Below is an overview over our mentors.
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Below is an overview over our mentors.
Click their profiles to see more information about them.
Niels-Kristian has many years of experience working in the IT sector. He has an engineering background, working with various aspects of IT in a large IT organization with intensive international collaboration. During his career, he has taken on both technical as well as more managerial roles, and during the last 8 years, he has worked primarily with talent development, thriving to help new graduates getting a successful start in their professional career. Niels-Kristian is responsible for building and operating the talent pipeline for his current IT organization end-to-end. His approach to a mentor role is to help you reflect and support you in deciding your journey.
Students today have extremely high expectations of themselves. At the same time, it can be hard to find out what to focus on and what to opt-out. By providing his own experiences and open questions, Niels-Kristan can help to obtain more clarity on one’s preferences and ambitions, whether that is becoming a specialist, manager or a good all-rounder.
Neil has 6+ years of experience in offshore & onshore wind energy, with a background in mechanical engineering. He acts as a wind turbine subject matter expert in an agile interdisciplinary team of data scientists and data engineers with end-to-end responsibility for the development and operation of condition-based monitoring models to optimise offshore wind farm minor correctives work. Previous to this he has worked as a drivetrain consulatant and for another wind energy developer, where he spent time climbing and inspecting wind turbines.
Somehow time has quickly passed, and Neil has realised he has gone from being a new graduate in offshore wind, to someone who has actually been around in this young industry for quite a while. His role is currently developing to have more of a people focus – inspiring others to solve novel issues, and working with them towards a solution – rather than working alone. Neil is very much a people-focused engineer, and truly believes teamwork and trusting relationships are what bring results. He has an unusual background – being an engineer with bachelors including Ancient History – and likes to show diverse experience and background (whatever form it may take) is an asset. He would like to work with those seeking to solve real-world-problems, move from specialist to generalist, or have doubts about their own abilities. For him, it is a great opportunity to begin to be involved in something outside his day-to-day, and to grow his own mentoring and leadership skills.
Michael is an experienced professional from the intersection of energy technology, digitalisation and infrastructure landscape. In his work, he combines technical know-how and applying a holistic view of established and trending energy technologies (production, conversion & storage), helping organisations explore possibilities in wind, solar, batteries, biogas and, not least, hydrogen to build the bankable business case.
Besides this, he is a digital asset management specialist: For asset-intensive organizations looking to digitalize and optimize performance and (re)investment profiles, he helps set the strategic direction for becoming a data-driven organisation working towards best practice, based on internationally recognized frameworks, incl. ISO55000.
Having had a mentor himself from his time in Siemens, Michael found it to be valuable to discuss his profile and get some of those insights that can only get from someone more experienced. If he can inspire/help a student in any way and ‘give back’, that would make him happy (:
Also, it is interesting to see what is at the forefront now some years after his own graduation. For the best match, Michael believes a profile that has an interest in both the technical and commercial/business side of things, is the best match.
Marcos has 7+ years of experience in Software Development. He hs worked in startups, and more recently in big companies. Marcos has worked developing products that involve Computer Graphics, Transport Simulations, Mobile Applications and large scale Distributed Systems. He has also worked in every area of the continuous development cycle, design, programming, testing, deployment and monitoring. Marco is constantly trying to improve his work by learning new practices and technologies and has been an agile practitioner, introducing progressively agile practices to the teams he has worked in.
Marcos wants to participate to help a student, by sharing his experience with students; how is it like to move from startups to a big company, and the software engineering profession in general.
Kostas has 10+ years of combined experience in transportation, traffic, highways and surveying with sound knowledge of planning, design and auditing, including project management and consultation skills. He has led and managed multi-disciplinary design teams on a range of active travel projects, from scheme feasibility and appraisal, preliminary and detailed design through to site supervision during construction. Kostas has worked for central and local government bodies, as well as charity organisations in the UK, Ireland and Greece, delivering high quality infrastructure design, in addition to stakeholder, community engagement and STEM events.
As an active member with the CIHT Scotland Committee, Kostas has undertaken various roles in the past, including the Young Professionals Chair and Recruitment Officer. He is also a trained STEM Ambassador and along with his CIHT experience, he has been engaging with members of the public and schools, promoting engineering, transport planning, active travel, inclusion and diversity, providing mentoring to fellow professionals and students. He is keen to be challenged with new ideas and provide smart solutions tailored to individuals and projects, helping people exceed their expectations and fulfil their ambitions.
Jon has 10+ years of experience as a mechanical engineer in large companies, with responsibilities and tasks covering design, calculation, inspection and supervision, as well as inspection and supervision outside Danish borders. On top of this comes 10 years of experience as Project Manager for projects with basic and detailed engineering, and also hardware supply. Jon has also been PM for R&D projects. Currently, he is leading an internal project for digitalization of engineering processes – going towards industry 4.0.
Jon feels like he has a lot of experience to pass on, and would like to have the experience of helping a student to grow and finding his/her place in their professional life.
Following his dream, Jevgenijs works in the Space Industry. Though his career is at a relatively early stage, he has already been working on major missions such as Artemis (NASA/ESA moon programme), PLATO (ESA upcoming space telescope), JUICE (ESA mission to Jupiter) and others. His role as a systems engineer is to be the technical authority on our projects, ensure that the system is built according to requirements and high standards. The role requires versatility and good interpersonal skills as well as technical expertise.
Jevgenijs wants to help students to stay disciplined, motivated, and inspired so that they can achieve what they want to achieve. He would like to help them to maximise their benefits of being a student personally and academically, based on his experience and experience of his (former) fellow students. As an international himself, he would like to help them in adapting to the Danish lifestyle and society. He also wants to improve on his leadership skills, as they are important for future carrier advancement. Jevgenijs believes it could be a win-win case.
Ernst has 25+ years of experience with building research from a research institute and from universities. His research areas include building physics in general, specifically moisture in the building envelope and internal insulation of historic buildings. Further research areas include building regulations, building defects and service life of materials and constructions. Projects involve all kinds of building professionals including building authorities. Ernst has several years of teaching experience in building regulations and building physics.
Ernst wants to involve with students and get a bigger network among students, guide them, become inspired to new research projects, to exchange knowledge and – maybe – to identify future new colleagues.
Agnieszka is a Chemical and Process Engineer with a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials. She has 8+ years of multicultural professional experience from 3 European countries (Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland). Currently, Agnieszka works in Global R&D in Coloplast, where they develop medical devices for people with healthcare needs. What motivates her to come every day to work is that she contributes, with her work, to make life better for thousands of people every day. Agnieszka is passionate about combining science with engineering and the impact it has on our culture and our future.
Agnieszka’s motivation to be a mentor is twofold: She wants to develop her personal leadership skills, but most of all she would like to help students finding their motivation and their path, help to see opportunities and strategies on how to achieve their goals. She thinks that by sharing her story – with both successes and failures, changing countries of residence, and starting several times from the scratch – she can inspire and help young and talented engineers.
Karl has 25+ years of experience within the high-tech B2B industry and a strong track record with global market leaders in AI technology, enterprise software, operations support systems, public safety solutions and communications infrastructure. He has worked in companies such as Milestone Systems, Anritsu, Alcatel and NKT.
– Communications, marketing and strategy professional with extensive international, B2B high-tech experience
– Excellent in engagement with customers, media/analysts and employees
– Purpose driven and highly rated manager and leader
– Always focused on achieving business goals
– Good combination of market savviness, analytical skills and business tools
– Solid track record with global market leaders in AI technology, public safety solutions, enterprise software, and communications infrastructure
It would be an interesting challenge sharing experience, and ideas while coaching and helping young engineers with their future career and life.
8+ years of end-to-end work experience in technology and software, currently in a role as a technical account manager, where he is empowering clients with enterprise solutions in IoT, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence. On top of his sales and management work, he also has great technical experience and has worked in delivery teams, rolling out SaaS and cloud-first enterprise solutions, as well as in a software developer role, coding both back-end business logic and front-end user-friendly solutions in many languages and frameworks.
Came to Denmark 10 years ago and had a great experience working in the Danish and international environments; this allowed him to go through a change and learn a lot, and now he would like to share that with the younger generation.
Stig has extensive experience within Client Consultancy, project management/PMC, concept and strategy development as well as in marketing as consultant, owner and contractor from Denmark and abroad. Design of energy technical plants and HVAC plants and construction management. Over several years Mr. Stig Lohmann-Devantier has worked with management as Vice President, P&L responsible and strategy. For clients he has carried out several organisational development projects including staff interviews, operational planning and proposals for re-organising operational structures and systems. Also highly experienced in the preparation of tender and contract documents for the provision of operational services and support. Currently busy with Client Consultancy.
Jason has 25+ years of experience primarily within and around IT, across a number of large and small companies and a range of industries, in Denmark. His career has spanned IT development, consulting, Project and Program Management, and leadership. He is currently involved in a major digital transformation in a leading Danish company, where he is leading, enhancing, and developing digital products within the operations area.
Jason is looking to help a student by sharing his story, where he has both succeeded and failed. Together with supporting a student, he’s looking to further develop his personal leadership and motivational skills. Jason can assist a mentee with ambitions of going into leadership, someone moving from being a specialist to a generalist, or further developing as a specialist. Another positive would be to further grow his network among young, talented engineering students.
A bioinformatics engineer by training, Torsten co-founded YouNoodle in San Francisco, a technology platform to source, select, and engage the most promising startups in the world. He has judged startup programs at Stanford University, MIT, and Imperial College, and has written opinion pieces for both Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine. Torsten is an advisor to a number of startups, and an investor in two venture funds. He is a frequent speaker on corporate innovation, and on how governments can spur ecosystem growth through global startup engagement.
Torsten knows how valuable it can be to have experienced people around when making big life decisions. If he can give back to the DTU community in this way, he would be happy to. Torsten has experience in strategy, operations, international expansion, fundraising, particularly for students planning to starting a new company.
Simon has 5+ years of experience with consulting and data science. With a background in advanced statistics and modeling, he has a thorough insight of how machine learning algorithms operate. Through years of working with big data, he enjoys optimizing by transforming, manipulating and visualizing data. Working in IT consultancy for years – in PwC, CGI and now Danske Bank – has taught Simon a wide range of programming languages and given him hands-on experience with developing advanced analytics solutions and deploying them into production. Working in this ever-changing environment of data science has taught Simon to embrace learning-by-doing and satisfy his urge to learn new technologies. He loves to enrich the traditional business intelligence landscape with AI, extracting the next level of business insights into your data.
Simon would love to help a student from a familiar background, preparing for what happens after graduation. Hopefully, his experiences, both good and bad ones, are able to help a mentee one step closer to finding out what they are passionate about. Personally, Simon also sees the mentorship as a chance for him to enhance his own motivational and leadership skills, as well as a great opportunity to stay in touch with the student environment and hear their thoughts on what the future will bring. Simon would prefer to mentor a student related to his own field, within ambitions of becoming a generalist.
Nanna has 6+ years of experience with system design, usability, and innovation. She describes herself as a professional, responsible, outgoing and inventive innovation engineer with a background in user involved product system design, as well as extensive experience with the facilitation of coaching and user-involving workshops. She is motivated by design of new functions and ideas to help and influence patients or users in getting a better everyday life – especially with medical devices, which she has been working on in her previous job as a project manager LEO Innovation Lab, established as a separate entity by LEO Pharma. Currently, she has moved away from medical devices and instead works with the usability of wireless screen mirroring and digital signage at Airtame.
Nanna had a mentor herself at her previous job, and it was a very helpful experience that she learned a lot from. She wants to become a mentor to advise and guide a student if she is able to do the same.
Matej has 8+ years of experience as an engineer / scientific programmer within acoustics, numerical methods, computational modeling and tool development. He has worked within these fields both through his Ph.D. research (done in collaboration with Siemens), as well as directly in the industry. He works today at Ørsted, where he has become the leader of the Optimization & Acoustics team.
Matej’s daily tasks encompass interaction with important stakeholders, external consultants, and government regulatory representatives. He is continuously developing his leadership/management skills, however, would be honored to share his lessons learned with bright, young mentee who might end up in similar situation: Maintaining his/her specialist role & competences while from time to time get out of the comfort zone, put a ‘generalist hat’ on, take responsibility and start making more risk-based rather than certainty based decisions.
Mariona has a background in Process Systems Engineering and her main interests and daily tasks lie in the interface between engineering and business functions. She has 5+ years experience in developing and applying systematic methods and tools to simulate, design and optimize production processes. In her current position at Novo Nordisk, she uses production planning & scheduling to guide process development, support investment decisions and design new production facilities.
Mariona grew up in Spain and has studied/worked in Denmark since 2012. She obtained a double masters degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from DTU/UPC and a PhD in the same subject from DTU. Prior to her job at Novo Nordisk, she worked as consultant at Haper & Vedel, helping large organizations in Denmark build new production facilities and improve existing processes.
Mariona wants to be part of the development of talented students and help them experience the benefits of mentoring, since great mentors have greatly pushed her own career development. She is also looking to get inspired by ambitious talent and keep up with the trends in engineering education.
Lise Lotte has 20+ years of experience within the fields of planning, project management and process management of major construction projects. She possesses theoretical and practical knowledge of strategic management and corporate development and is capable of handling strategic corporate processes.
Through activities as a client consultant, client/project developer and contractor, Lise Lotte has obtained extensive experience in project management (involving clients, consultants, contractors and users) and project responsibility, including strategic and tactical analyses as well as responsibility for cost, contract and time-related aspects.
Lise Lotte would like to become a mentor to contribute to the understanding of the above areas.
She would like to be the mentees link to the “real world”, the options she missed herself when finishing from DTU. Lise Lotte is looking for a mentee in her own construction industry/business area, so that she can guide the mentee within the construction industry and her business knowledge.
Background in innovation, entrepreneurship and business development. With emphasis on sustainable innovation, innovation management, business models and corporate social responsibility.
Currently I have specialized in organizational change management with focus on stakeholder management, communication and training. I have vast experience within different sectors of life science (Product Supply, Regulatory Operation, Corporate IT) and within different technologies (Microsoft applications, MES systems and Mobile Device Management).
I have a proven track record within all phases of IT project execution that involves IT enabled business transformation.
I’ve always had a deep interest in developing people, which is highlighted in my career path as well. E.g. been a teacher for many years. Now I develop consultants to achieve their goals and progress in their career and life in general. I would like to be a mentor to expand outside of my own job.
Fan has 10+ years of experience working in research and in the industry with IT security, machine learning and enterprise software solutions. His specialties include enterprise software development, programming language design and implementation, machine learning, NLP, IT security and many more. During his Ph.D. studies, he designed and implemented a programming language for developing distributed and mobile systems that require high-security standards. After doing his research, Fan moved into the industry, working at Deltek, where he technically drove and developed enterprise software. He has now moved into the world of startups, where he is working on applying AI into linguistic domains. Fan describes himself as a lifelong learner and enjoys learning new things every day, handling both theoretical and practical aspects of complex projects.
Fan wants to be a mentor to help grow a talented student, listen to their goals for their career, and give them some advice from his own academic and industry experience. Personally, he also wishes to develop his personal leadership and motivational skills.
Tanja has 10+ years of experience working both in research and as a specialist, as well as in management, in pharmaceuticals. Her Ph.D. research revolved around working with the discovery of bioactive natural products targeting chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The bioactivity was pursued through a combined approach of LC-UV-MS-based dereplication, explorative-solid phase extraction (E-SPE), and a co-culture platform of CLL and stromal cells. Tanja has currently transitioned into a more generalist role at her position as Team Leader at Novo Nordisk, where she is motivated by creating success with her team, who are working with biopharma Quality Assurance for Quality Control.
Tanja had a mentor who helped her in the transition between education and work life. It was a great help to her, and she would like to help a young person with some of the experiences she has had herself.
Ruchika has 7+ years of experience with research and electrical engineering. She has a background in FEA (Finite Element Analysis), based electrical machine design and analysis as well as power electronics and motor drives. She is very passionate about electrical machines and motor drives, and apart from her technical background, she is an enthusiastic swimmer and loves to do volunteering work in her spare time. Ruchika started out her career, after finishing her bachelor’s degree, by doing research at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. She later moved to Denmark to complete her master’s degree and is now working in the industry, applying her knowledge about electrical machine design.
Ruchika wants to become a mentor because she wants to give back to DTU. DTU has played a very important role in shaping her career and developing an overall personality. Ruchika wants to help DTU and its students in whichever way possible and she thinks this mentorship program gives her that opportunity. For her, a mentee should be a highly motivated and ambitious candidate, ready to accept challenges and work towards their goals. She sees her role as a mentor to help such candidates fulfill their aim. Ruchika also had a career mentor herself as a student at DTU, which helped her a lot and motivated her to apply for this mentorship program.
Rima has 4+ years of experience and is currently working within R&D, specifically with chemical processes and materials. She is responsible for the testing and approval of new alternative raw materials, and in addition to the practical work in the laboratory, she is constantly developing her knowledge of organic chemistry, including the polymer area and within inorganic chemistry. Rima’s job gives her an overview of the HSE issues related to the use and transport of different chemicals.
Rima wants to help a student in kick-starting their career, both in terms of student positions during studies and as a full-time employee after graduation.
Rasmus has 8 years of experience as a project manager, programmer, and generalist with extensive experience in industrial automation. He is passionate about leadership, business development, and sales, and combining this with his technical skillset from his studies, which is also currently his primary areas of work as a project manager at Picca Automation. Throughout his career, Rasmus has been living all over the world, working with local contractors, some being Malaysia and China where he managed big construction teams. Now he leads highly skilled programs to high-end automation solutions for customers in Denmark.
