I am a UNIX systems engineer working in the telecommunications and media industry.

I went to school in Germany and got a German Abitur at the Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium in Kaarst before coming to England to read for a BSc in Computer Science at Royal Holloway. I gained a PhD in Computer Science in 1999 researching Support Vector Machines and their uses in medical and forensic settings. In addition to my research in artificial intelligence I ran some of the Department’s Linux and Sun services and worked as a systems engineer which lead me to my current job as the Infrastructure Operations Manager for Cloud Operations at Websense. I also lectured in my research areas as well as teaching commercial Unix and Internet courses. I am a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Information Technology Professional and hold Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner Certifications.

Obviously I have a strong interest in Computers and Technology, check out my CV, my publications and my employers web site for this.

My other interests are closely linked to anything to do with Mountains. I love to go hiking and climbing and take photographs in the progress.

I am a member of the DAV Sektion Düsseldorf (The German Alpine Association Branch in Düsseldorf), my old University’s alumni climbing club ULGMC and my old college’s climbing club MACS. I also hold the MLT UK Single Pitch Award and Climbing Wall Leading Award, which are UK climbing instructor qualifications.

If I have any time left I like to listen to classical music and I usually have a season ticket for the BBC Proms.