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Mascha Brost researches new mobility concepts
Mascha Brost researches new mobility concepts

Mascha Brost has a degree in mechanical engineering and a Master's in Integral Design. She works as a project manager at the Institute of Vehicle Concepts in Stuttgart, including the Schorndorf Real-World Laboratory research project.

„Clever progress and always on the move – this inspired me as a child“

When I was a child, I got on my bike and just went for a ride. While doing so, I dreamed of cities that were less dominated by car traffic and provided more space for people. Today, I'm interested in how others get exactly where they want to go – as comfortably and environmentally friendly as possible.

„With public transport ‘on demand‘ and without designated stops, I make mobility as sustainable and comfortable as possible“

I started working at the Institute of Vehicle Concepts in Stuttgart five years ago conducting emission measurements of passenger cars using the institute's own roller dynamometer. These measurements contribute to, for example, a better understanding of the impact of hybrid vehicles on air quality. In the meantime, I have been working on alternative vehicle concepts – from electric vehicles that are more efficient, smaller and lighter than passenger cars to vehicles for public transport ‘on demand’.

Our research never focuses on technical aspects alone; we always consider the user requirements as well. Nowadays, for example, we are all well connected. Future transport services must adapt to the changing living conditions – public transport providers are already following suit and examining new mobility concepts together with us. Smartphones and apps contribute to making transport more efficient and user friendly.

„Today, I work at DLR in a great team with many bright minds“

My team comprises colleagues from a wide range of disciplines, including engineering, environmental science, social sciences, product design and economics. The many different minds guarantee a comprehensive approach, especially when, as is the case with us, women and men conduct research together.

In the Schorndorf Real-World Laboratory research project (German link), we immediately involved the citizens of Schorndorf, developed a demand-oriented bus system together with them and tested it over a period of nine months. For the users, this meant shorter walking distances, new direct connections and more flexibility. We collected plenty of data and gained a lot of experience during the project. Their evaluation provides us with new insights into the implementation of future-oriented mobility concepts for public transport.

Like Mascha Brost, all researchers at DLR  pursue their tasks with curiosity and passion every day. They are free to focus all their energy on research and carry out pioneering work in the areas of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation.

What do our female researchers in particular  value at DLR?

  • a personnel policy that offers equal opportunities and is family-friendly
  • flexible working time models
  • communication and leadership training specifically for women
  • an internal family counselling centre
  • comprehensive services for childcare and dependents in need of care, provided by an external cooperation partner
  • a management culture based on respect

Would you like to bring your expertise and innovative drive to DLR? You can find our current job advertisements here.


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