Aparna Bhar

Before starting at TUM Language Center in 2015, Aparna Bhar taught at various universities including Universities of Bayreuth and Trier. She holds degrees in Zoology, Literature (German and Anglophone), Media and Cultural Studies and incorporates this extensive experience of academia in her teaching of English for Academic Purposes. Her current focus is on developing teaching materials suited to international learners, as she coordinates the Gateway to English Master’s program at the TUM.

Ross Clark

Ross began teaching English in 2005, while working as a British Council language assistant in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Since 2007 he has lived and worked in Munich and has taught technical English, business English, academic English, and preparation courses for Cambridge, TOEFL, and TOEIC exams. At TUM Ross teaches a variety of classes and is responsible for field-specific Gateway to English Master’s programmes including English for Environmental Engineering, English for Civil Engineering, and English for Geodesy.

Kate Eden

Before retraining in language teaching, Kate studied, qualified and worked as an architect in the UK, Singapore and Germany. She joined the TUM Language Center in 2011 and focuses on vocational English for architecture and landscape, English coaching and DAAD testing.

Elizabeth Hamzi-Schmidt

Elizabeth has worked at the TUM Language Center since 1997. Her professional background covers 2 decades of teaching Scientific, Technical and Business English courses at Higher Education institutions both in Spain and Germany and exam preparation courses (IELTS, TOEFL, FCE, CAE). She was involved in the first English coaching program for professors at the Forestry Department in Weihenstephan in 2008, and since April 2011 has been a member of the TUM Coaching Team based at the Center of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (WZW) and at the English Writing Center in Munich.

Karl Hughes

Karl has worked at the TUM Sprachenzentrum since 2010. His academic background is in philosophy and applied linguistics. He has lived and worked in various countries specializing in English for Academic Purposes since 1993. He currently teaches academic writing, pronunciation, and intercultural communication as well as coordinating delivery of the English Coaching Program at TUM.

Rose Jacobs

Rose joined the TUM Language Center in 2013. She has worked as a business journalist for more than a decade, including as a reporter and editor for the Financial Times in London and New York, and continues to publish in the FT, the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. Alongside journalism and language tutoring, she teaches a business English course on TUM's Garching campus. Her degree is in comparative literature and she earned her CELTA certificate in Munich in 2013.

Heidi Minning

Born in the U.S.A., Heidi completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin, followed a Master’s Degree in TESOL and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Syracuse University with a focus on language and identity. She has taught English in the private sector and at Syracuse and Yale Universities as well as at the Hochschule München. Since 2005 she has been Head of English at the Technische Universität München, where her special interests lie in teaching writing and using digital technologies to enhance learning.

Tina Schrier

Tina joined the TUM Language Center in 2010. Her English degrees are in comparative literature. She earned her Bachelor's degree at Northern Michigan University in 1989 and her Master's at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991, and worked on her PhD at Southern Illinois University until 1994. She has taught Academic English in the United States, Canada, Germany, and Dubai. She has contributed to Countryside magazine and won the A Woman's Write Award in the category "Work in Progress" in 2008.

Ruth Shannon

Ruth is a native of New York City, where she spent five years as a user experience (UX) designer before moving to Munich and making her love of writing and the English language into her full-time career. Today, she balances her role as a staff member at TUM, where she teaches business English and thesis writing and coordinates the English Writing Center in Garching, with her work as a freelance writer and editor. Ruth has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Bard College, and she achieved her CELTA certification in 2015.

Stephen Starck

Stephen has taught business English at companies around Munich since 2001 and joined TUM in 2011. With a doctorate in English Language and Literature / Cultural Studies, he is interested in science and technology, architecture and urban planning, ancient and modern rhetoric, and more. At TUM he has particularly specialized in writing – essays, theses and dissertations (School of Management, Mathematics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering and others) – and in business English for engineers.