Dr. Claudio Abels

2004 - 2010

Complementary to his graduate studies in Computer Engineering and after he graduated from university in 2008, Claudio worked in the fields design, development and quality assurance of web-based information systems. Started as a partner in a small internet agency in his home town, his career took him to Cologne where he worked for a medium-sized advertising agency until 2010. His activities included software development, project management, consulting and establishing software quality assurance.

While studying and still during his professional activities Claudio voluntarily solved technical problems in climate control systems in a zoological institute in the Lower Rhine region. The adventurous experience of working inside the terrariums of venomous animals while reactivating its climate control system led to his diploma thesis. It covered the controlling of micro-climates of ground-level habitats in terraristic facilities by using modern computer network protocols.

2010 - 2014

This very informative collaboration with biologists and engineers captivated him so much that he finally made the decision to pursue the master’s degree Biomimetics at the brand-new Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Building a university from scratch seemed to be an exciting opportunity and reason enough to stay. From 2011 to 2018 he was research staff member of Rhine-Waal University in the field of computer engineering and biomimetics, where he supervised various interdisciplinary engineering topics.

2014 - 2020

The reduction of working hours between 2014 and 2017 made it possible for him to conduct his doctoral study in Microsystems Engineering at the Università del Salento in Italy. His research focus was the design and optimisation of an artificial lateral line flow sensing system for biomimetic applications. The cooperation between Rhine-Waal University and the Italian Institute of Technology was a perfect match. The scientific outcome of this international collaboration is an innovative and miniaturised flow sensor which biomimics lateral line organs found in fish.

Aiming to commercialise the developed flow sensor system, we participated in Italy’s national start-up competition in 2017 and finished as one of the four best industrial start-up projects in Italy. Based on this success, the business development and research work continued in Germany with a team and financial support by the European Regional Development Fund.

2020 - 2024

Before Claudio focussed his professional career on business development in 2020, he spent nine years on university teaching, research and development in the fields of computer engineering, biomimetics and microsystems engineering. From 2020 till 2024, he was working part-time as a start-up scout at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

Claudio is an experienced computer and microsystems engineer, sparring partner and mentor in software development and a certified Scrum Master.