I studied mechanical engineering at Waseda university in Japan (Masters in thermal dynamics) quite long time ago. 1989 I was a member of Eco run club. The Eco run competition means to compete in the distance that the car can run with one litter of gasoline. We build the car from 0. We had a very effective team and we still have our good long term friendship. The electronic fuel control system for 1 cylinder engine was designed and developed mainly by me. This was very challenging since one cylinder has much bigger pulsation in air motion intake than multi cylinders engines typically have for passenger cars. The solution of air metering was very innovative in 1989.
Now I am a manager of Engine Systems R&D in Yokohama. I have been working in the same area similar to the job I did in my school time. I have been working on engine systems development (calibration, functions and model base SW) at Continental. This has always been a challenge and fun. Especially the calibration work is very interesting as we can optimize the ability to drive, emissions and fuel ecomony. Really exciting job!
In the attached picture you can see the famous hot test trip place in China called ” Fire Mountain “. Calibration engineers can go to some of the most extreme places in the world where usually nobody goes: the 4,700 m altitude point in China or the hottest place in India in summer! Working with colleagues from all over the world belongs to everyday’s routine. This gives additional fun and motivation. Since we have the same language of “Love to technology”, this is no problem. I have been enjoying my career life at Continental as it gives me chances to enjoy work and develop my professional career at the same time.
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