Vanessa Lieugue Tchatchouang
ETIT-Student at the TU Darmstadt and at the same time a student trainee at the company Diehl Aerospace
What was your motivation to study Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Darmstadt?
Even as a little kid, I always wanted to do something with technology. The fact that people could easily make long-distance calls and that a computer has so many features, has awakened in me the curiosity for technology. I chose to study at Darmstadt, because many friends of mine had already successfully studied there.
What do/did you like most about Electrical Engineering and Information Technology?
I especially like the lectures being accompanied by practice. For me, it was relevant to see what you are actually doing and how to implement the acquired knowledge in practice. I also like the good equipment of the laboratories and the kind professors. They are open and helpful.
Was the program of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology as you had expected it to be? What did surprise you? What is/was different than expected?
Yes, it was as I had imagined. I always dreamt of working theoretically and practically. I was surprised how some professors conduct their exams. Sometimes they are very demanding.
What do you want to do after graduation / post-doctorate? What was your first job after graduation?
After my studies, I would like to work here as a developer to gain some experience and then return to my home country (Cameroon).
In which industrial sector are you working now and what position do you occupy? Which is your position at the university / in industry now?
Automation technology and I am still a student.
Which skills did you acquire during the study / PhD? Were they particularly helpful for your career?
Programming in Matlab-Simulink and SPS, math skills, basic internship + advanced internship, team work and presentation skills (project seminar).
Looking back, was it the right decision to study Electrical Engineering and Information Technology?
Yes, for me, it was the best decision. Only at the end, I changed the specialization: I chose automation technology instead of communications technology due to the commitment and enthusiasm of the professors in this field.
Which advice would you give to future students?
Always choose what you really like. Then go step by step. Have no fear of professors and assistants, because they are there for you. Never give up and always think positive.