Dr.-Ing. Jan Biermann

Nationality: German
City, Country: Munich/Germany
Study Program/Degree: Mechanical Engineering Theory (D.Eng.), Mechanical Engineering (D. Eng.)
Year of Graduation: Engineering Graduate: 2005, Doctor of Engineering: 2012
Employer & Position: BMW Group, Development Specialist (Acoustics and Vibrations)

Can you tell us about an unforgettable experience that you had during your time at the TUHH?
For sure, the biggest and best personal experience that I had was certainly my year at the University of Waterloo in Canada, which I was able to do thanks to the TUHH exchange program. But I’ll also never forget studying for my very first exam at the TU (Maths 1). Until then, I always got by listening to the teacher and, by doing so, I somehow understood and retained information. At the TU I realized that this would no longer work and I had to learn how to learn. At first this was hard, but in hindsight it was a great personal experience.

Which skills do you use that you learned during your studies?
Put simply, I would say the way I learned to think like an engineer. During your studies, you think that the set-in-stone curriculum is important. But the most important thing, and the thing that my studies have helped me most with is the skill of being able to quickly familiarize yourself to work with new and very complex matters and to use an ‘engineer‘s approach’ when it comes to problem solving. To some extent, this approach differs enormously from other disciplines.

What is the best thing about your job?
On the one hand, I am working on a great and emotionalizing product. That helps to motivate me. On the other hand, I’m employed in a large and very international company. This has its disadvantages too, but the complexity of the organization, the processes and ultimately the technical aspect of the resulting products mean that every day you really do learn something new and understand more. In fact, no day is like any other and you have endless opportunities to use your skills and develop them. That is exciting.

What is a typical day at work like for you and what skills do you need for it?
You actually have to deal with ‘x’ number of different projects at the same time, which are all at different stages of the development process and therefore call for different tasks. That means that one day you might be working at the test station and analyzing measurement data. This can be an analysis of competitor vehicles, or you might be performing basic tests in order to understand basic physical relationships. On the same day, you might be thinking about simulation methods or interpreting simulation data from vehicle projects at a very early development stage. You are always preparing presentations, and presenting these at various meetings in different fields.
This requires high levels of multitasking skills and quick adaptability. On a daily basis, you have to work on improving your own specialist level, but also on understanding things more generally. This is because the final product is the result of a lengthy struggle to find the best solution, which is normally a compromise of a variety of conflicting specifications and aspects: technical, economic and legislative. You always have to have the ‘big picture’ in mind, and that can only happen with perseverance and by using powers of persuasion.

I would love to exchange a day with …
Angela Merkel

What would you ask an omniscient researcher from the future?
If evolution will manage to create the ‘second-generation human’, who can inherently deal with things mindfully, without egotistical and destructive drives, and use these skills to benefit their physical livelihood, as well as their social circle.

If you were President of the TUHH…
… I would encourage a critical reconsideration of the curricula. I was able to experience both the German system and its North American counterpart. Both are different and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. But in my view, neither are the complete package. I would try to combine the best of both worlds.

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Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Daum

Nationality: German
City, Country: Silicon Valley, USA
Study Program/Degree: Physics at the University of Hamburg, followed by a doctoral dissertation on semiconductor technology at the TUHH / Dr.-Ing.
Year of Graduation: 1992, Dr.-Ing.
Employer & Position: TOMA Biosystems Inc., CEO

What motivated you to study at the TUHH, to study the subject that you chose and to choose your profession?
I had studied physics at the University of Hamburg and a doctorate at the TUHH gave me more time to look for something interesting. I also thought that an engineering degree would prove to be more practical. Back then the TUHH was in the process of being established and I found that great. You could make a difference.

What was for you an unforgettable experience during your time at the TUHH?
Helping to shape a new university. One special experience, given that computer technology back then was not as highly developed as it is today and that I was able to with the acquisition of books for the university library. You could still inadvertently hit the “format disk” button. The hard disk was then erased and we could start again from scratch. Truly embarrassing!

What could distract you at any time from learning?
Designing and developing something at the new university.

