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The Volkswagen Group’s PhD students: the future lies in their research projects

4.10.2018
 The Volkswagen Group’s PhD students: the future lies in their research projects

More than 300 students are currently doing their doctorates at the Volkswagen Group, researching future mobility solutions. Here are two of the projects presented at the PRO.MOTION PhD students’ day in Wolfsburg.

Research and development go hand in hand within the Volkswagen Group, and during the company’s 13th PRO.MOTION PhD students' day around 240 researchers and developers had the chance to present their ideas for tomorrow's mobility to a selected specialist audience. The motto for this year’s edition, held at the MobileLifeCampus in Wolfsburg, is “Researching towards tomorrow”, and it focused on electric mobility, digitalisation, the environment, lightweight construction and resource efficiency.

PhD students like Patrick Arnold and Robert Wendland imagine how we will be moving around in five or ten years’ time and research the most suitable solutions for the near future.

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Patrick Arnold is focusing on hydrogen, looking into how fuel cells can be used in the automotive sector by converting the energy stored in this element into electricity. 

Robert Wendland, on the other hand, works at Braunschweig, where he is working to improve the thermal management of electric and hybrid vehicle batteries.

More than 300 young researchers and developers are currently doing their doctorates at the Volkswagen Group. Over the three years of the course, they work closely with their universities and professors and, of course, with the respective department from which they are assisted by their doctoral supervisor. After completing their theses, many will be offered permanent employment at the Volkswagen Group.

SourceVolkswagen AG

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