What challenges do you see engineers facing in the next decade, and how do you think a Master of Science in Engineering can prepare students to tackle these challenges?
«VUCA comes to mind as it describes the challenges we’re facing: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. The Master helps the students to learn and apply methods that counter VUCA to build Vision, Understanding, Creativity, and Agility.»
What do you think are the most important skills that MSE students should develop during their studies?
«Networked thinking and collaboration are the most important skills anyone should master. The challenges we’re facing in today’s business world are so complex that we can only tackle them through joining forces with people that bring resources and competencies to the table that we ourselves don’t have.»
What do you enjoy most about guiding and coaching MSE students during their specialization projects and master thesis?
«I very much enjoy the real-life challenges from companies that the students are tackling. It is nice to give strategic advice both on the challenge for the company as well as that of the student to solve a problem in a structured way. Seeing the progress, the students make during their project, is rewarding.»
What advice do you have for new MSE students?
«Stay curious – keep experimenting, keep failing, keep learning!»
What are some lessons you've learned as an MSE expert?
«Identifying the right problem to solve as early as possible. Once that is clear, design a straightforward plan to solve the problem with proper learning loops that make sure you stay on track. Any project can easily fall victim to “scope creep” (also from ideas from the external expert 🙂 ).»
Tobias Pforr, MSE Expert
Business Lead at Hexagon Geosystems