What is your title?
Which lab are you a part of?
Renewable Energy Systems Lab in Munich, Germany
What is your expertise?
Process and Electrical Engineering
How long have you been at GE?
I started at GE in November of 2010
Where did you receive your education?
Book smart education:
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (PhD in mechanical engineering)
- University of Paderborn, Germany & Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (Diploma in electrical engineering)
- University of Aveiro, Portugal (research visit)
- Max-Planck-Institute, Germany (research visit)
- Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa (research visit)
- Landwehr und Schultz, Germany (internship)
Street smart education:
What are you working on now?
Projects for GE Aviation, GE Energy and GE Oil & Gas
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
The lessons of life I learned through my personal experiences.
Where did you grow up?
Viña del Mar, Chile and Zierenberg, Germany
Who is a technologist (past or present) that you most admire?
The Wright Brothers
What is your favorite Website?
What do you think is the most impressive (recent or historical) technology breakthrough?
What is your favorite book or publication?
I consider myself as quite a bookworm. I love inspiring books like ‘The Alchemist’, ‘The Little Prince’ and ‘Siddhartha’. Moreover, I am very passionate about fairy tales and children books. Some of my absolute favorites are ‘The Arabian Nights’, Wilde’s, Hesse’s, Andersen’s and Kästner’s fairy tales, ‘Momo’,..
I also like books with a somewhat unusual format, such as ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ and ‘Ulysses’.
But my absolute favorite book is ‘Die unendliche Geschichte’.
Another book I really like is ‘Human Planet’. It is impressive how people around the world adapt to different environments like rain forests and deserts.
What invention of the future will change the world/way we live?
Novel energy & fresh water technologies, cure of diseases, such as cancer and AIDS and a truly global verbal language.
What is your hobby?
I am peer reviewer for a couple of international journals, working as a translator (English-German) for the Youth-Leader Magazine and acting as a co-supervisor for one of my former advisor’s PhD students.
In general I am addicted to gaining new experiences. It is such an amazing feeling to do things which force me to use my brain and body like never before. I love to travel and meet local people and I have also tried nearly every possible sport. My favorites are dancing (modern, break dance, hip hop and house), skateboarding, cross-country skiing, running and kickboxing.
Recently I started to work on another lifelong task. One day I want to read ‘The Arabian Nights’ in Arabic. It turned out that for a leftie like me it makes so much more sense to write from right to left. Besides, I just love the sound of this language. I also try to maintain and improve my Scandinavian language skills. So, one of the essential ingredients of my reading and movie sessions are dictionaries. Doesn’t sound like fun? But it so is!
I am also into street art, i.e. drawing, painting and spraying. The best pieces decorate the walls of my apartment. I love spending time with my family and friends, preferably in cozy cafes or at home. And of course, as a scientist your job becomes more a lifestyle or hobby.