When she accepted her placement at BMW in Munich, Larissa had no idea how she could use her chemical engineering skills to help design cars
Chemical Engineering major, Larissa Kunz, researches chemical heat storage in Germany

Efficient Dynamics at BMW

Larissa worked for Efficient Dynamics, a fairly well known research and development field that spreads several sub-departments of BMW. The particular department she was working for was responsible for confidential “Antriebsforschung,” which translates to “drive train research.”

This department is on the more extreme research end of the continuum from research through development to production. Because of this, the mentality within the department was rather different than that present in other departments, since there is no direct pressure to get production running on time. Larissa learned that as a result of this difference between research and production, trying to get support for more creative ideas is challenging: development and often management is a little more straightforward-product minded, which can make it difficult to get more exotic, innovative projects approved and funded.

Larissa started out doing literature research on chemical heat storage. As her project progressed she had the liberty to think a little farther forward and consider system designs relating to the heat storage possibilities. After presenting her results to her research group, Larissa was thrilled to hear that the project is being continued, with hopes of eventually integrating the concept in a test vehicle.

  • Germany
  • Internship
  • BioE/ChemE