Juergen Schlaht – Vice-chairperson
Today Jürgen Schlaht is Vice president Technology and Innovation Management of Siemens Mobility GmbH. On European level he has several functions in Shift2Rail, UNIFE and ERRAC. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen, where he graduated in 1984 as an electrical Engineer (Dipl.Ing.Univ.)
After joining Siemens AG in Erlangen in 1984 as a sales engineer and project manager in transportation systems mass transit, Jürgen Schlaht worked in transportation area internationally in several functions. For example, he was subgroup leader of Rolling Stock within the turnkey project Metro Athens line 2&3. After that he had project and sales responsibility for mass transit products like metros and tramways in several European countries as well as electrical driven buses worldwide for some years. After that Jürgen Schlaht turned into the mainline railway business at Siemens AG, mainly responsible for market analysis, product strategy and product portfolio strategy.
Jürgen Schlaht was also responsible for elaborating and implementation of processes for
requirements engineering and product life cycle management. Then Jürgen Schlaht was leading the department for Technology and Innovation for Siemens Rolling Stock.
Jürgen Schlaht published several articles in journals of transportation sector. He also participated as speaker, keynote speaker and panelist in several national and international events around the rail and intermodal mobility sector.
Sebastian Stichel – Vice-chairperson
Sebastian Stichel is since 2010 full professor and currently deputy head of the Department of Engineering Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He was chairman of the Shift2Rail Scientific committee between 2016 and 2018. Since 2011 Sebastian is director of the KTH Railway Group, a multidisciplinary research centre that deals with most aspects of Railway Technology. He holds a B.Sc. (1989). and a M.Sc. (1992) in Vehicle Engineering from Technische Universität Berlin. He also holds a PhD (1996) in Vehicle Dynamics from TU Berlin.
From 2000 to 2010 Sebastian was employed at Bombardier Transportation in Sweden where he headed a Vehicle Dynamics department with employees in Sweden, Germany, UK and France since 2003.
Sebastian has a primary research interest in the dynamic vehicle-track interaction mainly using multibody simulation. Main concerns are improved ride comfort and reduced wheel and track damage. He is also involved in research on the interaction between pantograph and catenary and active suspension for rail vehicles.