Prior to Breakwater, Markus served as Product Architect and Senior Member of the Technical Staff of IBM Deutschland Research and Development GmbH, Germany. He led worldwide development teams in the use of IoT technologies, AI, stream processing and big data analytics to improve workplace safety. Previous positions at IBM included architecting IoT solutions, content management enabling petabyte-scale e-discovery and full-text query solutions. Mr. Lorch has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Security in Distributed Systems, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and a Dipl. Ing. [FH] Diploma in Computer Engineering University of Applied Sciences Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Germany. He was a Fulbright International Scholar. He has earned six patents ranging from data management to IoT sensors, encryption and security topics, and several IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, plus Honors by IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing.