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 Covid 2020 I decided to join McKinsey Digital to get a more global exposure and to see how it's 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, helping to tackle the problems of energy supply in a hopefully sustainable future. 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.
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 though, 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 sports and exploring cities, people and cultures. For the day-to-day, I recently got a road bike which I learned to enjoy as well.