Head of MDLab

Jan-Anders Mansson (Månson)

Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Schools of Materials and Chemical Engineering

Courtesy Appointment in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering
Manufacturing Design Laboratory (MDLab)

Executive Director Ray Ewry Sports Engineering Center (RESEC)

Ph.D., Polymeric Materials, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg Sweden, (1981)
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg Sweden, (1977)

Professor Jan-Anders E. Mansson, obtained in 1981 his PhD-degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. After 5 years as head of the R&D department at KB Component AB, Sweden, he moved in 1985 to an academic position at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1987, he was appointed Professor at the University of Washington (Department of Chemical Engineering), and in 1989 Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (joint appointment Department of Polymer Technology and Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering), Stockholm.

In 1990, Mansson joined the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as Professor and Director of a newly created chair in Polymer and Composite Technology (LTC) at the Institute of Materials. His research at EPFL-LTC focused on novel cost-effective materials and manufacturing methods as well as unique additional functionalities, beyond the classical performance characteristics of composite materials. Scaling strategies for industrial implementation has been a focus since the beginning. Research including partners in the automotive, aerospace, chemical, medical and sport industries has led to over 375 peer reviewed ISI scientific publications, over 300 conference publications, over 50 patents/patent applications. Current h-index: 56.

While maintaining his research program at EPFL, Prof. Mansson was Head of the Materials Department (2000 – 2004), followed by being named EPFL Vice-President for Innovation and Technology Transfer (2004 – 2008), a newly created position with the mission to build-up a “new” tech-transfer interface. During the period 2000-2008, he also served as Swiss Focal Point, under the Swiss Federal Science Agency for the cooperation in Science and Technology with the Republic of Korea. In 2008, Prof. Mansson was elected President of the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS), an International Olympic Committee (IOC) co-founded organization linking Academic Institutions in Sport Management and Technology.

In 2016 Prof. Mansson joined Purdue University as Distinguished Professor in Materials and Chemical Engineering and as Director of the Composite Manufacturing and Simulation Center (CMSC). In 2018 he founded the related Manufacturing Design Laboratory (MDLab); a fully functional Industry 4.0 Composite Manufacturing testbed. He also served as Co-Executive Director for Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) and Purdue Coordinator for Advanced Manufacturing to the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN) during the period 2020-2024.

In 2019, Mansson founded and became the Executive Director of the newly created Ray Ewry Sports Engineering Center at Purdue, a collaboration between the College of Engineering and Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics, with close links to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In 2023 he created at Purdue a Professional Master’s Program in Sports Engineering and Entrepreneurship

He has currently also served as the Chairman of the Swimwear Approval Committee of the International Federation of Swimming, World Aquatics (FINA) and on the Board of IOC’s Athlete365 – Learning Gateway.

In addition of being a World Fellow of the International Committee on Composite Materials, he is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, SATW.