Karsten Lemmer is the DLR Executive Board Member responsible for Energy and Transport. An electrical engineer, he pursued a career in academia and worked in the railway industry before joining DLR as an Institute Director in 2001.
In his role as Executive Board Member for Energy and Transport, Lemmer is responsible for the strategic orientation and ongoing development of research conducted by approximately 1200 personnel, whose broad spectrum of expertise contributes to research in the fields of energy and transport.
After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering, Karsten Lemmer (*1964) worked as a research assistant and tutor at TU Braunschweig, where he also completed his doctorate in 1994. He went on to lead a broad variety of national and international projects in research, consultancy and industry. In 1997, he joined Siemens AG as Manager for European Projects and was later named Director for New Business Development. In 2001, after a combined appointment with TU Braunschweig, he joined DLR as the founding Director of the DLR Institute of Transportation Systems, which is now home to more than 170 researchers. He took up his position as DLR Executive Board Member for Energy and Transport in March 2017.
Lemmer is a full member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). He is a member of the platform ‘Digital Networks and Mobility’ within the ‘Digital Summit’ of the German Federal Government and of the Round Table for Automated Driving on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. He is also chairman of the advisory board of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) set up in 2018 to advise the KBA about, among other things, the adaptation of testing activities to new requirements in the areas of environmental and consumer protection. Lemmer is also the national delegate on the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), where he represents the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, Lemmer is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).