Rasmus himself wished that he had the opportunity to get a mentor while he was studying. His primary goal as a mentor is therefore to help a student through whatever challenges they may have during their studies, and ultimately help and guide them in making the right decisions towards their future career.
Peter has 15+ years of experience working with sales, marketing, management, customer relationship management, within the field of automation and drives at Siemens. His career has to a high degree revolved around making the worlds of technology and business meet, which has been reflected in his professional work as well as in his educational background. His tasks the latest years in executive management have specifically been in the areas of leading core wind equipment sales team, as well as driving the wind community in the company, hiring, motivating and developing employees, making go-to-market strategies, as well as driving growth initiatives in the cooperation and general planning.
Peter still remembers his transition from a theoretical environment to the workplace, and that it can leave many students with a lot of different questions. In this regard, Peter believes that he is able to offer some advice. For him, just being able to help someone is rewarding in itself, and he is sure that the program will also help him develop his leadership skills. Being a generalist himself, Peter would probably be able to help a mentee the best if they also have the wish of becoming one.
Panagiotis has 5+ years of experience working as a Control Engineer in Denmark. After his studies, he joined Danfoss Drives, working extensively with Matlab and Simulink creating algorithms for motor and drives applications. In his current position as Control Engineer in Siemens Gamesa, Panagiotis is developing control algorithms for wind turbines and therefore has a strong background in power energy systems and electrical machines. In his work and during his studies, he has gained experience with mathematical modeling and optimization, control of a wide range of dynamical systems, and establishing effective data collection and measurement systems.
Panagiotis would like to become a mentor because he believes this could be useful both for him and a student. Personally, he thinks it is a good opportunity for him to further develop his communication skills and keep a connection to academia. He would be able to possibly help a mentee find a good and meaningful job in Denmark, making use of his insight into the Danish labor market. Moreover, Panagiotis can share his experiences from being a student and employee in Denmark, and if possible, use his network to open doors for the student.
Nanna has 3+ years of experience from the pharmaceuticals and food industry. During her studies and time at Radiometer and Chr. Hansen, she has gained strong problem-solving skills, a quality mindset, experience working in GMP environments and great interpersonal skills. Furthermore, she has achieved an international mindset from her time as an exchange student at the University of Aberdeen (UK). As an individual, Nanna describes herself as having a high level of positive energy, a creative mindset and a structured way of working. Moreover, she thrives working in dynamic environments with room for professional and personal development.
Nanna wants to become a mentor to develop her motivational skills and help a student by sharing her story – successes and failures. Also, she would love to expand her network among young engineering students. Nanna would also like to help a mentee that wants to excel in their field and who has also had a couple of hard times during their studies.
Mohammad has 10+ years of experience as a project manager with broad experience in product development and customer projects. Currently, he is hired as a project manager at KeyCore, managing customer projects integrating AWS (Amazon Web Services) solutions for customers. Mohammad has worked with the introduction and execution of agile software development, startup and execution of customer projects, customer interaction & support, and optimizing the quality control of project models. His goal is to grow even more within project management and people management – and Mohammad describes himself as a dedicated and hardworking team player/leader, used to working on multiple tasks in parallel with tight deadlines and in stressful environments.
Mohammad has previously been a DTU Alumni mentor for foreign students finalizing their Master’s Degree at DTU, and who needed help to integrate into the Danish work culture and society. It was just as motivating and educational for him as for the mentee, and that adds value for both parties.
That is the reason Mohammad wants to become a mentor, in addition, to be able to help others in any way and grow his professional network.
Mikkel has 15+ years of experience within leadership & executive management, business development and transformation with a starting point in customer’s needs and wishes in both tech and textile companies. In these roles, he has particularly worked with the responsibility for customer relation management, department management and now leading the sales at YouSee, one of the largest providers of television, internet, and phone subscription plans. Throughout his career, Mikkel is able to document solid results within develop and operations of production, distribution, service, and sales. All with full budget responsibility. Mikkel describes himself as a leader close to his employees, which is why his workdays include being near production, customer service or sales people, something that is always an integrated part of his leadership form. He believes this is one of the most important reasons for his success.
Mikkel wants to become a mentor because he feels that he is in the stage in his life where he has the experience and energy surplus to help out a student. Specifically, students making their way into their professional careers, as well as teams in the student environment looking for sparring when it comes to commercializing products and solutions.
Mihaela has 3 years of experience with Project Management, agile ways of working, training and facilitation. She describes herself as a generalist by heart, and has previously worked as a Project Controls Consultant, supporting large capex projects in the pharma industry with cost control and project management training. Mihaela is currently part of an agile transformation unit in a large bank, supporting agile teams in becoming high performing through facilitating workshops and driving the communication strategy around the transformation.
Being a student, Mihaela had many great mentors that has helped her develop her career. She now wants to become a mentor to pay it forward. Mihaela wants to help students finding the right career path and transitioning from being a student to working full time.
Michael has 5+ years of experience within academia and the pharmaceutical industry. He started out his career as an (industrial) Ph.D. student and researcher, and then later transitioned into a process chemist and production engineer in some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Denmark, including Lundbeck, Novo Nordisk, and currently Xellia Pharmaceuticals. Michael has a broad background in GMP manufacturing, and specialization within equipments, reactor design, process design, and maintenance. He has also worked with project management for API process validation and lead equipment SME who has coordinated over 20 projects. Michael describes himself as passionate about cross-functional collaboration in an interdisciplinary project, with a proven ability to lead, communicate and work with various teams and people from different backgrounds.
Michael finds it highly rewarding to support and help others in achieving their goals and unlocking the unknown potential to succeed. He has been a mentor for a couple of years both a DTU and IDA, and he sees it as a good practice for his own aspiration as well within people management and network building. Michael is looking for a mentee who is ambitious and willing to learn more about themselves in order to develop and grow.
Michael has 8+ years of experience with lean, operations management, process optimization, RPA e.g. within the financial section, both in a private bank – Danske Bank, as well as in the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority. He started out as a graduate and has since then gradually moved into leadership positions during his career. His work has revolved around both internal consulting as well as working as a manager. His management experience includes working close with both first line management and management for other managers, which managing managers all around the Nordic countries.
Michael wants to become a mentor to help a student get a good start in with work life. Michael likes to give advice and to develop the people around him and this mentoring program gives him the opportunity to do that.
Mie has 5+ years of experience with data analysis, machine learning and mathematical modeling. She spent two years at Red Bull Racing in the UK, where she primarily worked on developing new tire models, data analysis for aerodynamics and various models for race strategy. The common denominator for all of these areas; machine learning. At Ørsted, where she has been for the past 2,5 years, Mie has continued working with machine learning, however, she has also had the opportunity to work with more classical statistical tools and optimization. The focus at Ørsted has been on tool and model development, as well as knowledge sharing, meaning she is also spending a lot of time talking about best practices and explaining complex models to people without the technical expertise.
Mie wants to help students structure their last years at university and help them achieve their dreams. She wants to share her own ups and downs in the hope that someone else might avoid her pitfalls and learn from the mistakes she has made. Mie wants to inspire talented students to aim high and help them get the best possible start in their working life.
Michael is a civil engineer with 30+ years of work experience, both on national and international projects. His work has primarily been with Civil Contractors on large-scale international sites, with emphasis on heavy civil structures, including tunnels and bridges. He has been part of the estimation phase, the design, and the planning phase and the execution of the job. Currently, he is managing larger projects at Per Aarsleff A/S, where is direct contact with clients, negotiations and contract management with different stakeholders of building projects.
Michael wants to become a mentor because he finds it interesting to be able to help young students with direction – maybe/possible by sharing his own professional way. Michael has for many years had students at work for their 6 months intern period and has many times been impressed by their technical level and high level of enthusiasm.
Maria has 7+ years of work experience in the semiconductor business, combining her technical knowledge with sales. Her career has the main focus of selling technological components to Industrial and Personal Electronics companies in Denmark. Maria has extensive knowledge of electrical engineering, the knowledge that she uses to understand how electronic components work and which ones are a good fit for customers. In parallel, she has expertise in building professional relationships and developing an engagement strategy, through her engagement in the Board of European Students of Technology, and having a thorough understanding of the semiconductor industry.
For Maria’s personal development, being a mentor would be able to improve her soft skills. In particular, her management and motivational skills for future work progress. Moreover, during her studies, Maria sometimes found difficult which path to choose after university. After more than 7 years of work experience, she is now able to see multiple ways to find a satisfactory career. That is why she wants to help those who are a bit “lost”, to find their own professional “voice” and achieve success. Maria would prefer mentees who are in search of their professional path and want to know how to build professional relationships.
Lars has 30+ years of experience with consulting, engineering and management in microelectronics. He is an experienced Digital ASIC designer and manager. During his career, Lars has transitioned from starting out as a design engineer into applications consulting, working with sales and technical management to plan and execute technical campaigns targeting large multinational customers, to district manager in the company Synopsys, reporting to executive management and managing teams of application consultants. For the past couple of years, Lars has been working as Head of Physical IC Design at Demant, where he is managing the Physical IC Design Team, as well as managing IP and EDA vendor relations.
Having spent quite a few years in the industry as an engineer and a manager in R&D as well as commercial organizations, Lars feels that he has a wide variety of experiences which can hopefully help talented engineering students just getting started on a career. Personally, he also sees this as a good opportunity for expanding his network among engineering students.
Louise has 3+ years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry with production but have currently switched to working with IT implementation (in the pharmaceutical industry). Louise’s work revolves around how to make the greatest impact on the world, and that passion led her to become environmental engineer. As a generalist at heart, it was an active choice for her to become an engineer. She is currently pursuing this ambition as a within IT and Supply Chain at Novo Nordisk and have previously worked as a production engineer at Xellia Pharmaceuticals, and previously in the role as process supporter at AJ Vaccines.
Louise wants to become a mentor to help out a student and develop herself and improve her communication skills at the same time.
25+ years of experience with research, project management and as a specialist in geotechnical engineering, including innovative offshore and onshore foundation designs such as: shallow and deep foundations for civil & industrial buildings, bridges, jackup rigs & vessels, wind turbines, substations, jacket structures, seabed remediation, railway, tunnels etc. Her customers include some of the largest engineering consultancies in Denmark. Next to her position as Engineering Director at GEO, Lindita is an external examiner at Aalborg University, publisher of articles and has an international profile, having lived, worked and studied in Albania, Australia, Japan and, for the past many years, Denmark.
Lasse has 5+ years of experience in the industry. He is 32 years old and currently works as a Mechanical Engineer in the medical device industry. He lives in Nørrebro in Copenhagen and spends his spare time playing video games, board games, music, doing various sorts of exercise and enjoys socializing with friends. Lasse describes himself as curious by nature and always aspiring to learn new competencies and develop his set of skills within engineering, product development and project management. His main focus in an engineering setting is to conduct structured and systematic product development, with tools from a robust design, six sigma and prototyping for X. Lasse has been a supervisor for several master thesis students during the past years.
Lasse wants to be a mentor because he thinks this it’s a great opportunity to learn from some bright young students and hopefully help them, the same way as he has been helped himself during his studies. He is able to help with trying to figure out what to focus on during your studies and how to navigate when entering the industry.
Leticia has 3+ years of experience in data science. She has a background in applied mathematics and computer science and currently works as a data scientist at Ørsted. In her work, she builds condition-based algorithms to predict when their offshore wind turbines are going to fail in order to optimize daily operations. Leticia has an international upbringing and has lived in 9 different countries, and she is driven by a great work environment with diversity in the workplace.
Leticia wants to become a mentor to help students in their transition to professional life and share their own experiences of studying and working abroad and succeeding as a woman in a male-dominated field. Leticia would prefer a mentee that has ambition and drive, such that she has a better understanding of where he or she wants to go and how she can help in the best way.
Kim has 10+ years of experience within the field of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs for Medical Device compliance, both nationally and internationally. During his career, Kim has worked with people leadership, management, and strategy, as well as internal & external stakeholders, specifically in QA project management and task execution in regards to compliance in QA operation and improvement activities. Kim describes himself as an outgoing character with an eagerness to learn from experiences and cultures. In his current role, he is managing people in four different sites across countries and cultures.
Kim wants to become a mentor because he believes that his many years in business, and the confusion on which path to choose, can benefit others. Personally, it would give him great satisfaction to help others. That simple.
Jesper has 24 years of experience with technical service, B2b sales, and management in Halder Topsøe, one of the global leaders within catalysis and process technology. In the last 8 years of his career, his work has been focused on business development and functional leadership, and fast and efficient evaluation of business opportunities is a key part of his job. Jesper, therefore, knows how it is to be at different levels of a company for many years, starting out in a technical role and moving into more generalist leadership roles in an international, large company.
What Jesper particularly enjoys in leadership is to help others find the right path. He hopes to engage in this program and improve his own skills along the way. Jesper wants to become a mentor because he hopes to help a student to see the big picture of his/her career and especially students with interest in the commercial/business part of working.
Jan has 20+ years of experience in software development in larger companies such as Rambøll, NNIT, KMD, working with different industries such as energy, pharma, and the public sector. He has spent recent years specializing in data engineering/analysis at Ørsted, working on wind farm data in a hybrid on-prem/cloud scenario. In the last half part of his career, he has been working solely in an agile process (agilemanifesto.org). As a supporting role to his current work, he is also scrum master/agile coach. Through his work, Jan has been presented to a variety of different projects, spanning from compliance and regulatory projects to optimization, simplification and improvement projects. The work has been very diverse with a focus on both business and IT – often combining and bridging the two.
Jan wants to become a mentor to share his experience and get feedback on coaching in the process. In general, Jan has held technical roles, but he has very much picked up on (servant) leadership and has worked together with a LOT of people, providing him with a great foundation for career sparring. He wants to use this to help a student in this program.
Jarl has 6+ years of experience with production environments, in particular producing medical devices. He has previously worked at Widex in a number of different roles – as an analyst, working with production and HR data, assistant to a factory manager, and lastly as a project manager, working with offshoring micromechanical assembly production from Denmark to Estonia. Currently, Jarl is with Acarix, a very small company, where he has a lot of different tasks; everything from the administration of their suppliers, warehouse management, continuous improvement to assembly manuals, supporting regulatory affairs and building new business processes drawing flowcharts, making forms and automating tasks with Excel VBA.
Jarl wants to become a mentor because he is motivated to share his knowledge and perspective of being an engineer. In general, he considers it a sparring relationship, which he also hopes he can gain from. As he describes it: Stupid people never learn, normal people learn from their own mistakes, smart people learn from other people’s mistakes. Jarl hopes to get a mentee from the latter category so that hopefully a mentee can learn something from his mistakes, and possibly be more aware of certain pitfalls. Jarl describes the good mentee as one who will ask many intelligent questions, which will force him to rethink why he does things the way he does it.
Rose has experience with business analysis, planning, innovation, management, and strategy in IT. She has worked with these areas in both the public and the private sector, and for the last 5 years as a business analyst, leading customers into their digital transformation journey with Next Generation Infrastructure and Modern Application Solutions, combining her technical know-how with management and planning skills. Her work revolves around turning innovative processes into tangible and viable ideas.
There are many students who need someone else to put heads together to pave the way forward. There are many graduates who are left on their own without knowing which way to take and how to get to the destination. There are many professionals who get stuck in daily routines. Rose wants to help others who need help – sharing her own story – her inspiration as a single mother of 3 children, while at the same time a student on SU. How do you balance family, studies, networking? Rose wants to inspire those who come from other countries: A foreigner in Denmark, why it is necessary to get an education. And what to do after graduation. How to get a job. Getting involved in the mentoring program will also help her grow her own motivational and leadership skills.
Longzhen has 8 years of experience working with engineering, operations, technical safety and maintenance and innovation in larger companies such as Ørsted, Maersk Oil and now Maersk Drilling, where she is working as an innovation lead, where she is driving innovation efforts in the oil & gas industry, turning novel ideas into real business value in the company. Her career has had an international focus, having both studied in different countries, as well as traveled a lot for business and work.
Longzhen would love to share her personal and professional experience with student(s) who are about to start their careers and advise them on how to navigate in their professional life. At the same time, she views the program as a great opportunity for her to establish new relationships and expand her network, as well as enhance her communication and leadership skills. Longzhen expects her mentee to be proactive and have clear expectations/objectives for the mentorship so that she can understand what and how to contribute in the best way.
Helle wants to share her experience from a long and rewarding career and help a student getting access to her network. She would appreciate working together with colleagues and young students of different backgrounds – and she would love to help a mentee to find the career path that suits this particular person.
I am an entrepreneur and the owner of SG multimedia. I have worked in different fields of multimedia and engineering for the last 15 years – from music production and sound engineering through electronics and hardware production, consultancy and engineering to filmmaking and photography. It is in my veins to make new things, take precisely calculated risks and make things happen. I have an expertise in the aforementined fields and the experience of establishing, growing and streamlining a company in the fields of hardware products and multimedia.
Through the years I have accumulated a great amount of know-how about how to make and grow a company. I want to utilise it by getting in touch with startups in similar areas of my expertise so we can create something good together. I have been involved in the entrepreneurship community in Denmark for more than 10 years and I have established a strong network. I am driving my own company which also serves as an example and I have recently left another company which I have co-founded. So I have the knowledge on how to start, develop and eventually leave a company. I would be very excited to get into new adventures.
Frederik has 2+ years of experience with business development and consulting, within the building and construction industry, in both international and national settings, from working in Australia and Denmark as a Business Developer and Product Manager. Since August 2019, Frederik has been working with Management Consulting for the technical consultancy, Accenture. In his current role, he is supporting large international clients with Change Management and Design Thinking methodologies.
