Melanie studied mechanical engineering at RWTH-Aachen-University in Germany. After earning her diploma she worked for 5.5 years at the Textile Institute of RWTH as research assistant. Her research topic is technical embroidery. For 2.5 years she has worked as the team leader of the research group Functional Textiles and Medical Smart Textiles. As of June 2016, Melanie has been the manager of technical embroidery applications at ZSK Stickmaschinen GmbH (Krefeld, Germany). With her team, Melanie is supporting costumers all over the world with their product development. In her spare time, Melanie is currently writing her PhD-thesis on conductive yarn embroidery.
ZSK TECHNICAL EMBROIDERY SYSTEMS is a division of ZSK Stickmaschinen GmbH. ZSK is the leading German manufacturer of industrial embroidery machines „Made in Germany". Located in Krefeld, Germany, ZSK offers machines with up to 56 embroidery heads for textile finishing and innovative technical embroidery systems. ZSK offers solutions for conductive yarn embroidery as well as for tailored wire, fiber and tube placement. With ZSK's own digitization software for embroidery, ZSK implements costumer needs on demand. Furthermore, ZSK offers a unique support for their customers during their development of technical embroidery products.