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I am site manager of the ZEISS Innovation Hub @KIT. With the Hub, we want to build bridges - between academia and industry, between corporate and start-up culture, between ideas and projects. The Hub will open in January 2020 - don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to be part of this adventure!

Before joining ZEISS in May 2019, I was a consultant at Siemens University Relations in Munich, taking care of parts of the Siemens network of strategic partner universities (CKI) and advising Siemens researchers on how to best engage in partnerships with academia.


From January 2017 until September 2018, I was delegated to the University Ulm to help setting up the European Flagship Initiative on Quantum Technologies as project manager.


I started my industrial career in 2011 as a management consultant at Siemens Management Consulting (SMC), the internal consultancy of Siemens. My project experience includes, among others, restructuring, sales excellence and strategy.


In my "previous life" as researcher, I was a post doc in the quantum atom optics lab of Prof. P. Treutlein at the University of Basel. My main research interests are ultracold atoms, atom chips, atomic clocks, multiparticle entanglement, and spin tomography.


I studied physics at the University of Würzburg before I received my master degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where I worked in the group of Prof. M. G. Raizen on the elastic slowing of supersonic beams. In 2007, I joined Prof. T. W. Hänsch's group at the LMU and MPQ in Munich as a PhD student on the microwave nearfield potential experiment under the supervision of P. Treutlein. I graduated summa cum laude from the LMU in the fall of 2010.


Together with my wife, I have two wonderfull daughters with whom I gladly spend most of my spare time. Music is an important hobby and I listen to and play a wide variety of music, ranging from jazz to progressive rock. I also enjoy photography, astronomy, traveling and diving.