What do you use in your career that you studied at the TUHH?
Organizational structure at a university. Thinking logically. Thinking critically. Convincing people. All of these have served me well as an entrepreneur and an executive. Over the years I have founded several medical and biotech companies or helped
to shape them as a CEO. I came to the U.S. 15 years ago as a result of the sale of one of my companies. I am fascinated by how the Americans  develop companies. The basis is a good new idea around which you start by setting up a “virtual” company and using the shares in the company to fund it, thereby making the company “real.” In Boston the MIT founds around 300 companies a year, which is nearly a new company every day! More than 96 percent of them fail, but in America that is part of the deal. Failing to give it a try is the real failure, not the company going belly-up. I now live in Silicon Valley and am running my eighth biomedical company. In terms of the financial outcome the result has been three companies were good to very good, two failed, and two were OK.

What is the greatest thing about your job?
Having a free hand in company organization. Collaborating with people who aim to create something out of the ordinary. Working at the cutting edge of translational medicine. Independence.

What does your typical working day look like and which competences do you need for it?
It starts at 7 a.m. and I go home at 6 p.m. During the working day there are many meetings, phone calls, decisions to be made – often in the evening and on the weekend too.

I would love to exchange a day with …
… an engineer with a company that makes children’s toys.

What would you ask an omniscient researcher from the future?
Has the increasing medical knowledge we have gained really made us live longer and made us happy, or has it merely created more difficulties?

What was your favorite meal at the mensa back then?
Spaghetti and tomato sauce.

If you were President of the TUHH…
… I would promote and sponsor risk taking and accepting failure.

Dr. Paola Vega-Castillo

Nationality: Costa Rican
City, Country: Cartago, Costa Rica
Study Program/Degree: PhD in microelectronics, master’s in microelectronics and microsystems
Year of Graduation: 2006
Employer & Position: Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Vice- President Research

Dr. Vega-Castillo, what motivated you to study at the TUHH, to study the subject that you chose and to choose your profession?
I am an electrical engineer. I chose this profession because I wanted to learn a lot about physics and mathematics and would then also have good job prospects in Costa Rica. A former TUHH professor, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto Lange, visited the university where I was studying and told me about the international master’s program at the TUHH. I then applied to the DAAD for a scholarship.

What was for you an unforgettable experience during your time at the TUHH?
It was when I received from the manufacturer the first integrated circuit I had designed myself. To hold it in my hand after all the long, hard work at the computer was a marvelous experience.

What could distract you at any time from learning?
Nothing really. I am always and constantly learning from many other subject areas. I am interested, for instance, in what is going on in the universe. That is why I regularly read and look at what scientists discover about it and what theories they come up with nowadays. The same goes for the micro- and the nano-cosmos, which has a direct bearing on my own subject.

What do you use in your career that you studied at the TUHH?
A great deal. I have to work with scientists from many different disciplines. To do so, the combination of microelectronics and microsystems technology and other areas of science is most advantageous.

What is the greatest thing about your job?
Seeing how scientists’ new ideas take shape and go on to become reality. I find it exciting how technology and solutions are deployed in Costa Rica, for example to solve problems and tasks.

What does your typical working day look like and which competences do you need for it?
I normally hold many discussions with scientific personnel to devise new ideas and projects or to find out how projects are progressing and if need be to take them forward with thought-provoking ideas. We must plan and implement strategies, evaluate projects and ideas. On the other hand I must represent my university in dealings with the government, the different industry and university bodies and, finally, at public events. My university is a state institution. In addition to my subject-related competences I need a great deal of patience, stamina, leadership qualities, inspiration, willingness to work and enthusiasm. What is most important for me, however, is to start the day with delight und optimism.

I would love to exchange a day with …
… a highly talented pianist or opera singer.

What would you ask an omniscient researcher from the future?
What is the overall equation that explains the behavior of the universe?

What was your favorite meal at the mensa back then?
Fish with jacket potatoes – and cheesecake, especially because we don’t have any real cheesecake here. At open-air events I have always enjoyed German sausages – and I still do!

If you were President of the TUHH…
… I would try to create more temporary posts for visiting professors and scientists at the TUHH in order to strengthen international relations and academic exchange with TUHH alumni.

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Tanja Karp

Nationality: German
City, Country: Lubbock, Texas, USA
Study Program/Degree: Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing and Communications Engineering), doctorate
Year of Graduation: 1993 (Dipl.-Ing.), 1997 (Dr.-Ing.)
Employer & Position: Employer & Position: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University, Associate Professor

Professor Karp, why did you choose to study at the TUHH and do you now think it was a good decision?
The TUHH was a small, young university with a good reputation. The family atmosphere at the uni was very much to my liking. The professors
knew almost all of us by name and you soon got to know your fellow-students. There were many opportunities to gain an early insight into research as a student assistant. In spite of its modest size the TUHH was already a gateway to the world. As part of the Erasmus program I spent a semester studying in Bordeaux and and as a postgrad I took
part for a while in research projects at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and at the ENST in Paris, France. By attending conference I was able at an early stage to build up an international network
of my own.

How would you summarize your time at the TUHH?
It was a labor-intensive time but also a time when many new friendships developed. Back then the TUHH looked young and dynamic and was still
under construction, so our basic studies included lectures at the Helms-Museum and Eichenhöhe and we ate lunch at the IRS Office. Our professors
were highly committed teachers. After so many years and passing exams, the stress that they imposed on us all you no longer feel they were quite
so bad.

What do you use in your career that you studied at the TUHH?
I use a lot from my specialization in signal processing and communications engineering and I regularly have recourse to the math basics and what I learned about programming. In other subjects, such as materials science or energy technology, I still feel confident that I can understand somebody who works in that area and that if need be I could work my way back into it.

You now teach at the Texas Tech University. What, in your opinion, are the greatest differences between the Texas Tech and German universities?
The Texas Tech University is a wide-ranging university with around 35,000 students. It is a typical American campus university, and because Lubbock with a population of 25,000 is the largest city within a radius of about 500 kilometers nearly all of the students live on or near the campus. For the
students, of course, the main difference is the tuition fees, which are extremely high from a German point of view. In addition, a large part of the course work is done during the semester. Overall, the bachelor program is organized more along school lines and more practical in orientation. Students also enjoy intensive support. Outside of lecture times there are many more student organizations here that you can join and get involved in.

What does your typical working day look like and what competences do you need for it?
Most days consists of a time multiplex of teaching, research, looking after students and doing committee work. In the spring term I also organize a
robotics competition for school students in order to awaken or sustain their interest in MINT subjects. Around 700 school students take part and my
Introduction to Engineering Science students look after them. Before and during the eight-week competition I spend much of my time organizing.

You now live in the United States yet keep in touch with the TUHH. Why?
Connections with the TUHH have already been of benefit to me in my career. This spring, for example, school students from Germany, USA and South Africa, jointly took part in a robotics competition that I organized, with the Hamburg group being recruited by the TUHH. In international student exchange I have also advocated a partnership between the two universities. The first GES+ students from the TUHH were very successful during their semester at the Texas Tech University. I still have family ties in northern Germany and look forward to including a visit to the TUHH when I visit.

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Kristina Böe

Nationality: German
City, country: Hamburg, Germany
Study program/Degree: General Process Engineering/ Dipl-Ing.
Year of graduation: 1994
Employer & Position: GEA Brewery Systems GmbH, Senior Vice President Cross-Application Execution

Ms. Böe, why did you choose to study at the TUHH and do you now think it was a good decision?
The range of courses on offer at the TUHH made a very sound impression. The TUHH’s proximity to where I lived and its outstanding reputation will
also have contributed. Studying at the TUHH was highly challenging and comprehensive. That made a decisive mark on me and on my entire approach to the requirements of the job. You learn to tackle new ideas in a very structured way and to “dissect the elephant into small pieces.”

Can you remember your first impression of the TUHH?
In my days the TUHH was not as attractive as it is today. My first impression was not really inviting. Lectures were held at a large number of locations
in Harburg (Kasernenstrasse, a bar in Eissendorfer Strasse, the Helmsmuseum, etc.). We were allowed to use the Tax Office canteen. That is why the time between lectures was spent walking around or looking for somewhere to park. All that was offset, however, by the great fellow-students.

What was your motivation to study that subject and to choose this career?
I chose a study program that both required and laid a broad scientific foundation. The numerous options available in industry for general process engineering graduates also convinced me.

How would you summarize your time at the TUHH?
It was a work-intensive time that nonetheless left me with sufficient free space because of the great working group I was with. The group with which
I worked intensively back then continued to meet regularly after we graduated to visit Denmark, and to this day we still meet more or less regularly on many different occasions.

