Some call it work. I call it: delight.
Linda Alpmann is an engineer in Audi headlight development.
Why does Linda Alpmann get excited every time she sees an Audi A6 with dynamic indicators on the street? Because she knows that she’s done her job well: Linda works in the technical development of headlights.
Through her job in the technical development of headlights and front lighting, the 28-year-old works together with light designers not only to shape the visual appearance of our vehicles, such as the next Audi A6. She also ensures that Audi drivers are always provided with the best possible visibility. Her work also has an impact on future light strategies and influences Audi’s future position in the automotive light technology sector.
Light is more than simply light. One of Linda’s jobs is to make sure drivers can see and be seen better and better in their Audi. Based on the design, she works together with suppliers to develop innovative solutions. For example, she’s working on the next generation of the Matrix Beam headlights that are already being used in many vehicles such as the Audi A8, the A7, the new A4, the TT and the Q7. New lighting technologies change our working lives, open up new possibilities and pose new questions: What if, for instance, we were able to activate additional lighting with an app?
Apart from a passion for light, Linda’s job requires both a fundamental technical knowledge as well as expertise in the area of design. Working closely with a team of lighting designers, she is ultimately often faced with the challenge of making design concepts they have developed work in a headlight for real-life road conditions. In other words, team spirit and a willingness to compromise are just as essential as the freedom to create without the restraints of inflexible workflows. Linda needs this freedom in her job – and finds it at Audi.
Linda Alpmann was fascinated by light right from her school days. In physics she did a project on the subject of interference in soap bubbles. Later she began to broaden her horizons and studied both mechanical engineering & design as well as product development. She later completed her internship semester and did her bachelor thesis with a headlight supplier, thus establishing her first contacts with the automotive industry. She has been working at Audi since 2012.
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