Alumni Story: Mark

Mark is 30 years old and is currently working at Elli, which is a group at Volkswagen. Elli is assigned to ensure people buying an electric car form Volkswagen will be able to charge it conveniently everywhere in Europe. Whether it is with a charging station at home or at a charging station at a rest-stop on the highway. Mark currently works as Project Manager developing the charging station that can be installed at customers their home. He started his studies of Industrial Design at the University of Twente in 2008 and finished his studies in 2015. He did both his Bachelor and his Master at the UT. Currently, His work is focused around everything that has to do with charging electric cars.

During his student years Mark was never really an active member at Daedalus concerning for example partaking in committees. He was however a member of Daedalus and did go to the fun ID parties. He believes that Daedalus was quite an active association in 2008 compared to other study associations.

In his masters Mark followed the management of product development track, which was already part of the curriculum back then. He mainly focussed on this track and did not deviate a lot from the courses that were part of this master track. He did his master assignment at Siemens in Nurnberg, where he worked on the packaging of semi-finished electric-vehicle components. Because the supervision was not optimal, he eventually decided to stop with this assignment. After that he had a period in which he did not know what to do, but eventually he graduated in the spring of 2015. His assignment ended up being a free assignment without a company, but he did use a lot of his experiences from Siemens. He learned a lot from his time at Siemens as this was a preparation for a possible job at a company in the future.

In retrospect, he believes that Enschede has a nice and low key atmosphere, but that it was also too small for him. He also thinks it is a pity that there were/are less women at this university, as he believes it is better to have a mixed group of students. He would make the same choice of studying in Enschede, but looking back he would have liked to take more time to look at the possibilities of doing a minor or masters in another country. According to him the best aspect of Industrial Design Engineering is the interaction between all the different disciplines of Industrial Design, such as mechanics, electronics and software. You can also explore these disciplines within projects and that is how Mark got to know his interests.

After his studies Mark did not really know what he wanted to do, so he decided to apply for a job at USG Engineering. During his time at this company he mainly worked on prototypes for coffee and beverage machines, but he also started to work in the field of e-mobility. After he had worked here for 2.5 years, he decided to start a job at another company, which was mainly settled in China. After a few months it was already clear that he did not want to work here, so he moved on to another job. This is his current job at Volkswagen/Elli. He mainly wanted to work at Elli, because the scale of the investments and ambitions are very high.

After his master graduation assignment in Nürnberg, he wanted to go back to the Netherlands. He did have the ambition to go abroad again, but not right after his graduation. That is why he first started at USG Engineering. However, after that and a couple of years working at Vattenfall, he decided it was time to move abroad again. He wanted to go to a place, where he could stay for a longer period and where there were enough job opportunities. He wanted to go to Hamburg or Berlin in Germany. Eventually, he decided to go to Berlin. Mark believes that it is more difficult to work in another country, as it takes longer to arrange something, because of for example the language barrier and the difficulty of mixing with locals. However, because he already was quite acquainted with the language and cultural differences are not that big, Germany was easier than other countries. He does think that working abroad is eye opening, because you will discover that you have taken things for granted, which are different elsewhere, like .

Now that he is working at Elli, he mainly sees the aspect of seeing connections coming back from his studies at the University of Twente. He believes that especially Eric Lutters challenged him to question what he sees and hears. He learned to not just assume something is correct, but try to understand why it is correct and if it even is correct. After his studies, at companies, he mainly learned that things happen according to the policy or known practices of the company, which might not necessarily be logical. He also discovered that people are usually too modest. He thinks it is important for a person to know what their abilities and the people around him/her are. With this mindset you can find out if you can trust someone and you can foresee if problems will occur.

Want to know more about Mark and the job he is doing right now? If the Berlin trip will still take place, we will visit him!




