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Press Release 137/2010

Carl Benz Lecture on the Future of Training Engineers

Top-class Lecturers from Industry and Research Give an Outlook on Technologies and Mobility Concepts in the 21st Century
Benz-Patent-Motorwagen von 1886 (Fotoquelle: Daimler AG)
Patented Benz motor vehicle No. 3 of 1887/1888. (Source: Daimler AG)

Future training of engineers in the context of new technologies and mobility concepts will be in the focus of the second Carl Benz Lecture on Thursday, November 18, 16.00 hrs at the Tulla-Hörsaal (building 11.40, Englerstraße 11, KIT Campus South). By the Carl Benz Lecture, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) commemorates the birth of Carl Benz on November 25, 1844. The inventor of the automobile graduated from the Karls-ruhe Polytechnical School, a precursory institution of the later Universität Karlsruhe and today’s KIT. Journalists are cordially invited.

Program highlights will be the guest lectures by Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development as well as patron of the event, Professor Peter Gutzmer, Executive Board Member of Technical Product Development of Schaeffler KG, and Raphaela Bihr, Head of the Marketing/Organization team of KA-RaceIng e.V.

The Daimler Board Member will report about innovations as a major success factor in designing tomorrow’s mobility and the resulting training and education requirements. Professor Gutzmer will deal with this subject from the point of view of a component supplier for automotive industry.   

The Carl Benz Lecture will be organized by the KIT Mobility Systems Focus in cooperation with the Carl Benz School of Engineering of the International Department.

The KIT Mobility Systems Focus pools KIT activities in the field of vehicle technology. Research focuses on technologies for tomorrow’s mobility. Methodological and technical bases are developed for future vehicles. Research activities concentrate on land-bound vehicles like cars, commercial vehicles, mobile machines, and railway vehicles. It is aimed at developing energy-efficient, low-emission, and safe vehicles as well as mobility concepts. Work of the KIT scientists covers the complete system of “vehicle, driver, transport, and society.” Presently, more than 30 institutes of KIT with a total of about 800 employees are working under the KIT Mobility Systems Focus.

Program of the Carl Benz Lecture

16:00 hrs Welcome Address
Professor Eberhard Umbach
President of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

16:15 hrs Innovations as the Key to Future Mobility

Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

16:35 hrs Tomorrow’s Engineers: Systems Optimization by Interdisciplinarity and Networking
Professor Peter Gutzmer
Executive Board Member of Technical Product Development, Schaeffler KG

16:55 hrs Training at KIT: Tomorrow’s Engineers
Raphaela Bihr
Head of the Marketing/Organization team, KA-RaceIng e. V.

17:15 hrs Research, Teaching, and Innovation of the KIT Mobility Systems Focus
Professor Frank Gauterin
Institute of Vehicle System Technology


Professor Frank Gauterin
Institute of Vehicle System Technology

Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 24,400 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

lg, 15.11.2010

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