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 the 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 habilitated, and in 1992 he 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 dean of the faculty in Mechanical Engineering from 1999 until 2001. He has served on numerous faculty and university committees and commissions, including serving as pro dean, where he managed the mechanical engineering faculty business office. He was a member of the Zentrale Evaluierungs- und Akkreditierungsagentur (ZEvA), a national accreditation council based in Hannover. Prof. Anderl has served as vice president at the Technische Universität Darmstadt from January 2005 until December 2010. Today, Prof. Anderl acts as scientific chairman of the Research Council of the Platform Industry 4.0. He is also a member of acatech, the German National Academy of Science and Engineering. Furthermore, Prof. Anderl acts as President of the Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz.