Michael Baldauf graduated with an M.Sc. in Transport Engineering and a diploma in business management both from the University of Rostock. He holds a Certificate of Competence (Deck Officer) and has served as a navigation officer on several cargo and container vessels. In 1992 he transitioned to the scientific field and completed work at various universities and research institutes. He obtained his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Safety Science from Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany in 1999.