Mathias Ricken was born and raised in Bremen, Germany. He has stayed abroad in the United States for some time during high school, college, and graduate school.
Mathias received a BSCS, magna cum laude, in 2004 and finished his Master of Science thesis in October 2007.
He is currently attending Rice University's Computer Science program to pursue the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He has published several scientific articles, but only time will tell if he will achieve his academic goals.
Mathias is 50% German, 50% Finnish, and 50% American. Somehow it fits.