Students - what are your career aspirations?

Students

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September 2020

Here at FISITA we are committed to supporting the next generation of mobility engineers - to do this, we need to ensure that we provide relevant and informative advice and information for aspiring young engineers.

Our Education Committee is made up of international engineering education experts and the Committee will have a new Leadership Team from November 2020 - they wanted to share with students and young engineers some information about their study and career journey that took them to where they are now.

We caught up with current VP Education, Luděk Hynčík, incoming VP Education Dr.-Ing Friedrich Wolf-Monheim and incoming Deputy VP Education Dr.-ing Ouafaé El Ganaoui-Mourlan about the path that their careers have taken them over the years, and what they would advise aspiring young engineers:

Prof. Luděk Hynčík

Vice-Rector for Research and Development
Senior Researcher - New Technologies Research Centre
Associate Professor - Faculty of Applied Sciences
University of West Bohemia, Czech Republic

Visiting Professor - Tianjin University of Science and Technology, China

1993–1998: Master in computational mechanics at University of West Bohemia (CZ)

1996/1997: Internship in applied physics at University of Hull (UK)

1997/1998: Internship at ESI Group (France)

1998–2002: Ph.D. in applied mechanics at University of West Bohemia

2002–2010: Researcher in biomechanics at University of West Bohemia

2010–2014: Department head at University of West Bohemia

2015–2019: Research institute director, associate professor at University of West Bohemia

2016–2020: Vice president for Education, FISITA

2019+ Visiting professor at Tianjin University of Science and Technology (China)

2019+ Vice rector for research and development at University of West Bohemia

What did you study at university and why did you choose that course?

Originally interested in physics, but motivated for computational mechanics as interested in describing the world phenomena by virtual models.

What do you do in your current role?

Coordinating and developing research, development and transfer of knowledge.

For students today, is studying for a mechanical engineering degree the only way to work in automotive?

Even the engineering is the necessary background for automotive, design, economy, law and management play a role.

What was the best advice you were given during your studies/career?

Learn to say “no” and “if someone throws you out the door, get in the window” Both pieces of advice helped me to optimize my time and bind strategic partnerships.

What could students today do to increase their chances of working in the mobility industry?

Study hard and network internationally.

What motivated you to work in the mobility industry?

My field of study in impact biomechanics is not purely related to mobility industry, but it is closely connected and exploitable in safety, so mobility is the natural choice.

Dr. Friedrich Wolf-Monheim

Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

1997–2000: Bachelor studies in mechanical engineering,
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

2000: Internship BMW AG, Research and Engineering Center (FIZ), Munich, Germany

2001: Internship DaimlerChrysler AG, Engine Plant Mannheim,
Mannheim, Germany

2003: Master’s degree in mechanical engineering with main focus on automotive engineering, RWTH Aachen University,
Aachen, Germany

2003–2004: Research Assistant, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, Aachen, Germany

2005–2010: Research Engineer, Vehicle and Enterprise Sciences,
Ford Research and Innovation Center, Aachen, Germany

2011: PhD mechanical engineering,
RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

2011–2012: Chassis Program Module Team Lead, Chassis Integration,
Ford John Andrews Development Center, Cologne, Germany

2013: Project Manager, Vehicle Research and Technology,
Ford Research and Innovation Center, Aachen, Germany

2016: Six Sigma Black Belt Certification and Examination

What did you study at university and why did you choose that course?

I did my studies in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University. My interest in vehicles of all kinds naturally resulted in choosing automotive engineering for my master's degree studies.

What do you do in your current role?

In my current role within the Ford Motor Company Global Research and Advanced Engineering organization I am leading global research projects in the areas of electrified vehicle and chassis architectures and technologies, light weight technologies, smart systems and components as well as additive manufacturing technologies for automotive applications.

For students today, is studying for a mechanical engineering degree the only way to work in automotive?

No, there are many other studies you can choose when you envision to start your career in the automotive industry. Especially in the fields of automotive research the development of innovative technologies for future vehicles and mobility services requires skills from various different areas like information technology, electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, chemistry, medicine or psychology, just to mention a few.

What was the best advice you were given during your studies/career?

Stay curious!

What could students today do to increase their chances of working in the mobility industry?

The technical competencies you learn at the university are definitively import. However, it is becoming increasingly import to develop your international network since the automotive and mobility industry is a truly global community.

What motivated you to work in the mobility industry?

When I started my career we mainly talked about automotive industry and at this time there was not such a broad societal debate on mobility compared to what developed globally over the last years. Today we talk about the automotive and mobility industry. My vision is a sustainable mobility ecosystem connecting all means of transportation like rail, ground, maritime and air in a seamless way consistently striving for energy efficiency. That’s what drives me.

Dr. -Ing Ouafae El Ganaoui-Mourlan

Chair on Electric, Connected, and Autonomous Vehicle for Smart Mobility, Centre motorisations et mobilité durable, IFP School/ENSPM

1996: Bachelor degree from University of Science of Fes, Morocco

1998: Engineering degree from the École Centrale de Marseille, France

2002: PhD in Fluid Mechanics from University of Aix Marseille II,  in collaboration with French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

2002-2004: IFP Energies Nouvelles and University of Paris 6

Post-doctorate studies on RANS and LES modeling for IC Engines

2004-2011: PSA group (3 senior positions)

Specialist of numerical modeling in the field of mobility,

Head of mechanical engine architecture,

Head of mission of industrial audit.

2011 – now: IFP SCHOOL | IFPEN

Associate Professor and Manager of the Powertrain Engineering program.

Chair on Electric Connected and Automonous Vehicle

Since 2007, I organize a session focused on cold start and emissions for the SAE International Congress in the United States.

What did you study at university and why did you choose that course?

I first studied physics in Morocco and turned to fluid mechanics and energetics for my studies in France. These two fields were for me the right choice to find a job once I graduated.

What do you do in your current role?

I am constantly looking for ways to make the PWT program evolve towards tomorrow's mobility by introducing new courses and challenging projects in collaboration with our industrial partners, I help my students to define their professional project and I supervise trainees and PhD students interested in autonomous connected mobility (via the ECAV Chair).

Since 2017, for the first time, I have introduced the theme of ECAV on an experimental basis in PWT program as well as another project related to Eco- city.

For students today, is studying for a mechanical engineering degree the only way to work in automotive?

No, I think there's the degree and there's the passion for a field.

The automotive field offers the particularity of being multidisciplinary and needs several skills (mechanics, chemistry, electricity, computer science, mathematics, ...).

What was the best advice you were given during your studies/career?

Never stop learning.

Don't be afraid to change sector, country or company, follow your passion.

What could students today do to increase their chances of working in the mobility industry?

Today's students must not rely solely on their degree, they must make themselves visible via social networks and show that they have added value for tomorrow's mobility, they must be concerned about environmental issues, they must also be convinced by their choices and ready to question themselves in the service of innovation.

What motivated you to work in the mobility industry?

My choice is motivated by the fact that the mobility industry requires continuous learning to improve technology, an area that pushes us to ask the right questions in order to continuously achieve clean and sustainable mobility.

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