Dr. Dirk Straubel, born on April 13, 1970, completed his university studies in 1996 at the TU Berlin as Diplom-Ingenieur (chartered engineer) in the area of mining. The major fields of study were deep drilling technology, hydrothermal generation of geothermal energy as well as production of granite by means of diamond wire saws in Sweden.
The studies were followed by an industrial doctorate with DMT GmbH & Co. KG in Essen (current company name) leading to the Ph.D. of engineering. The subject of the thesis was the configuration and optimization of conveyance technology systems. In addition, during that time, Dr. Straubel was also involved in projects in the area of directional drilling by means of rotary steerable systems for controlled vertical drilling and horizontal drilling techniques.
After the completion of his Ph.D. thesis, Dr. Straubel first completed the practical part of the qualification as a patent attorney in a renowned patent law firm in Wiesbaden and then the traineeship at the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court.
Since 2003, Dr. Straubel has been a charted patent attorney in Mainz.