1999 - 2001
Virginia Tech Evening classes in telecommunications
1993 - 1995
MIT, M.S., Technology and Policy (“public sector MBA”), M.S., Transportation Engineering/Logistics, Cost/Benefit Analysis, Logistics, Risk Management
1986 - 1993
University of Stuttgart /Germany, Dipl.-Ing., Aerospace Engineering (comparable to M.S.)
Thesis, ONERA/Sup’aéro, Toulouse/France,
Specialization in thermodynamics and propulsion
2017 - today xxx, Friedrichshafen/Germany, Product Assurance Manager
Responsible for quality and safety of several payloads for the International Space Station. FLUMIAS DEA fluorescence microscope was developed, integrated and tested in only one year.
2012 - 2016 xxx, Friedrichshafen/Germany, Future Programmes Manager
Coordinated and participated in advanced studies for several scientific and commercial satellite projects. Led teams of a dozen engineers spread over several countries. Liaised with legal, contracts and commercial, and business development functions.
Led proposals for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload, SAR satellite constellation and multi-station satellite ground segment, exceeding 50M€. Analyzed and allocated customer requirements and jointly derived initial designs. Coordinated with legal and procurement departments, participated in negotiations and carried out subcontractor selection to set up a focused and competitive consortium.
2001-2011 xxx, Friedrichshafen/Germany, System Engineer
Represented customer interests vis-a-vis supplier of state-of-the-art laser communications terminal, which is now successfully operating in orbit (Sentinel-2).
Designed the propulsion system for first generation Galileo satellites. Provided in-orbit support.
Led a study to increase efficiency of mass producing satellites. Set up a suite of collaborative online tools for satellite design teams. Led satellite design teams in concurrent design process, administered design facility and was called to teach system engineering internally and at the University of Stuttgart.
2000-2001 Intelsat, Washington, D.C./USA, Senior System Development Engineer
Co-developed a broadband VSAT system, demonstrated system to international customers. Coordinated ground segment, led negotiations with several antenna manufacturers and achieved 20% savings. At the time, this was a novel product for the company, now it is technically and commercially successful.
1997-2000 Iridium LLC, Washington, D.C./USA, Aeronautical Project Manager
Represented company vis-à-vis suppliers of LEO satellite technology for aircraft, led testing.
Marketed system to aeronautical customers including major airlines. Achieved higher than expected sales in business aircraft category.
Maintained aeronautical business plan.
1995-1997 Booz·Allen & Hamilton, McLean, VA/USA, Senior Consultant
Advised aerospace companies on technical developments and derived commercial prospects. Represented the US Department of Transportation in nationwide research projects to maintain consistency and optimize efficiency.
Initiated several patents for mitigation of space debris as well as for a low gravity lander.
Led team at 2015 Airbus DS Business Innovation Factory: An air dropped penetrator to warn against imminent landslides. Concept won as technically feasible and commercially attractive but was ultimately not funded since it was outside the company scope.
Winner of Airbus DS innovation competition: A simplified pointing mechanism for electric satellite thruster. Patented. Funding provided, development is ongoing.
English (fluent), French (C1 - business level), Spanish (B2 - advanced)
Long distance biking/hiking/swimming.
Initiated and led xxx Space Debris Task Force (German/French/British),
Volunteer with German Civil Defense (THW), entry level paramedic, trainer, leader of an international deployment team.
German citizen, US Green Card
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