Professor Lutz Eckstein Appointed to the Board of Academic Advisors of the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
From September 1, 2021, the head of the Institute for Automotive Engineering will assist the independent advisory body with his expertise.
Professor Lutz Eckstein, head of RWTH’s Institute of Automotive Engineering (ika), has been appointed to the Board of Academic Advisers of the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Eckstein will support the activities of the Ministry from September 1, initially for a period of six years.
The Board of Academic Advisers to the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure was established as a panel of independent experts as early as 1949 in order to advise the then Federal Minister of Transport and to contribute to making scientific findings available for application in the area of transportation. New members are nominated by the Board, which are then formally appointed by the Minister.
The focus of the Board’s activities is on the transport sector. Digitalization has been within the sphere of responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and its executive agencies since 2013. As digital transformation poses new challenges for policymakers in the area of transportation, it is an increasingly important topic addressed by the academic advisers.
Professor Eckstein has been head of the Institute for Automotive Engineering since 2010. Furthermore, he is spokersperson for RWTH’s Mobility & Transport Engineering Profile Area. He is also president of VDI-FVT, the Automotive and Traffic Systems Technologies Society of the Association of German Engineers (VDI).