What is the greatest thing about your job?
I took on a new position in the GEA Group on June 1, 2015. I am currently setting up an entirely new area in which I have no existing structures on
which to build. That is great fun but also a challenge in view of the great responsibility that comes with it. The GEA Group was my first employer after graduation and has since regularly confronted me with fresh challenges – challenges that have been demanding and have taken me forward at the same time. I was latterly for many years Technical Manager of GEA Brewery Systems GmbH, where the enormous sense of cohesion and team spirit was always a power motivation. Yes, I really can say that is a part of my family.

What do you use in your career that you studied at the TUHH?
Today I use my fund of basic knowledge to understand complex connections and thereby to help my colleagues to solve their technical problems. My current job mainly involves personnel management.

What does a typical day of work look like and what competences do you need for it?
My typical day’s work is very strongly oriented toward communication. As my colleagues are distributed around the world, regular exchange via
modern means of communication is indispensable, and as my area of responsibility deals solely with resource management further education and personnel development play a very important part.

You are also active in the TU & YOU network, what do you do for it and why?
We attach great importance to promoting young researchers. That is why we are so committed at the TUUH, awarding, for instance, an annual prize
for the best Bachelor’s degree in biological process engineering written in the standard period of study. In addition, we and other leading companies in Hamburg sponsor the so-called Professors’ Grill, a network that has already generated a large number of trainees and led to the appointment of a number of TUHH graduates as employees. This cooperation is a win-win situation both for the students and for us as an employer.

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Hugo Pernía

Name, Surname: Pernía Arellano, Hugo
Nationality: Venezolaner
Country, City: Caracas, Venezuela
Study Programm / Degree: International Production Management (IPM) Master
Position / Company: Loss Adjuster at Miller International

You are President of our Alumni Chapter in Caracas, what attracts you about this task?

I have gladly taken on the task of uniting all Venezuelans who have studied
and participated as researchers in one of the Faculties and Institutes of the TUHH. I have the best desire that reinforcing the bonds of our countries, especially in those fields of work in which we perform daily. On the other hand, it is gratifying to be in contact with different generations that the last 40 years have had academic or scientific training in the TUHH.

What was an unforgettable experience for you during your time at TUHH?

It was unforgettable that the first day of class had been in the AUDIMAX, we were received (foreign students who entered the Masters) by the Rector Prof. Dr .- Ing. Dr. h.c. Christian Nedeß, speaking bluntly about the commitment to Peace, the progress of science, of applied technology and humanism. That happened in October 2001, in the midst of much global expectation as a result of tragic events of 11.09.2001 that the university community of the TUHH rejected forcefully, with the same rector at the head of the courageous response that needed to be transmitted at that time. It is good that one (young student, at that time), who comes from a very distant country, receives it “personally” the rector; know one then what great things are about to happen …

What do you use from your studies for your profession?

In my profession I am fortunate to apply much of the knowledge learned in the Production Management program of the TUHH especially in the fields of Materials Sciences (Advanced Ceramics + Polymers & Composites), Reliability in the design of machinery and spare parts (Zuverlaessigkeittechnik), Design of ingineering parts (Produktplanung und Entwicklung), Factories design (Organisation des Produktionsprozess), Technology Assessment, Innovation Management, etc.  I must mention that the only subjects that do not apply to my work are the competencies in: Transaction Processing, Software oriented to Business (SAP) and International Legislation, very good courses that were part of the study curriculum.

What’s the greatest thing about your job?

For those of us who work in a segment of the Industrial Risks area, our work includes traveling through almost the entire American continent, knowing very different and varied production processes (most of them with technologies made in Germany), and interacting with very diverse people.

What does a typical working day look like for you and what skills do you need?

Our work starts, for example after a tragedy or important economic losses. A client (a Reinsurer Company) can come to us with any need anywhere in Latinamerica and we’re there for them. A part of our job is to assist with arranging emergency repairs and/or business premises, and advise on making the area safe and secure to prevent future losses. My job is a 24 hours / 7 days a week, service for the international market.

The Loss Adjuster plays a crucial role in the insurance claims process and its job start after a claim is logged. To become a loss adjuster, a degree in building , surveying, engineering, risk management, is useful, but experience in complex industries is a key factor, to ensure strong technical knowledgement .

I’d like to swap a day with…

I remember seeing the film and story of Professor Dr. Hauke Trinks (1943-2016) – ehemaliger President der TUHH – after he returned from Spitzbergen, living with an unknown woman from England, and managed to survive her and the hungry bears polar, for the benefit of chemical science and the theory of evolution. After being married for almost 10 years, I am amused to think what would happen if I changed for a single day with that courageous and legendary teacher, who did a great scientific and academic career.

