About me

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.

Technology timeline

Work experience: 2008 - today

02/19 - 08/20

Data Minded bvba

Data Engineer

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

10/18 - 02/19

Space Apps

Software Engineer

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

03/16 - 07/16

Propeller Aero

Software Engineer

Drone data platform. Web and Mobile app work with AngularJS, and Ionic, webapp build pipeline with webpack

09/11 - 08/17

Opitz Consulting

Part-Time Software Developer

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

Education — 2008 - today

03/16 - 06/16

University of Technology Sydney

Master of Information Technology

iOS Development and Data Science

09/15 - 08/18

University of Cologne

M.Sc. Information Systems

Major in Information Systems, Minor in Supply Chain

09/13 - 08/15

University of Cologne

B.Sc. Information Systems

Computer Science, Business and Psychology

09/11 - 09/13

FHDW Bergisch Gladbach & Opitz Consulting GmbH

B.Sc. Information Systems

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

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

Google Cloud Professional Data Engineer - November 2019

Google Cloud Professional Cloud Architect - August 2019

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)