Cameron Boyle is a final year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate from the Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom. He used his Travel Bursary to support his participation in FISITA Corporate Member Adient's Student Internship programme, July - August 2018.
My internship in Slovakia not only allowed me to gain an appreciation for how mechanical engineers operate in a commercial environment but make some invaluable international contacts and friends for life. I am extremely grateful – if it wasn’t for FISITA I would not have been able to be a part of such a great opportunity.
Gioele Zardini is completing his MSc in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zürich. He used his FISITA Travel Bursary to support his placement at the Autonomous Systems Lab, Stanford University in the United States.
I worked on a co-design framework for the design and operation of Autonomous Mobility on Demand (AMoD) systems together with the public transportation infrastructure. My work resulted in a publication for the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) - see here.
Aggelos Fotiou is completing his BSc in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at University of Cyprus, Republic of Cyprus. He used his FISITA Travel Bursary to support his placement at the Technical University of Liberec, Dept. of Vehicles and Engines, Czech Republic.
I am now in the last year of my bachelor studies and, since arriving back home, I have been searching for masters and job opportunities that will broaden my knowledge in order to dynamically continue my career.
Johanna Braun is completing her MSc in Economics Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. She used her FISITA Travel Bursary to support her placement at the Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) in Tokyo, Japan.
It was an unforgettable pleasure for me to live in a metropolis as big and pulsating as Tokyo. I am so thankful that FISITA supported my internship with the Travel Bursary.
Clément Deschâtres is studying MSc Technologies for Energy, Aerospace and Motorisation at the Polytech Orléans, Engineering School (University), France, He was awarded a FISITA Travel Bursary to support his placement at the Advanced Propulsion Centre, University of Brighton, in the UK.
The FISITA Travel Bursary allowed me to experience the entire internship in perfect immersion. Without this grant, I would not have been able to finance this internship and thus improve my scientific knowledge in the language of Shakespeare.
Elena Weisbrodt completed her master's in Automotive and Combustion Engine Technology at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, last year. Before graduating, she was awarded a FISITA Travel Bursary to support her placement at TUMCREATE, in Singapore.
Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world and therefore this placement was a financial burden — especially for a student like me. Expenses like flight tickets, visa, insurance and accommodation are difficult to handle. The support by the FISITA Travel Bursary Programme was a great relief and helped me to comfortably enjoy my time abroad and to concentrate on my work even more.
Philipp Jauernig completed his master's in Industrial Engineering and Management at FAU Nuremberg-Erlangen, Germany, last year. Before graduating, he was awarded a FISITA Travel Bursary to support his placement at Mercedes Benz USA LLC, US.
I’m so glad that I have received the FISITA Travel Bursary, which drastically reduced the weight of the financial burden and allowed me to focus on taking care of those important things, without taking an additional loan. Without the Bursary, I honestly probably wouldn’t have been able to realise my dream of working in the US.
Andreas Kuffner is a final year Supply Chain Manage (Focus on Automotive) student at OTH Regensburg, Bayern, Germany and FISITA Travel Bursary recipient for his placement at Mitsubishi FUSO Trucks & Bus Corp. in Tokyo, Japan.
Thanks to the Travel Bursary, I was able to learn about new engineering solutions as well as the culture in Japan. This internship abroad was an amazing and valuable experience for me and I wanted to thank FISITA once again for their support.
Florian Morgner is a final year MSc Industrial Engineering and Management student at the TU Bergakademie, Germany. He used his Travel Bursary to support his placement at BMW Plant Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States.
During my internship at BMW Plant Spartanburg’s department of the Logistics Planning/Site Logistics, I acquired a broad cultural insight into American culture and a further profound experience in automotive logistics. My American Dream wouldn't have been possible without the financial support of the FISITA Travel Bursar as the highest costs were incurred during the preparation phase before travelling abroad.
Long Phi Tran is a final year MSc Automotive and Combustion Engine Technology student at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He used his Travel Bursary to support his placement at TUMCREATE, Singapore.
The FISITA Travel Bursary helped me (particularly at the beginning), because, as a student, it is not easy to cover the large costs such as flight tickets, insurance, visa and the deposit for your accommodation. FISITA’s large international network is another great member benefit.
Arpita Saldana is in her final year of her Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mechanical at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Arpita was awarded a FISITA Travel Bursary in to support her placement Daimler Trucks Asia, Japan.
The travel bursary enriched my experience of working in another country. It made it easier to sign up for new experiences without worrying about the cost. It supplemented my income and helped with accommodation and travel – which were the major costs during my stay.
Hannah Waters is in her fourth year of Mechanical Engineering and Italian at the University of Rhode Island, United States. Hannah was awarded a FISITA Travel Bursary in June of 2018 to support her placement ZF Padova, Italy.
During my placement at ZF Padova in Arco, Italy, I corresponded with clients from all over the world helping them place orders, advised availability on parts, and helped answer any questions they might have had. I also helped coworkers with their tasks and had to reach out to other sections of the company for help if a customer’s inquiry was beyond the scope of my department.
Ahmed Talbi is in his final year of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Automation and Robotics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Ahmed was awarded a FISITA Travel Bursary in 2018 to support his placement Bosch Japan.
FISITA helped me concentrate more on what matters without feeling the constant stress a lack of money would generally cause. Besides enjoying travelling around the country, I also had the chance to attend networking events thus allowing me to enhance my portfolio. FISITA has enabled me to live this experience to the fullest.
Santiago Martinez is in his final year of his master's in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Santiago was awarded a FISITA Travel Bursary to support his placement at Istituto Motori (IM) in Naples, Italy, between May - August 2018.
In this research stage, a four-stroke direct injection spark ignition engine with optical access was used. With a large quantity of measuring instruments installed in the engine, it is possible to carry out traditional thermodynamic studies and correlate it with real-time images of combustion. For this project, various liquid fuels (traditional and alternatives) were studied, focusing on the fundamental study of combustion when the injection strategy is changed.
David Silverstein is in his fourth year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, United States. David was awarded a FISITA Travel Bursary in June of 2018 to support his placement at Federal-Mogul in France.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I want to take this opportunity to once again express my gratitude to FISITA for their support and encouragement. I hope that they will be kind enough to continue supporting engineering students across the globe in their efforts to gain a global perspective on engineering.