Frederik wants to develop his leadership and mentoring skills. In his own career, he has been fortunate to have formal and informal mentors around him, and it has been extremely valuable to be able to share hopes and fears with someone who has far more experience than myself. He wants to become a mentor to do the same. Frederik would prefer helping a mentee with career decisions, how to network and make strategic smart choices.
Erik has 40+ years of experience within the Maersk Group, in many different areas in a number of different roles. Among some of them are international commercial management and business development within offshore & gas drilling, negotiating and administrating construction contracts for tankers, bulk carriers, offshore supply vessels and drilling rigs, commercial activities for different areas, investments and projects and many more. During his career, Erik has held many management and leadership positions and is used to a career working in an international environment in different parts of the world. Erik’s role has always been in the commercial and business side, but with a very close co-ordination with other specialists including technical experts of every discipline. Erik has thus been the lead in projects starting from idea conception, business case and finally delivery and start-up of large modern offshore drilling units. At the end of 2019 Erik has retired from Maersk and he is now engaging in various projects and a consultancy basis.
Erik would like to pass on some of his learnings and experiences through professional life. Help someone to steer around some of the pitfalls, and maintain focus on what is important. And on that note help to find out what IS important.
Erik has 16+ years of experience in innovation, strategy and business development, anchored on process technology, in the energy sector. During his career, he has acted as a bridge-builder between technical and commercial functions, has led multiple technical development programs for new technology within the energy sector (primarily oil and gas), spanning across several continents. He also has experience from a large variety of E&P business aspects, ranging from operations and optimization, digitalization, process safety, strategic R&D, to development of international large-scale multi-billion dollar projects with an international perspective. Erik has been with a number of large companies, including Statoil, Maersk, DTU, and currently in Halder Topsøe.
Erik’s aspiration is to help students make the right choices early in their careers. Of particular interest is the importance of choosing the first job, develop balance between personal ambitions and private life, as well as understanding the importance of all the non-core aspects of working life, e.g. networking. His aim with this program is to help students and young professionals to understand and navigate the corporate world outside the university, and to support them in defining and achieving their work-life ambitions. Erik himself finds it inspiring and rewarding to work with young people, and that his experiences can serve as an inspiration to many others.
David has 12+ years of experience in the energy sector. He began his career working with offshore in oil and gas exploration, where he led a team of data processing geophysicists in seismic survey campaigns. After 7 years working offshore, David returned to the University of Edinburgh and gained an M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Systems from the School of Engineering. Since then, he has worked in the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sector with a focus on engineering management, policy, economics, and stakeholder engagement. Currently, David is a Lead R&D Specialist for Ørsted, where he is responsible for integrating university engagements into their offshore R&D strategy.
A large part of David’s current role is working with universities to ensure that Ørsted has access to a pipeline of exceptional young talent as the company continues to grow at a massive rate. David has led a varied career with significant changes of direction and periods spent abroad, and he hopes this will allow him to provide valuable advice regarding the great variety of career paths that are available. David would particularly like to be a mentor to an ambitious student who isn’t afraid to consider big decisions and changes at an early stage.
Ledian has 8+ years of experience within Business Intelligence, with an engineering background in IT, petroleum engineering and significant training and experience in finance and economics in multinational big corporations. He has experience from both the oil and gas industry and in the banking sector within the financial crime area. Ledian’s exposure has mainly been in data analytics, databases (relational & Hadoop), visualization and data modeling (mainly in QlikView and PowerBI/PowerQuery, but also SQL & Oracle), including machine learning and big data (using Hadoop and R). Next to his corporate experience in different industries, Ledian also has experience with a start-up abroad and has studied in different countries, giving him professional foothold both nationally and internationally.
Ledian wants to become a mentor to share his own personal experiences with students and help them find a relevant career path, as well as study topics of their interest that would ultimately help with their career.
Christian has 40+ years of experience with product development, specifically in the instrumentation industry serving larger Danish companies. Besides his corporate experience, Christian has founded several companies, mainly within health tech. Over the last years, he has been a mentor at DTU for both students and startup companies.
Based on Christian’s prior experience as a mentor, he strongly believes in the value a mentor can add to the student’s experience and understanding of the engineering work life, and therefore wants to continue to do that in this program.
Christian has 4 years of experience working with offshore energy and detailed designs of foundations for offshore wind farms. Christian believes that it is possible to create a world that runs entirely on green energy. Through his work, he is proud to be able to contribute to the technological advances and development of offshore wind farms in Ørsted. For two years before that, he was employed at ISC Consulting Engineers in Copenhagen, doing the detailed design of substructures for offshore substations (jackets and monopiles). Christian has gained a theoretical background in applied mechanics, structural dynamics, offshore structures and the implementation of FE-models as well as steel- and concrete structures. Next to this, he has a big passion for programming and optimization of structures, and he has been working extensively with ROSAP (Rambøll Offshore Structural Analysis Programs) since 2016.
Christian wants to become a mentor because he loves to pass on knowledge and help others develop and succeed. Since 2011, he has given several lectures at his old high school to help and guide young students in choosing their career paths. Giving inspiration passing on first-hand knowledge to the next generation is essential.
A mentee should be active, dedicated and curious. Grades etc. are not important to him, only the dedication and will to learn something and succeed.
Bertrand has 20+ years of experience working with IT and project management in the pharmaceutical industry. He has experience from larger companies such as LEO Pharma and NNIT, and during his career, he has held a number of different positions, ie. Director of IT / Automation Consultants, IT Project Manager, IT Administrator, System Developer and IT Compliance Specialist. Currently, he is working in the role of Senior Project Manager at AlfaNordic A/S and holds a number of different certifications within project management and IT architecture and administration. In his spare time, he trains karate and enjoys kite surfing.
Bertrand wants to become a mentor because he finds it rewarding to help other people – and there is always an inspiration and new things to be learned from other people, regardless of age and profession.
Anders has 5+ years of experience with project management, and how methods, techniques and personal leadership plays into projects within the construction industry. Since he finished his education, Anders has been working with large-scale projects with a budget of 100 – 300 million kr. and has delivered great economic results in an industry that is usually under pressure. He has achieved this through his use of project management tools, negotiations as well as leadership on a personal level – creating motivation and cooperation within a project team. During his career, and next to his work as a project manager, Anders has also taught project management at DTU.
Anders wants to become a mentor because he himself gains from both helping others, but also seeing talent grow and help someone on the path to a good career. Anders also sees this as an opportunity for his own personal development, and he expects to learn from being part of this program as well. Anders would prefer at mentee who is ambitious. The person doesn’t necessarily have to know where he or she is going, but it is a must that you have the ambition and hope in that you one day become a leader.
Alberto has 8+ years of experience with civil engineering and business management, mainly working within the maritime, transportation and logistics sector. The key features of his professional journey are his broad international mindset with strong on-ground international experience in almost all countries in Latin America, and different Southern and Northern European countries. His track record shows experience in the negotiation of complex agreements with public authorities, unions, corporate firms and other types of private companies and enterprises, as well as project management, sourcing and category strategies design, implementation of operations efficiency and more. He has also been involved in training other professionals in project management, procurement, and negotiation, across different countries and brands within the Maersk group, and he is engaged in the entrepreneurial environment by being involved in DTU HardTech Entrepreneurship as a mentor.
Being part of DTU HardTech Entrepreneurship as a mentor is a commitment Alberto enjoys. It gives him the opportunity to keep the world of academia and innovation close, as well as seeing the value he is giving to students based on his own experience from the corporate world. He likes coaching and teaching, being also one of the reasons to participate in this program, as it allows him to be closer to the university field. Alberto would be able to help especially foreign students and the challenges they might face in starting a career in Denmark, as well as advice on how to prioritize and where to focus during studies, keeping a good work-life balance.
Yan has 8+ years of experiences with cross-functional work within Global Supply Chain Planning, Sales & Operations Planning and Capacity Management. At NNIT, he leads and develops S&OP process to intelligently balance demand and supply globally for the 0-18 months horizon, and has deep insights into end-to-end supply chain processes. Before joining NNIT, Yan has worked at Grundfos and Lego, and therefore has a wide range of experiences with large Danish corporations and how it is to work there.
Yan wants to become a mentor to help a young student by providing insights on how to prepare herself/himself for the career journey, and also use his people skills to inspire and develop a young talent. Being as a native Chinese and having lived and worked in Denmark for many years, Yan would also like to share his experiences and knowledge on the business collaborations between Chinese and Danish business units.
Zheng has 12+ years of experience in product management and other areas. He was trained as an engineer in DTU, and afterward worked in Danfoss for almost 10 years. After that, he found his passion in the business and online education field. Following up on this, he went to the University of Michigan for an MBA degree and worked in an education startup after graduation.
Main reason for becoming a mentor is that Zheng would love to share his experiences and provide possible advice to someone who might find it beneficial. It’s been a tough time globally, but there are opportunities. He hopes his advice can help. Zheng would prefer some who 1) has an engineering background and seek for a career switch; 2) newly graduated as an international student who is looking for a job, especially the opportunities in the USA and China; 3) anyone interested in talking to him.
Valeriu has 14+ years of experience in software development in various environments and setups, from apartment size start-ups to corporations, from low-level assembly code to distributed enterprise applications. In his current position at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Valeriu writes open source tools for processing and distributing genetic data and working in the midst of software development, mathematical modeling, and bioinformatics. Besides this, Valeriu has a wide range of international experiences in different companies and has a background from Romania, where he studied his bachelor’s degree.
A few years ago, Valeriu had his first opportunity to lead a team of junior engineers. He was pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback he got for being in a mentoring/managerial role he had no prior training for. Furthermore, he is aware that proper guidance at the inception of one’s career can make a huge difference in the long run. He is not saying that he’s the most qualified mentor out there, but he’s relentless and willing to work hard for it because he realizes that this is a growth journey for himself as well.
Thus, Valeriu will gladly work with an ambitious mentee, who is curious about high-performance software, mathematical modelling and optimization, or bioinformatics.
Torben has 40+ years of international and generalist experience, with management experience in Shell International, Akzo Nobel, Kemira, Sadolin. He is currently an executive coach and mentor, supporting start-ups and innovation projects.
Previous mentoring at DTU has given Torben a chance to keep in contact with DTU, and at the same time help mentees to move forward and develop. He can help with his chemical engineering experience plus a lot of experience in international management and leadership, coaching, and mentoring.
Tom has 30+ years of experience with IT and consulting industry. He is passionate about helping clients enable and improve their sales capabilities through IT enablement of the commercial processes and helping clients optimize their Costumer Engagement model. For the past many years, he has been working as a management consultant with the primary focus of realizing business benefits through IT. Many years in the IT consulting market hax given Tom a solid experience with the development and optimization of the major delivery processes in IT organizations, and he has been apart of a number of different companies such as Implement Consulting, PA Consulting, Oracle and more.
Tom believes it is important to help new students and graduates to find their way into the labour market, and the help them realize that failure to follow a strict and planned career path does not matter in the long run – there are many ways to Rome. Tom would prefer helping a mentee with ambitions of going into the consulting industry – preferably within IT consulting.
Tolga has been involved in diverse living and learning environments both in terms of education style and culture. In his MSc studies at DTU, he studied different areas of networking applications, most noteworthy among them; mobile networks, software-defined-networking and FPGA design for communication systems. Tolga joined VirginiaTech in 2018 to pursue his Ph.D. and studied massive MIMO systems during his first year, after which he changed fields to move up in the network stack and focus on the potential cybersecurity issues within network slicing. He believes that a firm understanding of the 5G standardization efforts is key to orchestrating a smooth transition to a fully realized next generation of mobile networks and have dedicated himself to building an end-to-end understanding of network slicing to do so.
Tolga views this as an opportunity to get connected with a fellow engineer. The mentor/mentee pair will help each other grow in different ways and share experiences and ideas from our relevant research fields to become more mature and creative people. The extra-curricular interaction skills that both gain from this time window is just an added perk.
Tilman has 8+ years of experience within power system ranging from research in academia in Denmark and abroad to working in Danish companies. His career has revolved around analyzing the impact of renewable energy sources on the power system and developing methods to enable the operation of sustainable power systems. Tilman’s focus areas are power system dynamics and stability. More recently, his interest also include investigating the impact of electric mobility and energy communities on the distribution grid as well as statistical analysis of fault and disruption data.
Tilman has experience from working in academia and industry, and he wants to share his experience with students and help them to find their way. At the same time, he wants to develop his personal leadership skills. Lastly, Tilman would like to stay in touch with the university and grow his network with young, talented engineering students. Tilman would prefer helping a mentee with ambitions of going into research and development.
Thomas has 20+ years of experience in the tech, media and communication industry, and he is currently CEO of Nordic media intelligence company with 250 employees. Besides this, Thomas invests heavily in new tech services including ML/AI/dashboard services, and has a wide range of experience as board member and investor in tech startups. He is especially interested in new tech areas machine learning, AI and data science, virtual and augmented related etc. and the opportunity to run experimental projects for process automization or growth.
Thomas wants to become a mentor to build more network with different engineers in different areas. Previously, he has taken on various coaching roles, and he wants to use his experience to help out a talented student.
Thomas has 20+ years of experience as project engineer and consultant, within environmental and wastewater issues, and as operation manager of handling, treatment and production of biogas, biomass (sludge) and wastewater in the Danish water sector – 12 of those years has been as a manager. He is currently a self-employed consultant, assisting and consult in the topics of biogas, biomass, wastewater and operations and management of processing and handling process.
Thomas wants to develop his leadership and coaching competences and at the same time help a student. He thinks he can help a young student of engineering on his/her path to become a generalist, leader or specialist.
Thomas has many years of experience as an executive with a passion for strategy and business development, and he has worked at large corporations such as Novozymes, Novo Nordisk and Grundfos. Thomas has broad functional experience, including R&D, production, marketing and sales, and international experience having worked in China and the United States. He has a track record of leading and improving the performance of industrial businesses, and effectively applying analytical and strategic skills to solve complex business challenges, for instance leading corporate strategy project at Grundfos with McKinsey. Currently, Thomas is working as an independent advisor, board member and consultant, and has additional experience as an external teacher at Copenhagen Business School and supervisor at the Executive MBA programme at DTU.
Thomas would like to share his experience and help talented mentees with ambitions of moving into managerial and business roles in their careers.
Thomas has 3+ years of experience and has been working with research in the field of floating wind energy, before moving to the oil and gas industry – two very different approaches in his three years as a professional engineer. He is currently involved in design of flexible structures that have to survive in harsh offshore environments, and his work changes between combining wave- and structural mechanics in order to assess loads and to meetings with clients. Before that, Thomas was doing research at DTU in the field of wind energy, and he, therefore, has some experience with both the academic and private sectors so far.
Getting the opportunity to assist a student in the questions that he/she may have for the path going forward is a big motivation for Thomas. He has himself tried many roads to end up in the field where he is now, and the ups and downs he will happily share. To broaden horizons and maybe challenge the usual road. Since Thomas has recently made the transition from being a student to working as an engineer, he would be happy to help a mentee who has thoughts about this shift and the choice between academia and the private sector – but he is very open to helping no matter the case.
Thomas has 18+ years of experience in developing hardware technologies/deeptech and bringing it to the market. He has a wide range of experiences and roles behind him – such as institutional researcher, industrial researcher, product developer, project manager, portfolio manager, engineering manager, R&D director and as big corporate innovation manager. He has been in all kinds of corporate environments – startup, scaleup and big corporate environments.
Thomas truly enjoys working with skilled people/teams and help bring ideas and concepts to a more mature stage and become more bankable. Therefore, he also wishes to use his experiences in a mentoring setting, helping out a student with the same interests. He is particularly thrilled by hardware innovation, as this is a different beast than software. The journey is very exciting.
Søren has 9+ years of experience as an engineer within digital product development, technology, leadership and strategy. His work is recognized for delivering impactful outcomes across leading players in the business, technology, and science, with experience covering commercial products as well as internal products. Besides his current role in Maersk, Søren has a wide range of experiences in other corporations such as Novo Nordisk and Maersk Digital and has also spent time in the academic world doing research.
Søren wants to give back, since he has been using mentors throughout his own career and still is. He wants to help a student by sharing his story and experiences and help in the decision-making processes the student will be going through. Personally, Søren is hoping participation will contribute to personal goals to expand his personal leadership and motivational skills, and so he would prefer a mentee with leadership ambitions, someone moving from being a specialist to a generalist, or someone looking to make a bigger change. In addition, he is also hoping his participation will expand his network among young, talented engineers.
Søren has 30+ years of experience within the healthcare and other industries from large companies and in startups – in Denmark and worldwide. He has a long career and has mastered many different jobs – on top of that, he also has a Ph.D. from DTU. Søren has worked with engineering, management, and consulting.
Søren wants to develop his personal leadership and motivational skills. At the same time, he wants to help a student by sharing his story – with both successes and failures. He would also love to get a bigger network among young, talented engineering students.
Søren has 3+ years of experience working as a wind analyst with the description, investigation, and modelling of wakes and layout optimization in large offshore wind farms, as well as the validation of these models. Furthermore, Søren works with driving the implementation of digitalization and automatization by implementing standardized tools and data structures using test-based programming and well-defined procedures and documentation. To model the difficult physics phenomena such as wakes and difficult layout optimization problems with both environmental, regulatory, and physical constraints, Søren employs mathematical modelling using data science and machine learning methods.
