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Are you interested in finding out what graduates in the area of Materials & Processes do in industry, once they leave ETH Zurich? Then join us at our next event!  

The next MaP InSight will take place in fall semester 2017. More details will be published in August 2017.

Previous InSight Events

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InSight 2017-1

At our InSight career event on 16 March 2017, four ETH Materials Alumni shared their professional experiences and insights after graduation. They spoke about their career paths and reflected on skills they have acquired during their studies at ETH which appear to be most valuable in their working life.

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InSight 2016-2

Studying Materials Science is exciting – and what comes next? At our last networking event on 6 October 2016, four Materials Alumni gave personal insights into their career paths after graduation from ETH.

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InSight 2016-1

A degree in Materials Science offers graduates a multitude of different career paths in a variety of industry branches. At our InSight event on 3 March 2016, four of our Materials Alumni talked about their career paths and daily life in industry. Key to their everyday job commitment is the choice to work in interesting markets and on innovative projects, at positions where they can contribute to the success of their enterprises.

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After a PhD focused on thin film surface coatings, Samuele Tosatti founded SuSoS AG as a spin-off of ETH Zurich, specialized in the fields of surface modification, functionalisation and characterisation. Starting the enterprise in 2004 with an idea, a partner and a rich toolbox of technological solutions, SuSoS and its founders went through several learning cycles that sharpened their company profile to a successful enterprise of seven highly motivated team members working on high-performance solutions for their customers.

Luana Cavalli Sahli obtained her materials science degree in 2002 and spoke about the challenge to find a job during a time of economic crisis. She launched her career with the prestigious ESA (European Space Agency) traineeship, where she developed test methods to determine galvanic corrosion in space conditions. Afterwards, she joined Alcoa as application engineer for aerospace and defence and later Airex / 3A Composites as solution engineer for core materials where she appreciates to work closely with customers towards solutions for specific applications.

Looking back on his career path, David Sager states “the scope changes, but the complexity stays”. After a PhD in high-temperature superconductors in 2004, he worked as project leader at Hilti and later as product manager at Geberit. Currently, he is responsible for market development and marketing for sealing and bonding at Sika, where he is supporting and guiding the local sales organizations to grow in sealant and adhesive business. With each position throughout his career the number of people involved and impact of decisions raised and he advised especially the technical graduates not to forget about company politics and the time required to bring new technologies to the market.

Fabian Fischer graduated from ETH in 2010 and demonstrated the benefit of an industrial master thesis allowing the graduate as well as the company to get to know each other, which, as a consequence, may facilitate the start of a career. Since his master thesis at ABB Semiconductors, Fabian has grown his experience in three positions as process engineer, product engineer and eventually as R&D project manager. He now works on the development of new power semiconductor module platforms and appreciates the opportunities at his workplace to take up different challenges in a pleasant working environment.

InSight 2015-2

A degree in Materials Science offers you a multitude of different career options. At our last event on 8 October 2015, four Materials Alumni gave insights into their paths after graduation and the diversity of tasks they fulfil in their jobs each day. Irrespective of the sector they are working in, they all share a great enthusiasm and commitment for their topics, products and people they are working with.

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InSight 2015-1

A degree in Materials Science from ETH Zurich is a starting point for a multitude of career paths in different fields and for various positions. In the InSight event of 12 March 2015, four of our graduates spoke about their career choices and the underlying driving forces. The basic knowledge they acquired during their studies helps them to understand, control and develop the materials and processes they are working with each day. Working in a global setting, cross-functional teams and complex environments where they have to fulfil different requirements, however still keeps them learning constantly.

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Francesco Albertini did an internship at swissnex Boston after his graduation and then started to work for Altran Switzerland. Meanwhile he is a senior scientist with Cilag AG (Schaffhausen), a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which is operating in the field of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. His main task is the development and validation of test methods for testing medical devices and combination products (drug and devices combined). In the highly regulated pharmaceutical environment the test method validation is an essential step for guaranteeing the quality of a product.

After a PhD in polymer technology focusing on high-performance composites for industrial applications, Jérôme Lefèvre joined Quadrant Plastic Composites in Canada. Working in the R&D during the economy crisis was a challenge, which he took as an opportunity to develop and produce low-cost green composites as a replacement for wood in automobile caravans. Back in Switzerland, he became head of R&D at Ammeraal Beltech AG (Jona), known for process and conveyer belting, where key for success is to find the best performance for a particular application.

Valérie Flück started with an internship at Contraves AG after her graduation to gain first experience in industry. With a background in ceramics and polymers it was all but obvious to move to the metal field, but the possibilities and very well equipped laboratories at Rolex convinced her to join its R&D department. The site in Biel focuses on the movements of the watches and her work is mainly concerned with the analysis and characterization of materials. She enjoys the contact to a variety of professions from technicians, scientists to suppliers and technical institutes.

The prestigious ESA (European Space Agency) traineeship was the first career step of Boris Iwanovsky after his graduation, where he was involved in the MEDET project for which he analysed samples and data of in-flight experiments. After traveling around the world for one year, he joined Ruag Space. As a materials engineer he not only contributes with technical know-how to the success of the project teams, but he is also concerned with internal quality processes, process audits with material and service suppliers and R&D activities across the company.

InSight 2014-2

A degree in Materials Science allows you to choose from a very broad range of career paths. Our last event on 9 October 2014 provided an insight into what's possible. The four presentations revealed that despite the very different fields of application, be it banking, the constructing industry or precision instruments, communication is key to the daily business of all our speakers and that our graduates tend to work at the interface, often between production, engineering or development and marketing, sales or supplier.

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Luca Büchi studied Materials Science as a continued education after having done an apprenticeship as a polymechanic at Mettler Toledo, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of precision instruments and services for use in laboratories and manufacturing. He rejoined the company again after his studies, where he is now global QAR (quality assurance representative) for balances and moisture analyzers.

After spending a lot of time in the clean room during her Master thesis, Annika Baier wanted to work with something a little bigger. That's why she joined Sika a global speciality chemicals company that supplies construction markets and the manufacturing industry. As a product engineer for structural adhesives and strengthening she is the contact point for all questions related to her products, be it their specifications, testing or marketing.

Robert Bielecki hails from Poland and did both his MSc and his PhD at ETH Zurich. Looking for a new challenge in a completely different area afterwards, he joined Solution Providers Management Consulting, a globally active management consulting company in the financial services market, where he now helps to improve processes in banking.

After his studies, Bartjan den Hartogh co-founded and established the spin-off company Nanotion. When this company was sold off to a global player, he moved on to work for FemtoTools, a Swiss high-tech company for ultra high-precision instruments for mechanical testing and robotic handling in the micro- and nanodomains, where he is now head of sales.

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