Raphael studied Mathematics, Mechatronics and Control Engineering in Bochum, Hagen and Coventry, where he gained his PhD in 2013. He worked as a System Engineer for Siemens and Faiveley Transport, on projects including Vectron Locomotive and the new high speed train ICE 4. As Manager Product Engineering, he was responsible for the development of coupler systems before receiving the call upon a professorship for Rail Vehicle Engineering at Aachen University of Applied Sciences in 2014.
Research interests include digitisation of rail vehicles, reliability modelling and additive manufacturing.
Besides research and teaching, he employs his skills as assessor for rail vehicles and consultant.