Diploma in Physics, Technology University of Berlin, 1982; Doctor rerum naturalium, Technology University of Berlin, 1986.
Teaching assistant Technology University, Berlin, Germany, 1982-1986. Development engineer Siemens, Munich, Germany, 1986-1988. Research assistant HFI-Berlin, 1988-1990.
Visiting scholar Stanford (California) University, Stanford, California, 1990. Guest researcher University California, Santa Barbara, 1990-1991. Senior engineer Failure Analysis Associates, Inc., Menlo Park, California, 1991-1993.
Lecturer University Paderborn, Germany, 1993. Reader Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, England, 1993-1999, professor, 1999—2001, Technische University, Berlin, Germany, since 2001. Consultant Siemens-Berlin.
Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society for Testing and Materials, Association for Angewandte Mathematics and Mechanik, Surface Mount Technology Association, Deutscher Hochschulverband.