Alumni Voices

Teofil Lavu, BSc, Romania
Alumnus of the MSc Program Engineering Management Class 2017-2019

„I started this Master Program with the objective to gain more multidisciplinary knowledge, which was not easy to acquire by other means (like just going to work or reading books). My aim was to understand engineering management from different point of views, through the eyes of other experienced professionals, so that I will be better prepared for future challenges and projects, as well at my actual job position, as also in case I would choose the entrepreneur career. Now when I look back, prior this studies, I can clearly identify subjects that were not as clear and as well understood as they are today. The topics covered in this program are varied, so that anyone gets the opportunity to enrich his knowledge or to improve different hard skills. This was made possible by a careful selection of lecturers from different parts of the world, with diverse cultural and career backgrounds, professionals who can blend their experience with state-of-the-art concepts, and so transfer their findings to new generations, eager to boost the future technological development.“

Irina Djordjevic, BSc, MSc, Serbia
Alumna of the MSc Program Engineering Management Class 2017-2019

"After finishing Law studies in my home country I really wanted to broaden my knowledge in a variety of fields, because I think that in today’s increasingly competitive business world the combination of technical, economic and legal knowledge is of a great importance. The Master program in Engineering Management at the TU Wien enabled me to do that, with its very diverse portfolio. The thing that characterizes this program is not just the diversity of its subjects, but also the diversity of both students and professors. It is really a rare opportunity to meet so many people of different nationalities and from different job fields. I was also very lucky to be one of the two students in each generation, who receive a scholarship, granted by Industriemagazin, for participating in this program, which was, of course, very helpful."

Dipl.-Ing. Orthodoxia Papachartofyli, MSc, Greece
Alumna of the MSc Program Engineering Management Class 2016-2018

„As a graduate from an engineering school, with a diploma in electrical and computer engineering and years of technical experience in the field of telecommunications, the MSc in Engineering Management from TU Vienna, gave me the tools needed to enter the area of higher managing positions. I was given -along with my fellow engineers classmates- the chance to work in my managerial skills and to familiarise myself with tools and methodologies that can help manage engineering projects while also thinking from the business perspective. Business financing, legal issues and marketing strategies where thoroughly covered too. To our classmates coming from a financial and business background, the program gave a valuable insight on how to combine their existing experience of the business world with the challenges that come when managing an engineering project of any kind. This combination of technical and economic knowledge is where the success of this master program lies. Distinguished professors from Austria and universities from all over the world, all of them accomplished on their field and with the goal of helping their students reach their goals, are just the cherry on top! So, as a proud alum of the Engineering Management MSc team, I urge you to join us and expand your professional horizons the way we did.“

Angelo Das Merces Joao, BSc
Alumnus Class 2015-2017

As a Mechanical Engineer I have always aspired to grow beyond being an employee to having my own Design and Fabrication Workshops in the future. A dream that not only requires technical knowledge but also excellent management skills. The MSc in Engineering Management at TU Wien for me is the perfect choice to fulfil my dream as the program is tailor made for the growing and the increasingly competitive market. Learning from the diverse curriculum prepared and taught by internationally distinguished experts from a world class institution will help me to expand my knowledge horizons beyond the technical prism to diverse yet vital legal and economic topics. The time schedule also provides sufficient time to work in the industry and to practice what is learnt, thereby gaining actual knowledge and experience hand in hand.

Martin Metzger
Alumnus Class 2015-2017

We are a small group of just eight students which enables our lectures to teach in a very interactive way.
Their scientific background and profound knowledge allow them to draw well explained connections between theory and application examples from industry.
In most of the courses case studies are used to discuss the theories.
It is great to have lecturers who are as international as the participants.

Maria Teresa Dominguez
Alumna Class 2015-2017

The course materials are very up to date and accurately designed for each module, the lectures are very well focused to make the most of the high amount of information delivered in the timespan of one track. The IPads received at the beginning of the program are a great tool to read,  make annotations and save all the documents during the lectures. These are specially helpful, since all the material can be downloaded before every session  from the CECnet, where it remains available during the following modules.

Mohsen Heidari, BSc
Alumnus Class 2015-2017

After many years being apart from university as a student, I was excited and nervous. But when I met my teachers and classmates I found that I have been too worry. I was welcomed warm and everyone was friendly and helpful. Study environment is very good and program is well managed.
First track was challenging for me but with proper effort of teachers and myself, I could have much concentration on subjects and therefore everything went well. It is delightful to be in this program and I’ll do my best.

Florian Ott, BSc
Alumnus Class 2015-2017

At the very first day of the program I came well prepared with my bag full of drinks and biscuits to last the entire day. To my great surprise I found there was an assortment of snacks, plenty of water and a coffee machine provided! This made all of our breaks pleasant and we could start into the course filled with energy.

