Well, where to start? I
think the best is with my birth. Consequently, I was born
1971 in Backnang a small city in the south west of Germany near Stuttgart. I grew up
in Dauernberg which is a tiny village in the
"L÷wensteiner Berge". The main town of the
community is called Spiegelberg and it was there I attended kindergarten and
primary school. After secondary school I spent three and
a half years as an apprentice electrician at Robert Bosch GmbH in Murrhardt. Thereafter
I visited for one year a technical school in
Schorndorf that gave
me the opportunity to study at the "Fachhochschule Heilbronn". I spent five and a half years there.
After graduation of a diploma in electronics I completed
an MSc in "Signal Processing and Control".
During my studies I became aware of, how important it is
to learn the English language and to see the world more
in an open minded way. Therefore, I spent six month in
Japan where I did my practical training at Toko Inc. near Tokyo.
I must mention that during this time I had a lot of
positive experiences and got to know a lot of friends
from different cultures. The postgraduate project of my
MSc study I did in Newcastle, UK, at the University of Northumbria. Again, I had a really good time far from home
and got to know people from all over the world. There I
made the decision to go on with studying in a foreign
country to improve my English and my personality. Thus,
after completing the final project for the MSc at
Bosch Telecom GmbH in
Backnang, where I also did my diploma project one year
before, I moved to
Edinburgh, Scotland, to join an
EngD (Doctor of Engineering) programme at the
Institute for System Level Integration which is a joint venture of the University of Glasgow,
Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt. In 2004 I successfully
completed the EngD and moved back to my home community in Germany. Since
March 2005 I am working for
Bosch Engineering GmbH in Abstatt.
Between the first and second year of study, I had to
interrupt due to the military service. However, instead
of wasting time for doing stupid things only because a
superior orders this, I decided to do a social service
instead. For this reason, I worked for 15 month in a home
for deaf and mentally handicapped people, the "Paulinenpflege" in Winnenden.
think I wrote enough about my professional life. What
about my hobbies? Well, I enjoy very much to ride and
maintain my motorbike. It's a Honda XR600R. Now, maybe you understand my web address
including "XRThommy". The pictures above and
beside show me in the Italian Alps, where we spent a few
days at least once per year. The first tour in spring is
always to Lake Garda in the north of Italy with sometimes more than
50 motor bikes. Often a few of them, including me, extend
the trip and travel further south and west around the
Cote d'Azur and Sea Alps in South France. In my summer
holidays during the last few years I have been in Norway,
in the desert in Tunisia, in the Pyrenees in France,
Spain and Andorra, in Croatia, in the Czech Republic and
of course all the countries of the Alps. I love to ride
off road along the small paths through the mountains.
Generally, I like the mountains. This is one reason why
I'm here in Scotland now. The Highlands and their lochs
are really marvellous. Besides riding with the motorbike
through it I enjoy hill walking, mountain biking and in
winter snow boarding. In order to support all my outdoor
activities I own a small cosy camper, a VW T3.
Further to the activities above I was a member of the
local football club and the fire brigade in my home
community. Also, I like to surf around in the Internet.
But don't be afraid, I'm not always active. I also like
doing nothing and hang around and watch TV. Especially,
after a great party the night before to cure of my
Ok, I think this is more than enough and gives you a
small overview about me.
Last updated by
November 20, 2005.