Sven A. Beiker, PhD

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Dr. Sven Beiker is the mobility expert in Silicon Valley driving the future of the automobile with his well over 20 years of experience in industry, consulting, and academia. His mission is to improve sustainability, safety, efficiency, and convenience related to how consumers use automobiles. The solutions that he pursues cover vehicle automation, communication, electrification, and mobility services. He combines perspectives from technology, business, policy, and human factors to advise clients on products, business models, and go-to-market strategies.

In addition to his consulting business, Dr. Beiker is a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where he instructs students on strategies for startups and corporations in the field of automated, connected, electrified, and shared mobility. He also serves 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 2015 to 2017, Dr. Beiker was a Consultant with McKinsey & Company serving primarily automotive clients with strategy making for their future product portfolio. Those comprised engagements in automotive technology as well as business model innovation.

From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Beiker 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. During that time he also launched 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". He 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, Dr. Beiker worked at the BMW Group where he held responsibilities in technology scouting, innovation management, systems design, and series development. He primarily applied his expertise to chassis and powertrain projects, which also gave him ample insight into the industry's processes and best practices. During that time, he worked in three major automotive and technology locations: Germany, Silicon Valley, and Detroit.

Dr. Beiker received his MS (1995) and PhD (1999) degrees in Mechanical Engineering / Automotive Systems Engineering from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. He has published various technical papers and articles, holding also several patents in the fields of vehicle dynamics and powertrain technology.

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