Dr. Jörg Schulte

Manager, BMW Liason Office for Research and Innovation


Joerg has been the Manager of the BMW Liaison Office for Research and Innovation since May 2013. Located at BMW Plant Spartanburg, SC, the office is setting up and driving numerous R&D projects, most of them carried out in collaboration with partner universities in the region. Spanning topics from quality management to robotics, Industry 4.0 and concept vehicles, BMW-internal customers for such innovation projects are located in plant Spartanburg or at corporate headquarters in Munich, Germany. In addition, Joerg is Adjunct Professor at the Automotive Engineering Department of Clemson University, teaching a graduate class on Automotive Manufacturing.

Since joining BMW in 1996, Joerg held various leadership positions in capacity and investment planning, supply chain management and research and innovation with BMW in Germany and at the BMW Technology Office in Palo Alto, CA.

Prior to BMW, Joerg managed the Process Optimization group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (FhG-IPA) in Stuttgart, Germany. In the course of numerous R&D projects, he provided advanced solutions on manufacturing systems design, order to delivery optimization and scheduling for industrial companies across Germany and Europe.

Joerg Schulte studied Mechanical/Industrial Engineering at the Universities of Braunschweig, Germany and Waterloo, Canada. He earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.