Simon is an interdisciplinary PhD Candidate in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He researches policy-driven industrial ecosystems in the context of technological sovereignty with the Ecosystems, Platforms & Strategy Research Team. As a member of Sidney Sussex College, he aims to connect the fields management, politics, and engineering with a thematic focus on ecosystems, platforms, and strategic alliances. His work is supervised by Dr Florian Urmetzer and advised by Dr Eoin O’Sullivan. The research is funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Studentship of the University of Cambridge's School of Technology, and with a Doctoral Scholarship of Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). There he is a member of the Doctoral College “Social Market Economy”. Simon is also a former Scholar of Hanns-Seidel-Foundation (HSS).


He has professional work and internship experience in industry and technology with Siemens, Airbus, and BMW; as well as in policy with the Munich Security Conference, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Finance, and with a Deputy Parliamentary Group Leader of the Bavarian Parliament. From 2014 onwards, he was Chairman of the TUM Speakers Series when he relaunched and scaled-up the organization as a hybrid knowledge and event platform for students and distinguished speakers. Simon also established the Advisory Board as its Co-Chair. In 2022, he co-founded the G7-75 Years Marshall Plan Young Transatlantic Leaders Initiative, a young leaders’ network and cultural initiative for U.S., UK, and German students and young professionals convened on the occasion of the 75th Marshall Plan Anniversary. Simon is a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum’s Community and was Engagement Lead of the Munich Hub. In 2017, he was named one of Bavaria’s National Citizen Delegates to attend Germany’s reunification celebrations.


A Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA), Simon received a Kurt Hahn Award of the University of Cambridge, a RADMA Doctoral Studies Award, and an Educational Grant by the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust. He was selected in DLD Media’s “50 for Future” class of 2020, and his work was shortlisted for The Charlemagne Prize Fellowship 2022. Holding a MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management (ISMM) of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), he also completed a MSc and BSc in Management & Technology of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and a BA (Hons) in Political Science of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). Simon spent an exchange semester at The University of Hongkong (HKU).



List of Publications 


  • Dietlmeier, S. F., Floetgen, R. J., Bock, J., & Urmetzer, F. (2022). IoT for Rail Transportation: The Case of Railigent. Proceedings of the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Osaka, Japan.
  • Dietlmeier, S. F., Floetgen, R. J., Bock, J., & Urmetzer, F. (2022). Conceptualizing IIoT Platform Ecosystem Verticalization. Proceedings of the IEEE 8th World Forum on Internet of Things, Yokohama, Japan.
  • Dietlmeier, S. F. (2018). Brexit – A Shattering Event or Unremarkable Episode for Private Equity Activity? [online], Seminar Paper. Available at SSRN:

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