Thomas Gries holds a diploma degree in mechanical engineering and economics and a doctorate in mechanical engineering. From April 2001 onwards, he is Director of the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University.
The ITA is one of the world’s leading research establishments. Its fields of research consist in man-made fibre technology, staple fibre processing, fabric production, technical textiles & composites, medical textiles & biomaterials as well as in smart textiles & joining technologies. Today ITA is leading in the digitalization of the textile sector.
Thomas Gries is a member of the National Academy of Technological Science and Engineering acatech, a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Science, a member of the scientific advisory committee of the “Zukunftsinitiative Textile NRW (ZiTex)” and other insitutions, evaluator DFG (German Research Foundation) as well as of other national and international project funding organisations and a member of editorial board of several highly ranked scientific journals and conferences.