About me

Portrait of Pascal

I am a year old techie from Cologne, Germany and I recently moved to Belgium, initially working for an ISS project at Space Apps but not as a Data Engineer with Data Minded. Before, I have worked 6 years in software consulting and as a freelance software engineer in Germany and Australia. I have lived in 4 countries across three continents. That used to be something special but now I meet people every day who can only smile at that. The world has gotten small!

My main concern is working on something that feels worth working for. My master thesis was on future energy markets, helping to tackle the problems of energy supply in a hopefully sustainable future. In 2019, I joined a small group of bright engineers to be able to push my engagement for meaningful projects over the next years by bringing the right data to the right people so we make the right choices.

In the past, my focus was mainly on (full-stack) web technologies as well as IoT tech, backend and cloud infrastructure. In 2017, I shifted my main focus to machine learning by applying reinforcement learning to trading systems. Nowadays I also work a lot with docker, kubernetes, cloud infrastructure and BigData tech like Spark and Kafka.

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 my free time I enjoy a number of podcasts and books (see reading list) as well as water sports and exploring cities, people and cultures. I am also a bit of a tech geek, playing around with Raspberry Pi’s, streaming on YouTube and participating in Open Source development.

Work experience: 2008 - today

since 02/2019

Data Minded

Data Engineer

Software and Data Engineering. Scala, Kafka, Spark, Hive, Hadoop and more to come

10/2018 - 02/2019

Space Applications Services

Software Engineer

Backend Development (Django) and Frontend Development (React, Redux)

09/2011 - 08/2017

Opitz Consulting Deutschland GmbH

part time software developer (2016-2017)

student intern (2011-2015)

(mobile) software development, IoT PoCs, custom AWS CI infrastructure, Java EE, modern web clients, innovation and software architecture consulting

03/2016 - 07/2016

Propeller Aero Pty Ltd

Frontend Software Engineer

for drone data platform. AngularJS, Ionic, NodeJS, Amazon AWS

05/2010 – 04/2011

h.f.x. mitterer eK

student help

used cars management (Toyota dealership)

9/2008 - 6/2009

Midwest Paint & Body - MN, USA

student help

Education — 2008 - today

09/2015 - 08/2018

University of Cologne

Information Systems, M.Sc.

Major in Information Systems, Minor in Supply Chain

03/2016 - 07/2016

University of Technology Sydney

Master of Information Technology

iOS Development and Data Science

09/2013 - 08/2015

University of Cologne

Information Systems, B.Sc.

Computer Science, Business and Psychology

09/2011 - 09/2013

FHDW Bergisch Gladbach & Opitz Consulting GmbH

Business Information Systems , B.Sc. , Minor: IT-Consulting

09/2009 - 07/2011

Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium, Bensberg

German matriculation examination (“Abitur”)

09/2008 - 06/2009

Sauk Centre, MN, USA

High School exchange year

Internships and community services

04/2017 - 08/2017

Erasmus Student Network Germany

National Board member and Partnership Manager

03/2015 - 08/2017

Erasmus Student Network Köln

Supporting international students in Cologne, organising trips, get togethers and supporting them with university and other issues. (volunteer & non-profit)

Summer 2011 (10 weeks)

Opitz Consulting GmbH

Internal IT department support. Focus on Powershell scripting

Skills, speeches and publications

Languages

English - advanced written & spoken (Level C1+), language exchange in 2008/2009, 2015, 2016

German - native speaker

Certificates

Oracle ADF Implementation Specialist - March 2012

C1+ Council of Europe English Certificate - Jan 2015

Scholarships

Deutschlandstipendium (Germany): Sept. 2014 - 08/2017

PROMOS Exchange Scholarship: March 2016 - July 2016

Speeches

RuhrJUG Community Meeting - Dec. 2015 - IoT Cloud Comparison

OOP Conference (Munich) - Jan. 2015 - Influences of the IoT on software development

DOAG Conference (Nuremberg) - Nov. 2014 - Internet of Things Prototype

OOP Conference (Munich) - Jan. 2013 - ADF Mobile review

DOAG community meet-up (Munich) - Sept. 2012 - ADF Mobile review

Publications

Project level effects of gender on contribution evaluation on GitHub (2017)

Java Aktuell (Germany) - April 2015 - First one home, play some funky tunes (2015)

Masterthesis: Observation-based Reinforcement Learning Within Competitive Simulations (2018)

Technologies

Angular, CSS3, Git(Hub), HTML5, Ionic, JavaScript, MacOS, Python, TypeScript, Unix

Amazon AWS, Atom, BPM, Django, Docker, GRPC, IntelliJ, Java, Keras, Kubernetes, LaTeX, MongoDB, NoSQL, Protobuf, React, Redux, Scrum, vim

.NET, Ansible, Azure, C#, Firebase, JavaEE, Kafka, Kotlin, Objective-C, R, Scala, Spark, Spring, Tensorflow