Motortechnisches Seminar

  Lecture hall RWTH Aachen | VKA  

In the "Engine Technology Seminar" event series, experts from the engine and automotive industry hold lectures on current problems in engine development as well as interdisciplinary topics. After each lecture the audience has the opportunity to talk with the speakers.

The engine technology seminar is free of charge and open to all interested individuals.

You can find possible program changes and additional information at the Institute for Combustion Engines.

Please make note of the parking regulations at RWTH Aachen. University parking spots are exclusively reserved for university members with a corresponding parking permit. You can find public parking spots and parking garages at APAG.

When? 6pm
Where? Hörsaalgebäude PPS (Hörsaal H1), Prof.-Pirlet-Straße 12, 52074 Aachen

Monday, May 8th, 2017, 6.00 - 7.30 pm

Dr.-Ing. Frank Casimir
Director, Product Segment Manual Transmissions GETRAG FORD Transmissions GmbH
Magna Powertrain, Köln
"Effect of Powertrain Hybridization on Transmission Development"


Monday, May 15th, 2017, 6.00 - 7.30 pm

Andrew Brumley, M.Sc.
Chief Engineer - Engine Programs
Ford Motor Company, UK-Dagenham
​"The New Ford EcoBlue Family of Diesel Engines"


Monday, May 22nd 2017, 6.00 - 7.30 pm

Dr.-Ing. Hans-Otto Herrmann
Daimler AG, Stuttgart
"Entwicklungsstrategien eines Global Players: Lösungen für Emerging Markets bis hin zu künftigen GHG- und Niedrigemissions-Limits"


Monday, June 12th, 2017, 6.00 - 7.30 pm

Dr.-Ing. Nikolai Ardey
Leiter Entwicklung Antrieb
AUDI AG, Ingolstadt
"Der Mild-Hybrid-Antrieb im neuen Audi A8"


Monday, July 10th, 2017, 6.00 - 7.30 pm

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Thomas Werner
Tier III Programme Manager
Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd., CH-Winterthur
"Generation XEngines. 2-Stroke Engine Concepts, Design, Performance and Emission Compliance"



This flyer also contains all information of the event.


General Information regarding "Motortechnisches Seminar"

Besides the substantial procurement of fundamental knowledge education VKA emphasizes practical experience. Therefore the academic program has been extended by the "Motortechnisches Seminar" in the 1970s. In winter term 1973/1974 it started under direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Helling from the "Institute of Automotive Engineering" (IKA) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Pischinger from the "Institute for Thermodynamics" (LAT). After Prof. Franz Pischinger's retirement and the institute was renamed "Institute for Combustion Engines" the new head of the institute Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger resumed administration of "Motortechnisches Seminar".
Objective of this event is to support the connection between university-science and practical experience. Therefore renowned personalities from engine and automotive industry are invited to give presentations concerning current technical challenges.


A special highlight was Dr.-Ing. h.c. Felix Wankel's lecture concerning "Marksteine bei der Entwicklung des Rotationskolbenmotors" in summer term 1983.
Some years later former Renault F1 Team's head of Engine Experts & Calculation and brand-new Formula 1 - World Champion Dr.-Ing. Albert Haas reported about the development of a F1 engine in his presentation "Einblick in die Entwicklung des Renault-F1-Motors.

Generally ongoing developments in automotive industry are presented and discussed. For example Dipl.-Ing. Gerald Killmann, Toyota Europe, gave a lecture on "Entwicklung des Prius Hybridantriebs“ in summer term 2005 and Dr.-Ing. Horst Schulte, Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen on "Zukünftige Antriebssysteme für PKW und leichte Nutzfahrzeuge“ in winter term 2005/2006.
Last semester (WS 08/09) one of the lecturer was Prof.-Dr. Martin Winter from "Institut für physikalische Chemie" of University Münster and gave his presentation concerning "Elektromobilität mit Lithium-Ionen-Batterien – Chancen und Herausforderungen" (Picture on the right with Prof.-Dr. Pischinger).