studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. Then, he worked at the Institute of Technology and Materials at TU Darmstadt. In 1991, he completed his Ph.D. Starting in 1991, he worked as a research engineer at Leybold-Durferrit GmbH (later ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH) in the division of process and furnace development. From 2001 to 2006, he was the director of R&D. From 2007 to 2015, he held the position of vice president of heat treatment. Since 2016, he is the senior vice president of heat treatment for ALD Vacuum Technologies GmbH.