Salzburg-born Hon.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. habil. Michael Heiss is Principal Consultant for Digital Enterprise at Siemens AG Österreich. In his work, the graduate electrotechnical engineer and alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston focuses on knowledge, innovation and technology management as well as digitization in industrial automation. The open innovation expert has a broad technological knowledge and extensive international experiences. He used his ability to identify and advance strategically significant technologies and innovations, for example, in developing a technology management tool for Siemens. "TechnoWeb" allows for networking expertise throughout the entire Siemens group with its 360,000 employees across departments and countries.
Michael Heiss is honorary professor for innovation and technology management at the TU Wien and vice-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE Austria. He describes himself as enthusiastic, innovative and analytical. For him, standards are "valuable if they facilitate day-to-day work". Michael Heiss has been a member of the Presidential Council of Austrian Standards since 2018.