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FISITA Travel Bursary - Felix Niemeier

14 February 2020

Name Felix Niemeier
Course BSc Industrial Engineering
University Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Placement Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) in Tokyo, Japan

FISITA offers student the opportunity to apply for a travel bursary, of up to EUR 2000, to help with the costs of taking part in placements (internships, exchange programmes, work placements etc.) in companies and research institutions overseas.

These types of work experience can be life-changing and can lead to permanent jobs after graduation. They also allow students to make new friendships, develop professional contacts and gain invaluable experience in an ever-evolving and exciting industry. We caught up with Felix Neimeier who recently received a Travel Bursary:

1. What did you do on your placement?

During my placement in the connectivity department at the headquarter of Mitsubishi Fuso (part of Daimler Trucks Asia) in Tokyo, I was part of the technical team. My first main task was the utilization of existing Google Analytics data in order to drive the customer and user research of the existing customer portal. Out of this analysis, I defined internal KPI’s to determine the usage intensity of our portal. I supported the technical team in the validation and evaluation of new features and gave the business team insights into the portal usage of our customers. Furthermore, I started and overlooked a project with external suppliers in order to develop a new feature for a service subscription management system. I drove the requirements definition and monitored and tested the delivered system. My final task was the development of an internal dashboard that displayed my self-defined Google Analytics KPI’s, truck routes, most important customers etc. All in all the tasks were exciting, manifold and the team operated in a very interesting, fast-paced environment which caused a lot of ad-hoc tasks in addition to the ones described above.

2. How did you spend your free time?

As the biggest city in the world, Tokyo itself has a lot to offer and every weekend I got the chance to discover new unique districts. There are areas just with book stores, fashion stores etc. We also had a lot of activities with my team from Fuso. In order to see the real Japanese culture myself and other interns went to the old capital Kyoto which is one of the most impressive cities I have seen. Hundreds of old temples, gardens and cultural attractions show the old Japan. Finally, I used my free time for sports activities outside the city like downhill biking in Nagano or several skiing trips across the country. I ended my time in Japan with a ski holiday on Hokkaido in the north.

3. How has the FISITA Travel Bursary helped you?

The FISITA Travel Bursary allowed me to see and do a lot of different things and activities, I otherwise couldn’t have afforded. Japan is an expensive country and especially travelling requires funds.

4. What are you going to do next in your career?

I will finish my studies within the next year and will look for a job shortly after.

5. In three words, how would you describe the automotive and mobility engineering industry?

Changing, competitive, international

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