September 17 - 18, 2019   |   Graz, Austria

Speakers 2019

The following speakers have already confirmed to contribute to the SafetyUpDate:

  

Mark Gevers
Mark Gevers
Director Business Development
TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH

After studying mechanical enginnering at  RWTH Aachen Mark Gevers joined TECOSIM as a CAE Engineer in 2001. Since 2008 he has been General Manager of  TECOSIMs branch office in Cologne and has been in charge of TECOSIM's e-mobility activities. For four years he has been assistant professor for material simulations.

  

Kai Golowko
Kai Golowko
Head of Vehicle Safety
Bertrandt Ingenieurbüro GmbH

Kai Golowko has been working in the area of vehicle safety since 1999. He started his career as a test engineer for passive safety at ACTS. Since 2003 he has been working as senior engineer for occupant safety and pedestrian protection. Since 2005 he has managed the department vehicle safety at Bertrandt in Gaimersheim. He has also been responsible for active and passive vehicle safety for the Bertrandt Group since 2017.

  

Dr. Thomas Kinsky
Dr. Thomas Kinsky
Director Business Development
Humanetics Europe GmbH

Dr. Thomas Kinsky completed his studies in automotive engineering at the TU Dresden in 1991 and received his doctorate at the TU Graz in 2015. From 1991 to 1995 he worked as an officially certified expert at TÜV Rheinland and then took over the management of the vehicle construction department at a small medium-sized company. From 1999 to 2018 he was employed at Opel Automobile GmbH in the area of vehicle regulations. Most recently, as a senior expert, he was responsible for the development of legislation on passive vehicle safety and represented Opel in discussions with authorities and associations. He has been Director Business Development at Humanetics Europe GmbH since 2018. In this role he is Humanetics' representative for all topics regarding dummy development as well as for the requirements of passive and active safety.

  

Volker Sandner
Volker Sandner
Senior Manager Vehicle Safety
ADAC Technik Zentrum Landsberg

Volker Sander has been head of the Vehicle Safety Department of ADAC, which includes active safety, passive safety and accident research, since 2010. Before that, from 1999-2007 he was in charge of the construction of  ADAC’s crash test lab as a team manager. From 2007-2010 he lead the Passive Safety Department of ADAC. At Euro NCAP he is a member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the frontal impact working group. In addition to that he is member of the side impact working group, the techincal working group and the ratings group of Euro NCAP. He is also lecturer for vehicle safety at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.

  

Direktor & Professor Andre Seeck
Direktor & Professor Andre Seeck
Head of the Division Vehicle Technology
BASt - German Federal Highway Research Institute

Andre Seeck is head of the division "Vehicle Technology" with the German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt). In this position he is responsible for the preparation of European Safety Regulations. Furthermore he represents the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in the Board of Directors of Euro NCAP and he is the chairman of the strategy group on automated driving and of the rating system. These positions enable him to gain deep insight into current and future developments in vehicle safety. In 2017 NHTSA awarded him the U. S. Government Special Award of Appreciation.

  

Prof. Dr. Hermann Steffan
Prof. Dr. Hermann Steffan
Head of the Vehicle Safety Institute
Graz University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Hermann Steffan is head of the Vehicle Safety Institute at Graz University of Technology. For more than 15 years he has been involved in the development of software for accident reconstruction and the development of new test methods. He is regarded as one of the leading international experts in accident reconstruction.

  

Horst Weinkopf
Horst Weinkopf
Head of Research & Development
Hirtenberger Automotive Safety GmbH & Co KG

Since completing his studies in mechatronics at the University of Applied Sciences Wr. Neustadt, Horst Weinkopf has been active in various functions in the field of technical development in the automotive industry.
For 15 years he worked for Magna on the development of doors, closures and active pedestrian protection systems.
In July 2011 he moved to Hirtenberger Automotive Safety, where he has headed the Research & Development department since 2013. In this role, he is responsible for the development of pyrotechnic products for vehicle safety.

  

Oliver Zander
Oliver Zander
Deputy Head of the Section Passive Vehicle Safety, Biomechanics
BASt - German Federal Highway Research Institute

Oliver Zander studied Safety Engineering at the University of Wuppertal and started his career as Safety Engineer at the JCI European Headquarters in Burscheid. Since 2002 he works as a scientist at the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), where since 2009 he is Deputy Head of the Section Passive Vehicle Safety, Biomechanics. His main responsibilities are pedestrian protection (amongst others german representative of the GRSP Informal Group GTR9 Phase 2, EEVC Working Group 17 “Pedestrian Safety”, and the Euro NCAP Technical Working Groups “Passive Safety” and “Pedestrian Protection”), the Euro NCAP crash and pedestrian testing and European Research Projects w.r.t. passive vehicle safety.

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