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Milton Keynes – Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Board Member for Technical Development, has been awarded the prestigious Mundy Award for Engineering at the annual Autocar awards, in recognition of his work in the development of the MEB (Modular Electric Toolkit) platform and upcoming family of ID. models.

Dr. Welsch was announced as the winner of the award in an online ceremony held by Autocar, and is the fourth person to be given the accolade since it was first presented in 2017.

Welsch’s work to bring the ID. family – and the MEB platform on which it is based – to fruition is a highlight celebrated by Autocar in giving him the award, but it was the breadth and reach of his work at the Volkswagen brand that earned him the prestigious accolade.

The Mundy Award is named after Harry Mundy – Autocar’s very first technical editor and a prolific figure in British engineering history. The trophy celebrates outstanding engineering contributors to the modern automotive industry.

Welsch, Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Technical Development, assumed his current role in December 2015. His professional career began in 1994 at Volkswagen Group Research in the field of vehicle concepts.

In subsequent years he has been Head of Exterior Body Development for Volkswagen, has taken pivotal roles at Shanghai Volkswagen, and was given overall responsibility for vehicle body development at Volkswagen in 2011. Welsch moved to ŠKODA in 2012 as a Member of the Board of Management in charge of Technical Development at the brand’s Mladá Boleslav plant, before returning to Volkswagen five years ago for his current position.

Mark Tisshaw, Editor of Autocar, said: “Welsch’s work on the MEB modular platform and subsequent ID. family of electric models – the manifestation of billions of pounds of investment in electrification – has led the industry in terms of its bold commitment to EVs.

“Of course, that’s not Welsch’s only project. All in all, the development of – deep breath – 55 cars falls under his responsibility. When you consider the breadth and brilliance of those vehicles, there’s no one more worthy of the Mundy Award.”

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