Dr. Wolfgang Sienel, President of ETAS Japan, is the first German national to be certified as a Fellow Grade member by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE). The award is also a recognition of ETAS’ contribution to the automotive industry in Japan. As one of the leading scientific societies in Japan, JSAE grants fellowship to an official member for making outstanding contributions to the advancement and development of automobile science and technology in Japan.

08/19/2015

President of ETAS Japan becomes first German to be certified as JSAE Fellow Grade member

Dr. Wolfgang Sienel, President of ETAS Japan, is the first German national to be certified as a Fellow Grade member by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE). The award is also a recognition of ETAS’ contribution to the automotive industry in Japan. As one of the leading scientific societies in Japan, JSAE grants fellowship to an official member for making outstanding contributions to the advancement and development of automobile science and technology in Japan.

Dr. Sienel received the certification as one of the new fellow members at an award ceremony held at Josui Kaikan, Tokyo. Fellows are expected to proactively participate in JSAE activities and stimulate the growth of the Japanese organization for engineering professionals. As the only German national on the fellow list published by JSAE, Dr. Sienel has been working for ETAS K.K. for twelve years in total. He has consistently been supporting ETAS K.K.’s contribution to the Japanese automotive industry.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to become a JSAE fellow. It is a great motivator for me to further contribute to the advancement of automotive engineering in Japan,” said Dr. Sienel with gratitude. “I consider the award also as recognition of ETAS’ contribution to the automotive society in Japan,” he added. “One important aspect for me is fostering the understanding about methodologies established in Europe for developing automotive embedded systems. This supports the Japanese automotive industry in improving its own development approach and in maintaining its leading position on the global market.
Another aspect is the education of future generations of engineers for the automotive industry. Software is a major innovation driver in today’s automobiles, and is causing a paradigm shift from the car as a mechanical product towards a rolling software platform. This has to be reflected in university education to make sure that engineering graduates have the necessary foundation and competencies required by the automotive industry,” Dr. Sienel believes.

The JSAE was founded in 1947 with the goal to “promote scientific culture, expand the industrial economy, and improve the quality of people's lives by furthering the development of automobile science and technology.” Today it has over 40,000 members and is one of the leading scientific societies in Japan.