With a dual study programme on the pulse of transformation.
As a dual student of electrical engineering and on-board electronics with a focus on embedded IT, Alexander Köhn has already gained extensive insight into research & development at Mercedes-Benz. The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) has given him the chance to apply his knowledge by working on projects like optimising an autonomous driving racing car. In his interview, Alexander explains why he feels at home at Mercedes-Benz in the "Champions League of software programming" and what personal goal he is nine seconds from achieving.
During his youth in Roth near Nuremberg, the sporty Mercedes SLS AMG model was Alexander's favourite. These days, he would prefer to drive a C-Class AMG Wagon, but with trailer coupling so that he can easily take his racing bike along for trips. That's why Mercedes-Benz was his employer of choice for the dual study programme, which he is completing at DHBW Ravensburg. For eight years, running has been one of his passions, which takes him up to 20 kilometres through the forest or along the local canal. As a track and field C coach in competitive sports, he not only coaches triathletes, but has also prepared many of his colleagues for the company run by holding a monthly workshop. Something that the dual study programme has taught him beyond all the specialist knowledge is the art of relocating effectively: For his temporary moves between the campus in Friedrichshafen and the practical assignments in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Alexander now needs only one car load instead of two.