Olaf has been developing commercial software products for 15 years. He designed and led the development of enterprise products that are used by companies including Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and BMW. He also led multi-million dollar development partnerships with the German Ministry for Education and Research and the Advanced Technology Group at SAIC, where he evaluated, customized and deployed collaborative software. Olaf holds an engineering degree from Technical University Berlin, where he won the 1998 Erwin-Stephan-Award for swift and successful academic performance. His professional work has also been recognized with an Optical Society of America Engineering Excellence Award.