E-to-E: Engineer to engineer talk series is a multi-blog series to help you get some perspectives of engineering students from different fields. Every Wednesday between 6/24/15 and 8/24/2015 I’ll post a new weekly interview with an engineering student or professional.
I first met Wester at Masdar Institute during the first week young future energy leaders program (YFEL).
Wester is pursuing master’s degree in Engineering Systems and Management…
Let’s see what this budding professional has to share.. .
Omeir: Tell me about the most challenging engineering project that you have been involved with.
Wester: The most challenging engineering project was about route simulation of vessels that had to deliver supplies to a pipe building ship. We addressed the problem in a four person group, using discrete event simulation technologies. Heerema Marine Contractors were dealing with this problem at that time. The case was related to one of the courses I took in undergraduate at the faculty of Systems Engineering and Policy Analysis Management, Delft University of Technology.
Omeir: In your last engineering position, what were some of the things that you spent the most time on, and how much time did you spend on each?
Wester :I don’t have any work related experience in the field of engineering. As a student at Masdar Institute, I now spend a lot of time doing research next to my courses.
Omeir: What do you enjoy most/least about engineering?
Wester : Doing research is one of my favourite things. The idea that your research is helping people all over the world to make life a little bit better drives me everyday again. The moments I enjoy engineering the least is when I am struggling to find the right methods to solve the problems, however, the reward after I finished makes it worth the struggle.
Omeir: What new engineering specialty skills have you developed during the past year?
Wester : I improved my basics and extended my knowledge in Engineering Systems. Also I learned about Systems Optimisation and Operations Research.
Omeir :Do you have any patents? If so, tell me about them. If not, is it something you see yourself pursuing and why or why not?
Wester: Not yet. I don’t have had an amazing, game changing idea yet, but if I have, I will definitely pursue that track.
Omeir: Think of a specific engineering project when you answer this question. What could you have done to be more successful in achieving your goal(s)?
Wester : Work harder, and more efficient. Never lose sight of the final goal.
Omeir: Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering knowledge- how.
Wester: My research is inter disciplinary, so I address a lot of problems without having a back- ground in them. This is very challenging, but helps me extending my knowledge.
Omeir : What is your overall career objective? Do you see yourself working in engineering ten years from now? If not, what do you think you will be doing
Wester :In ten years from now I see myself working in an engineering company, or bringing the engineering mindset to non-engineering companies. I do believe that every company could use engineers.
Engineering Systems and Management,
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology