Diploma in chemical engineering, Fachhochschule Münster, Burgsteinfurt, Germany, 1978. Bachelor of Science, Juniata College, 1979.
Science teacher Fachhochschule Münster, Burgsteinfurt, 1980-1981. Department chairman Stadtwerke Hagen AG, Hagen, since 1981. Member, chairman working committee on chemistry Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wasserwerke an der Ruhr, Essen, Germany, since 1981, member commission on water quality of the River Ruhr, since 1993, board directors.
Member working committee on general affairs Arbeitsgemeinschaft Trinkwassertalsperren, Siegburg, Germany, since 1986, board directors.
Member American Chemical Society, New York Academy of Sciences.
Married Sylvia Flachmann, August 15, 1985. Children: Juliane, Thomas.