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Get to know our leading experts in our departments.
The managers, experts and teams at NEXTRAIL work closely together to implement projects across departmental boundaries to solve even the most complex tasks quickly and efficiently with agile processes.
Decision makers in the railway sector and their teams rely on NEXTRAIL’s partnership-based cooperation and interdisciplinary expertise to help them set the course for their projects. With its comprehensive technical and process know-how as well as system knowledge spanning many applications, NEXTRAIL is present where the future of railways is shaped sustainably.
Our practical, customer-specific solutions are based on a holistic view of the relationships between operations, technology and organisation.
Dr Michael Leining
Frankfurt am Main
Dr Albrecht Achilles
Senior expert, head of ATO/(C)TMS department
Dr Albrecht Achilles is a senior expert and head of the ATO/(C)TMS department at NEXTRAIL GmbH. His broad specialist expertise is based on many years of experience as a technical consultant for control and safety technology, both on the operator and on the manufacturer side. Dr Albrecht Achilles focuses on the technical area of the European Train Control System (ETCS), automatic train operation (ATO), (capacity) traffic management systems ((C)TMS) and signalling controlled warning systems (SCWS).
Dr Sonja-Lara Bepperling
Senior expert, head of the SAFETY department, registered inspector for equivalent safety and risk assessment
Frankfurt am Main
Dr Sonja-Lara Bepperling is a senior expert and head of the SAFETY department at NEXTRAIL GmbH. For 15 years, she has been a proven expert in operational and technical risk analyses in the railway sector – in control and safety technology in particular. She possesses methodical expertise in risk and hazard analyses as well as in-depth knowledge of the processes involved in the approval processes.
Senior expert, head of the Project Engineering department
Marco Gerlach is a senior expert and head of the Project Engineering department at NEXTRAIL GmbH. With over 20 years of professional experience on the manufacturing side, he has extensive operational and technical expertise in the railway sector as a consultant – in particular in the field of electronic interlocking with a focus on the German railway construction and operating regulation (EBO), the German tram construction and operating regulation (BOStrab) and control–command and signalling systems (CCS).
Dr Benedikt Wenzel
Senior expert, head of the DATA department
Principal for train control systems
Jörg Liesche is the principal for train control systems at NEXTRAIL GmbH. With over 25 years of professional experience on the manufacturer side and as a consultant, he has extensive operational and technical expertise – particularly in the area of ETCS and the interfaces to adjacent systems.