Karin graduated as a civil engineer from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany (today KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and completed post graduate studies with her PhD topic “Development of a two-component dynamic grouting system for tailskin injected backfilling of the annular gap for segmental concrete lining in shielded tunnel boring machines” at the Colorado School of Mines, USA. She joined Herrenknecht in 1997 and since then has specialised in geotechnology, research and development. Since 2008, Karin has managed the Geotechnical and Consulting department for the Traffic Tunnelling Division at Herrenknecht’s head office in Schwanau, Germany.
She is an invited lecturer for postgraduate degrees at Universities in France, Germany, Italy and the USA on the topic of Tunnelling and Tunnel Boring Machines. Karin also lectures regularly for ITACET Foundation and is the vice-animateur for ITA working group 14.