IDE Business Fair 2020

IDE Business Fair 2020

On the 16th of December the IDE Business Fair 2020 will take place. Due to Covid-19, the fair will take place online, but it will be just as interesting and fun as in real life! Below you can find more information about the companies that are attending. The fair will take place online with a program called hopin. With this program you can talk to companies through virtual stands. There is also a speed date moment at which you will be randomly assigned to a company and have a few minutes to talk to them and get to know each other. If you are interested, make sure to sign up via this link: If you visit the event, you will receive a coupon for a free subway sandwich!



Spark Design

Every idea deserves to be cherished with knowledge and skill to get the best chance of succeeding. At Spark, we have been doing this for more than 25 years. By embracing every idea without hijacking it. By testing with prototypes early in the process and this way giving the idea literally shape.

By occasionally slowing down or being obstructive when ambition and feasibility lose sight of each other. But above all, we do this by giving every idea the best of our multidisciplinary product development, design and strategy services.

An internship with us means a lot of responsibility and freedom, your own workplace in the studio and 30 colleagues with a passion for design. Together we determine what you will do with us: brainstorming, devising concepts, Solidworks or jobs in the workshop.


Hike One

We are Hike One, a leading digital design agency. A playful and talented team consisting of over 60 design specialists operating from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Eindhoven. Constantly figuring out how to do things better. And faster, cooler, and easier.

We design digital products: user interfaces for physical products, as well as mobile apps and websites. It’s likely you have already run into us…

We are an agency of specialists. It keeps us flexible, so we can collaborate with technical partners that are the best fit for your challenge. With our proven design methods, we have been helping clients in every possible industry (from banking and healthcare to shipping and horticulture) since 2008.



Design8 is a Dutch-based distributor for Design and Visualization Software in the Benelux. Design8 has over 20 years experience in selling, training and supporting 3D CAD software for Designers on both macOS and Windows.

At Design8, we support our end users and resellers with the customer in mind.

Most interesting for Industrial Designers is our Simulation-Driven Design software suite: Altair Inspire. Altair Inspire is the most intuitive and versatile topology optimization & design software suite. See it as a concept generator that delivers 3D optimized shapes as a starting point for your design of a lighter, stiffer and better-looking product. We say: by using Altair Inspire you start with the solution!

Students get a 1 year free license of Altair Inspire. Come and see us, we’ll tell you how.



NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre (NVC) was established in 1953 to stimulate the knowledge and

expertise in packaging. Since then, NVC evolved into an association with over 500 member

companies worldwide. The packing-filling (FMCG) industry, packaging manufacturers, retailers,

manufacturers of packaging machines, wholesalers, recyclers, designers, even a number of financial

institutions: they all are members of the large and vital NVC business family. The NVC innovation

projects (like ΦΠΙ on Pharmaceutical Packaging Innovation and DIU on Design for Intended Use),

information services (i.a. the monthly global NVC Members-only Update MOU and MERGE

addressing the environmental legislation and regulations worldwide) and education programme (i.a.

the Live Online NVC Workshop Sustainable Inovation in Packaging and the NVC Course Programme in

Packaging) stimulate the continuous improvement of packaging worldwide.



De Carrièrebus (CareerBus) helps students and young professionals who are in their job market

orientation phase. Do you need personal career advice or do you have a specific question? De

Carrièrebus can help you independently with checking your CV, writing an application letter,

preparing for your application and finding a suitable career opportunity and the employer that suits

you best! In addition, De Carrièrebus advises on possible study opportunities and how to best profile

yourself on the labor market.

Free customized cv-check

You can read a lot about the best way to create your CV. Ultimately, the best way is the way you like

it yourself. Your CV is your own business card. For this reason, De Carrièrebus offers you the

opportunity to have your cv checked fully customized. Recruiters with extensive practical experience

look at your own wishes and the way you like to profile yourself in the job market,

and also give

practical tips to make your CV even more effective. The purpose of the CV is that it represents you

well and helps you get to the table with the employer you like!



We help new companies to emerge, and existing companies to innovate.