Thinking and planning for the future can be difficult, and Søren would like to help others to find the direction they want to go in, helping him develop his personal leadership and mentoring abilities as well. Having graduated a couple of years ago, Søren is not far away from having lived the student life – and can, therefore, have a great perspective on the transition from student to the labor market.
Søren has 10+ years of experience in the R&D leadership team within the Hearing Instrument wholesale business – he knows this by heart. Søren is a generalist, and he has previously held management positions at large corporations such as Oticon and Demant. His main focus has been on realizing ambitious technology strategies by working with talent, reinventing organizational processes, and delivering groundbreaking innovations and products at the same time. He is used to working with many layers of a product and company.
Søren has focused on leadership for the last 8 years of his career. It is truly rewarding work which gives him insight and perspective into how other people think and feel. The transition from engineer to leader is a life-long journey, and he would be happy to share the story he had progressing to having 250 people in 4 sites, and what it took of changes. If Søren can help out a new leader with some perspective on the leadership journey, that alone motivates him a lot.
Søren has 20+ years of experience working with sustainable energy. He is fueled by the green transition of the energy sector, and has during his career had the opportunity to combine this passion with his interests in management and the development of people and businesses. This has led him to work at companies such as Danish Geothermal District Heating, Rambøll and DONG Energy (now Ørsted) in various management roles such as CEO, head of department , team lead and project manager . For the past three years, Søren has been Head of Energy Planning at Frederiksberg Forsyning, where he is responsible for the strategic and business-wise development of Frederiksberg Forsyning’s activities within district heating, district cooling, town gas and renewables.
Søren feels an obligation to support engineering students and provide them with a glimpse of what could await them in their professional life. He is looking for a mentee who is committed, curious and with a strong will to learn.
Sikker has ~10 years of experience as a mechanical engineer in the industry. He began working as a consultant and tried many different projects from small to large companies. He has thus contributed to a lot of different types of engineering projects, and enjoy projects where new disrupting ideas/technologies might solve tasks. Sikker’s main focus areas as Mechcanical Engineering Specialist in GEA are currently Development, 3D CAD, Manufacturing of process equipment and some project management.
Sikker would like to help new employees/students by sharing some of the choices he has made so far, and like to believe he can give some inspiration.
He believes that teaching others is a great way to learn about oneself and thus improve as person. He hopes he can contribute to help students that are relatively new on a job or maybe looking for a first job to actually mature some of their thoughts choosing a first job or career path.
Maybe give some inspiration of how he has worked with projects to develop experience before getting his first tasks in industry. How he has later learned that even large conservative companies does need fresh ideas and new approaches to stay competetive.
Sébastien has 15 years of experience in sustainability consulting. His job is to support organization and business turning green rethinking their process, services and operations in France and in Europe. He is mostly working for Sustainable & Smart City stakeholders: Social Housing, Real estate, Buildings, Local Authorities, Mobility & Banking sectors on issues like #EnergyEfficiency #SmartCity #CircularEconomy #HealthierLife #GreenBuilding #Renewables #Mobility #Renewables #SmartGrid #EnergyFinancing #ZeroCarbon #ZeroEnergy #LowCarbon. Sébastien also head in France the European EnergieSprong movement, that aims at delivering “desirable, comfortable and affordable homes for everyone” & foster deep energy retrofit in housing through market development activities and which got the “EU Commission most innovative project in Energy Award in 2019”.
He is happy to share to experience, challenge and get challenged in his thinking by radically engaged and open mind-set, with people curious and motivated to make of our countries and cities better places. Sébastien’s knowledge is about blending technical and non-technical skills for make Green ideas having an impact for real and allow for proper development with economic and human perspectives. Projects with an unique technical approach are not those he would add the most value.
Sanne has 9+ years of experience as both specialist and leader, and has developed a wide range of knowledge in drainage technology. This applies to all phases in wastewater and rainwater design from the idea phase to commissioning. She has also gained extensive knowledge in detailed design and 3D BIM modeling of sewer systems, which she uses daily in her work, and knows what it’s like to work at a large corporation such as COWI, experience which she can share.
Sanne has always been happy to help others, and share her knowledge to those who want it. Through her work, she has helped some of the newly-graduated engineers at COWI, and it brings her joy to see them grow. Therefore, Sanne seeks a mentee who is knowledge-hungry and wants her help to find their path.
Roger has 20+ years of experience as a program manager, project manager, leader and consultant. He has been many years in the software industry, primarily working with FinTech and R&D. Roger also has international experience, having worked in both Northern Europe and Asia / Pacific area. During his many years at SimCorp, he has taken on many different roles, and he can, therefore, provide great insights into how it is to work at a large corporation and how to develop your career within the same company, but in different roles.
Roger wants to become a mentor for a number of different reasons. First of all, he wants to get an insight into what is happening in research again after 20+ years outside the university environment. Secondly, he is able to share and coach others with his work experience in Europe and Asia/Pacific, and lastly, he’s seeking some new and fresh inspiration from a young, talented student.
Peter has 17+ years of experience, and has focused the past 8+ years on two key topics: Helping senior management establishing structures and decision processes for themselves, and driving analyses of large amount of data, cross organizational processes and complex problems resulting in recommendations for senior management. One of his key abilities is to see what the organization needs and then what needs to be done to achieve the desired targets – and backing the conclusions up via data.
Peter’s main goal in being a mentor is to help a student by sharing his experiences and spar on different topics of relevance to make the student more capable of making better career decisions going forward. Based on many years as a generalist, coaching a lot of leaders, and now going into a more specialist role, he has a lot of insights into the different organisational roles of which he would like to share his thoughts and experiences.
If the student has a student job in a company, Peter would also like to spar on relevant tasks or tactical approaches. During his education at DTU he lacked the ‘real life in a company’ perspective; e.g. “What do you do? What is expected of you? What are the important skills?” etc. He would also be able to assist a student on these perspectives.
Rebecca has 14+ years of work experience within construction and project management. The last 6 years, she has worked as a project manager as a consulting engineer and now as a builder (“Bygherre”). Rebecca’s career revolves around managing small and big building projects within Novo Nordisk’s office portfolio and in this context handling different stakeholders etc. Her career has over the years developed from being a specialist to now being a generalist.
Rebecca wants to help students by sharing her story. Her hope is to develop a trusting relationship between me and the mentee so our conversations can be open and honest. She also wants to develop her personal leadership and motivational skills. Rebecca would prefer helping a mentee within the area of construction, maybe in doubt about wanting to work as a specialist or generalist. Or just want to know to want to expect of a future workplace.
Peter has 20+ years of experience and proven track record across pharmaceutical manufacturing. He has experience with management of aseptic production, manufacturing development, and different QA functions, and his specialties include leadership of other leaders and specialists, organizational development, pharmaceutical production and process support, quality and GMP, Authority inspections.
Peter wants to be a mentor because he sees it as a good opportunity to give a student input to reflections about how to clarify, develop and grow towards his or her career goals. He wants to get new insights about how it is to be a student these days in order to develop himself as well. It gives Peter energy to see people grow. He would prefer helping a student who has ambitions of taking a people leader role in the pharmaceutical industry.
Peter has been a Geotechnical Engineer at Ørsted Offshore for 4 years, where he specialized in the optimized geotechnical design of Monopile and Jacket foundations for offshore wind turbines. This is achieved by implementing innovative design methodologies and improving in-house design software for optimization of foundation design. He has been directly involved in conceptual, FEED and detailed design of offshore wind farm projects on three different continents. Peter has key experiences include 3D FEM, development and development coordination of in-house design software, soil-structure interaction, effects of cyclic loading on soil and on soil-structure interaction, and design of offshore foundations.
With the experience in the design of offshore structures that Peter has, he would like to share with an ambitious student.
Peter has 25+ years of experience extremely passionate about customer experience and customer centricity. Through his career, he has worked in Sales, Consulting and Services, helping organizations transform to be Customer Centric. He has closed million-dollar deals through value-based selling as well as optimized the tail through disciplined execution. Besides this, Peter has worked across most of EMEA and been based in Singapore with APJ coverage the past 19 years. He has managed global as well as regional teams varying in size from 5 to 110+ people and has had the privilege of managing 50 people as interim country manager stationed in Japan. Extensive operations and business management experience incl. full P&L responsibility.
When Peter graduated from DTU, there was no mentor program. He believes this would have been extremely valuable and hence his interest is to “give back” and share his experiences with a mentee. Peter grew from being a Danish employee to a European citizen to a global executive. The journey has been phenomenal and he would love to help a mentee get an equally exciting journey to share.
Parry has 10+ years of experience and is currently leading FeedbackNow: Forrester’s IoT device, software and services at the edge business. He is a former Co-Founder & CEO of GlimpzIt, an AI Customer Intelligence platform that was acquired by Forrester. He has also been with Microsoft in the early part of his career and has an international profile, having studied and worked in different countries. With Parry’s experiences, he has a wide range of skills and tools that he can share for people willing to go into IT and entrepreneurship in general.
DTU was a great stepping stone in Parry’s entrepreneurial journey, and he would love to give back. He especially wants to help students who are looking to get into entrepreneurship- in particular, he can help with advice on Product Development, Go to Market Strategy and Fundraising. Also Parry views it as a great opportunity to learn from them.
Niels has 10+ years of experience within consultative engineering, the last 5 working with the pharmaceutical industry. His work revolves around helping pharmaceutical companies bring products to the market by providing flexible, compliant and future-proof facilities/factories. In his role as a manager, he primarily works with resource management, strategy (digital implementation), and project execution.
Niels would like to help a student clarify the many questions that she/he might have when looking at future choices. Use his experience and career path as inspiration to help the mentee make the right choices. Also, he would like to have a better network towards universities to understand the profiles of future engineers.
Ollie has 10+ years of experience within different industries: video surveillance, banking and now at Microsoft. Overall she has 6 years of hands-on software engineering experience and 4 years of team lead/engineering manager fun. Ollie is Ukrainian, but her career started in a Danish company as a Software Engineer intern. There, she worked for 6 years on improving their video surveillance solution. After that, Ollie moved to Stockholm where she became an Engineering Manager in a banking company. She later moved back to Copenhagen, continuing in her current role as an engineering manager.
As a female in the IT industry, as a female within leadership, she would like to take a chance and encourage young talented people from minorities to pursue their passion no matter what, because it is not that there is space for them, but there is a big NEED for them.
Ole is an experienced engineer educated in machine direction and with special designation in energy. He is a former system developer in mainframe encoding and has specialist experience and project management experience with IT production systems, primarily used in the supply industry. Energy planner and specialist in various IT simulation models for hydraulic analyzes and dimensioning of pipelines for supply.
Ole’s personal strengths are his positive attitude, his good written and oral communication skills, his ability to listen, and his bright mood. He believes in discipline, cooperation, professional ability, commitment, responsibility, that he can learn something new every day and that knowledge is something a mentor/mentee pair will share.
Ole would like to share his experience with upcoming colleagues. It is about informing how he works with system management, project management and detailed programming – but it is also about communication what it means to be in constant development, personally and professionally, and this raising one’s “market value”.
Nicolas is a business and commercially oriented professional with 10+ years of experience in the Cement Industry. He has been successful in the sale of complex industrial solutions (above 100 m€ project) including various technical, legal and financial aspects. Nicolas has also lived abroad (Tunisia and Morocco) for a total of 3 years and has been travelling extensively to the Middle-East and Africa from the start of his career. Nicolas is currently heading a team responsible for developing and maturing a portfolio of technical and commercial sustainable offerings with a special focus on supporting FLSmidth MissionZero strategy.
Being part of the DTU mentorhship programme is a commitment Nicolas is looking forward to as he himself benefited of various mentors throughout his career. Nicolas would like to help students with her/his upcoming challenges of moving from academia to a working environment by using his personal experience. He is also interested in getting a better feel of what the coming generation is looking for – especially with the current COVID-19 situation.
Nicolai has 17+ years of experience within software and IT. Nicolai is a self-described geek turned manager, turned leader, now working in a very ambitious software company designing GDPR software with local and outsourced developers. It’s a 6-year old company and everything works like a start-up. Nicolai has a passion for people and technology and helping customers work smarter with our software – and that’s what he’s dedicating his career to.
Nicolai has made his fair share of mistakes in his career, and he believes he can give good advice to someone who wants to be more than just an employee. The ideal mentee is skilled both technical and socially with high ambitions.
Nadia has 14+ years of experience working as an IT/Analytics Consultant in many industries in different consulting firms. She enjoys working with young and bright colleagues to solve technical issues at clients. Nadia has a background from DTU within Applied Math, where she uses these technical capabilities daily together with her clients, helping them be more digital and data-driven.
When Nadia was studying at DTU, she lacked female role models to look up to. She wanted to contribute to show that it is possible to be a female leader within technical areas and within consulting. Nadia wants to help students to focus on their technical skills and mindset because this is something we need in consulting to challenge our clients.
Mueed has 10+ years of experience in communication systems and project management, while having the technical system understanding, and he’s used to managing different project phases as technical, design, test, implementation, operational and financial, while keeping the client in focus. Mueed used to work with simultaneous project deliveries and deadlines and has a sense of urgency when it is needed.
Having the right skills and experience for guiding young talents to taking the correct steps in their career journey, is something Mueed believes he can be part of. Through his work life, he has worked as a specialist and now as a generalist (Project Manager), and this gives him an inside understanding of situations from different perspectives. Guiding teams to right direction and understanding the issue (technical / contractual) is his daily work and sharing this for the new science generation will better prepared them for focusing on the career direction. By having success and failure, he can help to guide the new generation to fulfilling their steps in the correct direction. Mueed prefers helping a mentee with ambitions of going from a specialist to a generalist on the long term.
Mikkel has 8+ years of experience in health and science. He is now working as a health physicist, encompassing the areas of radiological safety and dose optimisation. Next to this, he is also teaching through various initiatives, such as: “Videnskaben på Besøg”, “Bestil en Forsker” and IAEA technical courses where he presents about ionising radiation and safety. He is also part of the on-site nuclear emergency management for health physicists on 24 hour call, as well as the National Nuclear Emergency Management.
Fortunately, Mikkel gets to teach, train, and educate as part of his work, but he misses the more direct and personal sparring and discussions that arise when helping a single student. Mikkel works in a small field in a Danish context, decommissioning, and radioactive waste management, and as such he has to joggle many different positions at once. For this specific reason, he believes he can provide insight into problem-solving and engineering work from a broader, more personal perspective.
Michael has 23+ years of experience as a Principal Group Engineering Manager at Microsoft R&D in Denmark building the next generation of Microsoft’s ERP suite. His projects involve making AX extensible and compatible – enabling all customers on latest version, leading a team building Inventory and Warehouse functionality in AX, and architects solution. Besides this, Michael has also co-authored four technical books and blogged on technical sites for a decade.
Michael is in a position where he believes he can help and guide young candidates. He is currently managing a group of 25 engineers, has conducted over 200 technical interviews, and is from DTU himself. For Michael, the primary reason for joining is to grow his network and pay back some of the knowledge he has earned over the 20 years in the industry. His secondary reason is to make candidates aware of what they do at Microsoft, and make them consider a career with them.
Mikkel is a strong project manager and people manager skilled in both technology and business, with more than 14 years’ experience. He has been leading large complex projects and organizations with up to 60 people using both PRINCE2, Scrum and extreme ownership. Mikkel possesses a good overview as well as having a nose for details and is a strong communicator used to communicate with many different roles of a company. His specialties include Software project management, Leadership, IT management, Agile, and IT in investment banking.
Mikkel has had some good fortune in his career, and learned some lessons the hard way. He would like to contribute to the next generation of engineers and help them be even better than his generation. Mikkel’s personal interests are in leadership, and he sees this is where he has the most to contribute.
Michael has 20+ years of experience within the telecommunications industry working for various international companies in Denmark. His career has revolved around building large-scale networking solutions (including cryptography) for business customers. He has worked exclusively in R&D working with both embedded software and firmware design and has a wide range of experiences within the field.
Michael wants to develop his personal leadership and motivational skills. At the same time, he wants to help a student by sharing his story – with both successes and failures, and by offering sparring. He would prefer helping a student with ambitions of becoming the best.
Mette has 15+ years of experience within the FMCG and MedTech industry – in global as well as affiliates roles. Her career has revolved around combining engineering with expertise in strategic marketing and sales management, working with product development, marketing, and sales, and in recent years with a specific focus on strategies, commercial performance & development. Lastly, she has transitioned into a management role in a Nordic/Benelux business unit with P&L responsibility.
Mette is motivated by leading, facilitating, and coaching teams to success. Today, she mentors profiles from different countries as well as graduate programs in her current company and takes great joy in following their development and providing sparring and personal experiences. She is impressed with the professionalism and ambitions among her current mentees and is inspired by their drive. It gives her a different perspective on her professional work. Mette would prefer helping a mentee that is self-reflected and expects the mentee to own the agenda to which she can provide sparring.
Michael has been working 20+ years in the heavy industry (cement industry). He has had various roles within his current company, spanning from detailed mechanical engineering, training of colleges inland and abroad, on-site supervision, and troubleshooting. Today, he is responsible for aftermarket support for a certain group of equipment, daily using his experiences.
Michael would like to spend time becoming a mentor for sharing experiences, and to give points of view for the young students, getting them to the base they want to be at. At the same time, he will most likely benefit with direct knowledge to the latest tech from the university
Mette has 8+ years of experience within sustainability consultancy, business development and product management in different companies, experiences that have provided her with a 360 degree understanding of companies in many different industries. She has been working in both cross-functional and international teams, and her main focus is within sustainability, climate change, circular economy, and green innovation.
