Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

since 2014

Director of Structural Mechanics Division, Merkle und Partner GbR, Heidenheim, Germany

Main Focus: technical and personnel management of the division, responsible for about 100 industrial computational projects (FEM) per year as project manager or project auditor, the projects are from automotive industry, plant and machine building industry, as well as, consumer goods and medical industry.

since 2018

Assistant lecturer, Aalen University, Aalen, Germany

teaching of the course Structural Mechanics (4 CP) for Master students

2011-2014

Postdoctoral researcher at Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Structural and Material Computational mechanics, Belgium

Topic: Dynamic strain sensors in structural health monitoring (SHM). Detection of cracks in concrete structures using fibre optical sensors.

2006-2011

Research assistant and PhD student at the Bauhaus University Weimar, Institute of Structural Mechanics, Weimar, Germany

Topic: Vibration-based model updating: Reduction and quantification of uncertainties. Became familiar with the dynamics of railway bridges, stochastic modal updating techniques, sensitivity analysis, damage detection algorithm, preparation and execution of vibration tests, experimental modal analysis, operational modal analysis and numerical modal analysis. Developed and implemented algorithms in university owned software. Involved in European projects (FADLESS, DETAILS). Supervised several Master and Bachelor thesis. Gave courses in Material of Science for third semester students.

2004-2009

Freelancer at Dynardo GmbH, Weimar, Germany

Developed and implemented algorithms for the commercial software Speedyne. Algorithms are used for fast time integrations of very large finite element models, for example, drop tests.

2004-2006

Bauhaus University Weimar, Institute of Structural Mechanics, Weimar, Germany

Management of the European project SAFERELNET (Safety and reliability of industrial products, systems and structures)

Education

June 2011

Academic Degree Dr.-Ing. (equivalent to PhD), Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar, Germany

Grade: magna cum laude, Thesis: ''Vibration-based model updating: Reduction and quantification of uncertainties'', Advisors: Prof. Carsten Könke, Prof. Christian Bucher, Prof. Guido de Roeck

December 2003

Academic Degree Dipl.-Ing. (equivalent to Master of Science) in Civil Engineering, Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar, Germany

Grade: 1.2 (very good), Major subject: Structural Mechanics, Thesis: ''Biorthogonal wavelets in system identification'' in German, Advisors: Prof. Christian Bucher, Dr. Volkmar Zabel

1998-2003

Studies in Civil Engineering at Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar, Germany

Main Courses: Structural Dynamics, Finite Element Methods, Nonlinear Design of Buildings, Prestressed Concrete

June 1998

Abitur (German university entrance qualification) at 1. Staatliches Gymnasium, Sonneberg, Germany

Grade: 1.0 (very good), Main subjects: Mathematics, Chemistry

Scholarships and Awards

June 2008

Scholarship for traveling to take part in the SICON-Course T3 at University of Rome, La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

SICON is an European consortium cooperating in the field of Stability, Identification and COntrol in Nonlinear structural dynamics. It organizes courses with specific training value, enabling junior researchers to benefit from the experience of leading researchers. The T3 course covers lectures about ''Experimental Dynamics, Model Identification and Damage Detection''.

November 2002

Scholarship for traveling to take part in the AEC-Course at Stanford University, California, USA

The AEC-Course is a global teamwork project running for one semester, where Architects, Engineers and Construction managers are working together on one project (e.g, university building) under certain requirements. The students are from all over the world.

June 1998

Book award of the best high-school graduate in chemistry by the German Chemical Industry Association (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie)

Languages

German

native speaker

English

fluent in speaking and writing

French

intermediate

Spanish

beginner

Interests and Activities

Member of the Association of German Engineers (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure)

Nordic skiing, skiking