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EYE Contact The Magazine of European Young Engineers

Our Connected World How next-generation networks will power the next Industrial Revolution

Issue 5 April 2016

Imprint Editor European Young Engineers (EYE) c/o Verein Deutscher Ingenieure eV. VDI Platz 1 40002 DĂźsseldorf Germany email:

Image Credits Icons on the front page and in the article 'Are we ready for Cyber-Physical Systems?' designed by Freepik. The Hannover Messe logo is provided courtesy of Deutsche Messe AH The 'Smart Meter' image on page 11 courtesy of Portland General Electric Company Photo of EYE@Copenhagen courtesty of Mette Hansen Do you like the fonts we use? Our body text is 'Bree Serif', available free from, while our heading text is 'Helvetica Neue ', commonly found on most computers.

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A warm welcome from the Secretary General Hello and welcome to the latest issue of EYE Contact. We are looking back on the last 22 years and 39 EYE conferences today, and also preparing for a great step towards an even more European future! We can’t wait for the 40th EYE It is going to be a really good conference, happening in Hanyear, one that will pave the nover at the end of this month way to an even more success(registration is still open!) ful future, and we are so glad to As we mentioned last issue, we have you be a part of it! are currently drafting a new Enjoy this issue, and see you Memorandum of Cooperation soon in Hannover! with FEANI, and there will be major organisational develop- Cornelia Fleischer ments coming for EYE in 2016. Secretary General European Young Engineers

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Contents eye-catcher // page 3 We're on the verge of the next Industrial Revolution, but are we ready to blur that line between the physical and virtual?

eye conferences // page 5 'Digital Transformation' is the theme of the next EYE Conference, hosted by the VDI. Join us at the Hannover Messe for an unmissable experience!

engineering society // page 10 The Hannover Messe is the world's largest industrial trade fair and the venue for our next conference, we look at what's happening and how the fair has grown to what it is today.

careers // page 11 Get the experience you need to play your part in Industry 4.0 with the EYE Guide to becoming an Internet of Things expert!

inside eye // page 13 We introduce our newest Task Force members and examine what it is that makes people come back to EYE year after year.

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Are we ready for Cyber-Physical Systems? As has happened several times before in our history, great advances in technology begins new phases in industry and manufacturing. We've referred to these as the "Industrial Revolutions", beginning with the mechanisation of manual tasks such as milling and weaving. We now find ourselves at the beginning of a new revolution, the dawn of 'cyber-physical systems' and the 'internet of things'. Information Technology will significantly reduce the effort and cost associated with the managament of systems and processes, as well as help prevent waste by ensuring we create and consume only the resources we need, at the correct time. But if we hastily jump into the 'cloud' and begin to rely on these new digital systems too soon, we run the risk that the very systems we employ to help us could be our undoing.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research created the 'Industry 4.0' concept to describe this next step into IT-assisted industry; while already we use IT systems to manage our inventories, bills of materials and other engineering records a human being is often 'in the loop' to ensure that the data is correct and processes are followed correctly. Industry 4.0 promises to reduce the manual effort involved in these processes; for instance if we're sure making a part requires a certain order of materials, do we need a person to place the order when the part is needed? Integrating new 'smart' processes that can identify the needs of the business and order materials accordingly we can increase productivity. With the inclusion of 'big data' we could potentially identify these needs before they even happen - this is the idea behind e-health, where a network of sensors can monitor a patient's health and identify potential is-

Industrial Revolutions: A Summary Cyber-physical systems are often called the 'fourth Industrial Revolution', hence the moniker 'Industry 4.0'. A term coined by Patrick Geddes for his book Cities in Evolution (1910), each revolution has marked a point where the feat of Engineering changed radically, either in producticity or in difficulty. Here's what happened in previous revolutions:

First Revolution: 1760-1840

Second Revolution: 1870-1914

Third Revolution: 1950-1970

Fourth Revolution: 2010-??

Water power improves, increasing the productivity of textiles mills and food processing. The lives of ordinary workers begin to improve and menial tasks become automated. The advent of steam allow mines to dig deeper, ships to go longer and people to work more efficiently than before.

The age of steel begins; the growth of railways and increased automation of iron and steel production transform the landscape. Electricity paves the way for further improvements in living quality. The internal combustion engine arrives, transforming travel again. Globalisation begins with the invention of the telegraph.

With transport revolutionsed by the car, the beginning of the information age begins. Advances in electronics enable digital computers and improved communications across the world. The trend towards an increasingly informationled economy begins, with new jobs like 'data clerk' becoming prevalent.

With near-ubiquitous wireless and Internet connectivity the lines between phyiscal and information systems become blurred; innovations in networks and big data allow the control and optimisation of manufacturing and utilities at an unprecedented level. What role will you play in this new world?

