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Christof studied Mechanical Engineering specializing in Energy Engineering and Internal Combustion Engines at RWTH Aachen University from 1983 until receiving his diploma in 1989. Then, he started his career as project engineer at FEV before spending four years as scientific employee at RWTH Aachen University. Since 1996, he went through different senior positions at FEV dealing with internal combustion engine thermodynamics, transient fluid dynamics in measurement and simulations, optical engines, exhaust aftertreatnemt, acoustics, and project management. Since 2015, he is responsible for collaborative R&I projects with public funding including establishing win-win situations in research partnerships, project coordination, and financial reporting to authorities.
He represents FEV in EARPA, ERTRAC SIG, EGVIA, EGVI Partnership Board, FVV, FVA, FISITA, and SAE General Powertrain Development Committee.
In 2018, he became Member of the Board of EARPA and was named Vice President Business Development R&I at FEV Europe GmbH