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Oct 2008Present

Research Engineer – Laboratory Manager and Principal Investigator

Georgia Institute of Technology

• Managed research laboratory at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) • Principal Investigator and Project Manager for independent projects with companies and institutions such as US department of Veterans Affairs, Invacare, Permobil, Tekscan, XSensor, FSA, Shepherd Center for Spinal Cord Injury • Designed, developed, and built assistive technology and medical devices including an adapted Wii-mote system for PT, a Wound Measurement device and a Alleviation Pressure Cushion for Pressure Ulcer Prevention and healing • Hired and managed a total of 15 graduate and undergraduate students • Designed and built printed circuit boards (PCB) for research applications and assistive technologies • Provided decision support and analysis for ISO and RESNA standard development • Assisted external companies and entrepreneurs in product development and testing

May 2004Oct 2008

Research Assistant/Electrical Engineer

Vanderbilt University

• Member of the VaNTH REC (Vanderbilt – Northwestern – Texas – Harvard/MIT Engineering Research Center) • Designed and taught undergraduate level biomedical instrumentation laboratory course for VaNTH REC • Developed novel electronic circuitry to detect, control, and process physiological signals for US government funded research programs • Designed and built SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) microscopy components for California Institute of Technology and MIT • Designed and built printed circuit boards for trough hole and SMD components • Planned, performed, and analyzed physiological experiments to investigate for example Calcium activity and contractile properties in single cardiac myocytes and tensile adhesive strength properties in cancer cells • Designed BioMEMS devices for physiological experiments on the single cell level Advised interdisciplinary colleagues in electrical engineering matters

Sep 2002Mar 2003


Robert Bosch

• Developed software user interface to analyze test data of automotive sensors, designed for companies such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes, VW, and Porsche, in LabWindows/CVI environment • Tested and categorized sensors for automotive electronics with team of graduate students • Helped develop methods for testing novel automotive sensors for an independent control of passenger airbags for the United States car market to be offered to various automotive companies


Aug 2006May 2008

Master Biomedical Engineering

Vanderbilt University

Activities and Societies: BMES, IEEE

Sep 2000May 2005

Dipl.Ing. Electrical Engineering

University of Applied Science

Activities and Societies: Mitglied im Fachschaftsrat ET


Circuit Design
Interface Pressure Mapping
Electrical Systems for Indutrial Size Projects
Electrical Systems for Laboratory Size Projects
Project Manager

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Results-oriented Engineer and Project Manager with interest in innovation and the discovery of the unknown. Strong interdisciplinary background with 8+ years of international experience in: biomedical and electrical engineering, optics, mechanics, research, laboratory set-up and management, team management and training, and international standard development. Adept at designing and testing medical devices through interdisciplinary team collaboration, financial planning, and delivery of a final product at international venues. Produced results at prestigious universities in Germany and the United States used by industry, government, and academic institutions. As a lead research engineer at Georgia Tech, I enjoy designing experiments to test industry medical devices and working with interdisciplinary teams to develop novel assistive technology devices with market potential. Currently I’m working on the further development and testing of ISO standards for wheelchair seating as part of the ISO TC173/SC1/WG11. Most recently I designed, planned, and executed a series of bench test experiments for the assessment and evaluation for interface pressure maps of different manufacturers, as part of a PVA project to develop clinical user guidelines. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, I designed and build electronic and optical equipment to visualize and measure physiological activities, e.g. in single cardiac myocytes and cancer cells, performed physiological research, and educated students at Vanderbilt University. My passion is to learn and to discover, to experiment and to experience. I’m able to see correlations, to understand the context, and to use my conclusions to create. I’m driven by my thirst for knowledge and by the results I deliver, may it be providing a disabled child with some fun by designing and building an adapted Wii controller or just my own satisfaction about a well finished project. "The Brain is wider than the Sky." _____________________________________________(Emily Dickenson, 1830 - 1886)__________________


- Fluent in German and English - Intercultural Communication and Interdisciplinary Relationship Building - Project Time Management - Data Analysis - Rapid Adaptation - Industrial and Academical Research


Honors and Awards

Best Thesis in 2005 for Electrical Engineering at University of Applied Science, Magdeburg


  • English (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • German (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Portuguese (Limited working proficiency)