Martin Peisl

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering and Technology
Worldwide College of Aeronautics
Worldwide campus

​Hello Everybody!
My name is Martin Peisl and I will be your instructor for this class. Welcome everybody!
I will be here to help you to learn and support you using learning theories and communication strategies with the objective of building up personal management skills for your future professional career. In addition I would like to lead you to learning strategies for yourself that can be applied for your whole life management. Getting a degree means to a high degree being able to organize yourself and I can help you with that. I am passionate about passing on what I learned and know.
My Academic Background:
I was born in Munich, Germany and went to school there. The school system in Germany is strongly oriented to the abilities of the students, so I went to a scientific/mathematical Gymnasium (= high school) called the Max-Planck Gymnasium. The advantage of this education is that you are exposed to complex scientific questions from early age on and you can get deeper into those topics very quickly. As an example I dealt with differential equations in my graduation exams (which were not multiple choice tests).
My decision for the university degree was electrical engineering, paired with Electro-physics dealing with semiconductors, lasers etc. in particular. This degree requires deep mathematical lectures like complex function theory, elliptic curves and general as well as partial differential equations. Semiconductor physics and carrier transport is dominated by this type of equations.
My Ph.D. thesis dealt with modeling current transport across grain boundaries in polycrystalline silicon. This involved solving (numerically) three differential equations simultaneously. It honed my programming skills (I teach C/C++ as well) and led to advancement in solar cell technology. Can you believe that I did all that work without PC, internet or any kind of hard disk? It’s hard to imagine that this was less than 30 years ago.
My Work Experience:
I have worked in the semiconductor industry for over 30 years. Starting in Munich with Siemens (the German equivalent of GE) I moved to the United States at the end of the eighties for a cooperation contract with IBM and lived in Vermont for ten years. My teams and I developed all significant memory chips for computers from 64 Mb through 1 Gb.
I moved to the West Coast end of the nineties to work closer with customers in several technical marketing positions. Marketing is similar to teaching as you have to educate (and convince) customers of your product advantages. It brought me in close contact of companies like IBM, HP, Dell, Intel, AMD, Cisco and others. I am still a sought after consultant because of my semiconductor and industry knowledge background.
I have lived in six different countries (Germany, the U.S., France, Italy, Malaysia and China) during my professional career. As a consequence I am familiar with different cultural, educational and ethnic backgrounds.
My company went out of business in the 2000’s leading me to a teaching and consulting path that I enjoy very much. I like to interest students to my experience and knowledge and I hope that I can light some candles in your heads to research further on some topics. I will always be here for you to answer any scientific or mathematical questions you might have.
Hobbies and Interests:
My wife and I love plants, hiking, cooking and travelling. We grow many of our own vegetables and merge several different cuisines in our kitchen which is a very interesting experiment. We have a large garden which needs constant attention but provides a great workout. I am still interested in a lot of mathematical topics particularly in the number theory area, like Lychrel numbers or the unproven Collatz problem.
Why I Enjoy Teaching:
Most of my professional career I was developing technical instructions for people or customers to learn product applications and technical procedures. I love teaching, creating instructions, tutorials and web pages. I feel that math is a very important ingredient for our nation’s scientific success. Our role as teachers at ERAU is to motivate and excite you for the taught topics. I thrive on this challenge and I am looking forward to working with you.
I believe, there are no boring topics. Learning is fun and exciting process!
How to contact me:
Welcome to the class !

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Electronics Engineering, Technical University of Munich
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Electronics Engineering, Technical University of Munich
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering, Technical University of Munich

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