Curriculum Vitae

Professional Career

Since 07/2018 Engineer Big Data & ML, Customer Engineering, Google Germany


09/2016 – 06/2018 Consultant Big Data & ML, Professional Services, AWS Germany


06/2015 – 08/2016 Big Data & Cloud Engineer, Customer Co-Innovation, SAP SE

Engineering a cloud-based implementation of a predictive maintenance application running on and integrating with SAP platforms. Working in a highly motivated SCRUM team and collaborating with data scientists.

Prototypes of highly scalable and available NoSQL time-series storages. Playing the CAP theorem to our advantage.

Used technologies include SAP HANA XSA, SAP IQ, SAP UI5, AWS (S3, EMR, EC2, Kinesis, etc.), Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark (Streaming, SQL), Apache Cassandra, Akka (Streams), Play! framework, Meteor.

04/2013 – 04/2018 Co-Founder of

Developer of the scalable web application with a cloud-based infrastructure distributed world-wide and built for large-volume uploads (Scala, coffeescript/AJAX, Play!, AWS)

Since 08/2014 Member of the StarTUp Incubator at TU Berlin, Germany.

11/2009 – 04/2014 Research Scientist, Forschungszentrum Informatik FZI, Karlsruhe, Germany

11/2009 – 09/2013 Industry Project “Cloud Enabling” with Telekom Laboratories, Berlin, Germany

02/2010 – 08/2011 Supporting Role for KIT Participation in EU Project COCKPIT

06/2010 – 02/2011 Chairman of the Works Council

11/2009 – 08/2010 Industry Project Cloud Grant “Cloud Demo” for SLA@SOI with SAP Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

02/2010 – 07/2010 Member of Strategic Project SI SOA at FZI

03/2009 – 09/2009 Diplomate, R & D webMethods – Software AG, Darmstadt, Germany

Development of an Eclipse Plugin which provides a prototype of a graphical editor to model queries for XML-based Complex Event Processing

Participation in Software AG’s research efforts in the field of XML-based complex event processing with XQuery 1.1

04/2008 – 03/2009 Working Student, SAP Business Objects, Walldorf, Germany

Invention of two-mode social network-based business intelligence for business networks and implementation of a software prototype that supports BI usage through social network analysis methods and querying algorithms using time-, geodata- and context-related information retrieved from SAP Systems (through J-CO)

Development of a prototype on J2EE Platforms (Netweaver CE, JBoss AS) with Hibernate Search using Apache Lucene as base for BI queries on social networks with an Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR frontend connected through Adobe BlazeDS middleware

08/2007 – 02/2008 Intern, Application Solution Management SAP Labs, Palo Alto CA, USA

Supporting product management, product definition and requirements management for SAP RPM 5.0 in a distributed team

Creation of roll-out, learning and information material for new product ramp-ups supporting ramp-up knowledge transfer to customers, marketing and consultants for SAP xRPM 4.0-4.5, SAP cProjects 4.5 and SAP cFolder 4.5

10/2005 – 08/2007 Working Student, Add-On Factory SAP AG, St. Leon-Rot, Germany

Participating in ABAP OO and Perl development projects implementing department internal automation as well as SAP R/3 and Netweaver system installation and maintenance

Supporting and Automating reporting activities of Add-On Factory managers

06/2001 – 10/2005 Freelance Worker, Mannheim, Germany

Website & online shop programming (PHP, Perl, Python), web design, architecting and maintaining web server and database environments


Academic Career

11/2009 – 04/2015 Ph.D. Candidate

Studies: Cloud Computing, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Contact Stipend from Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists, 4 weeks academic visit at University of New South Wales, Sydney

10/2003 – 09/2009 Diploma Information Systems

Studies: Information Systems, Universität Mannheim, Germany

Degree: Diplom Wirtschaftsinformatiker (Diploma in Information Systems)

Majors: Business Information Systems, Logistics, Distributed Systems, eBusiness & eGovernment, Database Systems

Seminar Thesis: Progressive Content Delivery for Virtual Environments (3D-Streaming), Chair Prof. Becker (Wifo2)

Student Thesis: Information Pre-Processing for the In-House Routing System, Chair Prof. Atkinson

Logistics Thesis: Fixed-Hub Single Allocation Problem, Chair Prof. Minner

Term Project: Implementing a SOAP-Webservice using XML Techniques, Chair Prof. Moerkotte/Prof. Kanne

Term Project: Implementing a J2EE-based Web-Application, Chair Prof. Atkinson

Diploma Thesis: Entwurf und Implementierung eines Werkzeugs zur Anfragenerstel-lung in Complex Event Processing Systemen (Design and Implementation of a Tool for Querying Complex Event Processing Systems), Chair Prof. Kanne/Prof. Moerkotte

09/2000 to 07/2003 Secondary School

Wirtschaftsgymnasium Carl-Theodor-Schule Schwetzingen, Schwetzingen, Germany

Degree: Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Graduation from High School)

09/1994 to 07/2000 Secondary School

Carl-Friedrich-Gauß Gymnasium, Hockenheim, Germany


Google Scholar CitationsACM Profile

Journal Articles

Michael Menzel, Rajiv Ranjan, Lizhe Wang, Samee U. Khan, Jinjun Chen. “CloudGenius: A Hybrid Decision Support Method for Automating the Migration of Web Application Clusters to Public Clouds”. Transactions on Computers, IEEE, vol.PP, no.99, pp.1,1.

