Engineering and Helicopters – on the way to Stuttgart

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A sample power generation component weighing 50kg  printed as a single piece- deisgned by Dr. Kiener of Siemens

After a packed first day in Munich, the group was set to travel to Stuttgart but first a select group of students elected to travel to another famous Munich organization and the largest engineering company in Europe- Siemens.  We were met by the Venture group at Siemens, the Key expert of sustainable engineering (Dr. Christoph Kiener), as well as the management department of the company.  The company was founded in 1847 by Werner Von Siemens (the inventor of the first electric railway) and has grown into a company with over 70bn euro in annual revenue.  Today the company addresses the engineering needs of a wide variety of industries: power generation, automation, fire safety systems, and software.

Recently, Siemens has supplemented a strong academic research and development program with a collaboration with startup businesses.   The company supports business creation incubators such as TUM’s UnternehmerTUM and invests in startup businesses with technologies may be integrated into Siemen’s current solutions.

Following the Siemens visit the group set out for Stuttgart but made another stop at Airbus Helicopter (formerly Eurocopter).  Unfortunately due to strict policies the group was not allowed to take any photographs or videos.   During the tour the group was able to view the different stages of development for helicopters used for both military and civilian use.  The tour was led by former design engineers who had spent their life designing helicopters used in key military campaigns in Afghanistan and had on occasion earned their job in the company through the submission of their aircraft design.  Finally, the group was able to observe the construction of AirBus commercial airplane doors which were also being constructed at the facility.

After the tour reached it’s conclusion we headed to the nearest grocery store o stock up on food and drink before traveling to our next destination city- Stuttgart.

Diego Cuenca ’16

Chazen Germany 2016

 

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