Founder and Head of the Ergonomics Laboratory at the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd. Held studied engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt, before moving to the Technical University (ETH) in Zurich, where he gained a doctorate in ergonomic product and process development in 1998, and in 2007 qualified to teach processes of innovation at professorial level. He became reader at the ETH for Systems ergonomics/Man-Machine Systems. He holds several international patents and is a certified European Ergonomist. He describes his research area as “Innovative Ergonomics”, studying participative methods in ergonomics and their contribution to innovation, and has secured funding for the HfG for cooperative projects in medical technology and universal design.

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