Objective

Shape the future of safe robotic automotive products by coaching and leading managers, experts and projects with strong technical understanding as well as a high focus on customer requirements, new business opportunities and a never-ending passion for leveraging modern computer hardware and software for continuous and secure process automation.

Summary

Engineering Director with experience in automotive and commercial vehicle applications. High organizational and people skills – able to transform, push and elevate the organization. Expert in automotive technology, robotics, model based software development and analysis. US citizen and German citizen with professional experience in both countries.

Experience

Director Digital Prototypes & Wind Tunnel, since 07/2014
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, Product Validation Engineering, Portland, OR (USA)
Leading a group of about 25 internal and 25 external engineers. Formed the industry leading team for developing aerodynamics and predicting fuel economy. Implemented the concept of Digital Prototypes to improve the early maturity of designs.

(Senior) Manager Vehicle Analysis, 05/2011 to 06/2014
Daimler Trucks North America LLC, Product Validation Engineering, Portland, OR (USA)
Led a team of about 20 internal and 25 external engineers.

Manager Vehicle Fluid Dynamics, 02/2008 to 04/2011
Daimler AG, CAE Commercial Vehicles, Stuttgart (Germany)
Led a team of about 9 internal and 10 external analysis engineers working on global projects.

Project leader 3D Thermal Comfort, 07/1998 to 01/2008
Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars, Sindelfingen (Germany)
Led a team of about 5 internal and 5 external analysis engineers in the field of HVAC systems.

Research engineer Climate Comfort Simulation and Concepts, 03/2002 to 12/2004
DaimlerChrysler AG, Research & Technology, Stuttgart (Germany)
Developed new model based control algorithms for automatic climate control systems.

Education

Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree, started 07/2018, graduation expected 03/2019
Udacity, Mountain View, CA (USA)

Business Administration BEST, 09/2003 to 09/2005
EBW business school, Würzburg (Germany)

Doctorate in Technical Cybernetics (comparable to PhD), 09/1999 to 03/2002 (published 2008)
University of Stuttgart, DaimlerChrysler AG, Research & Technology, Stuttgart (Germany)
Concept for a Climate Comfort Controller inside a Passenger Vehicle.

Diploma in Technical Cybernetics (comparable to Master of Science in Engineering), 10/1994 to 09/1999 (published 1999)
University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart (Germany)
Focus on aerospace engineering. Supported by Daimler-Benz/DaimlerChrysler scholarship program.

Activities

Visiting lecturer Automotive Engineering, 2000-2008
University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen (Germany)
Taught cutting edge process technologies for electronic control unit (ECU) software development.