Starting in 2014, Nele studied mechanical engineering with specialization in mechatronics at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, where she also worked as a tutor and research assistant during that time. In her bachelor thesis Nele worked on the simulation of vehicle dynamics using LSTM artificial neural networks, and in her master thesis she worked towards automatically detecting the kinematical model of a series manipulator from RGB-D video data. She finished her M.Sc. in 2020 with distinction and as highest-ranking student in mechanical engineering of her year. In September 2020 she started her PhD position at IBM Research - Zurich. Her work focuses on the thermal analysis of devices for neuromorphic computing, exploring and exploiting working principles of nanoscale devices for synaptic functionality.