Do you have an innovative idea and do you want to get started? We open up our resources for you to validate, develop and grow your startup idea. Get inspiration, mentoring and coaching via our experts and experienced business developers. Since we are a non-profit, you won’t have any costs or equity loss. We are the most entrepreneurial university ecosystem in the Netherlands and facilitate innovation and startups for more than 35 years. What are you waiting for? Join the START Bootcamp to get the basic insights of building an idea into a business in just one day. Or apply for the START Program, that is consisting of a validation sprint for dedicated student entrepreneurs in different sessions over two months. So, are you ready to START?

The StudIO is open!

Dear members,

As of the 26th of November we are open again! You can come by to quickly grab a tea or coffee, or even a snack, but sadly there is no time for chitchat….

See you soon!

How is the InDepth contributing to sustainability?

There are a lot of things that are a part of sustainability. One of them is waste. To improve the sustainability of our life, we should try to produce less waste, because this is better for environment, and also allows for more efficient material use. Within Daedalus, one of the things that is offered, is an InDepth issue three times a year. This also means that three times a year, a lot of magazines are printed to be distributed among all the students and alumni. With everything becoming more and more digital, we have decided it is time for a change within the InDepth. Therefore, we are now trying to find different ways of adjusting the format of the InDepth. One idea is to make the physical magazine smaller, and offer more information, like longer articles, online. This could be done by removing pages from the physical issue, but also by actually reducing the size of the pages to for example A5. By doing so, we will reduce the total amount of waste that is created by the InDepth, since less material is needed to create them. Going online would also mean we can offer a lot more interactive and live information. While these ideas have not yet completely been thought out and implemented, we are hoping to improve the InDepht to make it even more entertaining for people to read.

We have also brought out an InDepth issue with the theme Waste, namely issue 1 from year 3, which came out in September 2018. Here, we talk about how the ocean is filled with plastic, how Mr. Trash Wheel was created to negate such pollution, and one article even focusses on Sustainable Design. If you are looking for something interesting to read, go and grab any issue of the InDepth!


Sabine Peters


New Covid-19 regulations

Unfortunately the StudIO is closed for members because of the new Covid-19 measures. In case you need new drawing materials, or have other questions for the board, you can reach us on all our socials or email to!

Stay strong!

Alumni Story: Tim van der Heide

Tim van der Heide started his study Industrial Design at the University of Twente in 2008 and finished in 2012. Tim was a member of Daedalus while studying. However, he was not an active member and did not participate in any committees. A year later, he began his Industrial Design master at the Technical University of Eindhoven where he graduated in 2014. For the last years he has worked in Shanghai as Design Technologist for a small design studio and eventually  at frog Design as Design Technologist in their Shanghai studio. After four and a half years living in China he moved back to the Netherlands in September 2020 to settle down in his own country.


Design Technologists mostly focus on the more technical aspect of the design process. An example of this is the production of prototypes and researching which technologies the client is already using in order to build an improved solution upon that.


For his bachelor assignment, Tim did a project together with Jaël Loermans (also an ID student) where they traveled all the way to Jayapura in Indonesia. The university was running a project in this location about solar energy on the roof of the local city hall. A new system was developed for photovoltaic (PV) solar energy on the Indonesian island of Papua. Due to Indonesia’s growth and rising prosperity, the demand for stable electricity has also increased and solar energy provided an answer. Their job was to design an informative installation for this new system. The project sadly ended earlier due to the fact that it was politically unstable around that time. All in all, it was a really good introduction to Indonesia and Asia overall. The following article might give a bit of context on what the bigger project was all about:


Looking back at his study time in Enschede and Eindhoven, Tim sees that there are clear differences in how the study programmes are structured. Enschede has a more traditional way of following courses, whereas Eindhoven did not have set courses or exams. Everything in Eindhoven was left to be filled in by the student themselves. Having attended both universities gave him a good basis of technical courses and the design process in the overall discipline.


The nicest aspect of Industrial Design is for Tim the variety of courses and people who appealed to the study. There are a lot of technical courses, but there are also lots of ways to be creative. Tim thinks that this diversity is very important for a designer, to not only have course specific knowledge but also the ability to adapt to other disciplines.


