From 2000 to 2005, Eric Bodden studied computer science at RWTH Aachen University and spent a year abroad at the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2002/2003. In the years 2006 to 2009, he did his doctorate under Prof. Laurie Hendren at McGill University in Montréal, Québec. He then spent six years in Darmstadt, first as scientific staff in the research group of Prof. Mira Mezini, later as head of an Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group and of a Claude Shannon Junior Research Group at the European Center for Security and Privacy by Design (EC SPRIDE). From 2013 to 2015, Prof. Bodden held a cooperative professorship at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) and the Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt. Prof. Bodden remains connected with the TU as Principal Investigator of the local special research field “CROSSING”.
Since 2016, Prof. Bodden is head of the Software Engineering Chair at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn and is one of three directors of Fraunhofer IEM. In addition to his leadership function, he maintains the research group ”Secure Software Engineering” at Fraunhofer IEM within the scope of the ”Attract” program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
With Attract, Fraunhofer promotes special high-risk/high-gain projects under the supervision of renowned, aspiring researchers. Bodden is member of the BITKOM Management Club, the ACM and the Association for Computer Science. His research has already been awarded prominently several times. In 2005 already, he won the worldwide ACM Student Research Competition with the topic of his diploma thesis. In 2014, Prof. Bodden was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation which is the most prestigious research prize for young German scientists. That same year, his research project on the analysis of software product lines won second place at the German IT Security Award and the magazine “Capital” listed him as one of the “Top 40 under 40” German scientists. Additionally, he gained several research awards of Google and Oracle as well as Distinguished Paper Awards of ACM.