Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Casal Kulzer




The Institute of Automotive Engineering Stuttgart (IFS) is part of Faculty 7: Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and is involved in research and teaching in the field of automotive and engine technology.

The work at the Chair of Automotive Powertrain Systems is primarily concerned with increasing the efficiency and minimizing the emissions and noise of automotive powertrain systems. Particular focus is placed on the holistic experimental and simulative optimization of battery-electric, hybrid and fuel cell drives at system level, as well as the application of data science methods.

At least 1/3 of the approximately 60 engineers employed at the Institute of Automotive Engineering Stuttgart conduct research in all the fields of automotive powertrain systems, starting with battery-electric, fuel cell-based and hybridized powertrains, through to thermal converters or combustion engines with renewable fuels.

The main target of the research efforts in the field of automotive powertrain systems is the development of climate- and emission-neutral mobility, including powertrain systems with minimal energy consumption. This also includes the further increase of power density, the interaction with alternative, synthetic fuels (H2, bioFuels, eFuels), the optimization of thermal management, noise minimization and the avoidance of pollutant emissions.

Other chairs at the IFS are Chair of Automotive Engineering and Chair of Automotive Mechatronics.

The Institute of Automotive Engineering Stuttgart is significantly involved in the Bachelor's and Master's degree courses in vehicle and engine technology. Here, the focus is on the motor vehicle in all its variants and technical sub-areas from the very beginning. This makes the programme unique in Germany. Students receive a theory-based basic education in natural science and engineering subjects such as mathematics, technical mechanics, physics, thermodynamics, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and design. In addition, they specialize in at least two of the three central subject areas: Automotive Engineering, Vehicle Drives and Automotive Mechatronics.

Finally yet importantly, the Institute of Automotive Engineering Stuttgart is home to the Rennteam Uni Stuttgart, the world's most successful formula SAE racing team in the combustion class. And also the Greenteam Uni Stuttgart, which successfully develops electrically powered and autonomous racing vehicles for the Formula Student competition and holds the 2022 world record for the fastest accelerating electric vehicle (from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.461 seconds).

Participation in EU Projects and International Activities