Peter Wilks, Developer in Karlsfeld, Bavaria, Germany
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Peter Wilks

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Low-level Programming Developer

Karlsfeld, Bavaria, Germany
Toptal Member Since
December 8, 2020

Dr. Wilks is a senior software engineer, with vast experience, particularly in the automotive ECU domain. He has worked in most stages of the product life cycle, including contract tender and negotiation, project management, product architectural design, electronic and software development. He has successfully worked in international environments in the UK, Germany, and Hong Kong. He is familiar with automotive development for ASIL-D components, compliant with ISO-26262.


Pathway Technologies Ltd.
C++, Qt, Industrial Design, Android, Embedded Hardware, Hardware Design...
Automotive SPICE, Team Leadership, Mentorship & Coaching, ISO 26262, Scrum...
Munich University of Applied Sciences
Simulations, Simulink, Biomedical Engineering, University Teaching




Preferred Environment

C++, Automotive, C#, Linux, Win32, Embedded C++, Embedded C

The most amazing...

...experience was when I started an unofficial "secret" project to write a calibration tool for BMW Formula 1 that grew to be used across the whole racing team.

Work Experience

Owner and Lead Engineer

2014 - PRESENT
Pathway Technologies Ltd.
  • Founded Pathway Technologies Limited in Hong Kong.
  • Designed the hardware and software of a new control unit for an injection molding machine. The design is an embedded controller with an Android tablet front end.
  • Configuring the AUTOSAR stack for an automotive DCDC converter using the Mentor Graphics VXA and VXB tools.
Technologies: C++, Qt, Industrial Design, Android, Embedded Hardware, Hardware Design, Embedded C

Senior Software Development Engineer

2015 - 2020
  • Oversaw diagnostics, calibration, and software integration activities in AUTOSAR-based projects as the team lead. This included technical, architectural, and resource planning for each 2-week sprint.
  • Defined and implemented the Layer-3 safety requirements for a high-voltage battery controller (ASIL-D).
  • Ensured that all work in my area of responsibility is carried out according to the required processes based on Scrum and ASPICE.
  • Acted as the customer liaison for timescales, change requests, defect tracking, and release planning.
  • Analyzed customer requirement documents (Lastenheft) as part of the normal supplier response process (Pflichtenheft).
  • Implemented the diagnostic services for a battery controller project, according to the customer requirements, including full OBD-2 functionality for emissions-relevant ECU.
Technologies: Automotive SPICE, Team Leadership, Mentorship & Coaching, ISO 26262, Scrum, ODBC, AUTOSAR, Embedded C

Visiting Lecturer

2013 - 2014
Munich University of Applied Sciences
  • Taught “Realtime Simulation with MATLAB and Simulink” in English. This is a masters-level course.
  • Taught “Introduction to Biomedical Engineering” in English. This course is offered to final year bachelor and masters students.
  • Prepared teaching material for the above-listed courses, and set examinations and projects for student evaluation.
Technologies: Simulations, Simulink, Biomedical Engineering, University Teaching

Software Development Engineer

2009 - 2014
BMW Group
  • Adapted standard BMW motor controllers for prototype vehicles using a permanent magnet and externally excited synchronous motors, as well as one proof-of-concept project using an asynchronous motor.
  • Wrote interface code to allow model-based software developed with Matlab and Simulink to work smoothly with the underlying system architecture.
  • Adapted the BMW standard embedded OS (OSEK-based) for the TriCore TC1782 embedded processor.
  • Integrated software and served as the build and release manager for various projects in the development concept stage.
Technologies: Realtime, Automotive, Calibration, Automotive Controller Area Network (CAN), Communication, Embedded C

Software Development Engineer

2001 - 2009
BMW Motorsport
  • Developed embedded logger and telemetry system in C for a multiprocessor engine control unit (ECU). This included the logger data sampler, flash-filesystem storage, data transmission over telemetry, and an ethernet offload of the logged data.
  • Built the PC logger and telemetry decoder in C++ and MFC for the ECU.
  • Specified the feature set and internal architecture for the engine and chassis engineers' PC tool to configure the ECU. This tool is a C++ and MFC application and supports a large object-oriented COM interface.
  • Coordinated the work of a team of six software developers and testers, interfacing with the primary users and managing the release process as the technical project leader for the above.
  • Served as the system architect and project leader for the development of the BMW-specific tools for the Formula 1 race team using C# and .NET.
  • Specified and implemented UDP-based communications protocol used between the PC tools and the embedded system, supporting multiple devices, each with multiple processors. A modified version of this protocol is used between the PC tools.
Technologies: Automotive, Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) Library, C#, Embedded C

Software Development Engineer

1996 - 2001
Pi Developments Ltd.
  • Developed embedded logger and telemetry code in C for a Formula 1 chassis control unit, and contributed to the development of the real-time operating system.
  • Developed gearbox controller code and driver interface code as part of a customer-facing development team interfacing between Pi Developments and Jaguar Racing.
  • Developed embedded code to integrate the Pi logger with the customer ECU, using an HDLC-based protocol as the communications link. This was part of another customer-facing development team interfacing between Pi Developments and BMW Motorsport.
  • Implemented customer-specific changes to the Pi core products (embedded and PC) as the technical head of the second customer-facing team.
Technologies: Win32, C++, Automotive, Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) Library, Embedded C


A bespoke application for the BMW Formula 1 race team, used for engine calibration. Written in C#, this tool was used for monitoring and calibration of the Formula 1 racing engine. In addition, it handled real-time telemetry data either over the air or wired over Ethernet.

Porche Taycan Battery

I was on the embedded software development team for the 800V Porche Taycan battery. Responsible for diagnostics, I oversaw the implementation of the diagnostics for the battery. This inevitably touched on many parts of the battery, so I gained a broad knowledge of the battery software and would often be called upon to make the first investigation when defects were identified.
1990 - 1994

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

Sussex University - Brighton, UK

1984 - 1988

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering

Brunel University - London, UK


ODBC, Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) Library, Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC)


Automotive SPICE


Realtime, Qt, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Industry Expertise

Automotive, Biomedical Engineering


Embedded C, C#, C++, Embedded C++, Simulink


Win32, Linux, Android




Low-level Programming, Programming, Communication, Embedded Systems, Embedded Software, Research, Writing & Editing, AUTOSAR, Automotive Controller Area Network (CAN), University Teaching, ISO 26262, Mentorship & Coaching, Team Leadership, Electronics, Digital Electronics, Biomedical Skills, Data Analysis, Hardware Design, Embedded Hardware, Industrial Design, Calibration, Simulations, Project Design, Project Leadership, Graphical User Interface (GUI), Innovation, Diagnostics

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