Michael Menzel, Marten Schönherr, Stefan Tai. “(MC²)²: Criteria, Requirements and a Software Prototype for Cloud Infrastructure Decisions”. Software: Practice & Experience, Wiley, 2011.

Conference and Workshop Proceedings

Alexander Lenk, Gregory Katsaros, Michael Menzel, Jannis Rake-Revelant, Ryan Skipp, Enrique Castro-Leon, Gopan V P. “TIOSA: Testing VM Interoperability at an OS and Application Level – A Hypervisor Testing Method and Interoperability Survey”. In Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E), IEEE, Boston, March, 2014.

Michael Menzel, Markus Klems, Hoàng Anh Lê, Stefan Tai. “A Configuration Crawler for Virtual Appliances in Compute Clouds”. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Cloud Engineering 2013 (IC2E 2013). IEEE Computer Society, March, 2013.

Miranda Zhang, Rajiv Ranjan, Surya Nepal, Michael Menzel, Armin Haller. “A Declarative Recommender System for Cloud Infrastructure Services Selection”. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Economics of Grids, Clouds, Systems, and Services 2012 (GCON 2012). Springer, Berlin, November, 2012.

Miranda Zhang, Rajiv Ranjan, Armin Haller, Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Michael Menzel, Surya Nepal. “An Ontology based System for Cloud Infrastructure Services Discovery”. In Proceedings of the 8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing 2012 (CollaborateCom 2012). IEEE Computer Society, October, 2012.

Erik Wittern, Jörn Kuhlenkamp and Michael Menzel. “Cloud Service Selection based on Variability Modeling”. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC ’12). Springer, 2012.

Michael Menzel and Rajiv Ranjan. “CloudGenius: Decision Support for Web Server Cloud Migration“. In Proceedings of the 21st international conference on World Wide Web (WWW ’12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 979-988, 2012.

David Bermbach, Markus Klems, Michael Menzel, Stefan Tai. “MetaStorage: A Federated Cloud Storage System to Manage Consistency-Latency Tradeoffs”. Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD 2011), Washington, D.C., July, 2011.

Alexander Lenk, Michael Menzel, Johannes Lipsky, Philipp Offermann, Stefan Tai. “What are you paying for? Performance benchmarking for Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings”. Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD 2011), Washington, D.C., July, 2011.

Steffen Haak, Michael Menzel. “Autonomic Benchmarking for Cloud Infrastructures – An Economic Optimization Model”. Proceedings of the 1st IEEE/ACM Workshop on Autonomic Computing for Economics, in print, Karlsruhe, June, 2011.

Markus Klems, Michael Menzel, Robin Fischer. “Consistency Benchmarking: Evaluating the Consistency Behavior of Middleware Services in the Cloud”. In Paul P. Maglio, Mathias Weske, Jian Yang, Marcelo Fantinato, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing (ICSOC), Seiten: 627-634, Springer, Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences, Berlin Heidelberg, December, 2010.

Michael Menzel, Marten Schönherr, Jens Nimis, Stefan Tai. “(MC²)²: A Generic Decision-Making Framework and its Application to Cloud Computing”. Proceedings of the International Conference on Cloud Computing and Virtualization (CCV 2010), GSTF, May, 2010. Best Paper Award. (short version PDF)

Technical Reports

Steffen Haak, Michael Menzel, Jens Nimis, Christoph Rathfelder, Thomas Schuster. “SOA Forschungsperspektiven und Werkzeugunterstützung”. Technischer Bericht, Forschungszentrum Informatik FZI, Karlsruhe, 2010.

Peer Reviews

  • Reviewer for International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM) 2011.
  • Program Committee Member of Advances in Cloud Computing (ACC) 2012.
  • Reviewer for Journal of Future Generation Computer Systems (FGCS) 2012-2014.

University Teaching

Lectures 2012-2013 (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology): Lecture Cloud Computing (SS 2012-SS2013)

Gave multiple sessions & tutorials on SaaS, PaaS, and MapReduce.

Seminars 2011 (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology): Seminar Cloud Service Engineering (SS 2011)

Organization of a Seminar on multiple topics in the field of Cloud Service Engineering.

Moderator of students presentations and Contact for student issues.

Thesis Tutoring: Supervision of student theses (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, Seminar) at Chair of Prof. Tai, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Language Skills

German: Native Language

English: Written and Spoken Fluently, Stay Abroad

French: Simple Conversation, Reading, and Writing, School (4 Years)

Spanish: Simple Conversation, Reading, and Writing, School (1 Year)

Interests and Qualifications

Certification and Training: Cisco UCS Architecture (UCSAO), AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate, AWS Certified Developer – Associate, AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate

Hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, Golfing, Running, Basketball, Skiing/Snowboarding, Beachball, (Team Handball)