During his masters, Tim had the chance to go back to Asia for his study. This time it was a project in the city of Taicang, close to Shanghai. Here he and his fellow students noticed how big the expat life actually is and that life as a foreigner is pretty decent. After this trip, Tim set the goal to find a job in Shanghai after he graduated.

After graduating, Tim applied for a job at a newly established design agency (Beach Creative) in Shanghai. They helped him with all the procedures like getting a visa and then he moved to China. Here he worked for three years at Beach Creative, where he worked on several diverse projects. From developing a candy floss machine to a telescope for children.


Now he is working for about a year for frog, a way bigger and international design consultancy. The work is a bit less “hands-on”, but it is amazing to work with big Chinese and international brands. The nice thing about a design consultancy is that the work is really diverse. Every project you design something for a completely different product and target group. His first project was for example a product for a make-up company, and Tim is currently doing a project for a car manufacturer.


Working and living in a different country is always difficult. What Tim really helped was that Shanghai is an international city. A lot of people say that Shanghai is the light variant of China, because it is so much different when compared to the rest of the country. You can live exactly the way you want. You can practise your Chinese with your Chinese neighbour and after that have a beer with people from all around the world. This made the step of moving to the other side of the world a lot easier.


His first year on the job felt a bit like being a first year student in a new study programme. A new city, a new job, new colleagues, but mostly the people around you who are open to meeting new people. This made the life of a foreigner living in a city like Shanghai really interesting. Almost no one is originally from Shanghai and this causes everyone to be a lot more open and make friends easier.


The most important thing Tim learned while studying Industrial Design is the big variation of courses. There are of course mechanical engineers, programmers, psychologists or artists, but what Industrial Design Engineering gives you, is that you can combine all these practises together. With certain basic knowledge you learn to understand others and to search if you need to learn something new. This grey, or better said colourful area, could lead to the feeling of thinking that you are not fantastic in everything. That’s why he thinks it is really important to discover what you find important.


What really helped Tim, is that besides his study, he was always building things. For example a drone, working with an Arduino, or his 3D printer gave him the chance to apply the theory he learned during his study. Besides learning a lot from these hobbies, it also helped a lot when applying for jobs to prove his practical skills.

The Sustainable Design Weeks


During these 2 weeks we will host multiple events all on the topic of sustainable design! Sustainability is becoming an ever more important topic. Students are closely related to this topic and play an important role in the future of sustainability. They need to be aware that sustainability will be a crucial factor and they need to be informed about this topic. Sustainability is also important in design and is taken into consideration more frequently nowadays. A lot of companies are already working on sustainability and a cooperation between students and companies can help to improve the future of sustainable design.


The Program


Here you can find the program for the weeks. We will give a short introduction on each activity!

The Grand Opening

On this day we will open the event weeks via a live stream! During this live stream we will quickly talk about sustainable design and how this impacts IDE. Next to that the StudIO will be decorated and there will be a live stream from the StudIO with some nice tunes!


Viskom Activity

During this activity you will encounter sustainable design in a creative way. How do you create new designs from thrash? How can you implement sustainability in a daily life? For more info check the event on the sign up page!


Release InDepth

On Friday a new InDepth will be released! This InDepth will be partially in the topic of sustainability. They will be available for pickup in the StudIO.


Lunch lecture from NVC

NVC(Nederlands Verpakkings Centrum) will talk about the PUMA Manifest. PUMA is a worldwide effort to end the pollution created by the packaging industry. They will talk about the plans and future of this manifest and why the current industry would be a problem for the future. More info:

Participants get a coupon for a free subway sandwich!


Waste Separation Theme Day

During the separation day the new separation bin will be revealed on a live stream! There will be fun games to play in and around the StudIO, when you quickly walk by to grab a coffee/tea. Next to this, there will also be the possibility to play online games!


