Born in 1961, Prof. Gerling got his diploma and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University (RWTH) of Aachen, Germany in 1986 and 1992, respectively. From 1986 to 1999 he was with Philips Research Laboratories in Aachen, Germany as Research Scientist and later as Senior Scientist. In 1999 Dr. Gerling joined Robert Bosch GmbH in Bühl, Germany as Director. Since 2001 he is Full Professor and Head of the Institute of Electrical Drives at the Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany (http://www.unibw.de/EAA/ ). He is founder of FEAAM GmbH and co-founder of volabo GmbH.