Thomas holds a Master’s (Dipl.-Ing.) degree in Information and Communication Engineering from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Thomas has about 10 years of experience in the field of R&D and software development. Before he started at the IDM he was a researcher at the University of Washington where he worked on vision based navigation for autonomous drones. Prior to coming to the US, he worked as a Software Engineer at Nikon Metrology in Leuven, Belgium, where he was in a team that made software for coordinate measurement machines. At Vanderlande in the Netherlands he started as embedded software engineer for high-availability and real-time systems, then changed to the development of graphical user interfaces which he later headed as lead engineer. His career started as software engineer for embedded systems at ebmpast in Landshut, Germany, with the development of an air mass flow controlled blower for gas fired boilers. Thomas joined the DTK team in March and is very excited to work at IDM.