Experts with Team Spirit and Personality


Personality perfects knowledge in charakter

Elmar Kupke

We are consultants with conviction

In addition to cross-industry experience and in-depth expertise, members of our staff primarily stand out due to their down-to-earth and strong personalities. Team spirit is of utmost importance to us and we do not fit the typical stereotype of a consultant. The relationship we have with our clients is characterized by what often become long-term, trusting partnerships and by extensive knowledge of their specific requirements.

Values like individual responsibility, determination, appreciation, loyalty, alignment with opportunities, courage, and constant further development are the cornerstones of our professional self-image and are deeply anchored in our DNA.

The question of who we are is difficult to answer in just a few words. We are experts, visionaries, pioneers, trailblazers, lateral thinkers, developers, facilitators, and motivators. At the same time we are creative, innovative, down-to-earth, professional, courageous, kind, efficient, personable, dynamic, and reliable …
In short: We are 3DSE.

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Our Management Team


Dr. Stefan Wenzel, Managing Partner, 3DSE

Dr. Stefan Wenzel


“Our clients do not need recipes. Instead, they need individualized and well-founded approaches. This is why normal management consultants are not able to create true added value in the area of innovation and development.”


  • Founder and Managing Partner of 3DSE with more than 20 years of experience in consulting.
  • Creative lateral thinker and engine for ideas, high affinity for innovative trends. Team player with clear objectives, confident, reliable, relaxed.
  • Excellent industry knowledge in the automotive, transportation, aerospace, defense, industrial, health tech, and energy sectors. International experience in consultancy and product development, in production, sales, and investment banking.
  • Consultancy expertise with focus on initiation, design and implementation of R&D optimization programs as well as innovation and strategy programs, cost engineering, best practices in systems engineering and for maturity-oriented product development, project and risk management, change management.
  • Author of numerous national and international publications; lecturer on management topics.
  • Studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Assistant to the Chair of Astronautics in Munich, doctoral thesis on systems engineering in integrated product development.
  • Management Trainee and Assistant to the Executive Board of EnBW AG.

Dr. Armin Schulz, Managing Partner 3DSE

Dr. Armin Schulz


“Our clients appreciate our unusual combination of engineering expertise and consulting competence. Our high adaptability and great dedication help us quickly find superior solutions, even for the most difficult problems.”


  • Founder and Managing Partner of 3DSE with more than 20 years of experience in consulting.
  • Clever mind with high analytical intelligence, loves complex challenges, efficient due to precise, structured thinking. An aesthete who strives for perfection.
  • Excellent industry knowledge in the automotive, transportation, aerospace, and health tech sectors.
  • Consultancy expertise: initiation, design, and implementation of R&D optimization programs as well as process and organizational changes, best practices in systems engineering and for maturity-oriented product development, modular and platform-based strategies, quality improvement programs.
  • Author of numerous national and international publications, some of which have won awards.
  • Studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Doctoral thesis on systems engineering in integrated product development.


Thomas Haim


“Our clients value our systematic and consistent result-driven approach to consultancy, which we use to directly increase their value creation. Effectiveness and efficiency are clear guiding principles for our actions.”


  • Founder and Managing Partner of 3DSE Austria with more than 15 years of professional experience. Former Senior Consultant at IBM Business Consulting Services with a focus on organizational and process changes.
  • Competent practitioner with consistent focus on results. Pragmatic, personable, assertive, enthusiastic. Deftly plays the role of motivator in a team.
  • Responsible for “Accelerating Innovation” practice at 3DSE.
  • Industry expert in the automotive, transportation, and IT sectors.
  • Consultancy expertise: coaching and support for innovation projects, implementation of innovation cells, organization and implementation of R&D optimization programs, implementation of agility in R&D project recovery, competency program and training in the areas of systems engineering and project management.
  • Studied Business Informatics at Johannes Kepler University in Linz.

Dr. Tim Sturm, Partner 3DSE Management Consultants

Dr. Tim Sturm


“Our consultancy service must be tailored to the specific needs of our clients from R&D. This includes just the right dose of external support, a methodical approach, and the necessary impetus regarding content. Only then can we deliver true added value and initiate and support sustainable change within the company.”