Mastermind Activity

During this lecture Bjorn the Koeijer, professor at the University of Twente. Björn will talk about packaging and several statements regarding sustainability will be given and discussed about. Does your opinion change during this lecture and do you agree with him or not? Find out on the 25th of November! Sign up on the website!


Plastic Soup Theme Day

On this day you will get to know about the plastic soup floating around in the ocean, which is a very important issue nowadays. The StudIO will be decorated according to this theme and you can grab a free cup of plastic soup provided by the Omnomcom(no plastic is used during the production of the edible plastic soup).


Lunch Lecture PHD Students

Two PHD students from the faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering on the TU Delft will talk about designing with living materials!  People who sign up will receive a coupon for a free subway sandwich. Sign up on the website!


Sustainable Pubquiz

During this festive ending we will organize a pubquiz! What do you know about sustainable design, sustainability in general and the event weeks itself? Test yourself during the Pubquiz! If you paid enough attention to the socials of S.G. Daedalus you should know most facts by now.


Release Sustainable Podcast

In the near future an Icarus Idea podcast with Daan Roosengaarde will be released!


We hope to see you there!

Alumni Story: Samra Sabljic

Samra Sabljic is 24 years old and graduated in 2019. She studied Industrial Design Engineering for six years at the University of Twente. Currently she works for the Province of Utrecht, where she is doing a traineeship. As a trainee you have a regular job, enriched with a trainee-program. This way the focus is on learning and developing yourself more within the organization. For her, this is a great transition between the student and working life. Mainly because the trainees are seen as the innovators of the organization. She agreed to join for this interview as she did not know exactly what to do after her studies. She hopes by giving this interview she can provide some inspiration or give an example for current students.

Samra was really positive about her years as a student. The small scale of the study direction gave her a lot of flexibility during her student years. There are many possibilities for students, which enable you to gain a lot of experience in different fields. She was an active member of S.G. Daedalus and joined the Evaluation Committee and the Accom. As a chair of the Evacom she learned a lot about the educational system of the UT and about giving feedback in a positive way, she regularly wrote a piece for the InDepth. With the Accom she organized many fun activities like the ‘night in the red light’ party and the Valentine pub crawl!


During her master she joined the Study Tour to Japan and South Korea, Ukiro. Prior to the trip  she did a case with Gazelle, for which she designed a bike. This added something to her growing portfolio, which, she states, is really important for finding a fitting master thesis. After the bachelor she went on to follow the master Human Technology Relations. She really enjoyed courses like Graphic Language of Products, Product life cycle and Design History. She finished her bachelor by working on her thesis with an architectural firm in Rotterdam. This is where her interest in public spaces started to grow.

During her masters the interest for designing things in public spaces evolved even more. After focusing elective courses towards sustainability and/ or the public space, she also wanted to do a master thesis related to such topics. After meeting someone working for the Municipality of Amsterdam at the Bedrijvendagen fair, she sent her portfolio and CV to different departments of that huge organization. She got lucky and they got an assignment for her! She worked on the project of the Waterlooplein; a complicated project with a long history. It was her first experience within such a state organization. Her goal was to design something that would satisfy all parties. After a long process of almost a year she managed to design a compromise. This experience she got during her master thesis confirmed her interest in public spaces and was the foundation for the job she currently executes.

After a long-overdue summer break she started to look for a job. It really takes time and practice to get a hang of writing the perfect application letter and selling yourself in the best way. She found out there aren’t that many applications regarding a link between architecture and industrial design. As soon as she found this specific traineeship application for the Province of Utrecht, she knew that it was a perfect fit. The application process was quite intense, which is something that you do not encounter while studying. From the 350 applicants only 15 were selected. A tip when looking for a job: prepare yourself for the different kinds of assessments you need to go through.


