Resume Wilfried Hofstetter

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Personal Details

  • Wilfried K. Hofstetter, Dipl.-Ing. (TUM), PhD (MIT)
  • Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group GmbH
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  • Date / place of birth: April 3, 1979 in Munich, Germany


  • 07/98: Abitur at Gymnasium Grafing, Bavaria (grammar school final examination, grade 1.0)
  • 10/99 – 03/05: Study of mechanical engineering at Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany, specialization in aerospace engineering and product development
  • Vordiplom: grade 1.7 (intermediate examination after 2 years of study)
  • 10/03 – 01/04: SOKRATES visiting student at Queen’s University, Belfast, UK (grade: upper second class honours)
  • 5/04 – 5/05: Visiting student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), preparation of final thesis for TUM engineering diploma (grade 1.0)
  • 03/05: Diploma in mechanical engineering (grade 1.4)
  • 6/05 – 6/09: PhD studies at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT; major in systems architecture and systems engineering, minor in enterprise management

Work Experience

  • 7/98 - 4/99: Military service in the Wachbatallion (honor guards battalion) and Stabsmusikkorps of the German Bundeswehr
  • 5/99 – 4/04: Internships in R&D, manufacturing, product development and design at DASA (Augsburg, Germany, now EADS), Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA), Alpma GB Inc. (Basingstoke, UK), Dr. Collin GmbH (Ebersberg, Germany)
  • 1/05 – 5/09: Graduate research assistant at MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, systems engineer for consulting activities for the NASA Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation, systems engineer and technical study lead for consulting activities for the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
  • 7/09 - 9/11: Engineering consultant at Siemens Corporate Technology in Munich; worldwide consulting in the areas of systems engineering, Lean in R&D and engineering, product platforming, and process improvement
  • Since 10/11: Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group GmbH

Honors and Activities

  • 10/96 – 9/98: Scholarship as Jungstudent (pre-college student) at Hochschule für Musik (Academy of Music) in Munich, Germany
  • 10/99 – 9/04: Scholarship for students of outstanding ability, awarded by State of Bavaria, Germany
  • 11/00 – 02/01: Tutor in technical mechanics at Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany
  • 2/05 – 5/05: Engineering advisor for 16.83 undergraduate space system design class, MIT

  • 4/07: Co-founder and member of the board of directors of the DevelopSpace Initiative, Inc., a non-profit corporation aimed at building the technical foundations for human expansion into space in an open-source manner
  • 11/07: Awarded commander's medal by US Army Aviation Center Logistics Command (ACLC) for outstanding contributions during lean enterprise transformation consulting activities
  • 6/08: Awarded 1st prize in graduate student competition, NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concept – Academic Linkage competition (NASA RASC-AL)
  • 9/08: Keynote speaker at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in Hampton, VA
  • 5/09: Awareded Rene Miller prize for Systems Engineering Excellence by the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Since 2008: reviewer for AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
  • Since 2010: reviewer for Acta Astronautica journal


  • English, German: fluent / business professional
  • French: basic knowledge