Born 1986 in the beautiful city of Düsseldorf, I started my academic career started at the “University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf”, where I graduated in “Chemical Engineering”. With a scholarship in my pockets, I decided to do a Master Degree in “Aerospace Engineering” at TUM in my new hometown Munich. This time I focused on numerical simulation and thermo-fluid dynamics. After stops in Dublin and Stanford, I majored in 2012 and already knew: “This cannot be it”. Driven by the fascination of fluid-dynamics and the mathematical modeling behind it, I started my PhD in that field. My focus was on the investigation of theoretical turbulence modeling within kinetic approaches for weakly compressible fluid flows. During my PhD I was also periodically in Oxford and Stanford. One problem I had during this academic time was always the thought of “low-impact engineering”. I never wanted to be just a small gear in a big company, where decisions are always made up from profit point-of-views and the context of social and political impact gets negligible.
Luckily, I had the amazing opportunity to found Lilium with my friends Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born and Matthias Meiner, who I knew from university. It started as a crazy idea and converged to exactly what I always wanted to be: a technology maniac, who is driven by the idea of changing everybody’s way of individual transportation. For me, everybody means “everybody”! At Lilium, I want to increase everybody’s daily action radius of factor of 9 w/o limiting it only to the richest of the richest. For me as an entrepreneur, it is extremely important to take the chance that I have and improve everyone’s life in a sustainable and scalable way.