Andreas Schamel was appointed Managing Director of the European Ford Research Center based in Aachen, Germany, as well as Chief Engineer Powertrain Research & Advanced Engineering Europe effective February 1st, 2009. In addition to his position as managing director, he will assume the lead role as site manager of the Ford Research Center Aachen and have overall responsibility for the operational business.
Prior to his current assignment, Andreas Schamel was the Chief Engineer, Engine Research, Research & Advanced Engineering for Ford Motor Company, based in Dearborn, Mich. USA. His responsibilities included the Research, Advanced Development and Testing associated with gasoline engines & diesel engines for North America as well as the lead for hydrogen internal combustion engine fleet and research.
Previous to this position, Andreas was Manager Gasoline Powertrain R&A Europe, based in Cologne, Germany, also leading the development of Gasoline Direct Injection Technology for Ford.
Andreas has been with Ford since 1987 starting in component analysis computer aided engine engineering in the company's Merkenich Development Centre in Cologne. His background in Engines spans 21 years, with primary qualifications in Mechanical Engineering, a M.Sc. in Advanced Automotive Engineering and a PhD focusing on valve spring dynamics, both from Loughborough University of Technology, England. His early years at Ford included assignments in Base Engine Development, Program Management and Product Launch.
During his professional career, Andreas had an ongoing strong linkage to technology development and developed a passion to bring new concepts to fruition.
Andreas is married with three children. He was born in Bonn in 1962.