Martin Feldmann
Alumnus Class 2015-2017

Arriving back home from a business trip to Armenia I got in direct contact with CEC referring to my captured interest in the EM - program for further information. Ms. Wagner (Program Management) supported the key facts in a very professional manner and invited me to the 20th anniversary ceremony of this program where it was a great pleasure to meet a crucial audience and the program leader Professor Kopacek (Acedmic Director). He exemplified the admission process, main topics and after an outstanding individual admission interview and positive approval I got launched to this extraordinarily master program.

Dipl.Ing. José David Alvarez Privado
Alumnus Class 2015-2017

I studied electrical engineering at University of San Carlos de Guatemala. After leaving university with the degree of Licenciatura I gained working experience for 5 years in the electrical distribution area as well as in the energy sector of Central America. During my work I noticed that Engineers need more skills in Management to improve the performance of the company and achieve company’s goals. That’s why I was looking for a Master program which enables me to earn knowledge in business administration, project management and management information system with emphasis on engineering, which complements my technical abilities and allows me to better fulfill the requirements of the markets and company’s needs. That’s how I found on the web page of Continuing Education Center of TU Wien this master program which matches perfectly with my expectations.

Dipin Karal, BSc, India
Alumnus Class 2014-2016

I feel the lectures contents are of high standard. The course material is well prepared - and each point is well defined.I liked the blended mixture of content which incorporate both PP slides, short movies on the content and active discussions on every point.With highly experience professors, you never feel any shortage on content part if you wish to get something more on a certain topic. The course material is available online on CECnet which helps a lot when you want to read it at home.

Perparim Nazifi, Kosovo
Alumnus Class 2014-2016

“Currently, I am working as Operations and Maintenance Manager in a telecommunications company.
The program’s content on management and business concepts, is helping me improve my competence in the field of modern management enabling me to properly use my already gained engineering experience. After completing the program, my goal is to climb the corporate ladder and take the responsibility of one of the company’s directors where I would be able to improve my company’s productivity and efficiency.”

Fabian Hauser, BSc, Austria
Alumnus Class 2014-2016

After the first introduction of everyone I was very surprised of the diversity of nationalities and job fields the students were coming from. So the first contact was only a matter of time, because everyone was interested in each other. Also the lecture was diversified, interactive and every time open for discussions. Actually it was my first lecture that had my full attention for the whole day.

Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Simon Wartanian, Austria
Alumnus Class 2014-2016

I expected an international program, with international lecturers and participants. I expected tips and tricks how to handle practical problems in the management of a technical department. I also expected to build up a kind of knowledge-database by the provided content which I can use in the future. I also wanted to be a part of a small group in which individual questions and needs can still be handled in contrast to a mass-study. I also expected the other participants to have already working-background and similar questions as mine and the same interest in interacting and building up a network.

Anton Romanenko, BSc, Ukraine
Alumnus Class 2014-2016

The enrollment process wasn't really even noticed by me. It went smooth and fast. My case was somehow more difficult, I needed to prove my diploma, translate it to German etc.
Also I needed two separated payments in contract and it was made. Also it is a good thing when there are some questions and a conversation such: "why I want to learn here?" So I think the enrollment process does not need to be customized.

Georg Weitl, BSc, Austria
Alumnus Class 2014-2016

After seeing a billboard about the postgraduate master programs offered by TU Wien and than visiting the website of the Engineering Management program I was sure that I had found the perfect master program for myself. It was exactly the program that I was looking for after I have finished my bachelor degree at Vienna University of Economics and Business and started working as I was looking for a program that would provide me with deeper knowledge and better understanding for technical and engineering topics and could be done beside continue working.

Dipl.-Ing. Pavol Bartko, Slovakia
Alumnus Class 2010-2011

When I was thinking over the advertisement of postgraduate study I was afraid of many things. Because I was not attending the course from beginning, one of my concerns was, how the group will integrate me. I was surprised by the warm welcome at the first moment and I recognised this is a group of people with similar interests, focused on a common goal to generate strength. Group strength has been always a force that has boosted humanity in many different ways. I expect to accomplish great achievements through the group effort. However we need to realize that what brings the strength in the group is not the theory behind the group, it is the persons themselves.

Padmanabhan Dasarathy, BSc, India
Alumnus Class 2010-2011

I find the study program very intensive and is very well structured to deliver the right balance of engineering and management topics within the ime frame of a year. This was one of my main drivers to enroll this program and I am glad I did. The program is very practical and the focus is on industry application along with theory. Being an experienced IT professional I can right away see how some of the project management, production management and quality management can be applied in our projects. The program also covers a number of Business management topics such as marketing, finance, human, resources, operations, international law which are becoming quintessential knowledge areas for good engineering managers.

Siavash Dezfouli, Msc, Iran
Alumnus Class 2010-2011

This master program is designed and administered with professional and high qualified professors, courses contents, presentations slides, text books which are gathered to capitalize on the collective expertise of a highly qulified group of engineers so as to provide practical solutions and answers and techniques to the diverse challenges associated with the creation and operation of systems. Meanwhile Vienna retains the highest ranking for quality of life among the cities across the world from 2009, therfore it is recommended to come and visit this gorgeous and pleasant city.