She really recommends doing a traineeship after your studies as it is a nice transition from student to working life. A traineeship most often takes between one and two years. One day a week she follows the traineeship program: courses and trainings to broaden her knowledge of the organization, while the rest of the week she has a regular job. Her area of work is the “Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie”. This is the largest national monument of the Netherlands. The cultural heritage was once a defense line, used to keep the enemy away by flooding in case of war. It spreads through 5 provinces, but the largest part extends straight through the middle of the Province of Utrecht. She focuses on tourism in this area and also on sustainability. Samra really enjoys her current job. She is learning a lot on the job, while developing her personal skills in the trainee program as well. The most important skill she learned during her studies and which she still uses today is “design thinking”. She considers this mindset to be really important and the key for innovation, especially in the public sector.


Lastly she wants to give everyone the advice to find something you really like during your studies. This is the time to do so, as you have the possibilities and time to explore almost everything you want. She really recommends getting extra experiences outside of your studies like a study tour, extracurricular courses, internships etc.

Alumni Story: Jony Heerink

Jony Heerink started studying Industrial Design Engineering in 2004. At that time, the bachelor existed only for a couple of years. In her masters she stepped away from IDE and started teaching. Nowadays she is teaching O&O, (Onderzoeken en Ontwerpen) at a high school. In this course students work several weeks on a project to solve a technical problem for a client. Besides that, Jony works for the UT as a teacher educator. This is Maybe not something you would expect from an IDE’er? In this blog Jony tells about her student time, previous jobs and what she is doing right now.


During her bachelor, Jony was an active member of S.G. Daedalus. To give an example, once she joined the Prom committee to organise the yearly prom. Next to that, she could often be found in the association room for a cup of coffee or tea. At that time, the year layers weren’t as big as they are right now. Think of around sixty students per year.

In her third year, Jony started with the education minor. The course chosen for this minor was physics. To be able to choose this course certain pre-knowledge was needed. Because of the mathematics courses in the IDE bachelor this was possible. This minor programme connected well to her studies in relation to the difficulty of the courses.

For her bachelor assignment Jony did a project in Cambodia. It was about a solar light designed in Delft. Also, packaging and teaching material for the usage needed to be designed. Three people were involved in the assignment. They went to Cambodia where they could test their designs.

Thereafter she decided to do the master Science Education and Communication to become a physics teacher. IDE involved too much computer work for her. During her masters she also got to teach O&O and this is what she is actually teaching nowadays. The master programme was a bit more difficult, because the level of physics didn’t match with knowledge gained during the bachelor. However, currently this is not the case anymore. 

Even though Jony did another master, she said she learned a lot from IDE. Among other things, Jony learned to work together and think critically. This is something she wants to teach her pupils as well. She thinks it is important that students don’t just accept everything. They should be able to formulate their own opinion and think critically about what is said to them. Next to that, having conversations and asking good questions is something she has learned during her studies as well.

She notices that the mathematics and physics teachers don’t have design experience which they can use in the classes. This skill she has gained during her studies is helping her with teaching.


After her studies she applied for a job at a school. She has worked at several schools now. First, near the city she lived in. Later on she went searching for technasium schools nearby, in Harderwijk. Fun fact, she used to teach Alexander, the current Officer of Educational Affairs, when he was in highschool. Jony also got a job at the University of Twente. They were searching for someone who has experience with design processes.

At a certain point, combining these two jobs wasn’t possible anymore. One of the reasons for this was doing triathlon on top level. Therefore she quit teaching at the school in Harderwijk, but continued working at the University. She barely teaches physics anymore.


When looking back, Jony experienced her life as a student in a positive way. It was a great time. After her studies she started sporting more. She participated in triathlons on a high level until recently. She even participated in the European Championship! There are a lot of students who are training on top level as well. She wonders on what level she would be if she was sporting already more fanatically during her student time. However, then she would experience being a student completely different. No Thursday nights and hangover Friday mornings.


Her master was quite a challenge to finish, because it didn’t succeed her bachelor well. That’s why she is proud she finished it. She wants to say to the current students that you should do something you get a lot of energy from, but sometimes you just have to keep going, you will encounter struggles anyway.

Currently, it is easier to follow a Science Education and Communication Master, if you choose the right courses. As IDE’er you can now choose the design direction. It is also possible to do this as an extra master for 60EC, or 30EC when you finished the education minor.

