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Expert in Automotive R&D

Expert ID: 733925 California, USA

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long time R&D engineer (20+ years) at premium OEM.

Helping to build up the Engineering & Planning Center of Volkswagen in Chattanooga, TN. Responsible for strategy and all central functions in Technical Project Management within R&D.

Fourteen years of China experience, having lived in China three times, for seven years altogether. Since 2010 catalyzing innovation for Audi in China, and bringing fresh ideas and talent outside in, linking university and company, and deep-diving into China's startup ecosystem as a mentor. Ran the very first hackathon the company ever made worldwide and learned Design Thinking and Lean Startup methodologies from the people who invented them, like Stanford University, IDEO, frog, SOS Ventures and Google.

Since 2002 understanding Chinese user needs and tailoring cars for this market as a technical project manager of A6L, Q5 and A4L which I successfully launched and which all three are significant cornerstones of our company's revenue. Cooperating in a joint-venture environment, managing an automotive development process across partners and cultures which included a lot of negotiation.

Before that various engineering positions in electronics and automotive in pre- and series development. A holder of 10 patents. Wide experience working with emerging technologies and early supplier engagement, and technologies including laser welding, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, automotive infotainment and connected cars, electric cars, ADAS and automated driving, and many more.

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Atlanta, Georgia - Roswell, Georgia - Marietta, Georgia - Knoxville, Tennessee - Chattanooga, Tennessee - Murfreesboro, Tennessee - Huntsville, Alabama

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1993 Degree: Dipl.-Ing. (= Master) Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Stuttgart, Germany

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Manager Strategy & Central Functions in R&D Department: R&D Responsibilities: Excited to be part of the new Engineering & Planning Center (EPC)
Years: 2010 to 2015 Employer: Audi China Title: Manager Department: Audi Tongji Joint Lab Shanghai Responsibilities: The core of the lab is running projects in four domains:
- (e-) mobility
- user needs and product attractivity
- display/control/assistance and telematics
- new media and employer branding

By doing this, the lab is transferring knowledge about China’s needs, and we co-design China’s future mobility, be it conventional or electrified.
We assist HR marketing for development and search for talent.
And it supports Audi's good public image in China, shows corporate responsibility via a public-private partnership.
Years: 2000 to 2010 Employer: Audi AG Germany Title: Technical Project Manager Department: R&D Technical Project Managment Responsibilities: R&D overal project management for all new Audi models to be produced in China.
Representation of Technical Department in Product Planning Team and Project Team, balancing interests of all business units of company, i.e. purchasing, production, sales,...
Systematic, Specification and Running of a Call for Tender for an external development of a complete car, including negotiations with large engineering firms.
Coordination of the Technical Team and the Design Team
Pushing ahead technical, financial and schedule-related negotiations with Styling, Package and Design Departments towards decision-ready status.
Contribution of technical decisions suggestions to corporate Board of Managing Directors.
Years: 1997 to 1999 Employer: Siemens AG Title: Development Engineer Department: R&D Responsibilities: - Project Management building Plastic Optical Fiber processing unit for MOST bus-system connectors from basic technology until serial production
- Development of new series of connectors for optical bus system for security applications "Byteflight" / "Flexray" used in BMW 7-Series.
- Member of New Concepts Group in Department for Automotive Connectors
- Holding 16 patents in the field of automotive connectors:
DE10019392, DE19840439, DE19851867, DE19911982, DE19922555, DE19928565, DE19928938, DE19931122,
EP0911662, EP0915355, EP0987572, EP1058139, EP1110115, EP1148365, EP1179744, EP1180248, EP1282836,
JP2001004874, JP2001350054,
WO0014584, WO0017690, WO0065394, WO0065395, WO0067056, WO0072069, WO0188583
Years: 1994 to 1996 Employer: BIBA Bremer Institut für Betriebstechnik und Angewandte Arbeitswissenschaft Title: Research Scientist Department: Responsibilities: lead various EU-funded research projects with EU carmakers, mainly regarding rapid prototyping and manufacturing, 3D measurement, and sheet metal stamping simulation
Years: 1993 to 1994 Employer: Daimler AG Title: Research Scientist Department: Corporate Research Responsibilities: Work location Corporate Research Center in Ulm, Germany.
Systematic Analysis of optical 3D Measurement Systems. Participation in IMS testcase Rapid Product Development, in cooperation with United Technologies and Pratt & Whitney. Performance testing of car body parts and gear parts in Sindelfingen and Untertürkheim manufacturing plants.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2015 to 2017 Country / Region: Chattanooga TN, USA Summary: Helping to bring the Volkswagen Engineering & Planning Center up to speed
Years: 2010 to 2015 Country / Region: Shanghai, China Summary: Opening and building the Audi Tongji Joint Lab
Years: 2015 to 2017 Country / Region: Changchun, China Summary: Launching Audi A4L
Years: 2004 to 2006 Country / Region: Changchun, China Summary: Launching Audi A6L

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member of "Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI)" = Society of German Engineers
Publications and Patents Summary
Holding 16 patents in the field of automotive connectors.

More information available upon request.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German mother tongue
English full proficiency
Mandarin limited skills
French limited skills
Russian limited skills
Italian limited skills

Fields of Expertise

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