Matthias Frick, BSc, Austria
Alumnus Class 2010-2011

The course materials are very comprehensive and well prepared and for each topic. We get the documents in a printed version at the beginning of the module and the presentations in digital form. In addition to the technical information we are discussing case studies to each topic. Especially the case studies are very important for us to understand what are the problems ans possibilities in the daily business. Summary: All the course materials are very good and up to date.

Ing. Leonardo Garcia Medina, Spain
Alumnus Class 2010-2011

One of this program´s strongest points is the topics are flexible enough to adapt themselves to the students' needs and expectations. Even though this master program´s content is very dense, it is not stressful. At the end of every track you are hunger for more because that knowledge is really useful in you day-by-day work.

Thomas Linder, Austria
Alumnus Class 2010-2011

During the course I experienced an extensive broadening of konwledge with deep insights into specific topics. Looking into the future, I expect to use this advantage to make the correct management decisions and introduce methods for reaching these. Currently, the most important goal will be to bring success to the enterprise - either being an employee myself or as head of a newly founded, innovation company. With th insights gained, I will be able to achieve this.

Juha Mantere, Finland
Alumnus Class 2010-2011

The multinational composition of the class gives an added value for the course, it was one of the reasons I wanted to join for the program. It allows to bond with people from different professional and cultural backgrounds., through it one can expand his/her knowledge of the 'small things' that often matter in daily life. It is esential in today´s international world we are living and working, the approach for the issues may vary a lot depending from the region one is operating. Therefore it is important to understand what your counterpart is meaning. "Common sense is hard to define, because all we define it diefferently". In addition, it is worth of mentioning the great friends & colleagues you make and the positive atmosphere of the whole program.

Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Dr.techn. Christof Pitter, Austria
Alumnus Class 2010-2011

At this Engineering Management course we communicate in English when lectures are being held because the teaching staff is from the US and Europe. The diversified faculty prepares their courses interesting and motivates us to critical thinking and dicsussions. They do not only teach theoretical knowledge, even though most of the professors are lecturing at a University. I´m benefiting most from their professional expertise and their practical implementation experience.

Mag. (FH) Christian Wenninger, Austria
Alumnus Class 2010-2011

Imaging a clossroom with around 10-15 international students from all over the world coming every few weeks together to listen and work together with international engineering manager. The program is unique in the setup and execution of teaching technical and management university expertise and offers you a professional environment to fill your brain with state-of-art engineering topics.

Stefanie Feichter, Austria
Alumna Class 2007-2008

I'm still working in the same company but plan to change job next year. The biggest benefit is that I got a good understanding from the whole; not only from the management tasks but also from the engineering tasks and how they are connected. This is especially important in a small company like the one I'm working in. Before the program I realized that there is potential to improve the company but I didn't know what and how. Now, after the program, I know what has to be changed and how. Beside the professional skills I learned I also recognized a personal development that I got more confidence.

Michael Janosch, Austria
Alumnus Class 2007-2008

I started the Engineering Management program out of the position as an Engineer in the order processing and design department. One of my targets, within a few years, was to get into to the team leading position. A few months after finishing the EM program, I got the chance to become the Order Execution & Design Director for the Global Product Group. The additional skills, especially due to the multi-faceted lecturers and colleagues, are a big advantage in my daily business.

Michael Jungnitsch, Germany
Alumnus Class 2007-2008

Through the MSc Program Engineering Management I was able to work out a theory of corporate reorganization which I presented in my master thesis. What started in theory was applied in practice by merging three partially competing companies into one firm.
After going through this process I have now been promoted to become the Chief Regional Officer of Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and Oceania. My new work base will soon be in Japan.

Herbert Jäger, Austria
Alumnus Class 2007-2008

I am working as R&D engineering specialist in a high-tech semiconductor company. In order to effectively apply my knowledge in the field of millimeter-wave electronics, communication, organization and 'people skills' are required. The managerial and business relevant skills, added by the EM course, greatly improved my position in relation to my superiors. Now that it is understood that competence in those fields is available on both sides, management and business topics can be discussed more to the point and communicated more clearly than before.

Marcel Koch, Switzerland
Alumnus Class 2007-2008

After finishing my Engineering Management MSc Program I'm working now almost a year in my previous job as a Structural Analysis Engineer in the airliner business. In October 2009 I'll start a new job as Product Development Engineer/Technical Project Leader. I succeed in making my next career step in between a very difficult economic situation. For me it is a very positive feedback on the investment in myself and the participance in the Engineering Management Program.

Augusto Tomas, Portugal
Alumnus Class 2007-2008

Before starting the EM program I was a Senior Engineer, with ambitions to escalate the management ladder. In the middle of the EM program I moved from Team Leader to Technical Manager. After the finishing of the EM program, I applied my Thesis: "Managing Team Excellence by Six Sigma through DMAIC model", in my workplace. The application of my thesis, consisted in developing a junior team to an expert level with strong cross-ties to the R&D. The customer Top Management gave a special mention to the Top Managment of my company that they never had so strong local support during the many critical points that we suffer.

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