Mette wants to help students and young talents succeed in what they want to achieve. Helping others is for her a way to better understand herself. If we all go together and support each other, the world will be a more sustainable place. Mette would prefer a mentee with a clear vision and dream, who needs some help with how to get there. Drive, ambitions, and sustainability are the keywords.
Matteo is a wind power engineer with 7 years of experience working as a data scientist for both small and big companies in Denmark.
He is specialised in the analysis of weather measurements, weather forecasts, and vessel performances related to offshore wind park construction and operations activities. In one of his latest projects he collaborated with a weather forecast provider to improve hours ahead wind forecast by incorporating live measurements from a lidar into weather models.
Matteo is a good communicator and presenter, and he has been a mentor for the past 4 years for the Greater Copenhagen Career Program.
Matteo would like to help graduates entering the Danish labor market by supporting their early career phase with tailored discussions and advice.
He would be happy to share his experiences and provide access to his network of professionals. Matteo would prefer to help a mentee with the ambition of becoming a specialist within wind power.
Martin is an international professional with 20+ years of leadership experience with OEM/in-house injection moulding manufacturing and R&D development, of which 16 years are within the Project Management and New Product Implementation environment – across diverse global industries, including Children Toys, Automotive, Mobile Phones and Medical Devices. Martin possesses and can demonstrate deep knowledge and experience in Industry 4.0 – industrial automation and injection moulding production.
Martin would like to share his story and motivate a student in the world of engineering. He wants to show how openness and mobility can take you around the world and make you the CV that opens doors to a worldwide network that brings you opportunities for a lifetime. Introduce the specifics within injection mounding that the industry needs.
Martin has a deep interest in translating data, technologies, and machine learning into working solutions solving actual problems. For the past ten years, he has created data-driven solutions in large corporations mainly within the pharma supply chain and production, built and led data science teams and projects, and advised leadership on how to successfully become data- and analytics-driven. Currently, he is taking on the role of Deep Tech Product and Customer Lead in an early startup, pushing a new AI-framework to the market.
For many years, Martin has been lucking having good mentors. He knows the importance of having someone with experience giving guides and providing perspective – especially doing studies and starting the career. Martin would love to give what he has received back and obviously meet bright minds that can help him get perspective on what goes on in academia.
Martin is a Dynamics 365 CRM Consultant with many years of experience. He is dedicated to helping companies achieve good solutions that add values and allows employees to spend their time the way they want to, to improve efficiency and flexibility. In his work, Martin takes on many roles, such as architect, project manager, developer, integration specialist, and organizational coordinator, meaning he has a wide range of different skills within IT. Before his current position, he has also held positions in companies such as Netcompany, Delegate, IBM, and more.
Martin would like to help students and new graduates with advice on and experiences from his career. At the same time, he would like to learn about the newest trends and priorities from this group, which will be helpful as an employer. Growing his network among students and graduates will also help in this regard. Martin can help mentees about career choices and entrepreneurship as well as personal and professional development.
Martin has a wide experience, having worked in both large (40.000+) and small (10-20) companies, as well as his own start-up consulting company. In recent years, he has worked as a leader in Novo Nordisk R&D, developing medical devices that make living with diabetes and other chronic diseases more simple and convenient. More specifically, Martin has headed their simulation department, with the aspiration of creating a fully virtual test lab for designers to create high-speed learning cycles.
The jazz drummer Adam Nussbaum was once asked, why everybody wanted to play with him. “Because I make them sound good!”, he replied. Martin thrives when seeing others succeed and when he nudges or challenge them to do something they would otherwise not have done. He hopes to be able to do this as a mentor.
Marina creates outstanding products and services through user-centered design processes. She holds a background in engineering within product design and management focused on usability and technology adoption. Her work experience covers strategic product/service design and management consulting, and she has worked with product design focused on concept creation and UX in the role as project manager and facilitator of design processes. Marina has further worked with the optimization of workflow and production processes by the use of digital technologies including Virtual, Augmented og Mixed Reality (VR, AR and MR). Besides this, Marina has been highly involved with startup companies, covering various roles from design of products and services to strategic business development.
Marina has had great experiences from having her own mentors, both during her time as a student at DTU, as well as during her shift between work experiences. Having a mentor enabled her to have a trusted partner to share thoughts and considerations with, as well as being inspired and help with networking.
Marina wants to become a mentor because she wants to help and inspire students. She has had some great personal insights from networking, changing jobs and defining her own professional profile in the intersection between design and engineering – as well as the importance of personal growth and managing work/life balance.
Maria has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from DTU. She has 5+ years of experience from the pharmaceutical industry – both in Denmark and abroad. She has experience both from R&D and business. She currently work as a business development manager for a CDMO, where she works with a broad range of clients from startups to multinational companies, focusing in manufacturing of drugs for clinical trials. In her current role she works in the intersection of business and science, working closely with a range of stakeholders.
Maria enjoys meeting new people and hopes to have good discussions with a student to help them discover interesting career paths. She is sure she will learn a lot too. Maria has a broad international background, and took an alternative career path. She hopes to share some new ideas with students, they might not get from their university.
Marie is a production engineer from DTU and has worked at Faxe Municipality for 10 years. She is improving processes and implementing changes in an operations department that run the municipality’s properties and land. Moreover, she works with building engineers and gardeners – directors and volunteers. She carries out major strategy processes – and makes agreements with citizens who want to maintain a path. Marie has competencies within design and management.
Marie’s daily work is very far from theories and methods at university, and she misses the professional sparring with engineers. As far as she can remember, it was just the other way around during her education. We will have more projects in the future on better solutions in relation to climate and the environment. How do we get it united with everyday life for citizens and colleagues?
Maria has 10+ years of professional experience within various disciplines such as project management, marketing, communication, neuroscience and now sales and execution. Starting in a technology company has been the best decision for her so far. She is astonished by what technology can do for individuals and organizations, and she would love to inspire other young adults to pursue a career in this field.
Maria would love to support young students on their career path, and be a person they can turn to for tangible advice and motivational coffee talks. For her the learning opportunity is a two-way street – she expects to learn just as much from these talented young people.
After working as system programmer (datamatician) for a couple of years Mads wanted a change of air and went traveling by sailboat for 3 years. At the end of the journey, he knew that he wanted to do work with something slightly different than before. Mads went to DTU and found a passion for programmable HW and autonomous robotics. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, he got a job at Novo Nordisk working with FPGAs and ASICs – a perfect fit to his newfound interest. But change is constant and after a few years, he found himself working with all sorts of topics ranging from anthropologist to prototype manufacturer. Mads has now been at Novo Nordisk Device R&D for more than 10 years which was way more than he ever expected to be at one company, but the ever-changing tasks have made it interesting all the while.
Mads does not see himself as leader or an example to follow. He is a true jack-of-all-trades and often finds he does not have the same insight into a topic as his specialist colleagues, but he does think he has gained experience that he can pass on to students on how to navigate such waters and thrive in them.
Maciej is a systems engineer working in the Space technology sector. He has a Master’s degree in Space Technology from DTU, where he worked at Mærsk during his studies. Including a graduate program from the European Space Agency, he has about 5 years of experience in working for the industry. Being a systems engineer means not focusing in detail on any particular aspect of the project, but working closely with specialists and managing the overall technical design and ensuring delivery to the customer.
Maciej thinks he has a good mindset to understand other people and help them to focus on their career. Ultimately, it is students’ choice on where to go upon graduation, but he would like to help anyone to make the right choice already during the studies. Maciej believes this makes the process of choosing the right courses much more efficient. It is also a good opportunity for him to try himself in such a role, and he is hoping to benefit from it as much as anyone who would trust him to be their mentor. Maciej promises to take a mentor/mentee relationship very seriously.
Mads has always been interested in mathematics and statistics, and therefore early on decided to pursuit a Master of Science in Engineering. He took the Bachelor in Informatics at DTU from where he focused on data science and image analysis. In order to push his own capabilities within these fields, he decided to take the Master’s Degree from the Technische Universität München.
For the last 5 years, Mads has worked within the field of data science, and data management. From that, he has gained a broad knowledge of the whole information value chain from data management, and data integration to data visualization and data science. As a person he is very structured, analytical and passionate. These qualities have helped him being good at learning new tools, concepts, and use them in practice.
Mads’ deep technical knowledge within mathematical-, statistical modelling, predictive analytics, and computing combined with knowledge of the entire information value chain helps him understand the business issues and problems to be solved from a broader perspective.
First and foremost Mads wants to become a mentor because he finds it highly rewarding giving something back to the university community, and hopefully make a slight difference in someone’s life. He feels he has an interesting story to tell and at the same time see it as an opportunity to reflect on his own development.
On a personal level he sees it as an opportunity to develop his leadership skills and motivational skills. It is always important to learn and improve yourself and being able to become a mentor gives both parties a good platform for getting some new perspectives and fresh ideas.
Mads prefers helping a mentee who is highly motivated and engaging.
Lynge has a great insight into IT on European level regarding drug collaboration, as he has a large network across other European nations that he often uses in his job. Moreover, he is currently – together with his great colleagues – preparing Lægemiddelstyrrelsen to join multi-sourcing and use new ways in supply management.
Lynge has worked within supply, negotiations, project management, rhetorics, and communications, amongst many things. He is educated from DTU and has a Ph.D. from Landbohøjskolen – furthermore, he has knowledge within licences.
Lynge wants to get closer to how students or young people with little work experience perceive their future working life. That will be very valuable to understand and shape the necessary changes we need to undertake to make organizations attractive to a new and talented generation. Personally he likes being a mentor, to share his experience, help students find their own footing, and gain new perspectives – and a wider network.
In mentees, he usually looks for curiosity and drive, and most importantly, the willingness to share. Their exact area of expertise is less important to him.
Lena has 7+ years of experience within the medicinal industry within three different companies; Biogen, Novo Nordisk and now AGC Biologics. Her career revolves around quality assurances. She started as an operator and moved over to document compliance work, and hereafter obtained a position in QA on validation projects. After that, she landed in her current role as a QA scientist, where she performs qualifications on equipment used to produce medicine.
Lena just really love to teach, but she wants to be better, so Conflux would be a chance for her to develop her training skills. She loves to meet new people and if someone could benefits of her story to help them move from being a student into a job, she would be glad.
Lars has worked with, and for, many major players in industrial machinery markets, and mostly in Asia, where he spent 18 years running businesses in various countries, including Korea, Japan and China. Lars has an engineering background within sound knowledge of the global High Tech market places, as well as an MBA, and combines this knowledge in his position as CEO for Jupiter Bach.
Lars has previously been a mentor through programs in some of the companies he had worked for and always found it valuable to both mentor and mentee, irrespective of interests and challenges facing the individual, be that listening, providing advice, or opening doors or networks of interest.
He would also like to share his experiences and get a better understanding of the challenges and interests of engineers coming into the job market.
Lara is a global leader with over 20+ years of experience, mainly in the energy and industrial sector. She has a mixed educational background and holds a PMP, an MBA and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with various focused Leadership training from the world’s best universities. She combines balanced management and leadership skills; broad knowledge and experience in Offshore Wind, the industrial automation and energy sectors; local and international experience and exposure. She enjoys traveling, expatriation, and exploring more countries.
Lara would like to give back to society and use her experience to help young people and especially women progress in their careers. It would also be a good learning experience for her to exchange thoughts and ideas with the younger generation.
Kristina is a young, ambitious engineer pursuing an unusual career path, now working with strategy in the intersection between philanthropy and life science.
She is a former McKinsey & Co management consultant with an academic background in applied mathematics and innovation management. She has studied in the US, has done internships in science policy in Silicon Valley and science radio communications. Moreover, she has worked 6 months in Japan, and all across Europe and is today working with the executive management in a +$50 bln organization.
Kristina would love more engineers to pursue “unusual tracks”, be it in strategy, policy, communications, or elsewhere, as engineers are needed “out here”. She can give a great insight into possible questions from a mentee considering to pursue an “unusual” track.
Kristoffer has 10+ years of experience within IT industries from large companies. He was part of the graduate programme in Danske Bank and was a part of mobileLife, before his current position as a partner and IT consultant. He enjoys working in large companies and creating good solutions that are used by many users. He loves the startup culture and is also working with startups, where they currently trying to disrupt the property administration industry with www.dabea.dk
Kristoffer wants to develop his personal leadership and motivational skills. At the same time, he wants to help a student by sharing his story – with both successes and failures. He would also love to get a bigger network among young, talented engineering students.
Kristin has a double background; a Master’s in Intercultural Communication and a Master’s in Software Development from ITU. She has worked in Germany and Geneva before coming to Denmark to enter the IT sector. Currently, she is employed at Ørsted as an IT Graduate and will finish this program in August 2020. Afterwards, she will start as a Model Engineer in the Advanced Analytics Team at Ørsted.
Kristin is interested in the intersection of humans and technology and looking for new projects, ideas, and other opportunities where she can apply her skills in programming, software engineering and communication.
Kristin wants to share her experience with a student that could benefit from it. She knows how it is to have many questions when being a student and she thinks she could help out with that. And of course, she is also looking forward to getting some insights into student life and topics “nowadays”.
Kristian is a graduated software engineer from DTU with several years of experience building solid and reliable services & APIs, with a particular focus on the platform-agnostic approach, and a DevOps mentality. He is currently working within the financial industry, and during his studies, he has worked at multiple companies to built up experience besides his studies. Kristian is experienced in C# and .Net.
Kristian wants to give back to DTU by helping a student with the experience he gathered during his years, and the years after graduating. He personally didn’t have an opportunity to have a mentor, but had many other opportunities that helped him, and hopefully, someone else can benefit from that.
At the same time, being a mentor is also a chance for Kristian to apply and develop some non-technical skills in a different setting, that he may be able to develop from himself.
Kim is a civil engineer with more than 25+ years of management experience in the construction business. He has supplemented this role with a “mini MBA”. As a leader, he is characterized by being result-orientated, motivational and an expert in putting together the “correct team” for the particular task to create value for his company without compromising quality and human values. As a person, Kim is open and honest – “what you see is what you get”. He creates motivation for his co-workers by coaching and being visible, where he collect “the teams” competences and leads the process to the goal. During his professional life, Kim has lead up to 200 coworkers, worked with sales within B2B in the Scandinavian market, been responsible for purchasing for up to 850M DKK, change management, and much more.
Kim has just changed his job, so he has extra time to help a student by sharing his experience – and at the same time, he can develop himself.
He has been working in different boards during the last 10 years, and he really learned a lot about himself and new business by doing this.
So he is sure that, for him, being a mentor will be a win-win situation.
Kim is leading the business unit Plant Health in Chr. Hansen A/S, where he is developing and commercializing biotechnology globally for the agricultural industry. He has previously been with McKinsey&Co as a management consultant and has a background as an engineer from DTU in chemical and biochemical engineering. Kim has also worked in various industries, from financial institutions over consumer goods to pharmaceuticals and now biotechnology in agriculture.
Kim believes it is the responsibility of the industry to share back knowledge with aspiring and brilliant engineers of tomorrow. He is more than happy to engage on any topic and provide a perspective on career opportunities and/or industry-specific topics.
Kim has 9+ years of experience working for both private and public sector and sitting on both sides of the table in the IT industry, currently as a Team Lead at DSB, and before that, as a service manager at NNIT. He has a good understanding of how collaboration between people, companies, and cultures work together, and he uses his constant growing network to facilitate the right people and processes to ensure the most beneficiary outcome of a relationship and task. In his work, Kim makes sure to look at the whole process and takes all stakeholders into account and tries to anticipate the desired outcome, follow up questions, and obstacles.
Everyone needs someone to spare with. Someone to play ball with, in a safe space. Kim enjoys challenge, help and guide a fellow future colleague to make the most of their time and ambition. He had both good and bad times during his time at DTU and on his following career track, and this could be good to learn from.
Kaleem has worked with IT and as a developer from his earlier career, and has had a passion for being up to date with the technologies used in IT systems. Therefore, during his career from developer to development manager, and now as a freelance consultant, he has always prioritized to understand the technologies underneath the management of projects and departments. Kaleem understands people he is working closely with and motivate them to deliver their best every day. He tries his best to see things from different angles, and not only one, to make the best decisions.
Kaleem wants to help others and let them know the failures and learnings he has had, so they can learn from those. He wants to share his learnings and how to overcome hurdles and navigate in organisations. Kaleem can give advice to specific cases the mentees come up with during the sessions and help the mentees by showing the different paths of careers that exist, as well as how to get into specific positions.
Kaleem’s learning from the mentees will be to understanding the new generation that will dominate the workforce in the coming years, and how they prefer to work – that will be the future workplaces in the next coming years.
Jørgen has 20+ years of experience within the health care industry in China, Denmark and the US (where he currently lives). He has mostly focused on leadership and organizational transformations and M&A in medium to large organizations. He has a track record of leading public and private equity-owned companies in all major areas of business leadership including CEO, COO, President, division head.
Jørgen’s DTU education has served him really well and he would welcome the opportunity give back in this small way. He is looking forward to connecting with the mentee and hopefully help to guide them in their career and leadership aspirations. He is also looking forward to expanding his networks among talented engineering students with a strong interest in business and making a difference in health care.
Jørgen’s mentoring focus would be in career advice for future leaders and entrepreneurs, including priorities in career choices and about acquiring relevant experience and practical business advice.
José has 10+ years experience in the wind energy industry from both academic and corporate environments. His career has revolved around optimization – first of wind turbine rotors and now of techno-economic models of renewable power systems. José is generally very entrepreneurial and enthusiastic. In his daily work he combines everything from developing models to assess the profitability of future power-to-x plants, all the way to management of technology roadmap programs.
