Skills summary: Systems Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Programming (C/C++, Embedded-C, Objective-C, Swift, Java, Python, MATLAB, Verilog, LaTeX), System Integration, Control Systems, Networking, Parallel Computing, EAGLE, OrCAD & PSpice, Engineering Education

I am Max… more

A PhD student in England, alma mater being the University of Reading in Berkshire. My education is probably the most defining feature in my history, so I’ll go in deeper detail about it further down. Beside my studies, I expanding my knowledge, discussing and thinking with friends, hacking on little projects, and staying fit: running, gymming, climbing or playing badminton.

My web presence has matured over the past years. My very first homepage back in 2004 was hosted by jmic.de – an old friend of mine from Germany with whom I worked on our school’s web server. Later I migrated to Apple’s mobileMe service, which eventually collapsed and turned into iCloud. Now, all my stuff has been redone and is sitting on gerfficient.com, i.e. here.

  • From: München (Germany)
  • Lives in : Reading (United Kingdom)
  • Occupation: PhD Researcher

Postgraduate Academia

University of Reading

University-of-ReadingWith much luck and lots of engagement from both myself and my supervisor (many, many thanks!), I managed to find a PhD position that is perfectly aligned with my interests, ambitions and research goals. Since the 1st of October 2014 I am officially back in Reading working on my Doctorate in the Energy Research Laboratory at the School of Built Environment. Funded by the New Thames Valley Vision (NTVV) project, I work on solutions for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), General Electric (GE) and National Grid to generate smart grid technology. Despite my salary cut, I am extremely happy to be here. I’m more flexible than ever and am working on sustainable energy solutions that suit my background and ambition. So far there is no official title for my research project, as my title would simply be “PhD in Electronic Engineering“.

Publications

  1. M. Zangs, P. Adams, et.al., “Distributed Energy Storage Control for Dynamic Load Impact Mitigation,” Energies, vol. 9, no. 8, p. 647, Aug. 2016 [Online].
    Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en9080647
  2. M. J. Zangs, et.al., “On-line adjustment of battery schedules for supporting LV distribution network operation,” 2016 International Energy and Sustainability Conference (IESC), Cologne, Germany, 2016, pp. 1-6. [Online].
    Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IESC.2016.7569485
  3. T. Yunusov, M. J. Zangs, et.al. “Control of Energy Storage”. Energies, vol. 10, no. 7, p. 1010, 2017 [Online].
    Available: https://doi.org/10.3390/en10071010

Year 1 – Literature and Transfer Viva Prep

  • Attendance at “Workshop on the Mathematics of Demand Side Management and Energy Storage” at Open University Milton Keynes 2015
  • Attendance at “HubNet Smart Grids Symposium” at IET Birmingham 2015
  • 1st IEEE conference paper in review (IESC 2016)

Year 2 – Transfer Viva and Research

  • Attendance at “UK Energy Storage Conference” at University of Birmingham 2015
  • 1st MDPI paper published (link)
  • 1st IEEE paper published (link)
  • Preparation for Transfer Viva in Q3/2016

Year 3 – Finishing sprint

  • Presenting at “UK Energy Storage Conference” at University of Birmingham 2016

Postgraduate Industry

DNV-GL

DNV-GLAfter the first year of a taught modules at Edinburgh and Strathclyde followed my research with DNV-GL. For three months I was in charge of developing a “Certification Standard for Wave Energy Converters“. With supervisors from three universities as well as the company itself, I was able to experience a good hybrid of academia and industry. The experience (and postgraduate salary) was amazing, yet the project itself was not what I expected since it was predominantly focused on marine architecture and structural engineering rather than electronics. Heavy hearted I decided to opt out and leave London for a potentially less prestigious, but hopefully more suiting position.

University of Edinburgh

University-of-EdinburghIn September 2013 I started my postgraduate education at the University of Edinburgh with the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE). This centre’s partners were both academic (the University of Exeter and the University of Strathclyde) as well as industrial (Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), HR Wallingford and The Scottish Association for Marine Science). The course was split into two parts: the first encompassed a single year of modules that aimed to fill academic gaps; the second was a research project with industry.

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  • Introduction to Offshore Renewable Technologies
  • Cross-disciplinary Engineering Science Foundations
  • Hydrodynamics of Offshore Renewable Energy Devices
  • Electromechanical & Electronic Energy Conversion Systems
  • Marine Renewable Resource Assessment
  • Physical Model Testing for Offshore Renewables
  • Marine Operations, Condition Monitoring and Reliability
  • Economic and Policy Analysis for Offshore Renewables
  • Structural Behaviour of Offshore Renewable Energy Devices
  • Electricity Network Interaction, Integration and Control
  • Marine Energy System Design Interdisciplinary Group Project
  • Marine Renewables and the Environment

Undergraduate Academia

University of Reading

University-of-ReadingDuring my undergraduate years I studies towards the degree of a Master in Electronic Engineering. At the University of Reading I had the amazing opportunity to get lectured by academics knowledgeable in the latest research as well as professionals from industry that have worked on both military and civil systems. I now finished studying here and have covered the modules listed below. It would be unfair and even impossible to pick my favourite one(s) since I enjoyed all of them equally – more or less…

Year 1

  • Computer & Internet Telecommunications
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Cybernetics & its Applications
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Software Engineering
  • Programming

Year 2

  • Signals & Transforms
  • Embedded Microprocessors
  • Computer Architecture
  • Telecommunications
  • Electromagnetism & its Applications
  • Control & Measurement
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Systems Design
  • Engineering Applications
  • FPGAs & HDLs

Year 3 - group project year

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Computer Networking
  • MEng Group Project – Driving Drone
  • Law and Management
  • Sustainable Electrical Energy
  • Social, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Science and Engineering
  • USB Integration
  • Network Security (voluntarily)
  • iPad and iPhone App Development (voluntarily through iTunes U)

Year 4 - final year

  • Wireless and Cellular Networking
  • Advanced DSP
  • DSP Architectures
  • Research Project
  • Research Studies
  • Wireless Communications for the Real World
  • Visual Intelligence
  • Terahertz (voluntarily)

English College

Aldenham School

Aldenham-SchoolMy initial plan was to come to England for only half a year to just learn English. Knowing that I would fall behind if I didn’t catch up with my subjects, I applied to different colleges and was accepted at Aldenham School where I joined in year 12, the sixth form. Seeing the difference in teaching quality, caring and culture offered in this boarding school made me want to stay. Despite me having been quite young and the furthest away from home I had ever been, I have never regretted that choice. The time there was amazing, enriched my social and cultural experiences and taught me a lot. In the end, I did my A-Levels in the subjects listed below.

  • IT
  • Economics
  • German
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

German School

Michaeli Gymnasium München

As you’d expect, my secondary education started in Germany. Having been given the opportunity to enter the G8-trial year, that was where German high-schools accelerated their syllabus to finish everything in 8 years rather than 9 years, I undertook that endeavour. Unfortunately the accelerated pace wasn’t quite for me and reflecting upon my grades I felt the urgent need to work on my language skills. That is why I considered doing half a year of education in an English school before returning back to Munich, but the latter never happened. So, I was in my German school until year 9 and covered the following subjects.

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  • Englisch
  • Deutsch
  • Mathematik
  • Französisch
  • Physik
  • Chemie
  • Wirtschaft und Recht
  • Informatik
  • Biologie
  • Geschichte
  • Geographie
  • Religion
  • Kunst
  • Sport