Curriculum Vitae

Work Experience

since 2020
Satellite Computer Platform Prototype Development
Independent (Owner)

Implementation of a fault-tolerant on-board computer prototype consisting of standard COTS technology. Not a direct continuation of my ESA research project, as it uses a fundamentally different way to obtain fault-tolerance. It avoids practical constraints of that earlier architecture, e.g. making it hard-realtime capable, among others and enabling an ultra-low power single-chip implementation.


since 2018
Consortium Coordinator and Moderator
Xilinx Radiation Test Consortium (XRTC)

Full-cycle hardware development of the Virtex 7 and Kintex Ultrascale Common Test Infrastructure. Consortium coordinator with Gary Swift.


2019
Guest Researcher
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Worked with a PhD/MSc student team in developing a SystemC/ArchC model of my fault-tolerant MPSoC architecture for fault-injection. Collaboration with researchers in electrical engineering and astronomy.


2016 – 2019
Research Staff
Leiden University, The Netherlands

Ran an ESA funded research project to development of a novel approach to fault-tolerance for modern COTS electronics in space, using software-side measures and FPGA reconfiguration.


2013 – 2016
Research Scientist
Technical University Munich, Germany

On-orbit operations and post-mortem work on the CubeSat FirstMOVE. Command & data handling team leader of the MOVE-II CubeSat mission. Was one of the main project organizers, worked on every aspect of MOVE-II’s. Helped obtain funding from the German Space Agency (DLR) through proposal ourselves.


2011 – 2013
Software Developer (Part-Time)
GNUnet: GNU’s network protocol stack

Development on several of GNUnet’s core services, e.g., VPN and cryptography related components for Unix and Windows. Research on protocol reliability, security, cryptography, and secure multiparty computing.


2010 – 2012
Research Assistant
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security, Germany

Designed and implemented a secure, automated, highly parallelized malware collection and analysis environment. Development QEMU-based high-interaction honeypots and hypervisors for binary introspection.


2007 – 2009
Consultant, Security & Network Engineer
Ars Electronica Linz, Austria

Designed and implemented a new server and network landscape. Abundant experience in disaster recovery. Consulting for international projects. Participated in planning the infrastructure of new corporate campus, including datacenters, security concept, and contingency planning.


2004 – 2010
Freelance Technical Consultant

Mainly on topics related to network architecture and design, technology support, and IT security.


2002 – 2007
Head of Technical Department
DataLink International, Austria

Technical consultant for approximately 3000 corporate customers across Europe. Responsible for project consulting, supervision of trainees, and contact with suppliers in Asia. Department leader since 2005.


2001 – 2002
Developer & Admin
Rosenmayr & Partner, Austria

Created a web-based GIS platform based on Gentoo Linux, concept-wise comparable to Google maps upon release. Also responsible for system and server administration.


Education

PhD for Interdisciplinary Research
Leiden University, Netherlands
In collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA)

Thesis Title: Fault-Tolerant Satellite Computing with Modern Semiconductors


Master of Science, GPA: 3.9 with Honors
Munich Technical University, Germany
Major in Computer Engineering and Minor in Space Engineering,

Thesis Title: Dependable Architectures and Software Concepts for Next-Gen Nanosatellites


Bachelor of Science in Engineering, GPA: 3.76 with Honors
University of Applied Sciences of Upper Austria, Hagenberg Research Center, Austria
In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC)

IT-Security and Cryptography Track
Science Thesis: Designing a Secure Malware Collection and Analysis Environment for Industrial Use
Engineering Thesis: Binary Level Protocol Identification for Malware Analysis and Collection


Computer Engineering Apprenticeship with Greater Honors
Professional College No. 4, Austria


Awards

2017
Winning Team of the COSPAR Satellite Design Competition
Design of a Low-Cost Satellite Relay Constellation consisting of Nanosatellites


2016
ESA/NPI Research Grant (90,000€ / 100,000$)
Awarded by the European Space Agency for my PhD research at Leiden University


2016
Winning Team of the ESA Academy Satellite Saving Challenge
ESA Advanced Concepts Division, Redu Ground Station Complex


2016
Winner of the ZARM Award for Young Scientists
for my outstanding master thesis consisting of my 4 published, peer-reviewed research papers


2015
ESA/NPI Research Grant (100,000€ / 130,000$)
Awarded by the European Space Agency for my research with TU-Delft, re-issues to Leiden University


2015
Grant 50RM1509 of the German Space Agency (DLR)
for the development, and launch of the MOVE-II CubeSat, as well as salaries for PhD candidate and MSc support scientist positions.


2011
National Austrian Study Grant for Researchers Aboard
Support in funding master-level studies in a foreign country


2008
National Austrian Study Grant for Industry Professionals
Support in funding bachelor-level studies