José believes that a good conversation can go a long way in framing one’s attitude towards current and future challenges. He sees this as an opportunity not only to share his experience but also to learn from the mentee’s own experiences. He prefers to help someone who is driven by “how fun a job can be” and believes that there is no right way to build a career.
Jesper has a solid technical background with professional game development experience since 2004. For 10 years of those, he has been working as an independent freelancer/entrepreneur. Currently, he works as CTO & founder for Veo Technologies, which is a spin-off from one of those freelancing environments. Jesper has an eye to detail and sense of urgency and is passionate about technology and digital entertainment.
Jesper has previously benefited from mentoring and believes it is important to give back. He thinks he could act as a voice for going independent.
Jens Peter has 5+ years in the MedTech industry as a software developer and researcher. In his work, he has spent time developing and improving existing applications, as well as spearheading new algorithms and business areas. Software Engineering, Algorithms development and AI are his particular areas of expertise. Working in a medical company setting, they have a thorough focus on the quality and improvement of life quality of the customers and patients they serve. In Jens Peter’s work, they work in teams that are located partly in Denmark and partly abroad. The job transitioned from being primarily startup-like in the beginning to more corporate.
Jens Peter wants to give back to the community. Particularly, he would like to assist students interested in algorithms development, AI and similar fields, for whom it can be difficult to envision what a post-university work life could look like. In a mentee he seeks someone who are quality minded, curious and eager to make a difference in the world.
Jim has 20+ years of experience in General Management in China with P&L responsibility. This includes everything from defining the strategy to operational implementation, including acquisition or sale of businesses, set up of new business and train local people, as well as transfer old style manufacturing plants into world-class manufacturing plants. Jim has extensive global sourcing and purquirement expertise, and has managed complex projects, as well as managed multi-functional, international, multi-cultural teams with Chinese/USA/European/Japanese members.
In Jim’s earlier professional life, he did receive a lot of help and support from the elder generation engineers and management. Jim wants to help a student by sharing his story – with both successes and failures. He would also love to get a bigger network among young, talented engineering students. Jim prefers helping a mentee with ambitions of going into leadership, especially the leadership in a multinational environment.
Jens is a chemical engineer with 30+ years of experience. His career started in pharmaceutical production and he has held a number of management positions in the biotech and food ingredient industries, including almost 10 years in top management. Ten years ago he started a management consultancy company, Carlsen&E. They install trust in collaboration and work primarily with management teams to strengthen their ability to make sound and effective decisions. They also work with groups of young potentials in corporations to prepare their career development.
Jens is curious and a very good listener. He also offers new perspectives on any situation and will give advice only if a mentee wants to hear it.
You will get access to his many years of experience as a consultant, a manager, an engineer, and a trainer in personal development. Jens’ hope is to get more access to the thinking of your generation and install early on in you how to build long-lasting successful relationships.
Jens Jakob has 25+ years of experience working as a programmer – mostly in small teams. He is passionate about programming, math and technology in general. He seldom works more than 40 hours a week and believes in upholding work/life balance. He takes pride in making application that the user finds intuitive, that adds value (solve a problem) and he enjoys the interaction with the users and clients. Next to his current positions, Jens Jakob’s hobbies are VR, AI and gaming.
Jens Jakob enjoyed his own time at DTU, but at the time, he found the transition to an actual career difficult. If he can contribute with careers or perspectives that would be great. He has been doing quite a bit of studies and math help through his years, and currently he is volunteering at a talk danish cafe for foreigners – mentoring sounded like he could use his skill set and have some enlightening talks and times.
Jeanne has 8+ years of experience working with innovation processes, strategy and projects in a large organization. She is skilled in Innovation Management, Innovation Strategy, Business Model Innovation, Idea Maturation. Her passion is entrepreneurship both in corporations and with start-ups. She likes to impact the future by identifying the next growth opportunities and shape them into solutions. Always with a focus to solve real problems for real people. Now more than ever, we need to find solutions that can make the world a better place.
Jeanne wants to make herself and her knowledge available for whoever would benefit from it. She would like to motivate students to follow their passion and provide support and perspectives if needed. She would also like to listen and to hear what is on the mind of the mentee and hereby get a better understanding of what the younger generation cares about and what is important to them. Lastly, she can provide some lessons on the journey of becoming a female leader in a male-dominated environment.
Jan has many years of experience with the healthcare industry and food industry on top of his master’s in chemical engineering. He works full time with developing leaders and organizations, and he has for the last 15 years+ been running his own company working with leadership, communication, team development, projects, globally.
Jan wants to help young leaders growing up. And of course, also learning from their perspective. The best match for him is a mentee from Chemistry, Biotechnology, or chemical process technology, who also is interested in leadership, communication, personal development, and team development.
Jan has 30+ years of experience with large infrastructure projects and especially within the energy sector. He is and has in his professional career been working on projects where engineering, project management and economics come together for developing and implementing project around the world. He is always looking for potential areas to improve and enjoy being part of companies making a difference – hence his experiences in many different companies of different sizes.
Jan is motivated by having a constructive dialogue on any important topic. He can provide guidance on a number of topics, but most important he is a good listener. He has a key interest in performance optimization in both management, engineering and construction processes by better usage of digitalization.
Jakob has more than 25+ years of experience within the IT Services Business as a management consultant and as a project manager – with a large experience within outsourcing, and IT process optimization. The experience is gained through consultant work for a number of Danish and International companies. Among his specialities are project Management, IT Management and optimization, Strategic Outsourcing and Outsourcing health-check, and Business Process definition and description.
Jakob has the necessary “drive” to make sure things happen and to make follow up on open issues. At the same time, he is good to ensure a pleasant working environment and that each participant feels well treated. As a person, he is open and frank and communicates directly and informally.
Jakob would like to “give back” to a mentee, and share his experience – successes as well as failures – as a self-employed consultant, working for various companies. Also, he would like helping a mentee if the aim is for going towards the consultant business and/or as self employed.
Jacob has 7+ years of experience within mechanical engineering, fluid mechanics, simulations and project management. At the moment, his career is in a transition toward leadership and management. Based on his passion for product development, he makes better products and processes, in all phases of product development, also within organization strategies, management and leadership. In Jacob’s current position as a consultant, he gains knowledge from a broad range of industries.
Jacob’s big motivation is to inspire, help, and motivate other people. As a mentor, he gets a unique opportunity to do this, and at the same time take social responsibility. As a part of Conflux, he can be a better leader in the future and, the mentee will have the opportunity to become a better student and future employee. Jacob also hopes a mentee will help him to see things in a new perspective, and thereby inspire and help him.
Henrik has 20+ years international experience within the oil&gas industry, technical, commercial and managerial positions incl. posting abroad for international assignments. His career has revolved a lot around technical sales, licensing, project development, technology development, M&A and/or collaboration between relevant stakeholders. In his current position, the primary focus is on making the polyolefins process more sustainable including the whole recycling of plastics back into usable products or energy.
Henrik believes he has a relatively large breadth of experiences (good and bad) for a student who wants to target positions where travelling, customers interaction, cultural challenges coupled with complex problems are on the agenda. This often translates into line management with people and P&L responsibility, and he personally would like to share his experiences on this, and in the process also develop his own skills in communicating this in a useful and enthusiastic way.
Ismail will not consider himself an expert in a specific area within Computer Science or “programming”, but he knows something about many things. After his graduation from university and entering the commercial market, he has realized that his real strength lies in understanding and grasping the requirements for a software product and quickly turning it into an MVP (minimum viable product). Ismail has also realized that he is really good at both keeping the big picture in his head and at the same time filling the details. The really fun part for him is designing the software product and taking the important decisions.
Ismail wishes he could contribute more to the OpenSource world, and he will always work toward being independent and work with what is close to his heart. If you are interested to know more about him, both personally and/or professionally, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
First and foremost, Ismail would like to help a fellow human being as much as possible. Secondly, he would like to know what is the gap between the university curriculum and the needs of the commercial market. Furthermore, he would like to get a bigger network among young, talented engineering students. Ismail prefers helping a mentee with ambitions of helping others and making the world a better place.
Henrik is an entrepreneur, turned investor and advisor within IT, Internet, SaaS, Software. He started his first internet company in 1999 and his second in 2003. In the last years, he has mostly been involved as an investor or at board level in startups or small companies within the above-mentioned industries. He is currently involved with a handful of companies.
Henrik would like to help students with the important step of starting their career which is interesting but also can be daunting. At the same, he finds it interesting, fun, and a learning process for him as well.
Henrik has 25+ years of experience from both private and public sectors and has furthermore been part of projects in Asia and Eastern Europe. Besides his background as an engineer, he has an education in organizational psychology, and this, combined with his technical background in mechanical engineering, is a great interest of his and can be seen in his career path as a consultant. Finally, Henrik has had his own company for almost 20 years and knows what this requires.
Henrik is a curious person, which is also why he is interested in being a mentor for a student. He believes that a mentoring relationship works best when the mentee is willing to be challenged in the dilemmas that life might bring, personally and professionally.
Henning is a results-driven end-to-end supply chain manager/executive. He has +25 years of experience in international supply chain optimization, from leading consulting companies and latest almost 10 years in Carlsberg Group Supply Chain. Henning specifically focuses on logistic projects in international environments, creating sustainable results. Besides this, Henning has worked and lived in Germany, France, Norway and Argentina.
Since Henning graduated from DTU, he has always had a wish to help new students to achieve the same results and experiences as he has been fortunate to have. He has already helped a few students with their thesis and lectures, and he would like to follow this up with creating a platform for other students to learn from, through his experience and work.
Hanne has many years of experience in one of the largest international IT companies, IBM. Her career spans broadly, and she has had many opportunities to develop new skills. She has managed a number of international IT programs included AI, development projects and she has served many years as a manager. Hanne has also spent 15 years in another country, gaining experience working in different cultures – both on project and management level.
Hanne would like to help a DTU student to a good start in their professional life. For herself, she hopes to enhance her coaching and motivational skills and get the opportunity to work with and develop new talent. Get to know their motivation, thoughts, and wishes before choosing a career path.
Haiyan is an experienced FPGA design engineer with strong knowledge and many years of responsibility for IC development. Her skills include hardware (FPGA) RTL-coding and implementation, simulation and verification, embedded firmware programming and debugging, system verification and test, and technical supports.
As a well-trained project aimed engineer, Haiyan is used to analyzing requests, following the process, locating and solving the problems, and thereby satisfying the customers. She is good at writing technical documents. She focuses on results, on sharing knowledge, planning ahead, and communication.
On a personal level, Haiyan enjoys teamwork and being an active and creative team-player. She considers herself to be outgoing and a good listener with the capability of finding better ways to communicate.
Haiyan would share her story as a female engineer with an international background, working in different engineering companies from very international culture to very typical Danish small companies. “How can I use diversity to benefit myself and the group?” Haiyan has something to tell.
Georgios is a Specialist in civil/structural engineering with professional determination to deliver optimized engineering solutions. He is passionate about Wind Energy, with experience in wind energy industry, being familiar with leading-edge offshore wind turbine technology. Georgios has solid academic background in material science (reinforced concrete/structural steel/cast iron/composites), failure modes, fracture mechanics, structural optimization, structural concept design and reverse engineering. Furthermore, Georgios has broad experience in structural designs and construction site management with a meticulous eye in HSE and as-built quality.
Georgios has also been a mentee in career mentoring programs and he is very interested to experience the bonding from the other side.
His target is to:
1. Help the mentee to develop (by taking in consideration from his own experience and potential misleadings)
2. Understand further the dynamics through such interaction in order to utilize the derived conclusions in his own mentee/mentor situation
3. Develop his leadership skills, trying to identify if a different career path is an option for him at the moment
Gandalf has 2+ years of experience within the big tech industry – in Denmark and abroad. His student career started in physics and slowly moved towards computer science, software and machine learning as time went by. He is still passionate about physics, science and research but his work life is now with Apple, where he works to improve the Danish Siri. Gandalf has also been a summer student at CalTech and CERN.
Gandalf would’ve liked a person from an industry or job he found interesting back when he was a student. Gandalf does not have all the answers, but he does have many years of experience as a student, and he knows something about changing your focus throughout your studies. He also knows a lot about study techniques, motivation, productivity systems, and prioritization while being a student – perhaps some of these experiences could be useful to someone else.
Frederik’s career has revolved around delivering geomaterial insights for development and design of onshore and offshore infrastructure. Trained a geotechnical engineer at DTU, his career path started out in material sciences, developing into site conditions assessment and more project management-focused roles. Recently, he has taken on a management role as a geoscience team lead further developing his leadership skills.
After starting out in permafrost research, he has since delved into the geotechnical elements of the Offshore Wind industry in roles as contractor, developer, and consultant in various size companies (startup/SMV/corporate). Through the last 5 years, Frederik has typically found himself in Client facing roles in charge of – and taking part in – technical delivery of projects involving offshore and onshore site investigations, interpretation of soil conditions and building of ground models, and cable route design, installation, and permitting for offshore wind projects in Europe, North America and Asia.
Alongside his technical career, Frederik has been volunteering with the Danish Guide & scouting Association, where he has taken part in delivery of adult leadership development courses as instructor and course director for 10+ years.
Frederik enjoys helping new employees thrive in a highly technical engineering workplace, where it can sometimes take all of your courage to ask a senior colleague what was actually just discussed at the meeting. Building confident and self-sustained human beings (and leaders in spe) has been a passion of him since before his time at DTU.
Frederik is happy to mentor young engineers on navigating project organizations and investigating what type of roles that are likely to suit the individual, based on the individual’s preference, personality traits, and typical organizational challenges in the industry.
Frans is an engineer with an exceptional understanding of all the properties that create the successful finish in R&D projects with electronics, optics, software, chemistry, mechanics, statistics, production, marketing and finally sell-ability. He is one of three Founders of ChemoMetec A/S, where he currently works as a technical manager. ChemoMetec A/S is a worldwide leading manufacturer in the areas of cell counting and analysis. Some of Frans’ specialties include an understanding of the combination of optics, electronics, mechanics for the development of analytical instruments. At ChemoMetec he holds several patents. Frans has expanded his knowledge by taken photonics courses at master level at DTU Lundtofte. In addition Frans has a strong network within the photonics business area.
Frans finds it important to give positive values back to our society, which has taken care of him and his possibilities for having a fantastic career as an Electronic Engineer with many interesting projects with instruments technology and applied photonics. He hopes to find a mentee that he can motivate to find goals and strive to pass them with both technical but personnel gain and comfort.
Felix is a professional with a strong commercial and technical background. He has worked for 25+ years with industrial automation for a broad range of process and discrete industries with Food & Beverage, Life Science, Oil & Gas, Marine, Water & Waste Water, Mining/Metals & Cement. Except for the first 3 years of his career, he has worked in B2B project sales and with people leadership for 15 years, where he currently works as Regional Director at Nordics & Baltics at Rockwell Automation.
As part of his personal development, Felix wants to grow his leadership and motivational skills. He has had the chance to work with young professionals during the last couple of years as part of Rockwell Automation’s Graduate Program. He prefers helping a mentee that has ambitions of going into people leadership, especially within B2B sales.
Elodie has 2+ years of experience within the healthcare industry in a French startup, where she has worked after finishing her Master in Biotechnology from DTU. She has first worked as a product engineer, and then evolved to a R&D Engineer. She is specifically focusing in developing medical devices and following clinical trials.
Elodie wants to be a mentor because it is relevant for a student to hear professionals’ stories in order to be able to choose the right direction. Many people have helped her in this way, that is why she wants to do it now for others. Elodie prefers helping a mentee that wants to work in the biomedical field in the industry, but is not sure which work would fit him/her best.
Diana has 4+ years of experience in software development, in startups and medium-sized companies. Mainly as a consultant, she took different roles along the way which has provided her with a comprehensive perspective on the product delivery process, as well as the different challenges at each step. Her projects ranged from working with COTS, and then customizing them to fit a client, to building an application from scratch using different services. She usually collaborates with system architects, UX’ers, developers, testers and stakeholders from the business. Diana’s main focus is sitting between a customer and the development team to release the required system and deliver business value.
Moving to Denmark was quite a challenge for Diana, one that she overcame by making use of a mentorship programme. Now she would like to return this favor to someone who needs it most and make a difference in their path. She would like to try the other side of the table as she see it as a learning experience for herself as well. Diana’s mentee would be someone ambitious, but caring and fair in their approach. Maybe someone who is interested in a similar career path, for example going from a specialist to a generalist (not necessary).
Esben helps the largest companies and organizations globally in solving the challenges on their CXO agenda, examples being:
How to transform an organization to meet sudden changes, or
How to incorporate new ways of working to increase efficiency, or
How to successfully become a market leading company, or
How to set the right strategic direction?
He is currently working in McKinsey & Company, which is the largest and most prestigious management consultancy in the world, and has been doing so for 2+ years at the moment. Esben studied at DTU, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. He has also obtained a degree from MIT, one of the highest-ranked universities in the world.
Esben wants to support students in identifying their passion and chasing that passion tirelessly, regardless of what it is. He is looking for inspiration from great talents with bold ambitions, who also dare to share ways for him to seek ways to continuously improve and hone both his professional and personal skills.
Claudio has 15+ years of experience within the pharma and food industry, in different operational and strategical roles. His career has revolved around the management of people, from small teams to big departments – quite often during huge transformations. As an example, Claudio was a part of Statens Serum Institut’s transformation into a private company. His focus is on people management – motivation and development.
