I am a certified Freelance Software Engineer from Germany, supporting my clients remotely in different industries and roles.My focus areas are AWS Cloud Infrastructure, Data Engineering and DevOps Development.My working modes are high-level and hands-on, combined with an agile mindset to deliver high-quality, state-of-the-art solutions.
Cloud & Big Data Engineer
Duration: 01.03.22 - Now
Company: OEM (Confidential)Max helped creating the company-wide identity and data management platform based on Golang, Microservice architecture and Kubernetes infrastructure. He also worked in the Data Engineering department to build reliable ETL pipelines using Databricks with dbx and PySpark on AWS.Technologies:
- Event-Driven Microservice Architecture on EKS (Golang, Kafka, Terraform)
- Observability (Prometheus, Grafana, fluentd, Jaeger, Istio, ES, Kibana)
- GitOps / CICD (Gitlab, Tekton, Helm, Kaniko, Starboard)
- ETL Pipelines (PySpark, Databricks, S3, Delta Tables)
- AWS (S3, SQS, MSK, RDS) and Storage (Redis, MongoDB, PostgreSQL)
Cloud & DevOps Engineer
Duration: 01.08.21 - 28.02.22
Company: OEM (Confidential)Max worked in a team of Cloud Engineers to implement a highly scalable and reliable infrastructure based on cloud-native technologies. The services provide smart insights based on customer data and machine learningTechnologies:
- AWS (Glue, Athena, Step Functions, Sagemaker, S3, VPC, CloudWatch)
- Infrastructure-As-Code with CDK (Typescript) and Terraform
- Event-Driven Microservice Architecture (Python, Kafka)
- Services with Kubernetes (EKS on EC2), ECS on Fargate and Lambda
- CI/CD (GitHub Actions, AWS CodePipeline, AWS CodeBuild)
- Data Pipelines / ETL (PySpark and Python on EMR and Glue)
Cloud & Big Data Engineer
Duration: 01.03.21 - 31.07.21
Industry: Climate / Sustainability
Company: Startup (Confidential)Max implemented a full-stack data processing and analytics platform using modern cloud technologies and Apache Spark on Databricks. He also created a low-code UI solution to allow workers to annotate the data.Technologies:
- Microsoft Azure (VMs, Data Lake, Event Hub, AD, Synapse)
- SQL Database (Azure PostgreSQL, TimescaleDB)
- Data Pipelines / ETL (PySpark on Azure Databricks)
Cloud & DevOps Engineer
Duration: 01.09.20 - 28.02.21
Company: Medium-Sized (Confidential)Max facilitated the creation of a blueprint infrastructure-as-code architecture for migration from on-premise into the AWS cloud using Terraform. He utilized the Serverless Framework and AWS CDK to improve the development and deployment of the various microservices.Technologies:
- AWS (Networking, VPNs, Security, Account Setup, Lambda, DMS, RDS)
- Serverless Functions (Python, Serverless Framework)
- Terraform (Terragrunt) and CDK with Typescript
Cloud & IoT Engineer
Duration: 01.07.19 - 31.07.20
Company: ParkDepot GmbHMax founded the company together with four co-founders in 2019. Starting from scratch, he developed a low-cost hardware system and a scalable backend on AWS to process and analyze the device data in realtime.Technologies:
- AWS (Serverless, Containers, ETL, Database, Data Warehouse)
- Infrastructure-as-Code (Terraform, AWS CDK, Pulumi)
- Deep Learning (Python, Tensorflow, TensorRT) and Computer Vision
- Edge Computing (Nvidia Jetson, ARM, C++, Embedded Linux)
Embedded & IoT Engineer
Duration: 01.03.2018 - 30.06.2019
Company: ParkHere GmbHMax developed an authentication terminal for corporate parking lots using ANPR technology and a radar based system for on-street parking spaces. As a team lead, he was responsible for Scrum and strategic product decisions.Technologies:
- Deep Learning (Python, Tensorflow, OpenVino)
- Internet of Things (OTA Updates, Cloud Connectivity, MQTT)
- Embedded Linux and Microcontroller (C / C++, ARM, balenaCloud)
Embedded & AI Engineer
Duration: 01.09.2017 - 28.02.2018
Industry: Industrial Safety
Company: Bleenco GmbHMax created the first stable version of a Deep Learning and Computer Vision based AI framework for industrial safety applications. He worked on predicting various human-centered features like emotions, intention, drowsiness and full-body pose estimation, running on low-cost edge devices.Technologies:
- Deep Learning (Python, Tensorflow, Keras)
- Computer Vision (OpenCV)
- Edge Computing (Nvidia Jetson, C++)
Max is a Software Engineer from Munich, Germany. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Applied Information Systems and a Masters Degree in Embedded Systems Design. After his studies, he has worked in the startup industry for a couple of years in different roles and positions and as a consultant to drive innovation in various fields. He now works as an IT Freelancer remotely.