  • Partner with over 13 years of experience in consulting.
  • Result-oriented, quick, and reliable team player with a high level of transfer competence. Loves complex challenges, always focuses on systematic and sustainable change in companies.
  • Excellent industry expertise in the automotive (OEM and supplier), transportation (railway and commercial vehicles, motorcycles), industrial and aerospace and defense sectors.
  • Contextual focus is on increasing the value of products and services in high-tech industries with a main thrust on complexity reduction and quality improvement. Design, initiation, and implementation of large change programs at product, process, and organizational levels. Best practices in systems engineering, in agile and maturity-oriented product development, and also in preventive quality management.
  • Director of study programs in the area of R&D, presenter at R&D-related events.
  • Studied Mechanical Engineering at Ruhr University of Bochum and the Technical University of Munich. Doctoral thesis on systems engineering and preventive quality management at the Graz University of Technology.


Stephan Finkel


“With our consultancy approach we address your problem areas and solve them together as a team, during which we introduce best practices from many different industries and projects without forcing them on you. Recognizing your unique company, with its own culture and staff, is always at the heart of our approach.”


  • Principal at 3DSE with over 18 years of professional experience in consulting.
  • Creative mind paired with mathematical-analytical understanding, a great deal of intuitive ability, flexible, empathetic, relaxed, loyal team player.
  • Excellent industry expertise in the automotive, transportation, aerospace, defense and security sectors.
  • Content focuses on the design, introduction, and implementation of (model-based) systems engineering programs. Focus both on process and organizational improvement; change and qualification programs round off the spectrum.
  • Best practices in maturity-oriented product development, design to cost, requirements development and management, transfer of market requirements to the product portfolio, project and risk management, Project@risk expert, synchronized planning and management, digital product development process, deployment planning, design review process.
  • Coach for advanced systems engineering training.
  • Author of numerous national and international publications.
  • Studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Assistant to the Chair of Astronautics at the TU Munich.

Our 3DSE Advisory Board


Prof Dr. Günter Kappler 3DSe Advisory Board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Kappler

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“3DSE supports its customers to implement the necessary disruptive processes in order to provide economic success in these rapidly changing times. Consequently, my motivation for participating in the advisory board is to contribute cross-sectional topics for ideas to become successful innovations.”


  • Proven expert in the field of research & development in teaching and practice
  • Former holder of the Chair of Flight Propulsion at the Technical University of Munich and Director of the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • 1990-1999: “Father” of the BR 700 aero engine family, conception and development of the first German engines for civil aviation in a joint venture between BMW AG and RR plc.
  • 1999 to 2002: Head of Development at Fairchild-Dornier GmbH, leading the Do 728 aircraft to its roll-out.
  • 2002 to 2005: As CEO and Managing Director of EPI GmbH, he developed Europe’s largest turboprop engine (TP400-D6) with the help of a European team of engineers
  • 2007- 2013: as CTO and Accountable Manager at Thielert Aero Engines GmbH, he developed diesel engines for commercial aviation and drones.
  • Since 2014: Emeritus of Excellence at the Technical University of Munich and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Munich Aerospace Faculty
  • Holder of the Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon (Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande). Other high-ranking awards: Gold Medal of the British Royal Aeronautical Society Ernst Messerschmitt Medal of the DGLR, Otto Lilienthal Medal of the DGLR and the Order of Merit of the State of Brandenburg
  • Since 2017, member of the 3DSE Advisory Board, in light of which he supports the consulting company with his long and profound R&D experience of both teaching and practice.

Claudia Kessler 3DSe Advisory Board

Claudia Kessler

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“My role in the advisory board, on the one hand, is the expertise of space topics and the network of the space industry, which I contribute. On the other hand – as the only woman on the Advisory Board – I also deal with the topic of diversity, as a mentor for the consultants, but also across the board in order to achieve greater diversity in 3DSE in the long term.”


  • Entrepreneur and visionary and one of the few female executives with more than thirty years of experience in the international space sector.
  • Founder of Astronautin GmbH with the goal of seeing the first German woman off into space
  • Founder of the Europe-wide network “Women in Aerospace Europe” (WIA-E)
  • Member of the Senate of the German Aerospace Society (DGLR) and the International Aeronautical Academy (IAA).
  • 2004- 2018: as CEO at HE Space, a personnel service provider specializing in space professionals, she achieved a representation of women of 55% amidst her 200 technical employees.
  • Since 2017: member of the 3DSE Advisory Board, where, in addition to her excellent industry knowledge and deep expertise, she supports the consulting firm as a mentor for 3DSE female consultants in the area of diversity and women empowerment.

