Sven A. Beiker, PhD

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I am Sven Beiker, technology and strategy expert in the automotive and mobility field. My mission is to address safety, pollution, and resource challenges related to the usage of personal automobiles. The solutions that I pursue cover the fields of vehicle automation, communication, electrification, and commoditization. I consider technology, business, policy, and human factors for better product development of automobiles, mobility services, and beyond.

In addition to my primary professional pursuit, I am a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where I instruct students on strategies for the global electric automotive industry. I also serve as the Automotive / Mobility Advisor for the German American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lecture Notes in Mobility of Springer Science+Business Media.

From 2008 to 2014, I served as the Executive Director of CARS, the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford University, an interdisciplinary partnership between academia and industry to address the challenges of personal mobility in the 21st century. Managing the program’s strategic planning, resources allocation, and project incubation, I was instrumental in launching research programs in "Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving", "Wireless Power Transfer to a Moving Vehicle", and “Vehicle Communication via Cellular Networks” as well as "The Revs Program at Stanford" and the "Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab". I also lectured classes at Stanford University's School of Engineering, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Electrical Engineering Department of the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany) educating students in interdisciplinary automotive topics and strategic thinking.

From 1995 to 2008, I worked at the BMW Group where I pursued responsibilities in technology scouting, innovation management, systems design, and series development. I primarily applied my expertise to chassis and powertrain projects, which also gave me ample insight into the industry’s processes and best practices. During that time, I worked in three major automotive and technology locations: Germany, Silicon Valley, and Detroit.

I received my MS (1995) and PhD (1999) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. I published various technical papers and articles, holding also several patents in the fields of vehicle dynamics and powertrain technology.

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