Prof. Anderl was born in 1955 and studied mechanical engineering at the Universität Karlsruhe, Germany, where he received his diploma in 1979. He received the Dr.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Universität Karlsruhe in 1984. From 1984 to 1985 he served as technical manager of a medium sized company. He then returned as a senior engineer to the Institute for Applied Computer Science in Mechanical Engineering (RPK) at the Universität Karlsruhe. In 1991 he has habilitated and in 1992 he has received the Venia Legendi, which includes the authorization to teach CAD/CAM technology. In April 1993 he accepted the call for the professorship for computer integrated design (Fachgebiet Datenverarbeitung in der Konstruktion, DiK) at the faculty Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt,Germany. At the Technische Universität Darmstadt, he served as the dekan (dean) of the faculty in Mechanical Engineering from 1999 until 2001, during which time the new bachelors and masters program in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, and computational engineering was defined and implemented; the first of such in Germany. He has served on numerous faculty and university committees and commissions, including serving as prodekan where he managed the mechanical engineering faculty business office. He is a member of the Zentrale Evaluierungs- und Akkreditierungsagentur (ZEvA), a national accreditation council based in Hannover, Germany, where he works on issues related to bachelor- and masterprogram accreditation. Prof. Anderl has served as vice president at the Technische Universität Darmstadt from January 2005 until December 2010.