SAE 2014 North American International Powertrain Conference

September 17-19, 2014

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Westin Chicago River North Hotel

Wolfgang Warnecke

Wolfgang Warnecke Dr.Wolfgang Warnecke appointed to as Shell's Chief Scientist for Mobility since early 2011.

The 10 Chief Scientists in the Shell organisation, reporting directly to the CTO, are leading the Shell Group Technologies, ranging from Geology to finished Fuels and Oils. The Chief Scientist role for Wolfgang Warnecke is covering all technology developments in transport, related to fuels and lubricants and all issues on Mobility directions, ranging from Marine, Rail and Aviation to Off- and On-Road incl. Motorsport.

In addition to his Chief Scientist role, Wolfgang is also Senior Technology Manager for longer term Fuels Development & Innovation in Shell. And since 1998 he is also the Head of Shell's Technology Centre in Hamburg, Germany, which specializes in fuels and lubricants development and engine, vehicle and marine technologies.

Wolfgang was born in 1956 in Hamburg, Germany. After studying Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Hannover (specialising in automotive combustion engines), he gained a PhD in Automotive Engineering from Hamburg University in 1987.

Joining Shell in 1987, Wolfgang started his career as a scientist in the field of lubricant development and engine testing in Hamburg. He then moved to work as a senior scientist at Shell's UK technology centre before returning to Hamburg to head up lubricants development and engine testing.

Subsequent assignments in Shell's Business units included Lubricants Technical Services in Germany or Fuels Marketing in London.

After leading both Automotive Fuels and Lubricants development for the Hamburg laboratory, finally he took over the global Shell Group responsibility for Automotive Lubricants Technology, and, more recently, for the Automotive Fuels Development.

Wolfgang's expertise in engine technology and automotive products has earned him extensive recognition across the automotive manufacturing industry as well as by academia.

In 2005, Wolfgang, together with Dr Wolfgang Steiger of Volkswagen were awarded the 'Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize', considered by many to be one of the world's most prestigious award for automotive engineers, for their work on synthetic fuels development. He also is closely linked with the world leading auto industry, from engine manufacturer to key supplier, ranging from US, EU to Asia.

Wolfgang is married with one son. His 'Passion for Mobility' and the automotive industry extend into his free time across the family, and he enjoys motorsports and collecting and restoring cars and bikes setting technical milestones. He also enjoys skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and being outdoor.
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