About me

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught” - Oscar Wilde


I was born in Schweinfurt, Germany, in 1985. I received my Diploma (with distinction) in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Darmstadt University of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany in 2010. During my undergraduate studies, I spent one academic year as a visiting student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley.

After graduating from TU Darmstadt, I worked as a Temporary Consultant for Siemens Management Consulting (SMC) in Munich, Germany.

Since January 2011, I have been a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Claire Tomlin in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. I am also pursuing a M.A. in Mathematics at Berkeley.

During the summer of 2015, I interned in Facebook's Core Data Science team.

A detailed pdf version of my CV can be downloaded here.

Activities and interests

I am an avid Scuba Diver: Divemaster (PADI), Technical Decompression Diver (NAUI), and licensed Scientific Diver (with AAUS, the American Academy of Underwater Sciences). I also do a lot of sailing and yacht racing on San Francisco Bay. Outside the water, I enjoy playing volleyball, cycling and going running around the Berkeley marina.

In less busy times, I have volunteered for the Prison University Project, where I twas teaching math and physics to prisoners pursuing an Associates degree in San Quentin State Prison.