Miguel Dhaens, engineering manager, advanced engineering, global Ride Control, is responsible for defining the research road map and coordinating the global research activities of Tenneco’s Ride Control business which includes vehicle dynamics (advanced sensing, autonomy and emotional intelligence), damping solutions, mechatronics, material science, manufacturing technologies and predictive tools.
In this role, he chairs a team of 11 engineers and eight PhD scientists and liaises with universities and knowledge centers.
Before joining Tenneco, Dhaens worked as an R&D manager at Flanders Drive, a strategic research centre in Lommel, Belgium,and before that, he was manager for the Formula 1 engine racing team, test team and advanced strategies at Toyota Motorsport, Cologne, Germany.
Dhaens started his career as a project engineer at Ilmor Engineering, Northampton, U.K., working in F1 and with Champ Car racing engines.
Dhaens has a Master of Science degree in electro-mechanical engineering from KIH Ostend, part of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium