How would you describe the cooperation with the MSE students you supervise?
«I always try to meet my students on equal terms, even though I will have to grade their work at the end of a project. Usually, I learn as much as my students do when we discuss problems and search for the best solution. The possibility to learn from each other is for me certainly one of the best things in the MSE.»
What advice do you have for new MSE students?
«Take it seriously, right from the beginning, because only then it will be fun.»
What are some lessons you've learned as an MSE advisor?
«Start small and grow big. If you invest enough time and dig deep enough, you can achieve amazing things. And it is not about a specific topic. If you stay tuned, you can get hooked on quite a number of different subjects, in computer science and beyond.»
How do you keep your students motivated?
«Honestly? I do not believe that people must or even can be constantly motivated by others. Much in the same way as in other workplaces, key to success in MSE is self-motivation. Therefore, I see my role as advisor primarily in coaching, trying to steer the student’s activities towards successful project completion.»
What’s your main reason to recommend the MSE degree program?
«It gives interested students a unique chance to be part of exciting projects and at the same time develop a deeper understanding of science and technology. If you are self-motivated, and driven by the desire to learn, understand and create, the MSE is for you!»
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wassner, MSE Advisor