During his bachelor thesis, Max invented a low-cost do-it-yourself thermal camera called DIY-Thermocam. This project ignited Max's passion for developing creative solutions on the interface between hardware and software. During his masters studies in the domain of Embedded Systems, Max deepened his knowledge in Machine Learning and Computer Vision. He wrote his master thesis in the field of Autonomous Driving at Vector, where he was able to combine Embedded Systems with Deep Learning by creating an end-to-end driving system that can handle real-world driving scenarios.
After his studies, Max moved to Munich and started working as the first employee for a startup in the AI domain called Bleenco. In a period of only a couple of weeks, he developed the first stable version of Bleenco Human, a framework for predicting and analyzing human behaviour and emotions. After that, Max worked at a bigger startup in the field of IoT and Mobility solutions called ParkHere. In his position as Head of Embedded Systems, he created different hardware software products like a radar sensor for smart cities and an authentication terminal for corporate parking lots.
Founding his own company was always something Max wanted to do. Together with four friends, he co-founded the startup ParkDepot and quickly moved from an incubator to own office spaces. In a period of one year, the company grew from only the founders team to 30 employees and customers across whole Germany. Today, ParkDepot is one of the leading providers for digital parking lot solutions in Europe and is growing rapidly.
His passion for technology brought Max to being a consultant. He was working for a Swedish consulting company called Netlight, where he was able to contribute to exciting projects in diverse roles and for different industries. He extended his skills about modern cloud-native technologies to support customers with the growing demand for specialists in this field.
After this stage, Max became a self-employed freelancer, because he loves the challenges that ever-changing projects and technologies bring with them. He is currently working for clients fully remote in the domains of AWS Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Native Development and DevOps Engineering.
B. Sc. Applied Information Technology: Automation Engineering and Information Networks (HS Ravensburg-Weingarten, Final Grade: 1.5)
M. Sc. Embedded Systems: Design and implementation of complex embedded systems (HS Pforzheim, Final Grade: 1.3)
CNCF Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA)
AWS Certified DevOps Engineer Professional
AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional
AWS re/Start Accredited Instructor
AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate
AWS Certified Developer Associate
AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate
AWS Certified Data Analytics Speciality
HashiCorp Certified Terraform Associate
Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals
Microsoft Certified Azure Data Fundamentals
C / C++
Bash / Shell
Cloud Native Application Architecture Nanodegree (Udacity)
C++ Nanodegree (Udacity)
Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree (Udacity)
Entrepreneurship & Digital Transformation (SCE Munich)
Analytics: Athena, OpenSearch, EMR, Kinesis, Quicksight, Glue
Integration & Monitoring: Step Functions, EventBridge, SNS, SQS, AppSync, API Gateway, X-Ray, CloudWatch
Compute: Lambda, EC2, ECR, ECS, EKS, Copilot, Fargate, App Runner
Database & Storage: S3, EBS, EFS, Lake Formation, Aurora, DynamoDB, DocumentDB, Elasticache, Neptune, RDS, Timestream
Networking: VPC, VPN, CloudFront, Route53, Elastic Load Balancing
Administration & Security: IAM, Config, Trusted Advisor, CloudTrail, GuardDuty, Organizations, Control Tower
Cost Management: Cost Explorer, Budgets, Cost and Usage Report
Terraform / Terragrunt
CI / CD pipelines
Logging & Monitoring
Helm / Helmfile / Kustomize
Azure Cosmos DB
Extreme Programming (XP)
Test Driven Development (TDD)
Internet of Things
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
Sensors & Actuators
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