Wow, so you help students with your broad practical knowledge. Through this direct contact with research, you probably also get to see all the technical innovations, don’t you?
Yes, through the contact with the students on the one hand, and through the contacts in the industry on the other hand – as I am also working as an advisor. To them, I also provide my expertise as a drone pilot and in the designing phase.
“There is so much pioneering work happening here!“
Okay, so you keep yourself quite busy. What is your motivation to be an advisor in addition to your “normal” job as an employee in the public sector?
That’s easy to answer in one sentence: I want to learn continuously! Especially with new materials like carbon fiber or new production methods, you can simply never stop learning. And through the various activities, I get so much new input and knowledge – it’s just incredibly fun! And on the other hand, I can give a lot of input back. Especially working on manned flying objects, like at ERC, is extremely exciting. There is so much pioneering work happening here!
What exactly is your job as an advisor in the industry?
Basically, it’s about designing and optimizing a prototype such that it can be mass-produced later – at a low cost.