I am a years old engineer living in Brussels, Belgium. I emigrated from Germany in 2018, initially working for Space Applications Services on an ISS planning project but quickly switched fields to work as a Data Engineer and Google Cloud Specialist for Data Minded. During the covid lockdown of 2020 I decided to join McKinsey Digital to see how business is done on a global stage.
My main concern is working on something that feels worth working for. My master thesis was on future energy markets. Exploring the challenges of energy supply in a hopefully sustainable future. Admittedly, In the past I found it rather difficult to find a technical project that is both technically interesting and tries to solve a problem worth solving.
Looking at tech, I am a Professional Data Engineer and Cloud Architect for the Google Cloud Platform. In the past, my focus was mainly on (full-stack) web technologies as well as IoT tech, backend and cloud infrastructure. I also have a bit of a passion for IT privacy and security. Currently, I mostly work with Kubernetes, AWS, terraform and BigData tech like Spark and Kafka. According to some colleagues I'm also pretty fun to watch interacting with my shell. Over the years I built some skills that helped me minimize my keystrokes for most interactions with my machine, removing the barriers between my idea and the execution.
I find data science and ML fascinating but have to compromise and work with specialists in those fields instead of trying to learn it all on my own as well. As a Data Engineer, I am capable of talking to and understanding the needs of Data Scientists and discuss potential causes for model performance issues. In a brief period in 2017/18, I dove into machine learning by applying reinforcement learning to trading systems.
From a social perspective, I have volunteered a number of years in the Erasmus Student Network, where I was appointed as the National Partnership Manager for Germany. In winter 19/20 I volunteered at Hack Your Future Belgium as a coach, teaching web-development and general SWE skills to refugees.
In my free time I enjoy a number of podcasts and books (see reading list) as well as water and mountain sports and exploring cities, people and cultures. For the day-to-day, I recently got a road bike which I enjoy as well.