Board of Management

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

The allocation of responsibilities is laid down in the Schedule of Responsibilities (in German).


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Bargende

Board Area

Automotive Powertrains

Prof. Michael Bargende is a full professor at the Institute for Automotive Engineering Stuttgart (IFS), University of Stuttgart, and holds the Chair of Automotive Powertrains. In joint appointment he is also a member of the Board of Management of the Research Institute for Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS) in Stuttgart, Germany.

His move to academia in 1998 followed a 17-year career in research and development at Daimler-Benz and Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany.

He has been the advisor for more than 60 Ph.D. dissertations on combustion engines and powertrain-related topics. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 scientific publications (35 SAE Papers) on the subjects of combustion, thermodynamics, gas exchange, NVH, mechanics, modeling, simulation and control of internal combustion engines, as well as hybrid powertrains. He is the editor or co-author of several professional books (reference books, volumes, conference proceedings) on the subject of Gasoline and Diesel Engines, Natural Gas Engines and Hybrid Powertrains.

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 the Institute of Automotive Engineering Stuttgart (IFS) and to become a member of the management board of the Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (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 (Chairman)

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.