studied mechanical engineering at the Technische Universität München before serving as research associate at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at the Technical University Munich. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and started as gear development engineer at the BMW group in Dingolfing, subsequently named head of Prototyping, Gear Technology & Methods in 2003. From 2006–2009, he changed to the BMW/MINI plant in Oxford, U.K., first as group leader, and in 2007, as department leader for validation driving dynamics and powertrain. In 2009, Stahl returned to Munich and was responsible for predevelopment and innovation management within BMW Driving Dynamics and Powertrain. In 2011, Stahl was named head of the Institute for Machine Elements and the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at the Technische Universität München.