Professor Böhmer received his diploma and doctor's degree in 1990 and 1996, both from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Aachen University of Technology, Germany. From 1996 – 2001 he held various leading positions in the telecommunication industry. Since March 2001 he is a full professor (chair of Communication Networks) at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (BRSU). He served as the University's Vice President for Research and Development from 2002 until 2009. Professor Böhmer is the main legal contact and instructor of two Cisco academies at BRSU, which he has founded in 2004. Currently he and his team are involved in several projects concerning E-Learning and open source development/deployment.