New Engineers 2018-2019 : Why study and work with New Engineers Talent Development


Daniel Mata (Mexico, studied & graduated in NL) Company: Conntech ( conntech.nl )  Function: Business Manager (Sustainable Energy)  Study background: MSc. Sustainable Energy Technology

Daniel Mata (Mexico, studied & graduated in NL)
Company: Conntech (conntech.nl)
Function: Business Manager (Sustainable Energy)
Study background: MSc. Sustainable Energy Technology

Tell us who you are

My name is Daniel Mata, I am twenty-six years old. I have a master’s in science in sustainable energy technology with a focus on energy systems and CO2 reduction pathways. My goal is to provide my knowledge and experience to the research, development and implementation of the energy transition.
Currently, I work for Conntech as a business manager. I am responsible for the research and development of the “Energy Hub“. Which is solar energy combined with energy storage and an energy management system.
My goal for the New Engineers year is to have a proof of value and a proof of concept. Which I have successfully achieved thanks to the guidance of the experts at New Engineers.

What is New Engineers to you? 

To be completely honest, I wasn’t planning on doing the New Engineers program. After graduating from university I did not want to know anything about school for a little while. What came as a shock to me, was how radically my mindset changed after I had the first week of the program. I realized how useful the topics covered are to my professional and personal life. Which allow me to grow two to three times faster than without the program. In addition and most important, I found passion in my job and the ability to believe in myself.


Jordi Daniels (NL) Company: Saab Technologies ( saab.com/security/#maritime-traffic-management )  Function: (Trainee) Technical Manager  Study background: BSc. HBO-ICT Business IT & Management; MSc. Information Science – Business Information Systems

Jordi Daniels (NL)
Company: Saab Technologies (saab.com/security/#maritime-traffic-management)
Function: (Trainee) Technical Manager
Study background: BSc. HBO-ICT Business IT & Management; MSc. Information Science – Business Information Systems

Tell us who you are and what you were doing around the time you came into contact with New Engineers?

My name is Jordi Daniëls, a 24-year-old guy who is highly ambitious and disciplined towards attaining his goals. I finished my Bachelor of Science in Business IT & Management with a 9 average and a 9 for my thesis in 2017. When I spoke with New Engineers I was busy with my Master Thesis which I finished with an 8. I attained my Master of Science in Business Information Systems with an 8 average. I did not aspire to do a PhD at the University of Amsterdam, but I

did want to keep on studying and learning while starting my first fulltime job. New Engineers prepared this specific program for me, which challenged me by providing tailor-made assignments.

The grades of New Engineers differ from standard universities, which was something I had to get used to. New Engineers is fully focused on developing talent, meaning that every student starts with the grade 6 and develops from that baseline. This sounds a bit arrogant, but I never got a 6 during my studies and at New Engineers my first grade was a 6. This means I still had a lot to develop to a 9 or 10 which is exactly what I focused on during the New Engineers year.

Why did you chose New Engineers above a traineeship or Master studies

I was never fully challenged during my Masters, let alone during my Bachelors. Initially I had serious doubts about the level of this program, however after talking about the New Engineers program with Vincent Wiegel most of my questions were answered. The program proved to be highly challenging, testing my skills and competences in a different way than how a standard University Master does.

Are you happy with the progress that you have made with New Engineers? What are the most valuable aspects for you?

A significant part of my grade was based on leadership. At a university, one would learn about leadership from books and make a test, but at New Engineers I was tested in a more challenging way. The grade was based on observation of my competence to lead the rest of the New Engineers group, meaning supporting, facilitating and managing the entire group. I was graded on the performance of the group instead of my own performance, which was an awesome challenge for me. During the process Lejla and Vincent gave feedback to make sure I continuously improved my leadership skills. It sounds cliché, however, these learnings about leadership have changed a part of my view of the world. I used to be focused on my individual grades and work hard towards my ambitious goals. Nowadays, I would like to collaborate and co-create with talented people to attain even more ambitious goals!


Eelco Eikelboom (NL) Company: Hellebrekers Technieken (  hellebrekers.nl )  Function: Software Engineer  Study background: BSc. HBO-ICT Software Engineering (SE3, Games Programming, AI & Datastructures)

Eelco Eikelboom (NL)
Company: Hellebrekers Technieken (
hellebrekers.nl
)
Function: Software Engineer
Study background: BSc. HBO-ICT Software Engineering (SE3, Games Programming, AI & Datastructures)

Why did you start the New Engineers Talent Development program?

After my bachelor degree I knew I wanted to continue developing my skills and knowledge. I was interested in a new study but I also wanted to start building up working experience. And I wanted more than ‘just’ a junior position at an IT company. This is often quite difficult because the content and challenges of a study are not always aligned with what the industry requires of good engineers.

