- Diploma in Physics from the Bonn University (Germany) in 1987
- PhD in astrophysics from Bonn University (Germany) in 1989
- Courtesy Associate professorship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL since 1997
- binary stars: colliding winds
- binary stars: eclipsing binary stars
- solving industrial problems with a broad spectrum of scientific computing methods that range from physical modeling to decision process support, as well as production planning and scheduling by mathematical optimization.
- expert in modeling and optimization, teacher, writer, and consultant for real world optimization problems
- in addition to years of industry and consulting experience, teaching graduate courses at Heidelberg University on mathematical modeling and solving real world problems.
- in-depth knowledge related to modeling and optimization systems in a wide range of industries, including energy, metals, paper, process, refineries, and telecommunication
- leading the Applied Optimization Working Group of the German Operations Research Society
Current research interests:
- large-scale optimization problem, decomposition methods, column generation techniques, and hybrid methods
- parameter estimation in massive data sets from astronomical surveys
- combining computational geometry and mathematical optimization
- cutting, packing, and minimal convex hulls in 2D and 3D