Board of Management

FKFS is divided into the three equivalent business units Automotive Powertrain Systems, Automotive Mechatronics and Automotive Engineering. The Executive Board of FKFS is also structured according to the divisions.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Casal Kulzer (Chairman)

Board Area

Automotive Powertrain Systems

Prof. André Casal Kulzer was born in Coimbra, Portugal. He completed his studies in mechanical engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico, TU Lisbon from 1994 to 1999 and graduated with a diploma.

After receiving his doctorate from the University of Stuttgart in 2004, he held various management positions at Robert Bosch GmbH and Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, most recently as Head of Performance Development and Combustion Processes including the topics of regenerative fuels and electrified drive concepts at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.

In 2004, Mr. Casal Kulzer received the TR 100 Young Innovator Award from MIT magazine "Technology Review" as "one of the world's top young innovators under 35" and in 2005 he was awarded the first prize of the Stuttgart Forum on the topic of transport and the environment. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Casal Kulzer was already an invited assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Universidade Aveiro in Portugal. He is fluent in German, English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Prof. Casal Kulzer was appointed to the University of Stuttgart on January 1, 2022 and he is also a member of the board of management of FKFS.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Christian Reuss

Board Area

Automotive Mechatronics

Hans-Christian Reuss was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, on February 6, 1959. He received the Dipl.-Ing. and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 1984 and 1989, respectively. From 1984 to 1989 he was with the Institute of Electronics, Technical University of Berlin, as an assistant (teaching and R&D) to Prof. Naunin, where he was engaged in the development of completely digital control systems for high dynamic servodrives.

In 1989 Dr. Reuss joined the PHILIPS Semiconductors Application Laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, where he was involved in the development of serial bussystems, and the design of microcontrollers for automotive applications. In 1993 Dr. Reuss became professor at Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany. Here he held the first professorship in Automotive Electronics at a German University. In 2001 he was involved in the establishment of the DaimlerChrysler Competence Center of Electrical and Electronic Architecture and in 2002 he established the Institute of Automotive Mechatronics GmbH Dresden.

In 2004 Prof. Reuss moved to Stuttgart to take over the chair of Automotive Mechatronics at IFS and to become a member of the management board of FKFS. His present teaching and research interests include auto-electrical systems, electronic control units, optimization of power trains, hybrid vehicles, electromobility, function and software development, and test and diagnosis of mechatronic systems.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wagner

Board Area

Automotive Engineering

In 1999 Dr. Wagner received his diploma degree in automotive engineering from University of Applied Science Ulm, Germany. After additional studies on international economy in Ulm and mechanical engineering at Stuttgart University, Germany, he carried out driving stability research at the Institute for Automotive Engineering Stuttgart (IFS, Stuttgart University). In 2003 he received the doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) for his work on driver’s behaviour under cross wind conditions. From 2003 until 2019, Dr. Wagner joined Audi AG where he held several managing positions. During that time he received the Kamm-Jante award as well as the ECARA award for his work and he was assigned to join management circles at Audi AG.

As from March 01, 2019, Dr. Andreas Wagner is appointed Chair Professor of Automotive Engineering at the Institute for Automotive Engineering Stuttgart (IFS) at Stuttgart University, Germany and he also is a member of the board of management of FKFS. His research work is largely associated with aerodynamics/aeroacoustics, driving stability, and vehicle dynamics.