At New Engineers I was able to learn and study on a high level with very able experts and combine this with a full-time job, meaning I was both working and studying on a high level and pace in which working and studying were fully aligned and related to each other.

Tell us more about the development you’ve made due to this program.

I aspire to grow into a leadership position at my company, meaning leadership, business and soft skills are of great importance. New Engineers allowed me to develop these skills and challenged me to put these skills into practice, allowing me to step outside of my comfort zone and actually learn. 

When I started this program I was a freshly graduated Software Engineer with limited leadership and soft skills. Now I am way more confident in leading and conscious of self-leadership, I’ve grown in several attitudes, communicational skills, brainstorm skills and more.

How do you experience the learning weeks? What aspects do you like, love or hate?

They are certainly challenging. It is sometimes not that easy to leave your comfort zone and expose your weaker sides, but that’s what learning is all about! The New Engineers weeks are filled classes with amazing and able experts with experience in industry, very enjoyable sports activities like fencing and kickboxing, very interesting workshops and topics and much more. And besides this you get to experience it in a great group of fellow New Engineers. 

Maybe the most important element of these weeks is that you, the New Engineer, is able to direct the content of a week in such a way that it fits your and your company’s needs. It’s not like they say ‘this is the program and we will do this’, you have the possibility to create and own the program!


Mohamed Bakr (Egypt, studied & graduated in Germany) Company: Bredenoord ( bredenoord.com/de )  Function: Engineer (New Business)  Study background: BSc. Mechanical Engineering; MSc. Energy Engineering; Climate change, Innovation, Entrepreneurship (M.Sc label)

Mohamed Bakr (Egypt, studied & graduated in Germany)
Company: Bredenoord (bredenoord.com/de)
Function: Engineer (New Business)
Study background: BSc. Mechanical Engineering; MSc. Energy Engineering; Climate change, Innovation, Entrepreneurship (M.Sc label)

Tell us more about the company that you work for and the challenges that you are currently working on within the company.

I am currently working as an engineer at the New Business department at Bredenoord. Bredenoord is a family-owned enterprise working in the field of decentralised energy. With more than 80 years of experience in the Netherlands and Germany, Bredenoord's mission is to provide energy where others cannot. My role as a New Business engineer is to enable the energy turn towards green and sustainable solutions, by utilising the power of data and analytics.

Who would you recommend New Engineers to?

I would recommend the New Engineers programme for those who are looking for new challenges within their fields, and looking forward to unlocking their potential beyond the technical knowledge.

I would also recomment the programme for those who are interested in gaining experience in the industry while enhancing their managerial and soft skills.


Joey Janssen (NL) Company: Ubbink Nederland ( ubbink.nl )  Function: Project Manager Process Engineering  Study background: BSc. Industrial Engineering; Minor: World Class Performance/Lean Management

Joey Janssen (NL)
Company: Ubbink Nederland (ubbink.nl)
Function: Project Manager Process Engineering
Study background: BSc. Industrial Engineering; Minor: World Class Performance/Lean Management

Tell us who you are and what you were doing around the time you came into contact with New Engineers?

I'm Joey, 22 years old and I worked for my graduation internship at Hyster-Yale in Nijmegen when I came in contact with New Engineers. During the minor World Class Performance / LEAN Management at HAN in Arnhem I had already heard about the program.
I had already figured out that I did not want to start a full time university course or another education. I saw this as a great opportunity to combine learning and working. In addition, the fact that New Engineers gives you the opportunity to skip the beginner's position and step up immediately on a higher level in an organization. This gives me the kick-start for my career and helps me in my future development.

Do you feel that you are working on a higher or more strategic level within your company because of the New Engineers program?

Yes, I certainly feel that I have started my career at a higher position. New Engineers ensures you can start at a higher position because of the challenge/ the job the company developed together with New Engineers. For example, I  report to the board of directors of the company and I ‘m involved in important strategic decision making. New Engineers support me developing the right skills and give useful tips and training over the weeks.


Pakwan (Kwan) Suppaiboonsuk (Thailand, studied & graduated in NL) Company: Modderkolk Projects & Maintenance ( modderkolk.nl ) Function: Software Engineer  Study background: BSc. Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences; Biomedical Engineering specialization; Minor: Biorobotics

Pakwan (Kwan) Suppaiboonsuk (Thailand, studied & graduated in NL)
Company: Modderkolk Projects & Maintenance (modderkolk.nl)
Function: Software Engineer
Study background: BSc. Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences; Biomedical Engineering specialization; Minor: Biorobotics

Tell us about the company that you work for and the challenges that you are currently working on within the company.

Modderkolk Projects & Maintenance is a family-owned business specialized in industrial electrical installations.

