By Petros Kkolas
Stumbling through LinkedIn is the usual professional who swiftly scrolls through his daily updates, what, or why would someone choose to engage? Or simply, why should a professional read this? Is it worth his time, effort, or energy? Well, it does if you are still, as I am, a student in the vast world of social media; a lifetime learner who doesn’t consume his brain over yet another scientific “how-to” report on efficient use of LinkedIn but cares to read clear facts through a simple story. My story.
So, if you are still reading let’s go back to 2009 when I made my first contact with the world of LinkedIn.
I registered most of my professional details including my early stages of experience in all the fields with which I have been involved. Surprisingly, I realised that I couldn’t find any people I actually knew in this social network. It was literally a social network full of strangers. Compared to Facebook, where I made sure to add everybody I knew since elementary school, every LinkedIn search amplified my professional loneliness. Overwhelmed by a network that seemed to turn me down more viciously than any woman I ever met, I quit. I forgot everything about LinkedIn — and like many of you out there, at one point I even forgot my username and password. LinkedIn was really useless to me, as I couldn’t even understand the “levels” of friendship (1st, 2nd, 3rd) that LinkedIn makes such a fuss about.
Years have elapsed since I began bumping onto the LinkedIn logo in every blog and website I visited. LinkedIn was becoming a hot topic of discussion. Then I realised that this may be “the next big thing”, not for gossiping (i.e. Facebook) but for actually doing something for your professional “wellbeing”. I bought a book entitled “The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success” by Wayne Breitbarth. I spent hours studying it and trying to understand everything on LinkedIn. As I unravelled the potential of the material before me, my curiosity was sparked. This thought kept drifting in my head: “If I can use LinkedIn efficiently, then I can land my dream job in the UK.” So I started spending hours every week to develop my LinkedIn profile to the most minute detail, not because I have O.C.D. but because I realise the power of marketing yourself.
At least 3 years after completing my profile I am confident that the amount of time invested is paying me back, as I can declare LinkedIn to be a major part of my professional life.
By Božo Cicvarić, mag. ing. traff. (EYE-HR)
“It is very expensive and very difficult to get things into space. Origami can help overcome this issue.”
ORIGAMI (jap. Oru = folding, kami = paper) is a craft or technique of making structures by folding paper – no cutting, no gluing. It became most famous during the 1930s thanks to the „father of origami“, the japanese artist Akira Yoshizawa. Although it is known as a Japanese tradition, Chinese and Spanish influence helped to make modern origami what it is today.
Expandable habitats require less volume and weight in rockets than rigid (non-foldable) modules, which increase the efficiency of sending shipments into space. This results in less rocket launches, which ultimately reduces overall costs.
The last blog article described the application of modern technical origami in solving the problem of packing solar panels into rockets. Now, this article describes another interesting example of origami application in space logistics, called BEAM – Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. It describes how origami technique can be used to provide additional crew or cargo space in space missions with lower financial demand.
By Božo Cicvarić, mag. ing. traff. (EYE-HR)
“Space is one of the places in which origami plays a significant role. Certain items need to be small in order fit into rockets, and then, when they reach their destination in space, they need to be big. When you have those two needs, origami is the right solution for the transition between those two states.” – Robert J. Lang
Most of us have more or less encountered origami when we were children. Origami is a craft of making a model by folding a paper – no cutting, no gluing.
Today, origami is more than just a crane and a childhood play. There are many types of origami that continually inspire engineers from all fields and professions: biologists, mathematicians, scientists, and – lately – astronauts.
By Nadia Lemssouguer (FI)
No matter where we come from, no matter who we represent, a discussion about the idea was there. A discussion about the point of view, about the practices in the different engineering associations in Europe. This is true diversity. This is Europe.
The topic of the conference held in Sofia from 18 to 20 May was “sustainable engineering”. Not only the technical aspects of sustainable development were discussed, but also various other topics such as diversity and communication!
I, Nadia Lemssouguer, represent(ed) l’Association Femmes Ingénieurs – the French Women Engineers Association.
In the beginning, we had an opening speech given by the Bulgarian Minister of Education, a warm and meaningful speech. A Bulgarian Professor also enlightened us by his speech about the development of sustainable engineering in Europe.
For a french version of this article, see below.
By Orsolya Nagy
Would you like to build international relationship with engineers from foreign countries? Have you ever wondered what kind of research young engineers are involved in in European countries? Would you like to join a foreign spiritual community? Would you like to travel good places where you can enjoy programs that are both technical and cultural at the same time? Would you like to participate in international projects during or after university?
Dear Young Engineers,
The answer to all the above mentioned questions is the European Young Engineers community abbreviated EYE. EYE was founded in 1994 to bring together young engineer organizations, chambers and specialized colleges all around Europe. In this community, engineers can share knowledge. It is great to be a member of EYE because it supports you to be prepared for the rapidly changing European market and to increase international cooperation. Currently, EYE consists of 22 engineering colleges/chambers and more than 150,000 young mixed engineers in the age between 20 and 35 years: civil engineers, supply chain engineers, aircraft engineers, process engineers, IT engineers, and many more. EYE organizes two 3-day conferences each year, which are held each time in another country. The conference is organized jointly by young engineers and national training colleges/national engineering associations in their country, where 80-300 engineers participate.
By Christian Behrens (VDI)
Since I was young I wanted to become an engineer. School and university had been difficult, but the hardest part is done and my perspective to be an engineer is great. I know that I am lucky to be born and raised in Europe and have had the possibility of getting educated in Europe.
When I did finish my Bachelor’s Degree, I wanted to visit Africa and learn more about its people and cultures for a few months. Doing my research I found a newly-founded, small HIV-Project, called WAGEGO, on a small island in Lake Victoria, Kenya. There, the project needed helping hands for organic farm work and social work activities. I decided to join this project, go to Mfangano Island and stay there for two months. I met David Agagwa WAGEGO’s founder, and helped him with the project. What I learned about living on a Kenyan Island, the unique community and the beneficial work of WAGEGO is really noteworthy!
One of the key enablers of Industry 4.0 is the communications technologies that allow users to connect to the many devices that make up cyber-physical systems. These have the catchy name ‘the Internet of Things’ (IoT).
You don’t need to be a Computer Scientists or Network Engineer to understand how IoT will bridge the physical world with the Internet; a systems-wide view will still enable you to talk with confidence about the technologies and societal impact we expect to see emerge over the next few years. We’ve collected some resources that can help you get your head around the core ideas.
From 08 October to 11 October 2015 Lisbon hosted the FEANI Conference under the motto ‘Engineering the Future’. Across the city as well was the First European Young Engineers Forum on ‘Collaborative Engineering – The European way’.
The conference provided a great opportunity to bring together students, scientists, educators, managers and leaders of industry from all over Europe. Sharing new best practices, learning from each other and exchanging knowledge was the order of the day for delegates. The conference brought together leaders in society and science, representing the many aspects of the Engineering community.
If you happen to be a young engineer in the VDI, chances are that in early spring, people will start asking you things like: ’Are you gonna be there, on Thursday?‘ or ‘See you on that Thursday!’. ‘That Thursday’ being the Thursday during Hannover trade fair.
But what’s so special about “that Thursday”?
Well, it’s the day of students and young engineers at the VDI booth on the fair grounds and it is a meeting point for friends from all over Germany. People will flock in by bus, train or individually to meet with peers, take part in special events throughout the fair grounds and finally let the day end in a big party at the VDI booth.