Klaus Kompass received his diploma in safety engineering from the University of Wuppertal, Germany. He came to BMW in 1986 as crash test engineer, then was in charge of the airbag testing and crash simulation. He became project leader for various innovative projects including the first-of-its-kind head protection side airbag launched in 1997.
In 1999 Mr. Kompass moved to Autoliv GmbH and was head of engineering for the German and UK R&D centers.
In 2003 he went back to BMW AG as Director for electronic engineering, later as head of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
Since 2008 Prof. Kompass is Vice President Vehicle Safety for the BMW Group. In this role he is responsible for all crash test facilities, the development of active and passive safety as well as the accident research teams in Germany and the US.
He received the Airbag-Award from Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in 2004. As a adjunct professor he teaches vehicle safety at the Technical University Berlin and the University for Applied Sciences in Konstanz. In 2013 he received the Government Award for Safety Engineering Excellence from the US Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and in 2016 the Stroebl-Award for Vehicle Safety Science from the Bavarian Ministry of Internal Affairs and Technical University of Munich. Furthermore, in 2017 he was honored with the Pathfinder Award from the Automotive Safety Council.