Seethaler competed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of
British Columbia in 1997 where he developed process control systems for metal
PhD, he joined BMW in Germany to manage the introduction of parametric
surfacing technologies to the CAD systems at BMW. He then took on a lead roll
in developing electromagnetic valve trains for internal combustion engines. Thereafter, he managed a team responsible for
the R&D of motion control applications for internal combustion engines.
In 2006 he joined the University of British Columbia, Canada. In 2013/14 he spent a year at the Institute of Systems Theory and Automatic Control at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. In 2019 he was invited to work for six months at the Precision Mechatronics Lab at the University of Newcastle, Australia.