Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham

Professor Felix Schmid is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. Inherently, his research interests are those of a railway systems engineer, that is, they are wide-ranging, from railway capacity through to human factors in safety critical systems. However, of main interest to Professor Schmid are the robust forms of organisation and leadership in highly safety critical businesses. Currently he is supervising six PhD students working in areas such as train control algorithms, evaluation of the benefits of systems engineering, road energy use, human factors in control rooms, freight demand modelling and simulator based train driver training.


  • 2005–present
    Professor of Railway Systems Engineering, The University of Birmingham
  • 1994–2005
    Senior Lecturer in Railway Systems Engineering, The University of Birmingham


  • 1996 
    Brunel University, PhD in Engineering Education
  • 1976 
    Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Dipl. El. Ing. ETH


  • 2007
    Analysis of the structural characteristics of an intermediate rail vehicle and their effects on vehicle crash performance, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, Pro¬ceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers