BMW Group, Industrial Designer
Born 1967 in Munich. Stephan moved to Berlin in 1989 to study Industrial Design at the University of Arts. He started his professional career in 1995 at Burda publishing in Munich at the first Onlineservice "Europe Online". Until 1997 Stephan Augustin worked for several publishing companies and startups to develop their Internet presence. For a DLR Aerospace spin-off he developed the new design for a 3D CAD Interface. This device, the so called "Space Mous Puls" became a big success and was in production for 11 years, a record in the fast computer business. In 1997 he became employee at the BMW Design department in Munich to set up a new studio for product design. From 2007 until 2009 he was creating new mobility concepts at the Advanced Design Studio of the BMW Group. Here he developed new technological and aesthetical vehicle and service concepts together with a small agile team focusing a time frame the next 5-10 years. Since 2009 until today he is responsible for the development of innovation projects at BMWi, the department for future electric mobility products and cars.
Beside his lectures and workshops at Universities Stephan Augustin is focusing at his self-employed projects on proprietary development like e.g. the Watercone®, a solar powered cheap device to generate potable water out of sea water or brackish water. For this humanitarian and technological development he received the "Energy Globe, World Award for Sustainability" in 2008 at the European Parliament in Brussels with presence of Kofi Anan and Michael Gorbatschow. In March 2009 he received the "Kyoto World Water Grand Prize" during the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul.