Dr. Ralph Sundermeier grew up in Northrhine-Westfalia in Germany, went to school there as well as in Teheran / Iran. Later he studied at the Technical University Braunschweig and finished his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1991.
Since then Dr. Sundermeier has been working for Volkswagen. He started in the department of engine production and was responsible for various projects in Germany and China. Later he was leading the department of Plastic Parts Manufacturing of the Volkswagen Group. In 2003 Dr. Sundermeier became Managing Director of the "Centre for Mechatronics" at the Technical University Braunschweig, to help advance the transfer of scientific expertise to industry.
From 2005, Dr. Sundermeier has been working in the Technical Design Department of Volkswagen, where he is responsible for the development of calculation methods. The methods developed by his team are integrated in the operative departments of Technical Design. His team also recommends the software and hardware to be adopted for the calculations.
Prof. Angelo Onorati
received a Masters of Mechanical Engineering in 1989 at the Politecnico di Milano, then he achieved a PhD in Energy Engineering in 1993. During his PhD, he spent a research stay at the University of Manchester (UMIST) in 1991. He became a lecturer at the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Milano in 1993 in the field of "Fluid Machines". From 1998 to 2003 he was an associate professor in the same university, in 2004 he became a full professor.
He currently coordinates the activities of the Internal Combustion Engine Group at Politecnico di Milano, working in the field of I.C. engine CFD modeling and simulation, for the development and application of 1D/3D thermo-fluid dynamic codes. He has established several international research collaborations with universities and companies in the automotive field.
His main research subjects are: 1D/3D thermo-fluid dynamic modeling of unsteady reacting flows in I.C. engine duct-systems and after-treatment devices, CFD modeling of S.I. and C.I. engine combustion processes. He is the author of more than 100 publications. He has been an SAE member for fourteen years, in April 2011 he received the Lloyd L. Withrow distinguished speaker SAE award.
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