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Alexander Kunze BEng Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, MSc Product Design Engineering

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PhD Researcher

Alexander holds a BEng (1st Class) in Mechanical Engineering & Business Administration from the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences (Wolfenbüttel, Germany) and an MSc (with Distinction) in Product Design Engineering from the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow. Besides, Alexander has obtained a qualification as an Industrial Mechanic from the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK).

During his undergraduate studies, Alexander was employed in the research and development facility of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany. As such, he was part of the customer satisfaction team and worked on the elimination of design-related errors in early stages of the automotive development process. Besides, he has gained hands-on experience regarding the design and testing of automotive parts, e.g. drive shafts.

For his achievements in academia, Alexander has been awarded several prizes and scholarships, including the University Prize from the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the Full International Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Alexander is currently pursuing a full-time PhD which is funded by and conducted at Loughborough Design School. His research project aims at developing a user-centred interface for vehicles equipped with a driving automation system. The interface design focuses on the capabilities and limitations of the human driver in order to achieve the anticipated safety benefits associated with suchlike vehicles.

Interface Design of Highly-Automated Vehicles

Human Factors, Customer Satisfaction, Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, User-Centred Design, Interface Design, Product Development, Computer Aided Design, Business Administration