Harald Ludanek 3DSE Advisory Board

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c.
Harald Ludanek

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“The automotive sector has been and will continue to be a significant innovation driver. Individual mobility requirements and environmentally compatible logistics will continue to be the basis of a functioning economy in the future.”


  • Expert with profound expertise in the automotive sector and 26 years of experience in automotive development
  • 2002: Member of the Board of Management at Škoda Auto and Head of Technical Development in Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic.
  • 2007: Head of Overall Vehicle Development and Test Engineering at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg.
  • 2012: Chief Development Officer at Scania in Södertälje, Sweden, focusing on the following: Development of a new truck generation, new engine development, hybrid development and modular construction system.
  • 2016: Chief Development Officer at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
  • Since 2017 he has been devoted his time more intensively to university activities and consulting, as part of an early retirement arrangement
  • Honorary doctorate from the Royal Institute for Technology at KTH Stockholm University and honorary professorship at Clausthal Technical University.
  • Since 2017: member of the 3DSE Advisory Board supporting the consulting company with his ample years of experience in practice and teaching, as well as his high-caliber network from the automotive sector.

Matthias Ludwig 3DSE Advisory Board

 Dr. Matthias Ludwig

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“I was always interested in applicable science and later had to or-ganize multinational engineering teams for optimal structure and out-put. Working with 3DSE, I hope to contribute to the R&D consulting goal of the company with my experience.”


  • Veteran with more than four decades of experience in the electronics research and industry
  • 2001: as a Director at Infineon Technologies he built several teams in Asia for customer support of cell phone hardware and software in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul and Singapore
  • 2007: Managing Director of Infineon Korea and later President of Infineon Malaysia
  • Managing Director for Intel Mobile first in Singapore and later in Bangalore with subsequent move to Intel Germany to support the company’s engagement with startups and universities
  • Completed his professional career at Apple Mobile
  • Author of over 70 scientific publications and 5 patents
  • Since 2017: member of the 3DSE Advisory Board supporting the consulting company with his excellent knowledge of the industry and his international network of the semiconductor and electronics sector.

Frieder Megerle 3DSE Advisory Board

 Frieder Megerle

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“Disruptive changes in the automotive world have accompanied me for many years of my pro-fessional life – overseas as well as in Europe. I would like to support 3DSE and its international customers in finding and developing the best solutions.”


  • Freelance Business Consultant with extensive experience in engineering & manufacturing, lean production, turnaround management, M&A, internationalization and management of multinational teams.
  • 1982 until 2000: Engineering Project Manager & Director at Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Subsequently four years as Senior Vice President as well as member of the BoM and Regional President for Bosch in Japan
  • 2014-2009: Senior Vice President and Technical Plant Manager at Bosch in Blaichach
  • 2009 to 2018: Executive Vice President Manufacturing & Engineering at Bosch and Divisional President leading the regions Japan, India and SEA
  • 2018: German Innovation Prize by the business magazine “WirtschaftsWoche” for the product iDisc, an innovative brake disc developed under his responsibility
  • In addition to his professional activities, Megerle was and is a member of several supervisory boards and advisory councils.
  • Since 2019: member of the advisory board of 3DSE supporting the consulting company with his outstanding national and international R&D and industry expertise.

Detlef Müller-Wiesner 3DSE Advisory Board

Dr. Ing.
Detlef Müller-Wiesner

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“The creative collaboration with the experienced, excellent members of the 3DSE Advisory Board, in exchange with the 3DSE team, provides me with the success and joy of contributing to the further development of an award-winning consulting company.”


  • Freelance Consultant for innovation processes, aerospace research & technology, Systems Engineering, strategy and start-up coaching.
  • From 1986 until his retirement in 2016, he worked at Airbus and the companies that later became part of Airbus.
  • In the field of aerospace engineering, he held high-ranking positions in the areas of development, production, service and program: among others management, integration and global development of the EADS Corporate Research Centre, Chief Operating Officer Innovation, part of the EADS Corporate Technical Office (CTO), Project Manager of Spacelab.
  • In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Müller-Wiesner fulfilled and fulfils a variety of other roles and honorary positions: i.e. Officer in the reserve of the German Air Force, member and deputy spokesman of the Senate of the German Aerospace Society (DGLR), he holds the honorary title “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite du France” and is a corresponding member of the Academie de l’Air et de l’Espace in France, etc
  • Since 2017: member of the 3DSE Advisory Board complementing the consulting company with his excellent industry knowledge, his deep expertise as well as his top-class network in the aerospace sector.

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