DI (FH) Karin Kraschl-Hirschmann, Ph.D.

Karin Kraschl-Hirschmann designs mobility solutions for the future. In her position as Head of the Department for System Engineering and Innovation at Siemens Mobility Austria, she is involved in developing state-of-the-art technologies for the mobility sector.


Key data

Job description: Head of Department for System Engineering and Innovation

Company: Siemens Mobility Austria

I work in: Graz/Vienna, Austria

I’ve worked here since: 2010

What I do:

  • Managing the Department for System Engineering and Innovation
  • Leading R&D projects in the field of ITS (Intelligent Traffic Systems)

Why I love my job:

  • My job is very varied
  • I am able to participate in creating new solutions
  • I can work with many people

Important skills in my job:

  • Solution-oriented approach
  • Commitment to and interest in ITS
  • Self-organisation

My biggest accomplishment so far:

Whenever a new solution for one of our customers goes into successful operation.

How I found my current job:

Following my graduation from FH JOANNEUM, I worked as a research assistant at Graz University of Technology. During that time I participated in a research project with Siemens AG, which is still cited today. This sparked my interest in the Siemens group and I started working for the company, at first part-time and then, following my PhD, on a full-time basis.

What I learned for this job during my studies:

The foundation in traffic telematics (which was then ONLY offered by FH JOANNEUM) certainly provided me with a combination of internship practice and theoretical knowledge. After this I was able to focus on my PhD studies and the world of work.

Job prospects in my field:

The field of traffic engineering and telematics is evolving rapidly. Intellectual curiosity for the topic and a commitment to delve deeply into the relevant subjects are key. This is the only opportunity to differentiate yourself.

I am:

  • interested in the topic
  • eager for discussion

About my job:

The Intelligent Traffic Systems division at Siemens Mobility offers a fascinating and varied field of activity for developing new mobility solutions combined with well-established approaches.