Expert in Automotive R&D
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.
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
|Year: 1993||Degree: Dipl.-Ing. (= Master)||Subject: Mechanical Engineering||Institution: University of Stuttgart, Germany|
|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,
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.
|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|
|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.
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