Intelligent Traffic Systems – Elena Jakobs (Siemens) in our WiM Interview

Aug 6, 2019

Elena Jakobs is a product manager for intelligent traffic systems at Siemens Mobility and part of the Women in Mobility Hub Munich. We met her for five rapid-fire questions.

Elena Jakobs studied civil engineering with a specialisation in traffic engineering at the RWTH Aachen. In her role as Product Manager she is responsible for two different topics: The controller for sign gantries on highways and the Central Management System for Connected Mobility. Two completely different, but very fascinating topics.

1.    Why are you a member of Women in Mobility? 

WiM is a good opportunity to network and get inspired by other women working in mobility. 

2.    What fascinates you about mobility?

I find it exciting how cities and transport systems have developed over the past decades. At the moment, the development towards autonomous driving is progressing very quickly and will affect us all. We have the great opportunity to be part of shaping this future. 

3.    Why do we need more women in the mobility industry? 

I think we need a balanced ratio between men and women in all sectors. I believe a good team consists of people with different ways of thinking, working, and strengths and weaknesses.

4.    Which career advice would you give your 20 year old self?

The decision to study civil engineering with a specialisation in traffic engineering is the right decision. After your degree, you can look forward to many great opportunities in the field of transportation. But: Never let them take the butter from your bread (German saying).

5.    Which Woman in Mobility inspires you?

I am particularly impressed by women in the 18th/19th century who were interested in technology against all conventions.

Network with the Women in Mobility!

On September 12 in Frankfurt!

Join the "Women in Mobility MoveUp" networking event at the New Mobility World (hall 5.0) at the IAA 2019!

Come to the NMW Lounge on the first trade visitor day of the IAA (Sept. 12) and meet other women of the industry while having a few snacks and drinks.

12:30–12:45 – Keynote by Daniela Gerd tom Markotten, CEO of moovel Group

12:45–14:00 – Networking and Snacks

Please register here!