Claudio wish he had a mentor when he was a student – a person to whom he could have asked questions and trusted in, but also one that could have challenged him in his decisions. Therefore he wants to help a student by sharing his story – with both successes and failures, including what he wished he had done instead. Claudio prefer a mentee that is proactive, curious, and at least has some ideas in what direction the path of the career should go and why.
For the past 17+ years, Daniel has worked in the software industry — most of it at Apple, but also various other smaller and larger projects. He has gained deep technical insight, but also increasingly come to understand that success requires a deep understanding of people and processes. Daniel’s focus is mainly on software architecture: How to build large projects such that people enjoy working on it. He has written a lot of technical articles and a book, and also given talks.
Daniel is always happy to help and share his own learnings. He has been fortunate to have people guide him, and he hopes to be able to forward this. He would be happy to help with your ambitions be it for going into leadership, becoming a specialist, or venturing the path of being a generalist.
Claes has 10+ years of experience with the development of mobile robots within the domain of agriculture. He has been involved in everything from hardware schematics and component selection to implementation of high level contol in behavior trees. Furthermore, he has worked with the process of ensuring that the robots are in compliance with EU legislation.
Claes want to pass on best practices to apply in development processes and teamwork, so the mentee can be prepared for a modern work environment. He prefers helping a mentee who is interested in technical development and having their fingers deep down in the engine.
Christian has 15+ years of experience as a civil engineer in Denmark and abroad. He is married and has children. Currently, he works for a danish consultant company within the fields of port and maritime, geotechnics and coastal engineering. He has specialised in conditions surveys, including diving, maintenance and repair, and supervision & project management. Christian has worked in more than 10 different countries across multiple continents, lived in both Ghana and Togo in West Africa, with his family, overseeing port expansion projects. He has, through his work and his international family connections, acquired a fairly large global network.
Christian hopes to be able to be of assistance and hopefully open doors for someone to propel their career forward. He would like to be able to guide a mentee in the right direction for him/her, so they can steer their career path towards something meaningful for him/her. Hopefully, he can provide feedback and guidance for whatever thoughts and questions the mentee might have.
Christoph is a recent graduate and has been studying in 4 different European countries; Italy, Denmark, Portugal and Germany. He has 2+ years of working experience mainly in two fields. First of all, in project management for construction projects, and secondly, in the digitalization of production processes. Christoph’s main focus lies on the digitalization of industrial production, including IIoT, Industrie 4.0, and Data Science.
Since it is not long ago that he finished his studies and had the opportunity to make his first mistakes, Christoph would like to help a student to have a smooth start in his/her working life. He hopes he can help with his experience studying in different countries and having a broad working background.
Furthermore, he would like to broaden his network with curious people.
In short, Christian likes to design and build new systems from scratch or upgrade existing systems to new technology. He is a NET C# fullstack developer, having worked primarily with web development using ASP.NET MVC and Bootstrap. But going forward, on the frontend side, focusing on SPA frameworks such as Angular and Vue.js (with TypeScript) connected to an ASP.NET Core Web API.
In his current role at Maersk, Christian is working on a cloud-native project (Azure). Christian is also leading Maersk’s .NET Community of Practice, which involves planning, and sometimes running, presentations for the community, answering questions, writing Friday Snippets and more. Finally, in Maersk, he is often participating in hiring activities such as online interviews, reviewing candidates’ deliveries for face-to-face interview preparatory assignments, and running the code review part of the face-to-face interviews.
Before that, in his role at NNE, he designed and implemented most of the application development stream’s 3-tier platform for current ASP.NET MVC applications. Also worked on building the future platform with Vue.js and ASP.NET Web API. Christian was one of the key resources in NNE for cloud computing, mostly using Microsoft’s Azure cloud.
Christian enjoyed being an assistant teacher when he studied at DTU; applying what he learned from that subject as well as giving something back to the newer students. A few years back Christian also had the privilege of being a mentor to a newly graduated DTU student and found that rewarding. He still helps the alumni from time to time discussing e.g. career options. Overall he would like to continue giving something back to the community.
Christian is a passionate manager/consultant with a keen interest in organisational Continual Improvement and Product Development within the IT and Logistics domain. Christian is passionate about Lean/Agile organizational development, having transformed an organisation from Waterfall to Agile and taking on roles as SCRUM Master, Agile coach and tooling specialist. He has facilitated and managed 7 Agile SCRUM teams, delivering towards a common organizational goal, as well as continuous improvement through transformation to a DevOps organisation based on MS Azure technology.
Christian also has extensive project and programme management experience, driving large transformational programme in international corporate environment, as well as building a high performing IT organization from nothing to 40 internal and 40 external specialists over 3 years. Driving high performance in a highly political and competitive corporate environment with a strong focus on people, supported by methods and technology. Next to his, Christian has built a YouTube channel and associated dedicated community, creating YouTube videos and several weekly livestreams.
When Christian was at the start of his career, he made a lot of stupid mistakes. He knew that a mentor would have been a great help, but it wasn’t possible to find any at that time. Now, Christian has the experience and opportunity to pay it forward to a student.
During his career, spanning 20+ years, Christian has built a profile with three main “pilars”: Business leadership, people development and technology (for driving digitalization and business process optimization). He has worked in large corporations, been self-employeed, worked in start-ups, and in an international management consulting firm. Christian has a proven track record of building teams with a clear purpose and direction, aligned accountabilities (ensuring customer orientation & end-2-end mindset), and motivating tasks to balance business needs with individual motivation and career aspirations.
Personally, Christian has had great benefit from dialogues with various mentors during different steps in his career. Through this mentorship program, he sees an opportunity to provide the same help for a young professional, who like Christian is motivated by building a career “mixing” business understanding, people/personal development, and technology.
Christian is an experienced leader, lifelong learner, strategic change agent, and development manager with international business experiences in many areas, such as EdTech, FinTech, ERP systems, agile development, process implementation, startup and business development, management consulting, and finance at an executive level, leading people and the development of products and processes. His experience includes working across organization and partners, ensuring better performance, and deliver results as part of corporate strategy implementations.
As a professional with many years in the business, Christian still looks back on the suggestions he received from senior engineers with years of experience. They helped him by asking questions and challenging his beliefs. Their experience was given to him in a very effective way that would have taken him years to learn by himself. Being in a position where Christian can help students similar to himself at an important point in their development, will be part of giving back to the professionals of the future. Having experience from large corporates and small startups enables him to see things from more than one angle – also in terms of future careers for STEM students.
Casper has for as long as he can remember had an interest in technical things, in particular computers. He got his first in 1989 and while the software offers at that point of time were nothing to be excited about, it did spark an interest that has not dwindled since then. Later on, he discovered the possibilities of the PC platform where, theoretically speaking, only the size of your wallet is the limit. Making entertainment on the PC a way of living was not the way Casper wanted to go, so after having looked into options with an academic approach, he chose to enroll at DTU at their IT bachelor and upon completion of that, supply it with a master from the graduate studies in telecommunications.
Casper is now currently at Conaxess Trade, as an Information Technology Administrator.
Casper has always considered the teaching profession something that he would like to pursue at some point in time, although on a small scale and the mentor/mentee option is where this could start. Even though he has only been employed professionally for a little over 5 years, he has been at three different workplaces with various trials and tribulations for an IT engineer in a server and network administration environment you don’t really educate directly into. Casper would also like to share his do’s and dont’s as a technical perfectionist, in a work environment that seldom understand the depth or complexity of what you are doing, but will notice straight away if whatever it is you do does not work.
Experienced people manager thriving in bringing strategic communication to live through the passionate leadership of talented creative and commercial teams. Charlotte brings 20+ years of experience in global B2B biotech marketing & communications based on an engineering and commercial background. She is now starting a new career as a psychotherapist and board member in SME technology companies. Moreover Charlotte has lived abroad for 15+ years.
Charlotte is interested in sharing her experiences from a long professional career, that also balanced a rich family life and three children. She also wants to be an example of how an engineering background can lead to a career in many different industries and functions. Hoping to inspire and support coming engineers with their professional and personal future journey.
Carsten has 25+ years of experience within automation, with special emphasis on project management, design, commissioning and validation of automation systems for pharmaceutical machinery. He also has extensive experience in training and coaching of Automation Engineers. Latest he joined a Manufactoring Intelligence project where he functions as a domain expert guiding Data Scientists and the Manegement Team.
Carsten runs his own company and has been doing this for almost 20 years.
Carsten wants to get a bigger network among young, engineering students and he likes guiding students in their own direction. He has a professional coaching certificate and coaching is part of his normal workday. Carsten prefers helping a mentee who is considering to start her/his own company and who is considering this as a career path.
Bruno has more than 10+ years of experience within Project Management both within R&D and Sales projects. The last eight years have mainly been focused on deliveries of complex sales projects which also has includes the development of new projects. He has a broad experience from different fields, including mobiles industry, defense, and for the last four years, with wind energy at Vestas.
What mainly triggers Bruno is to be able to share his experience with students, as he would have appreciated that a lot himself during his own university time. He thinks he also will gain from this as everybody can learn and it is a good way to broaden the professional network.
Bo’s educational background is M.Sc. and Ph.D. From DTU. He has 20+ years of industrial experience within High Tech R&D and product development for both Business-to-Busineess and Consumer markets. Bo has spent most of his career in the capacity of Technical Program Management, involving products with some level of optics for either telecommunications, sensing, or consumer products. He is currently working within Facebook, on development of Virtual and Augmented Reality products.
There is so much more to Engineering than the core technical skills end expertise you pick up at the university. While a strong technical base is absolutely necessary, the capability of putting technology in perspective and making it relevant is what makes engineering successful. Bo wants to share his experience and hopefully inspire young engineers to a more holistic view of engineering early on. Thinking back, this is some of the great input he has received from older colleagues early on in his career.
Bo is an experienced Head of Integration Platforms with a demonstrated history of working in multiple industries, both as an individual contributor and as a leader. His skill’s range across leadership, management, mentoring, coaching, consulting, requirements specification, business process design, enterprise-, solution-, and application architecture.
Bo has walked on a path of more than 30 years of technology starting from developing hardware and embedded software for micro- and minicomputers, specifying and creating development software for developers in the aerospace industry, creating solutions for commercial aircraft maintenance, structuring and authoring user documentation, writing proposals for large public and private sector clients, prepared and executed Y2K assessments, specified and developed an order management solution, specifying payment processing systems, architecting a next-generation pension platform, building an enterprise architecture capability in the telco space, developed technical course material and giving training, made recommendations on system selection, developed enterprise architecture, high level solution designs and project support, built a solution architecture capability from scratch, and to now building capability in key integration platforms and technologies to be used enterprise-wide.
Bo finds great satisfaction in helping others and sees the mentor role being part of his development as a leader. He will attempt to help a potential mentee shape their personal profile and brand, advise on actions around their personality traits, spar on difficult issues, and use a combination of coaching and mentoring techniques.
Bo expects drive, openness and honesty from his mentee – if they want him as a mentor, they should reach out, they should bring their issues or problems and share them openly in a trusting and confidential atmosphere that they can build and maintain together. When meeting, he wants to see or hear that action has been taken as agreed in our preceding meetings.
A mentee’s success is his reward.
Anne Mette has almost 20+ years of experience in project management in the healthcare industry with Novo Nordisk, where she has held a wide range of positions. She started out as a chemist and has over the year transitioned into having more project management responsibilities. Her main focus is the CMC and regulatory affairs.
Anne Mette would like to help some of the students in their choice of carrier pathway.
Axel works on the perception of audio. His aim is to understand how we perceive spatial sounds and how virtual sounds can be created to be indistinguishable from real sounds. He started working within auditory perception about 15 years ago, with an apprenticeship as a hearing aid audiologist, followed by a B.Sc. in Technical Audiology at the University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck, Germany. In 2010, he was a visiting student at the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK in the Acoustics (BSc Hons) program.
He concluded the Bachelors at Siemens Hearing Aids (now Sivantos), Erlangen, Germany with a thesis on speech intelligibility. In 2012, Axel worked at the Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Circuits in the Binaural Signal Processing group on binaural signal synthesis before starting the Master’s degree in Engineering Acoustics at the Technical University of Denmark. During the M.Sc., he focused on the perception of lateralized sounds. Last year, Axel completed his Ph.D. in virtual audio perception and is currently working as a Postdoc researcher at DTU.
Axel has quite some experience working and studying at multiple universities and well-known companies. During this time, he learned a lot from his mentors. He would like to give this lessons-learned to others. Furthermore, Axel enjoys to teach and share his knowledge. However, he has only limited knowledge of industry work. He has worked for short periods of time in large companies but has not been a Full-Time Employee. Instead, his work so far has been mainly in academia.
Anja is passionate about developing people and LEAN continuous improvement. She leads changes in organizations through people involvement, process analysis, and systematic problem-solving techniques. Anja has 15+ years of project experience with flow- and process optimization and has given her precious knowledge on how to increase quality, reduce risk, and save time and costs. Anja’s current role in Schneider Electric is both being a Project Manager and a Culture Agent, who drives CO2 reduction initiatives and reinforces the focus on safety and environment in the organization. She proactively uses her structured mindset and enjoys implementing past learnings in new projects. It fascinates her how changes in paradigm can grow results, and she has worked intensively with this through coaching of managers and as part of change management in continuous improvement projects.
Anja would like to contribute to the development of a mentee. Anja could have used a mentor earlier in her carrier, who could ask the right questions to make her reflect and give support when needed. With several years of experience, and haven been on 3/4 year of GROW coaching education, this is the time. Anja would like a mentee who does not expect her to answer all the questions but expects her to raise the right questions to make him/her reflect and find his/her own way. She expects that her mentee to take ownership of his/her development, keep the agreements and show up. She is open to mentor all genders, but can see an advantage in passing on some of the knowledge she has from a “developing high performing women leaders” seminar to a woman.
Anja has children, so she knows about the challenges of work/life balance. It would be an advantage for Anja if the mentee is situated near to Borup Sj., (eg. Roskilde, Ringsted, Køge) as it will make it easier to meet physically than in Copenhagen, but it is not a requirement and Teams or another digital platform can be used.
Ane has more than 20+ years of experience within property risk both from the operative site (Fire Brigade) and from prevention – this is on top of a Master in engineering with specialisation in Fire technique. In her career, she has worked with many different groups of people worldwide – and she has especially focused on the best way to interact with stakeholders and employees to ensure safety for property and people.
Ane wants to expand her knowledge of young people, and support them in the process of moving from one role to another or maybe choose to be a stronger version. She would prefer to work with a mentee who wants to work with their own personal skills.
Ana has three years of professional experience within the energy industry, from large companies and some experience from NGOs collaboration. Her career has devolved around renewable energies, specifically within offshore wind power from both turbine manufacture and utility perspective. In her current position, Ana is focusing on power system design and grid compliance in the US market. She is responsible for coordinating, managing and executing the design and grid integration of offshore wind farm’s electrical power transmission system, and also cooperates closely with project stakeholders, keeping track of risks and problems, and communicating with internal and external stakeholders.
Ana wants to inspire and help students by sharing her story and experience as, no long time ago, she was in the same situation. At the same time, she sees it as an opportunity to develop her personal leadership and motivational skills and get to extend her network on the STEM field. In the mentee, Ana is looking for a dynamic person with the ambition of going into an engineering career path either being a specialist or a generalist.
Mikkel is building cloud services at Microsoft and has been with Microsoft for 9 years. He is part of an amazing team of engineers and program managers continuously improving Microsoft Azure and cloud tech in general. He has experience in large international organizations, having worked both locally in Denmark, lived and worked in Seattle, USA and now remotely from Denmark with teams across the globe.
Mikkel want to offer his help to any student in finding a great path to her goals. His own journey has been somewhat unorthodox, but he has gotten to the place in his career where he has certain proof of what works and doesn’t in terms of achieving your goals. Mikkel would like to get the opportunity to share these. Any mentee looking for a mentor, who he can help achieve the ambition of getting to an influential position, being leadership or not, would be a great fit.
Aliki is a transport engineer with strong analytical background, international management exposure, and passion for Supply Chain Management and Transport Optimization – therefore, a background that vastly combines management and an engineering mindset. During the last six years, she has been living and working in several European countries, undertaking various cross-functional roles, both in the Chemical and Consumer goods industries. Aliki holds a Master in Transport and Logistics from DTU, Denmark and a 5-year diploma in Civil Engineering with specialization in Transportation Engineering from NTUA, Greece.
Aliki would like to guide and support students through the transition from a technical university/background, into defining a suitable career path, by sharing her own experiences. Aliki would like to get in contact with young professional that aspire to a career in business.
Alexandre has 3+ years within the energy industry, mostly in large companies in Denmark and France. His career has so far revolved around the market-based management of offshore wind farms and more generally the power markets. He is also working as a Product Owner, providing direction and prioritizing the tasks of a team of 10 developers. What brings Alexandre energy at work is to take an active part in the fight against global warming and climate change.
Alexandre would like to develop further his personal leadership and motivational skills. At the same time, he wants to help a student by sharing his story – with both successes and failures. He doesn’t have 20 years of experience in the industry (yet), but he would be glad to help a student with advice on how to kick-start her/his career for example. Alexandre would prefer a mentee willing to work in the sustainable energy sector, but he is also opened to other areas.
Since graduating from the Hearing Research department of DTU, Alexandre has moved the United States to work for Enthought. He taught programming and Python to scientists and engineers. In the last two years, he has been managing a multi-disciplinary team that helps transforms scientists and engineers by teaching them programming, automation, project management, and general “digital thinking”.
