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 ScrumMaster and Scrum Product Owner Certifications.
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 a 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.
You can see some of my photos on my photo pages.