Daniel Türk

Postdoctoral researcher


Daniel joined the Space Structures Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher in February 2018. He is working on Caltech’s Space Solar Power Initiative, looking at structural aspects of spacecraft design, including the modeling, design and manufacturing of interfaces for ultra-thin composite structures.

In October 2017, Daniel received his PhD in Mechanical and Process Engineering from ETH Zurich. In the Product Development Group | Zurich (pd|z), he worked on novel approaches combining additive manufacturing technologies and fiber-reinforced polymers to realize integrated lightweight structures.

His teaching activities at ETH Zurich included the organization of a project-based engineering design course for large classes in 2014 and the coaching of interdisciplinary student teams in 2015-16.  In 2016-17, he co-led the Design Technology Lab, an educational platform for industry-driven innovation projects at the intersection of product design and mechanical engineering in collaboration with the University of Arts Zurich. While employed at the pd|z, he conducted several new product development projects with industry, focusing on the complete innovation and design process.

Daniel received his master degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, where he worked on lightweight structures and methods for product development. He also holds a Master in Service Design from Domus Academy, Milan, where he studied Design Thinking and User-Centered Design methods.


  • Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI)
  • Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (AAReST)



  • Schrade, S.O., Dätwyler, K., Stücheli, M., Studer, K., Türk, D-A., Meboldt, M., Gassert, R., Lambercy, O., “Development of VariLeg, an exoskeleton with variable stiffness actuation: first results and user evaluation from the CYBATHLON 2016”, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 15:18, 2018. 
  • Türk, D-A., Einarsson, H., Lecomte, C., Meboldt, M., Design and manufacturing of high-performance prostheses with additive manufacturing and fiber-reinforced polymers”, Production Engineering: Research and Development, pp. 1-11, 2018.

  • Türk, D-A., Fontana, F., Rüegg, F., Gill, R.J., Meboldt, M., “Assessing the performance of additive manufacturing applications”, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design ICED, vol. 5, pp. 259-268, 2017.
  • Türk, D-A., Kussmaul, R., Zogg, M., Klahn, C., Leutenecker-Twelsiek, B., Meboldt, M., “Composites part production with additive manufacturing technologies”, Procedia CIRP, vol. 66, pp. 306-311, 2017.

  • Türk, D-A., Brenni, F., Zogg, M., Meboldt, M., “Mechanical characterization of 3D printed polymers for fiber reinforced polymers processing”, Materials and Design, vol. 118, pp. 256-265, 2017.

  • Türk, D-A., Kussmaul, R., Zogg, M., Klahn, C., Spierings, A.B., Könen, H., Ermanni, P., Meboldt, M., “Additive manufacturing with composites for integrated aircraft structures”, Journal of Advanced Materials, vol. 3, pp. 55-69, 2016

  • Türk, D-A., Triebe, L., Meboldt, M., “Combining additive manufacturing with advanced composites for integrated robotic structures”, Procedia CIRP, vol. 50, pp. 402-407, 2016.

  • Höfer, A., Esl, E., Türk, D-A., Hüttinger, V., “Innovative Fahrzeugkonzepte für Shanghais letzte Meile“, Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift, vol. 117, no. 6, pp. 76-81, 2015.

  • Türk, D-A., Züger, A., Klahn, C., Meboldt, M., “Combining additive manufacturing with CFRP composites: design potentials”, Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design ICED, vol. 8, pp. 27-31, 2015.

  • Türk, D-A., Leutenecker, B., Meboldt, M., “Experience the relevance of testing in engineering design education”, Proceedings of the 10th International CDIO Conference, no. 76, 2014.