Alexandre is particularly interested in discussing the different paths available out of grad school. His dream job when finishing his Ph.D. was a position where he could teach, program, and work on a team. Alexandre thought the only option was to become a professor but he found out there were other opportunities. He is interested in working with people who have an interest in education and in solving technical problems. He is also interested in talking about leadership and management, which are not often topics discussed in grad school.
Alberto is a highly motivated civil engineer with over 5 years of experience in offshore geotechnics. He has worked in a small size company, then a large danish consultancy and now in the world leader offshore wind developer, all in Denmark. After many years of high-quality consultancy inputs, Alberto has recently taken a role as lead engineer for his discipline for a project which have allowed him to realize the complexity of managing many different stakeholders. At the same time, Alberto is involved in many R&D activities having different roles ranging from technical expert to project manager.
Alberto didn’t have the opportunity of having a mentor when he was a student, and it motivates him that this can be inspiring for both the mentor and mentee to develop such a relationship to inspire and motivate others to realize their goals but also to boost his leadership skills.
Alberto is looking for a highly motivated student who is willing to spend some hours in thinking out of the box and want to become a highly skilled and bright engineer.
Adam has 10+ years of experience of applying design and user experience in various companies (DHI, GN ReSound, Oticon). Some key points within this area that Adam has worked with include:
He has a vast interest in the topics that relate to:
Adam is a generalist type and has done various things in different contexts. In his current job, he has helped to establish an internal User Experience team for DHI. He is now leading a team of skilled designers specializing in interaction design, prototyping, UI design, and user research.
Adam wants to develop his personal leadership and motivational skills. Adam would also love to get a bigger network among students and young professionals. Mentoring for Adam means sharing knowledge and experience but at the same time learning from the mentees. During the early years of his career, he was lucky to have good people around him that helped him. Adam would like to pay it back and help others.
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – M.Sc., Economics and Marketing
I have a background from the media and marketing industry. A couple of years ago I made a career shift now focusing on the intersection between business and IT / digital solutions. I have a strong economical and business understanding, based on several of years working with data analysis and market research. I have always been working as consultant or advisor why I have great experience in building client engagement and relations. I have experience from projects within various industries – from retail, transportation, investment and public organizations – often in a project management or change management role.
I want to develop my leadership skills and improve my ability to guide and support others.
I would like to help a mentee with finding the right work life balance, the transition from a student to professional and finding the right career path.
Background in innovation, entrepreneurship and business development. With emphasis on sustainable innovation, innovation management, business models and corporate social responsibility.
Currently I have specialized in organizational change management with focus on stakeholder management, communication and training. I have vast experience within different sectors of life science (Product Supply, Regulatory Operation, Corporate IT) and within different technologies (Microsoft applications, MES systems and Mobile Device Management).
I have a proven track record within all phases of IT project execution that involves IT enabled business transformation.
I’ve always had a deep interest in developing people, which is highlighted in my career path as well. E.g. been a teacher for many years. Now I develop consultants to achieve their goals and progress in their career and life in general. I would like to be a mentor to expand outside of my own job.
Technical University of Cluj Napoca – M.Sc., Computer Science
After completing her bachelor studies at the Technical University of Cluj – Napoca, Romania and a 9-months backpacking experience around the world, Cristina has joined the opportunity to relocate to Denmark and start a graduate position as a Software Engineer for Microsoft Development Center Denmark in June 2018.
She is part of the application group of Dynamics 365 Business Central, with a focus on application integrations to and from internal and external applications and services. Cristina is a telemetry subject matter expert, which means she is responsible for building the analytics foundation for short and long-term monitors and alerting.
Cristina is a very outgoing and open-minded person and she likes getting involved in a lot of internal and external projects that aim to support women, students and young professionals to get inspired, feel empowered and leverage their personal and professional skills for picking a career path and having a good start in their professional life.
Cristina would like to be a mentor because as a recent graduate myself, she can really see the great importance and value of being connected with someone in the industry and this is something that she would have been really grateful if she would have had the chance as a student. Part of the direct benefits for her, is the chance of networking and connecting to the community of students in Denmark, but she is seeing this also as a great opportunity for personal development and better understanding of the culture and current ambitions and academic projects and opportunities for students in Denmark.
When it comes to Cristina’s mentee, she doesn’t care at all about their background, line of studies or their job aspirations. The only think that really interests her is to match up with someone honest, interested, enthusiastic and also willing to open up and share – as she will be doing back.
Aarhus University – Cand. Merc., Finance and International Business
Rasmus has +8 years of experience in management consulting and digital advisory. As a director at VENZO Business Consulting, he is ensuring customers realize their business objectives through efficient use of IT whether it be line of business or IT, specifically translating IT into business and business into IT. In this role, he rovides insights into adoption of new interesting technologies including benefits and common pitfalls. Overall, Rasmus draws from experience from several industries, such as finance, life science, enterprise and public, having been with companies such as NNIT, Affecto and IBM.
Key Specialization: Business Development, Digital Strategy, Data Management, Business Intelligence, Analytics Advisory, IT Management Advisory, Project Management, IT infrastructure Transition and Transformation Projects, Vendor Management, Contract Management and IT Processes.
Rasmus has a lot of experience within leadership and mentorship and would like to use that experience in a Mentee/Mentor relationship.
I am a professionally qualified software developer with 14 years of work experience and M.Sc. in IT engineering with a particular passion for start-ups and innovation. My combined background of senior management roles in large organisations and academic training provides extensive and solid experience plus a specialised skill set to assist startups and lead companies through technical development and growth.
Main expertise and skill sets:
• Converting ideas to IT systems
• Cost reduction and time efficiency achieved through ongoing management and assessment of complexity and development restrictions
• Engaging in all phases of the software development life cycle including architecture, analysis, design, implementation and testing
• Evaluating IT systems and keeping the systems cutting edge
• Engage individuals in teamwork, keep the project in line with goals and meet deadlines
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc.
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – HD 1. del
Michael has 25+ years of experience in the building and construction industry and has been responsible for a number of projects within this field. Michael has been part of Pihl’s leadership group, which consisted of 20-25 project chiefs and directors. He was also the company representative in Dansk Byggeri’s managing entrepreneur group. During his days at Enemærke & Petersen, he worked as a division leader and was also part of the managing group, where he worked directly with developing business plans and company strategy. As a leader, Michael supports his employees when it is needed – he enjoys being busy, but never stressed out.
Michael wants to help students by sharing his experiences and hopefully help them to get a good balance between work and life in general. He also wants to share his network which can possibly be a great opportunity and support for a recent graduate.
Working on the R&D for Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations (SCM).
I would like to help the fellow prospective engineers/leaders starting their career journey, and also learn from them at the same time. A mentee who has ambitions to be technical but would like to eventually try their hand at management would be a great fit.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Engineer’s Degree, Chemical Engineering
As a people manager, Lotte likes working with people and coaching them to see their opportunities. She believes that she, with her story and challenges during her work life, is able to give something back to a mentee. Lotte would prefer to help a mentee looking to go into leadership or someone moving from specialist to generalist role.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Ph.D., Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biomedical Engineering
Alexandra has 5+ years of experience in a GMP environment within the development, device performance and material properties through bench, in vitro and in vivo testing in the medical industry. She has a passion for developing medical devices of high and consistent quality – from the processing right down to the raw materials used. With a solid experience in screening and testing new materials, she has created and validated test environments and methods to predict the behavior of treatment options in vivo. As an engineer, Alexandra takes great pride in the quality of data handled and as well as the documentation routines. Overall, her ambition is to use her skills to further improve the quality of life for those in need.
Alexandra would like to become a mentor to help young students on both finding their career path and what to prioritize during their studies. She was very fortunate in finding a job in the industry easily after both her master’s and Ph.D. and wants to help others with the same. She would also like to get to know the young talented engineers in her field for potential collaboration in projects, such as their master thesis.
University of Copenhagen – Ph.D., Immunology
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Biotechnology
Kristina wants to become a mentor to increase her motivational skills and help a student by sharing her stories. Prior to this mentor program, she has helped a young biotech graduate land the first job by focusing on skills and experience with regard to relevance for the employer. Kristina found this very rewarding and would like to help more young students navigate through the transition of studying to working. She is also to relate to the difficult choice of wanting to become a researcher (Ph.D. student/post doc.) versus going into the private industry and landing a job.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Digital Media Engineering
Shum has 5+ years of experience with the startup environment in software engineering, with an extensive set of skills across design, arts, and management. As a CTO of a growing startup working with anti-money laundering compliance, CLA Reply, Shum is juggling technical software engineering skills with management challenges on a daily basis. With their NewClient.app product, they make it easier for clients to onboard in a complex regulatory environment by combining legal expertise, user-centered design, and a robust end-to-end-encrypted information management platform.
Shum would love to help a young one along, so they hopefully won’t make the same mistakes he did. As a bonus, teaching and talking about things make Shum understand them better. Shum would prefer to mentor a multi-talented mentee, and a student interested in entrepreneurship might be especially relevant to match up with.
University of California, San Diego – B.Sc., General Biology
Ben has 10+ years of experience in the renewable chemicals field, working in several startups specializing in fermentation, leading to several products that have been commercialized into the market. Ben also has experience in the fields of environmental affairs and pharmaceutical quality control. As a microbiologist, he has a diverse set of experiences. Having worked in the fields of environmental affairs, quality control, and renewable chemicals, it gives him an overview of many areas one could work with within life sciences. His own scientific strengths include fermentation, flow cytometry, and anaerobic microbiology.
Ben regrets not reaching out to potential mentors when he was a student himself. So he wishes to become a mentor to help current students who are taking the time to do that now.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc.
Lasse has 25+ years of experience with consulting, commercial development & execution in technical companies. Primary areas of expertise centers around growth strategies, go-to-market, commercial execution & business innovation. Lasse has hands-on experience from 100+ global and local commercial initiatives as responsible as well as an executive partner. He particularly has experience from the business segments like industry, pharma, and service. Lasse is currently using his commercial expertise in a senior management role at Foss, who creates end-to-end solutions that secure and improve food quality with their analysis instruments that enable businesses to run intelligent data-driven productions.
Lasse believes “real” learnings starts after studies – to strike the balance of utilizing the learnings from studies into “real life” can be an eyeopener for some. It takes equal amount of pragmatism, drive, humility, and confidence to get the full value for money. Everyone starts from the bottom and only hard work creates the path for success. Lasse is looking to help a mentee with a “commercially” oriented profile.
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – Master, Economics
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering
Morten has 20+ years of experience from business development, project management, operations strategy and execution & product management. Morten is an experienced commercial and technical manager and has worked extensively with driving sales in Denmark, the US, the UK, and Germany, leading multi-cultural teams in cross-border projects. He has a background in high-tech engineering companies – Intel, GN Netcom, and various industries – telecommunications, medical devices, processes, and manufacturing, as well as startups.
Morten loves working with motivated people, who see opportunities rather than problems. The ability to share his 30+ years of professional experience is very exciting. In his daily work, Morten coaches, sets development goals and motivates his employees to achieve their personal and technical ambitions. He has good experience in going from a specialist into a leadership role.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering Management
Illinois Institute of Technology – B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering
Aida has 7+ years of experience as a mechanical engineer. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in the US, Aida went into the industry, starting out her career at Maersk Oil. With Maersk Oil, she worked in a number of different positions in Kazakhstan, Qatar and then Denmark. During her last period of time in the company, Aida was supporting daily operations in the maintenance department of an oil fields, managed 8 vendors (up to 6 million DKK budget contracts) to plan, execute and close out maintenance jobs on storage vessels, pipelines, pumps and pressure safety valves, coordinating engagement with office and field engineers. She continued her education with a master’s degree from DTU, bridging her technical knowledge with a more holistic management focusing, almost about to finish up her degree, while simultaneously working as a mechanical engineer at Maersk Drilling.
Aida would like to become a mentor to help students realize that the professional world is not so scary and can be tamed. In a mentee, she would prefer someone who is interested in working in operations, risks and management, and who is striving to go abroad for work and for adventure.
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – M.Sc., Business Administration and Business Computing
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) – B.Sc., Business Administration and Computer Science
Peter has 9+ years of experience working with IT management advisory, project management, IT infrastructure transition and transformation projects. He has held many different consulting and managing roles at the large IT company, NNIT, and recently left his position as director and executive sponsor for a position as director at VENZO Consulting. At VENZO, their mission is to ensure that customers realize their business objectives through efficient use of IT, whether it be a line of business or IT. They provide IT advisory services across different industries; life sciences, enterprise and public, and translate IT into business and business into IT, as well as give an insight into the adoption of new interesting technologies including benefits and common pitfalls.
Peter would personally have loved to have a mentor that has tried and experienced the transition from being a full-time student to a full-time consultant. For him, personally, he would like to support a mentee realizing his/her professional ambition. He is, therefore, looking for a mentee that is ambitious and driven.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering
Kim has 30+ years of experience in project and account management in the field of mechanical engineering. As Account Director at NNE, Kim’s focus is on building lasting relationships and generate long term repeat business with key customers within the pharma and biotech industries. He has more than 20 years of international experience in process, product, and business development, with a strong international background in process and mechanical engineering, process and plant analysis as well as project management. Kim has been responsible for several international projects, ranging from small equipment and process development to large-scale industrial mineral and upstream crude oil production facilities. As a consultant, he has assisted his customers in the evaluation of new business opportunities, potential value-added benefits and budget estimation of various scenarios.
Kim wants to become a mentor to help a student by sharing his experiences, successes, and failures. He would prefer to work with talented and passionate mentees interested in providing strong value propositions to their stakeholders.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Design and Innovation
Lau has 6+ years of experience as an engineer, working as a management consultant and advising companies on product architecture in IT. In his current job, he advises large manufacturing companies on product architecture by analyzing the market, product, and production. During his time as a management consultant at the consulting company, PA Consulting Group, he was leading IT and app development projects in the financial sector. Besides this, Lau also has interests and competences within data analysis, logistic modeling, and C# programming.
Lau has been a mentee as part of the IDA mentor program, and he wants to explore the toolbox he has learned and pass on his experience. Lau is looking for an ambitious, dedicated and intelligent mentee; background and field of study are of less importance to him.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – Bachelor’s Degree, Building Construction Engineering
Lars has 25+ years of experience working in the building, transportation, and energy sector, working with all aspects of general management, project execution in large-scale projects within the building and infrastructure sector, sales and marketing, negotiation, auditing, and accounting. He has direct experience with development in the real estate sector, having both public and private customers. Throughout his career, Lars started out his career in the industry and quickly moved into leadership positions, but has for many years now worked with entrepreneurship, specifically in the field of architecture in a broad sense, offering expertise in a number of associated special areas – from programming, function analysis, project, and building design, to the scheduling and economic management on construction projects.
Lars wants to become a mentor to help ‘young’ entrepreneurs with planning and full filling their ambitions. He would, in particular, prefer to help mentees with ambitions of going into leadership.
University of Copenhagen (KU) – Ph.D., Probability Theory
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Mathematical Modelling and Computation
Emil has 5+ years of experience with academic research, software development in a business setting, and team leadership. He is currently responsible for hiring and developing a newly established Advanced Analytics team within IKEA, and leads a team of 10 Data Scientists working on multiple machine learning use cases related to app, in-store and web optimisation. Before joining IKEA, Emil was a Data Scientist at KAYAK (the owner of e.g. momondo, and part of Booking Holdings) and holds a Ph.D. in probability theory from University of Copenhagen.
Emil wants to become a mentor because he sees it as a great opportunity to give something back to the academic environment. Success and creation of new products and features in a digital (technology-driven) world come from an ability to deliver in cross-functional teams. He is looking for students with high ambitions, and a wish to follow a purpose-driven career path – whether as a leader, a specialist or a mix.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – M.Sc., Engineering Management
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Sc., Network Technology and IT
Line has 2+ years of experience with IT project management and change management in large companies in management consulting and the financial industry. Through her work, she has been presented to a variety of different projects spanning from compliance and regulatory projects to optimization, simplification and improvement projects. The work has been very diverse with a focus on both business and IT – often combining and bridging the two. Projects involve larger regulatory programmes engaging the entire business area, optimization of specific trading systems and product migrations focused on the entire value chain. Line is specifically focused on larger projects, spanning across the business units and IT teams working with facilitating and enabling change.
Line wants to become a mentor to develop her leadership and communication skills. She was not a student that long ago, and she wishes she was presented to a program like this – getting insights of young professionals and taking career advice to a much more relatable level. Line hopes to help some students by sharing her experience and bring concrete examples of her career choices as well as give some tips and tricks on how to get the best start into the “working force”. Line would also like to expand her horizon and get some network with the current talented engineering students, from which she is sure she will also learn from. Line would prefer having a mentee with an ambition of going into a more generalist role (within IT) or focused on project management – but this is not a dealbreaker. Anyone who wants her help, she is happy to support.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) – B.Eng., Information Technology
Aalborg University (AAU) – M.Sc., Innovative Communication Technologies and Entrepreneurship
Nilma has experience with both development and teaching as an assistant professor within IT. Before going into teaching at Erhervsakademi Sjælland, where she teaches on the bachelor program for Web Development, Nila previously worked at YouSee as an analyst, as well as a Frontend Developer for WriteReader, a Danish Edtech Company with reward winning apps and documented results of enhancing children’s learning. Here, she worked on developing the new responsible Multilanguage website for the company to include a new product, a Math app for mobile devices for children between 4 – 10 years old.
Nilma wants to become a mentor to help out a student, as well as develop herself and her communication skills through the program. She is also interested in gaining a larger network among students.