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Born 1982 Education Degrees in vehicle and electrical engineering and IT Occupation Engineer Area of responsibility Team Leader, Driving Assistance and Chassis Projects Hobbies International travel, gardening A perfect workday is: Challenging and varied technology, where the dialogue with our colleagues in Mercedes-Benz series development accelerated rapidly, but also in terms of process control. To borrow a few terms from motorsports, we didn’t start by going from zero to 100, but we did get off to a flying start. Since then, we’ve had our foot completely on the gas. There’s only one way to go, and that’s forward. Just like with you personally. Today you’re the head of development for chassis projects — what’s behind that title? As the head of development for chassis projects, I am responsible for, among other things, radar-, camera- and ultrasound based driving assistance systems. That means that, along with my team, I ensure that the high expectations regarding the quality, safety and functionality of Mercedes vehicles are being met without sacrificing the AMG performance and design requirements. On the one hand, the very tightly integrated driving assistance systems in series production vehicles have to be adapted to our high longitudinal and lateral dynamics as well as our active vehicle dynamics systems, while on the other hand we have to ensure that, for example, the radar-based driving assistance systems also work with AMG body components made out of carbon fiber — which sounds trivial, but it can grow to be a real challenge. Through this technological balancing act, we enable our customers to travel to the racetrack comfortably and safely, and to tap the full longitudinal and lateral dynamic potential of a Mercedes-AMG vehicle once they’re there. In doing so, we’re always on the cutting edge. But it’s precisely those finer points that fundamentally differentiate a Mercedes-AMG from other brands. Your love of international travel suggests that you’re not afraid of a change of scenery. How have you stayed with the same employer for more than 12 years without interruption? At Mercedes-AMG, a super team with racing in its blood is at the starting line. We work at top speed, and everything is just buzzing with new ideas. If I didn’t take so much pleasure in this pace and the dynamic of steady change, AMG would surely overwhelm me — but I was absolutely inspired from the get-go. What made you so inspired? Even as a student, you could accomplish a lot in Affalterbach. At other companies, many fellow students of mine were small cogs in a machine, condemned to passive observation. I, on the other hand, could be truly present at Mercedes-AMG as a student, make a real contribution and, of course, learn an incredible amount. This unique spirit really attracted me, and I like seeing that the same thing is still happening today for professional newcomers at Mercedes-AMG. There’s no grace period or coddling here. It’s only full steam ahead. Are there good development opportunities for young talent? AMG is agile. AMG is always in flux. There are great opportunities for development here. At Mercedes-AMG, a specialist career can frequently and quickly lead to a leadership role. Good performance and a deep thirst for knowledge definitely pay off. AMG automatically attracts people who enjoy a fast pace and a high degree of autonomy. Of course, our fast-paced, proactive mindset isn’t for everyone, but I personally can’t imagine anything better. Intrigued by this? Shift up. Join us. www.karriere.mercedes-amg.com 139


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