One of our specialties is in building control panel cabinets, such as power distribution devices, terminal boxes, and so on.

My challenge is to build an object recognition system that can be used for an assembly line for the cabinets. In addition to development, I am also responsible for managing the innovation. This includes exploring the value-adding possibilities for the technology and creating a technology road map.

What were you doing around the time you came into contact with New Engineers?

I got in touch with New Engineers at the beginning of 2018. At the time, I was in the middle of my gap year after having finished my bachelor's degree. I was doing some web development and learning some 3D modeling and game development through various online resources.

I had plans on starting a master's program after the summer, but I was doubting if it was actually something I wanted to pursue. I wanted to start gaining work experience, but also wanted to grow my business mindset. New Engineers was the perfect opportunity to do so.

Are you happy with the progress that you have made with New Engineers? What are the most valuable aspects for you?

Yes, for sure! I'm very grateful for the learning environment. You are constantly challenged, especially in aspects of leadership and soft skills. You get to work with people who also aspire to grow and are motivated to own their development. You're often pushed to step out of your comfort zone and there's a sense of a safe space for failure.


Sudipta Saha (Bangladesh, studied & graduated in Sweden) Company: Alfa Laval ( alfalaval.nl )  Function: Prime Performance Engineer  Study background: BSc. Industrial Engineering; MSc. Quality and Operations Management

Sudipta Saha (Bangladesh, studied & graduated in Sweden)
Company: Alfa Laval (alfalaval.nl)
Function: Prime Performance Engineer
Study background: BSc. Industrial Engineering; MSc. Quality and Operations Management

Tell us who you are and what you were doing around the time you came into contact with New Engineers?

Hoi, I’m Sudipta Saha, a highly motivated and committed Industrial Engineer started working in Alfa Laval as a Prime Performance Engineer from this year 2019. Originally, I’m Bangladeshi and I studied in Chalmers University of Technology which is in Sweden. I did my Bachelor on Industrial Engineering and Master on Quality & Operations Management. My Master thesis was in the area of Supply Chain focusing on the transparency issue both externally and internally and I did that in SKF Sweden.

I was doing my Master thesis when I applied in New Engineers. Still I remember that day when I got the

chance to talk with New Engineers for the first time. I was going for a conference to attend and the phone rang. Frankly speaking, I was very excited to get the call and it's because that was the first application I made during my Masters.

While doing my Master thesis, I was always thinking to try something different rather than old traditional way of approach of doing jobs. Now at this point, considering the past months spent in New Engineers, I must say it was worth to apply.

Are you happy with the progress that you have made with New Engineers? What are the most valuable aspects for you?

In one word, “absolutely”. Currently standing almost at the end of the program, seeing my progress, I can surely be grateful to the New Engineers program and also to the New Engineers crew.

New Engineers program is not like you have certain syllabus and at the end of the program you will finish it. It's rather focused more concisely on each and every week and at the end of each week you have to deliver something unique by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. That’s where it stands different from another program such as Internship, Trainee and so on.

For me, the most valuable aspects in New Engineers is that it is helping me to become a game changer in my company rather than a traditional engineer who starts his/her career after the graduation. It's totally okay in the program to celebrate our mistakes but with an aim of continuous improvement. In this aspect we are continuously monitored by our mentors, Vincent and Lejla and sometimes from our fellow New Engineers.

Would you recommend New Engineers to others? And why?

Definitely! I would like to and love to. For me, New Engineers is a talent development program where you work not only for your professional development but also for your soft skills development. I reckon it's a purely balanced program. Besides, every week you do the sports activities as a team which is also a very fun part. This is the place where you can push yourself, test yourself, fall yourself and will learn & stand together.

I can conclude by saying that New Engineers is a family where you care and share with everyone with an aim of personal and professional development.


Sjoerd de Haan (NL) Company: Hyster-Yale Group ( hyster-yale.com )  Function: Dealer Integration Specialist  Study background: BSc. Automotive Engineering; Minor: World Class Performance (Lean Green Belt)

Sjoerd de Haan (NL)
Company: Hyster-Yale Group (hyster-yale.com)
Function: Dealer Integration Specialist
Study background: BSc. Automotive Engineering; Minor: World Class Performance (Lean Green Belt)

Tell us who you are and what you were doing around the time you came into contact with New Engineers?

My name is Sjoerd de Haan and I am 25 years old. I worked as a project manager for a car company located in Arnhem, using the skills and techniques I learned during my study Automotive. It was a good start, but I wanted to improve myself further as an Automotive Engineer. I had to take the next step in my career, so I started looking around.

New Engineers came on my path and delivered a very interesting approach: they brought me in contact with Hyster-Yale Group, a manufacturer of a comprehensive line of high end lift trucks and aftermarket parts.