What would you ask an omniscient researcher from the future?

The hundred most important patents for the next 200 years, in the field of industrial risks, process engineering and materials sciences.

What was your favorite food at the Mensa?

All the uncommon meals to someone from Tropical Caribbean: the meatballs called “Koenigsberger Klopse”, Spargel and Lachs.

If you were president of the TUHH…

It would be a person surrounded by many talents from around the world, and also close to the companies responsible for environmental protection, health and logistics companies (industries and services). I would not hesitate to invest all the money available in research and verify that partial achievements are secured through well-structured patents. I would encourage students by all means to develop innovative and ethical applications in industrial fields and environmental protection.

André Katzenberger

Mr. Katzenberger, you studied energy and environmental technology at the TUHH. What memories do you associate with your studies at the Hamburg University of Technology?

Studying at the TUHH was an interesting experience for me. I gained many interesting insights along with some unpleasant experiences. What I was taught enriched me in general terms and taught me about engineering as a profession, but the B.Sc. was very general in content. The study programs were, in part, rigid and students were subjected to a relatively high level of pressure. That was why, after graduating with a B.Sc., I decided to start by getting a job.

What tasks do you face in your current job as Climate Protection Manager for the city of Hürth?

Climate Protection Manager is an appointment subsidized by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) that in cities or local government areas performs cross-sectional tasks in connection with climate protection and energy. On the basis of a (partial) climate protection concept drawn up for a city or local government area the Climate Protection Manager is responsible for implementation. The main focus in Hürth is on the city’s municipal real estate and thus cover all areas, ranging from simple energy controlling (documenting, analyzing and optimizing consumption) and facility management (prioritization of measures, implementation of the necessary energy-saving renovation work) to user training, such as energy-saving projects in schools or with employees.

Are the knowledge and skills you acquired during your studies a help in your work?

The basic understanding of technology such as in the use of renewables or in construction work is a great help in enabling me to follow discussions with technicians and to make plans jointly with them. But the skills that are required of me as a Climate Protection Manager tend more to involve analytics and energy management, and I have acquired them step by step, on my own initiative, and out of interest.

Straight-line studies and resumé, first-rate grades and a head full of knowledge… What is important in later, career life?

None of the above. My TUHH degree grade was nothing special and my career has been anything but straightforward. What has counted for much more than any resumé, no matter how interesting it might be, is the self-assurance of knowing what I want to achieve and what I am capable of achieving. Don’t let yourselves be thrown off track, see the bigger picture, expand your horizons and stay true to yourselves. Demand for specialists is increasing constantly and your average graduate with no vision at all has long ceased to be of interest to companies.

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Dirk Thelen

Nationality: German
City, country: Strasbourg, France
Study program/Degree: Process Engineering, Dipl.-Ing.
Year of graduation: 1991
Employer and position: PPG AEROSPACE Southern Europe, managing director

10 Questions

Why did you decide to study at the TUHH back then and was it in retrospect a good decision?

On cost grounds. I come from Hamburg, it was the right decision.

Can you recall your first impression of the TUHH?

It was a small university that had good relations with its professors and academic staff.

What motivated you to choose your study program and your profession?

I was interested in the subject matter.

How would you summarize your time at the TUHH?


5What was your favorite meal at the student refectory?

We didn’t have a refectory so it was either the canteen of the Tax Office or, alternatively, the nearest döner kebab place or the baker’s.

Where did you prefer to spend time in Hamburg or Harburg alongside your studies?


What is your advice for getting off to a good career start in your industry?

Follow your inclinations and interests, be open for other cultures and mentalities, don’t forget your family.

What do you use in your career that you learnt as a student?

In a professional discussion, analysis and expertise are of greater use than management studies.

What does your typical working day look like and which are the competences that you need for it?

Forget about the inundation of e-mail and tackle issues with a helicopter perspective.

If you were the President of the TUHH…

… I would do more for the alumni.

Dirk Lesny

Study program/Degree: Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Manufacturing Technology, Dipl.-Ing.
Year of graduation: 1995
Employer and position: ExxonMobil, project engineer in petrochemicals

10 Questions

Why did you decide to study at the TUHH back then and was it in retrospect a good decision?

