Jan Ploski – About me

I was born 1981 in Wroclaw, Poland. After receiving a university-entrance diploma in 1999, I went to Germany to study Information Technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. Here I received a two semester DAAD scholarship. I finished studying in regular time (2003) and got my Diplom-Informatiker (FH) certificate (diploma grade: A). For my diploma thesis on "Development of an analysis tool for managing module dependencies in software projects", I was awarded a prize by the Hewlett-Packard company.

While studying computer science, I worked remotely on various Java projects for a U.S. job broker. During the practice semester I co-founded the company KIA IT GmbH (no longer active), where I worked for 6 months as Oracle database and Java developer on a range of client projects in Cologne and Munich.

After graduating I moved to Oldenburg and joined the OFFIS Institute for Information Technology (Dept. Business Information Systems, later: Energy, Group Software Engineering). I was employed there as a full-time scientific staff member during the period 2003-2008. In the beginning of this period I obtained an admission to participate in the external PhD programme and began research work in Software Engineering (topics: exception handling, automated fault diagnosis) under supervision of Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hasselbring. I also participated in the TrustSoft Graduate School on Trustworthy Software Systems.

My activities in the research institute OFFIS focused on technology transfer in areas such as Enterprise Architecture Modelling and Grid Computing (Project WISENT). In addition to that I was responsible for administering server systems and the OFFIS High Performance Cluster, supervised students in software development projects, diploma thesis work, and seminars, participated in acquisition of new research projects and published academic papers.

I left OFFIS in late 2008 and started working as a freelance software developer and IT consultant in Oldenburg.