Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Professor Pim Van Der Jagt MSc, PhD

Photo of Professor Pim Van Der Jagt

Visiting Professor

Executive Technical Leader, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering

In March 2015, Pim van der Jagt assumed responsibility for research and development of vehicle autonomy and driver assistance systems for Ford in Europe.  This position, located at the Ford Research & Innovation Center in Aachen, Germany, was established in a newly created global organisation with the aim to accelerate the implementation of these technologies.

In 2007, he was appointed Executive Technical Leader for Global Vehicle Dynamics.  In this role, he has assumed the responsibility for all vehicle dynamics technologies worldwide. This already included the development and implementation of driver assistance and active safety systems into the Ford products.

Prior to this function, Pim was appointed Manager of Global Advanced Vehicle Dynamics in 2003. When he joined Ford Motor Company in 1996, Pim served as Staff Technical Specialist for Vehicle Dynamics and then as Manager of Vehicle Integration & Manufacturing.

Previous to Ford, Pim worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. At Goodyear he worked in the Tire Engineering Technology Department, first in Luxembourg and then later at Goodyear’s primary Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. In his work, Pim studied tire-vehicle interaction by means of computer simulation and instrumented vehicle testing.

Pim van der Jagt obtained an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Vehicle Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in 1987.  He continued at the Vehicle Research Laboratory for two additional years to work on the analysis and evaluation of ABS control algorithms in a project sponsored by Volvo Car BV. In 2000, Pim received his PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology for his thesis on the topic of Vehicle Dynamics CAE. In 2008 he was named a Visiting Professor at the Loughborough University of Technology in England.

Pim van der Jagt is a member of the Scientific Board of the “Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift” (ATZ).

He was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 1963.

Pim can be contacted via:

Monika Wagener
Ford of Europe
+49 241 942 1212