Back then sounds like it was so long ago! I decided in favor of the TUHH in 1990 because it was a young and dynamic university that was going places and was already held in high repute. Another factor that that mattered to me was its outstanding student-staff ratio. In retrospect, it was a good decision and one that I have never regretted.

Can you recall your first impression of the TUHH?

A modern construction site with something that was supposed to become a pond … And then the theater in the Helms-Museum and Monday mornings in Eichenhöhe, where the air mostly smelt of left-over alcohol from the weekend’s events.

What motivated you to choose your study program and your profession?

The fascination of technology and all that can be done with it if it is used responsibly. Studying engineering also promised to be a sound basis for a wide range of careers – even if the job prospects were not brilliant in the 1990s (but that is history).

How would you summarize your time at the TUHH?

Hard, focused work – always with the target in mind but without entirely neglecting the advantages of student life.

What was your favorite meal at the student refectory?

Which refectory? We didn’t have one back then.

Where did you prefer to spend time in Hamburg or Harburg alongside your studies?

Evenings in the bars on Lämmertwiete and otherwise on the water (rowing, sailing, kayaking…), going for walks on the dike or in the Nordheide or the Harburger Berge.

What is your advice for getting off to a good career start in your industry?

Starting with a good technical grounding never to lose sight of the commercial or the overview. A widely based, soundly developed personality clearly also helps.

And when starting your career it is always a good idea to be flexible about where you work and to be ready to give much more than 100 percent initially.

What do you use in your career that you learnt as a student?

A surprising amount, considering they always say that very little of what you learn is of any use later. I make use of both the bricks and mortar of my main study program and the approach, the methods and the strategies that we learnt for our Vordiplom. In addition I have very often benefited from experience gained in the many jobs I had, be it at the uni as a student assistant or intern or as an intern or jobber at many companies.

What does your typical working day look like and which are the competences that you need for it?

There are few if any “typical” working days because the days are filled differently with organizational, analytical, information gathering or problem solving activities. That, of course, involves every conceivable and all of the conventional forms of communication.

But the competences I mainly need (with the technical expertise to back them up) are flexibility, team skills, motivation (of myself and others), and the ability to switch roles – between contributor and decision maker, for example.

If you were the President of the TUHH…

… I would not have the great job that I have now, so I am happy to leave that to people who are better suited for the job. But as his advisor I would try to underscore the importance of the following points: 1) connections with industry that enable students to get their bearings and to gain experience; 2) enabling students to gain an international orientation while nonetheless appreciating and making use of the benefits of a regional anchoring; 3) constantly underscoring the importance of education and vocational training in this country’s political landscape and enlisting support for it.

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Markus Dölle

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Process Engineering
Graduation date: 28.11.2013

Uni. Over and done with at last? Or is it a pity that it is now all over?

After six years of studies I have mixed feelings. On the one hand I look forward to being able to stand on my own feet and to earn a living at last. On the other, it is a pity that my studies are over. I really enjoyed my time as a student.

Why did you decide to study at the TUHH?

Several factors interacted. It was not only that the TUHH has a good reputation; the location appealed to me too. I was determined to study in a larger city.

How would you summarize your time at the TUHH?

It was something of a mixed bag. The first semesters were very hard work because I had to learn how to deal with the way subjects are taught at university. Nevertheless, I had a great deal of fun at parties and the like. That was the case throughout my studies. There sure were times when the going was tough, but also good experiences and fun.

How did you cope with the course load of your study program?

Some parts of the course were extremely demanding while others were less labor-intensive. I reckon it is important to set priorities. That isn’t too difficult because sooner or later the pressure eases off and you can take it easy. Taking a break from time to time is important too.

Where in Harburg did you spend time as a student?

I often spent time with friends who live all over Harburg. I also lived for several years at the student hostel in Triftstrasse, where I frequently took it easy at the bar. For a while I played soccer with the Dynamo Heimfeld amateurs.

Where is your favorite place in Harburg?

I really like the port. I also spent a fair amount of time in the Schwarzenbergpark, of which I have fond memories.

And what was your favorite meal at the student refectory?

Hamburger, of course! They could definitely have dished up hamburgers more often.

If you were the President of the TUHH, to what would you attach importance?

I would attach even more importance to teaching. In Germany, sad to say, university professors seem more to seek funding and reputation by means of new projects. As a result, in my opinion, teaching tends to be somewhat neglected. And as I spent my semester abroad in Sweden, I have experienced a different approach.