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?

Super!

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?

Sailing.

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.