The University Dialogue was the centrepiece of the first day's activities. Collaborating with professors from partner universities, EADS exposed young talent to the engineering profession and aimed to include soft skills in the university curriculum.
Dr. Marc Steckling and Dr. Frank Dögl of Astrium ran the ‘Astrium Bepi Colombo & Rosetta: Pioneering Satellite Missions’ workshop. They introduced participants to the challenges of their daily tasks, pointing out that the development of extraterrestrial missions is no sprint, but rather a marathon, since it takes place over the course of years.
In the “Typical day of a mechanical design engineer” workshop, host Gabriel Zuber demonstrated not only his profound knowledge of helicopter design but also an infectious passion for his profession, even interrupting the workshop to encourage the participants to enjoy the flight displays of Eurocopter’s Tiger and X3.
Groups of visiting German students and graduates were hosted by Airbus’ Head of Engineering Charles Champion and Cassidian’s Head of Research & Technology, Dr. Aimo Bülte. The latter took a deep dive into unmanned aerial systems (UAV), one of the most important innovation topics at Cassidian, as Bülte says.
A similarly important topic for Eurocopter’s success, composite material, was the focus of Christian Weimar’s workshop. In groups, the numerous students had to write down their thoughts on the main constraints and drivers in future helicopter design and manufacturing with composites.
Constraints were also raised in Cassidian’s workshop ‘Landing Aids for Helicopters’, in which Dr. Uwe Kuehne lead students through the world of system and software development. In order to show them the holistic view needed at an early stage to make market-relevant products, he asked participants to think of all aspects of the concept phase and entered into discussion with them.
During the workshop ‘Innovation@Airbus: The sky is not the limit’ hosted by Christian Bruns and Alexander Katzung, the participants had to solve a tough but exciting challenge: In 45 minutes they had to develop a concept on how to improve today’s hand luggage experience that could realistically deploy by 2020.
A lively discussion also developed in Cassidian’s Cybersecurity Challenges workshop hosted by María Granero. First explaining the structure and future relevance of the industry, she talked in depth with the participants about future products, competition, and how to further expand this new business area.
A new frontier was explored as Hartwig Ellerbrock and Ulrich Kübler from Astrium “jumped into deep space” with a group interested in a mission to Mars, while Axel Humpert, Head of Research and Development at Eurocopter, started his workshop by showing a movie explaining the history and the most important facts and figures of the company. Named ‘We are developing the Helicopter of the Future’, the workshop was split between an overview of VTOL technologies and group work on future solutions.
After their workshop, all participants were invited to a networking event hosted on the Eurocopter stand within the Helicenter, to discuss technical and career topics with representatives from Eurocopter. Have a look at the video to learn more about the Helicopter of the future!
Day 4 – Diversity Day
Young people from nine different nations participated in Astrium’s Diversity workshop. Tina Büchner de Costa, aerospace engineer, gave the participants insights into job possibilities at the company, the teamwork in the various international departments and the increasingly important topic of work-life balance.
Furthermore, Yves Yemsi and Kathrin Dahm managed a workshop focussed on social diversity. Indeed, EADS Careers dedicated this whole fourth day to diversity, also with an Airbus workshop named ‘Diversity matters’ giving the participants the chance to deal with the controversial question: Are women the better managers?
The end of the day was marked by a major event: The Femtec Sommerfest. The Femtec association promotes women in natural science and technology. Some 250 female engineering students from Germany’s most renowned universities and all members of the Femtec organization were invited to spend a unique evening in the EADS Pavilion. Speeches, debates, networking took place amongst our mock-ups with a sight on the static display!
Day five started with two workshops led by Laurent Le Quément from Astrium and Jürgen Müller from Eurocopter. Mr. Müller focused on how simulation is important when developing an aircraft and participants in his workshop had the opportunity to test a simulation device in the room.
In the afternoon, two Airbus workshops gave participants an insight into two major fields: Composite and Supply Chain.
The day ended with Jens Kück’s workshop on how Eurocopter is leading the industry in excellence for 20 years now.
The Highlight of this last day of the ILA week was the “Launch your career” workshop, which highlighted all the specific programes for young graduates within EADS.
It was also time to have a look back at all the amazing events that happened during the week!