Kirsten Tracht is professor at the faculty of production engineering of the University of Bremen and speaker of the Bremen Institute for Mechanical Engineering. She studied mechanical engineering at the University of Hannover and received her PhD under the supervision of Prof. H.K. Tönshoff in the field of die and mould making. She received the Kienzle-Medal. She is responsible for the master's study course 'production engineering'. Her research focuses on assembly technologies and production design techniques in industrial settings.