studied mechanical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Zurich (ETH). From 1981 to 2001, he worked as a calculation engineer, technical director, and then as managing director of Kissling Co., a Swiss gearbox company located in Zurich, focusing on planetary, turbo, and bevel-helical gearboxes for industrial applications and in the ski business. In 1998, he founded KISSsoft AG and acts as CEO. He is chairman of the Gear committee of the Swiss Standards Association (SNV) and voting member for Switzerland in the ISO TC 60 committee. He has been involved in numerous engineering projects ranging from micro plastic gears to large open gears and has held presentations at the major international gearing conferences. He has published over 50 publications on calculation procedures for machine design.