Master of Science in Mathematics, University Heidelberg, Germany, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Sciences, Technology University Aachen, Germany, 1989.
Research assistant Technology University Aachen, Germany, 1985—1989. Feodor-Lynen fellow University Delaware, Newark, 1989—1992. Assistant professor Technology University Graz, Austria, 1992—1997, associate professor Austria, 1997—1999.
Full professor Ruhr-Universität Bochum, since 1999, dean faculty civil engineering, 2002—2004.
Member of International Society Analysis, Applications and Computation (board directors 1997), International Society Interaction of Mathematics and Mechanics, German Society Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (head speciality committee on microstructures 2003).
Married Martina Weiss, January 21, 1987. Children: Johanna, Manuel.