By the start of this blog, I am a happily married (for 5 years) father of a daugther (7 months), living and working in Wernigerode, Germany. After graduating from high school in 2000 and serving one year as a nursing orderly, I studied Computer Science and Economics at Harz University in Wernigerode, earing a Diploma Degree in 2005. In 2006, one of my professors as well as one of my co-students and I founded a photonics research company called HarzOptics, specializing on providing scientific optics measurement services for the aerospace industry. I work there to this day.
Between 2005 and 2010 I also worked as an assistant lecturer at Harz University, giving lectures in Statistics, Market Research, Information Management and general Computer Sciences. Though I loved teaching, I discovered that working two almost full-time jobs while also teaching and trying to keep a family happy was just a bit too much. I try to stay on top of new developments in my specific areas of reasearch as well as to publish at least one or two peer-reviewed papers or articles each year. If you are interested, you can find a list of my scientific publications here.
In 2009, I also joined a distance education programme at Hagen University, which I hope to leave with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sicence sometime in 2014. What little free time I have left in between is spent on blogging for the German science blogging platform ScienceBlogs.de (my blog there is named “Frischer Wind”) as well as discovering other fascinating aspects of science through MOOCs.