Alexander is heading the Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft (FHDW) – University of Applied Science in Bergisch Gladbach Germany. After 12 years with Microsoft he accepted an offer to become a lecturer at FHDW in 2011, enjoying teaching students and inspiring them about topics around computing, software engineering and Innovation management, before being appointed and elected as Managing Director of the University Campus in Bergisch Gladbach.
He started his professional career working for Mannesmann Demag before moving on to Microsoft Services Germany, where he was working as an Enterprise Strategic Consultant in the financial services sector. Together with his colleague Jens he established the Microsoft Competence Center Insurance. In his role as Lead Technical Architect he has been a speaker at many technological conferences before moving on to become Manager University Relations at Microsoft Research Cambridge.
There he has been responsible for managing the academic project portfolio of Microsoft Research in the EMEA area, including building strategic relationships to Tier1 universities all across Europe as well as European wide IP and contract management with academic institutions. He has been heavily involved in founding the Microsoft European Innovation Center (EMIC) in Aachen Germany. Next he became research program head of the Intelligent Environments group at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Working in the area of Ubiquitous/Pervasive Computing, he helped Microsoft getting into the area of robotics and incubated technologies like the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio.
Following his personal interests he became a founding member of the Computational Science Laboratory at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, led by Stephen Emmott. As head of technology, he and his Team were researching, engineering and developing new conceptual and computational languages, methods and tools needed for composing complex, multi-component models, operating across spatial and temporal scales with the aim to enable and accelerate transformational advances in science of societal importance. Scientifically, the Computational Science Laboratory has been focussing on two main themes: The Biological Computation Group is focused on the development and advancement of a new field of Biological Computation, that aims to transform our understanding of biology by considering biological systems as living computation, and to develop the techniques needed to design and p