Christian Teissl is the head of the Center for Rapid Innovation, the Fab Lab at Werkstätte Wattens. Christian worked as a professor of Industrial Engineering and Management at the FH Kufstein Tirol University of Applied Sciences until 2018. In 2014 he did a sabbatical at MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he gained comprehensive experience on Fab Labs, working with Neil Gershenfeld, director at the Center for Bits & Atoms and the Media Lab. He also specialized in development ventures and organizational psychology at the Sloan School of Management. In his 15 years at Swarovski he was primarily responsible for technology scouting. In 2009, Christian completed an Executive MBA program in innovation management at MCI. He also holds a doctorate degree in applied physics from the University of Innsbruck (1998), specializing in medical engineering. As a research assistant and development technician, he researched Cochlea implants for the Austrian medical engineering company MEDEL. Christian has a master degree in experimental physics from the University of Innsbruck (1995) with a focus on solid-state physics and laser physics. During his time as a researcher, he published numerous publications in peer review articles, conference papers and patents. His studies, research, further education and personal interests frequently take him abroad, most particularly to the USA and Australia but also to New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil.
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