Alumni Story: Frank Brussel

Frank Brussel is a 32 year old Product Owner, who studied Industrial Design Engineering at the University of Twente and was once a member of S.G. Daedalus. He graduated in 2016 and started a job at ALTEN (an IT consultancy company), after he travelled for a few months in Asia. It might seem strange that he only graduated 3,5 years ago, considering his age, but this is because Frank studied Physics before. Being interested in his student life back then and his life right now, we decided to interview this Daedalus alumni!

We first asked Frank about his student life. Frank was an averagely active member at Daedalus. Since he studied Physics before, he had to finish his studies in five years in order to still receive his student grants. That is why he did not join many extracurricular committees. However, he did decide to get involved with the programme committee (Dutch: Opleidingscommissie). He found it important that the evaluations were interactive and based on contact with students. That is why, together with the committee, he set up the evaluations as we know them nowadays.

In retrospect, Frank is positive about his student life and about the study programme as it was back then. He mainly liked the personal contact and attention he received from teachers as well as fellow students. He has learned a lot from the study and still sees the advantages in his work now. Especially the design attitude is something he still applies in his work nowadays. Through the program he has learned to look differently at the world and all the products he encounters daily.

During his masters he chose to go on a more digital route. He followed the Management of Product Development master track, mainly because of the connection with management and because there was room to make his own program with his own interests. He combined a lot of Industrial Design, Creative Technology and Philosophy courses, but always chose subjects closely related to the digital world. This was mainly because of his affinity with computers and the design of interfaces.

For his master’s thesis Frank designed an interface to manage cybersecurity on navy ships at Thales in Hengelo. While working on his thesis, he got the chance to talk to a lot of different parties, such as several government organizations and naval specialists. He designed an interface and eventually made a full prototype. He worked hard in order to finish his thesis in three-quarters of a year, so he could still receive his student grants. Eventually he successfully graduated in time.

While Frank was working on his master thesis, he got in touch with a recruiter of ALTEN. Before he even graduated he already got a job at this company. However, he first decided to take advantage of his free time and decided to visit Asia. He went on a trip through Nepal, Vietnam and Myanmar. If you get the chance, he would advise everyone to travel after their studies, as this was the perfect time to do it. After starting working, the limited number of vacation days makes it more difficult to travel for a longer time.

After this journey, he started off at the software consultant company ALTEN. Because this is a consultancy company, Frank got into contact with a lot of different companies. This way, assignments varied from the interface for an industrial 3D printer printing metal, to software for the management of railway infrastructure and to the interface for software governing maintenance for manufacturing plants. He learned a lot about the creation of software during his time at ALTEN and this made him a better interface designer. Designing something which is good is one thing, the next is to also design something which can be created. Especially, because working in a company, there is always a limitation of resources and many features you want to develop.

For a few months now, he has been working at Horeko with the function product owner. This company makes software that hospitality companies (such as restaurants) use behind the scenes. It allows the users to manage their profitability, by efficiently scheduling employees and managing recipes and ingredients. Due to the coronavirus, this job has become a little more difficult. However, Frank is dedicated to introduce new features in the software which help the restaurants during the new measures. In this job he is responsible for leading three teams of software developers and testers, and a user experience designer.

During his jobs he has learned several things that were not taught to him while studying Industrial Design Engineering. Of course this is mainly technical knowledge about software that he did not acquire during his study. Aside from that, he also learned a lot more about supervisors and being a supervisor himself. In spite of all the project work of Industrial Design Engineering, that already gave him a lot of skills, he discovered a lot more about supervising and working together.

The most important thing he has learned after his study is self-consciousness. He describes this as things such as: how do you deal with yourself, how do you deal with feedback, who are you and what are your personal characteristics. Frank thinks that some of this is explored during the study, but eventually this is something that you have to do yourself and will encounter on your own just as he did.

Do you have any specific questions for him? Don’t hesitate to contact him, through the board or on LinkedIn: