Felix Schmid


University of Birmingham
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Co-author of: "Closer Running: Magic potion or deadly poison?"
Felix Schmid was born in Zürich, Switzerland, where he attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He graduated with a degree in electrical and electronic engineering, specialising in power and control systems. He worked in Switzerland for two years, as a computer systems analyst, and then moved to Manchester, England, where he worked as a locomotive control engineer with GEC Traction (now part of Alstom) for three and a half years. For the following three years he was a research assistant at UMIST (now part of Manchester University), working in very low current electronics, and at Salford University, where he designed and built machine tools. He became a lecturer at Brunel University in 1985 and taught control engineering and computer integrated manufacturing, before being seconded to the Swiss Federal Office of Transport, as a railway signalling inspector. Felix joined the University of Sheffield in 1994, tasked with creating the MSc programme in Railway Systems Engineering. He moved to the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham in 2005, where he became director of education. He established research in railway capacity and railway safety. Prof Schmid is a Fellow of the IRSE, the IMechE and the PWI.