What attracted me most is their way of thinking: what do you like as a person, what are you good at and what goals can you relate to that. It’s not New Engineers telling you how to do the job, but how they can help you reaching your goals in the most effective way. It is also learning how to be a true leader, to gain more discipline and understand the business side of things.

What are the most valuable aspects of the program for you? 

New Engineers challenge me to look at the world from different perspectives; developing myself as an independent engineer, improving teamwork, and aligning with the business strategy. It makes learning way more fun, innovating way more effective and it gives great insights to use on the job.

Most people are used being taught all in the same way. Think of 30 different people in one classroom, all doing the same exercises and tasks, being tested in the same way, while all 30 people have different ambitions, skills and attitudes. Unfortunately, this is what goes on in most of the learning environments and this is not very effective in meeting the needs of each individual.

Learning with New Engineers is completely different; students are challenged to set ambitious goals and work together in multidisciplinary teams. Utilizing the knowledge and skills of the team members while learning how to balance individual and group goals. Together with alignment on the strategy from the companies students work for, it makes learning in practice even better!


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Tell us who you are and what you were doing around the time you came into contact with New Engineers?

I am Ronald Boon, 22 years old, software engineer at Hellebrekers, a company active in the industrial sector. When finishing my bachelor Electrical Engineering - specialization Embedded Systems Engineering and the minor co-design - I got into contact with New Engineers.

Wrapping up my bachelor, my drive to learn was getting higher and higher. Therefore I was planning to do a master Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence.


However, I was concerned about two things:
- I learn best by trying and discovering things myself. This isn’t exactly where master degrees are famous for.
- Doing a master should imply a higher student loan; while working I could save money instead of creating a debt.
Just before signing up for a master, I got an offer by a recruiter about a way to boost my learning, while earning money. For me the choice for New Engineers wasn’t difficult.

What is New Engineers to you?

New Engineers to me, is about testing boundaries and accelerating your development. The program is not purely theoretical, it consists of workshops like speed reading, it is personal development but also how to help your company grow further. It complements the purely technical side of my education, with some business programs. Therefore, it makes me a more all-round employee.

Would you recommend New Engineers to others? And why?

I would recommend New Engineers to ambitious engineers who are eager to take their performance to a next level.
By learning things I didn’t know about myself beforehand, I become more aware about my capabilities, goals and how to reach them.


Graduation Year 1

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Proud of our new engineers Y1! Together we all learned much and we achieved of lot during this year of study and work. August 25th was the festive graduation day of Year1. With our students, company supervisors, partners and family it was a great afternoon on a beautiful spot at Galerie De Groen.
Thanks to our partner companies Bredenoord, GSE Dispensing, Modderkolk, NP Bridging en KampCoating.

 'I am very happy to have received my diploma from New Engineers! But the piece of paper has never been the scope of this year. From pressure cooker projects in Sarajevo to day to day hard work at Bredenoord's New Business department. This traineeship has taught me many valuable lessons and gave me a chance to meet a lot of incredible people. A big thanks to Vincent Wiegel and Lejla Brouwer for making this program a reality and guiding us through the year! Hip Hip Hurray for Year 1! Made it!' Else Noë

 

Why study and work with New Engineers

"I joined New Engineers because we focus on both personal and business development. Furthermore New Engineers offers me the possibility to challenge myself continuously in learning new things and gaining work experience."

Alex Mutlu

"My ambition is to make sustainability a way of living for everybody.
Why New Engineers:  I can apply instantly what I learn during the course weeks in my job and I can discuss issues from my project in class."


Else Noë

"I joined New Engineers because there so much more I want to learn.
Studying is cool, but so is working. New Engineers combines work and learning in a splendid way."

Jeroen Claes

"I started at New Engineers because for me it is a perfect match between work and study.
It is a challenging study, that really pushes me to look at myself and the company I work for with a different perspective."

Thijn Smit

"New Engineers brings me to the next level in my career. New Engineers fills the gap between a regular bachelor study and the real business. They teach me to look differently at people and the world of engineering."

Jan-Eize Eggens

"I joined New Engineers to broaden my horizon, to leave the technical comfort zone I’m used to as an engineer and to get a different perspective on projects. At New Engineers I have the chance to develop myself further as an engineer that has much more to offer than solely engineering skills."

Umarin Hendrikse

"With New Engineers I can develop my knowledge, skills and attitude with challenging assignments in class and on the job. Together with outstanding students and inspiring teachers."

Jan-Mark Elzer

"New Engineers challenges me to broaden my knowledge and get a new insight on business development and business processes of the company I work for. It is a great advantage I can direct my individual learning objectives and curriculum.
My ambition is to lead multi-disciplinary teams that work on projects with big impact and value."

Robbin Sanders

 

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