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sues before they become harmful. Key to these systems is the 'internet of things' or IoT. This is a catch-all term for connected devices that create a 'fabric' of data that can be used to monitor, analyse and optimise processes and systems. A prime example is in farming, where the farmer can use a network of moisture sensors to monitor the quailty of his fields - armed with this information he can choose to only water the areas that need it, saving both time and money while still enabling the crops to grow. IoT offers services that businesses are already crying out for; real-time analysis of industrial processes, tracking of assets and stock in warehousing and during delivery, and even in consumer devices where the devices can monitor themselves and identify faults, even arrange servicing when needed. The Auto industry is very keen to see systems like this, where they can identify faults in their products much more

Are we ready to hand control to the machines?

readily and issue recalls before the costs escalate. IoT devices will typically be low-power, meaning that their communication and processing capabilities will be just sufficient for the application they're to be used in. Encryption and data security might take a back seat to more pressing needs like battery life and compression to keep the energy expended per message as small as possible. It's also not outside the realm of possibility that hackers and other malicious groups use this data to collect information about people or businesses that weren't already the intention. If we as Engineers want to see the full benefit of IoT and Industry 4.0 we need the trust of our the general public as well as our customers. The public is already

wary of new systems that can infringe on their privacy; in 2013 the City of London had to withdraw a campaign of recylcing bins with integrated LCD advertising screens. In order to measure the footfall and percentage of people stopping to look at the advert the MAC addresses (a hardware address used to access WiFi networks) of passers-by's phones were recorded. Once discovered the bins earned the council the scorn of many and a trip to the Information Commissioner's Office. The council insisted that the information was "extremely limited", and by itself MAC addresses are fairly anonymous, but couple this with information gained from other devices correlations could be drawn - this could lead to potentially identifying users or inferring information that isn't possible from just one data set. The public don't take kindly to being spied on (recall the backlash against cookies in the early 2000s), even less so by marketers who can extract value from anonymous, vague data like this. Suggestions to this issue include 'brokering' the information, giving users the opportunity to sell their own data to marketers, with various levels of intrusion becoming worth more money. How much is your medical history worth, to you? To government? To marketers? We mustn't forget also that the promised increase in efficiency brought about by Industry 4.0 means the loss of jobs in the areas that benefit from automation. Engineers promoting these new systems and processes need to be aware that they will meet resistance from the workers as well as their unions, and it should be imperative that workers are 'up-skilled' to be able to work in this increasingly digital age, instead of being consigned to irrelevancy by the onward march of progress. Not to mention the additional responsibilities that can be assigned to each manager if now half their staff have been replaced by machines or software - increasingly technology enables us to do more with less, but to ensure quality we must be mindful of the effect such ways of working have on human beings! It is undeniable that the next industrial revolution promises to change how we do business; the so-called 'digital natives' currently making their way through education will be expected to do more complex tasks

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European Young Engineers' Forum: 8-10th October, Lisbon From 8th - 11th 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. The First European Young Engineers Forum (EYEF) was created to bring European engineers at the start of their careers together, sharing their ideas, experiences, and vision for the future. The Forum included a one day conference held in Lisbon's Orient Museum and a second day of workshops and technical visits.

The main theme of EYEF 2015 consisted of two topics, “Future Technologies and Challenges” and “The Image of Engineering in Europe”, a clear indication that the Forum lent momentum for moving forward together. The key speakers of the Forum were Suzy Moat, Jaime Garcia Cantero, Gijs van den Boomen, Daniel Bessa, João Vasconcelos, Fabian Aardoom, Dania Dawood, and Gergely Takács. Two panel sessions on the aforementioned topics were held, hosted by Rhys Phillips of the UK and Germany’s Cornelia Fleischer, Secretary General of EYE. This panels allowed young engineers to speak about the challenges of their work as well as to share with the other participants their own ideas. The forum enlightened its delegates of the challenges in different fields of engineering as well as leading European research on new technologies.

EYE President Bento Aires (OE) opens the EYE forum

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On the second day delegates had the choice of four workshops and two technical visits in the city of Lisbon. These gave the delegates the chance to experience some of the local Engineers’ work first hand experience teamwork in an international setting. Luís Nunes Pereira led his workshop attendees through the process of building paper-based electronics in “Printed electrochromic displays” and “Paper electronics”; while Jan Oliver Kammesheidt and Frederik European Young Engineers - EYE Contact

Panels on "Future Technologies and Challenges" and "The image of Engineering in Europe" were hosted by EYE Secretary General Conni Fleischer (R) and Rhys Philips (L)

Schulze Spüntrup led the discussion on “Digital economy/cyber-physical systems and the impact on the human workforce”; Finally Dirk Bochar’s “FEANI Workshop” presented FEANI and introduced his proposal for cooperation between the two organisations.

by Mr. José M. P. Vieira, President of FEANI. The exquisite dinner was accompanied by artistic performances including traditional Portuguese dances. The excellent Portuguese wine and music certainly helped keep the attendees in good spirits long into the night.

Participants of the EYE Forum and FEANI Conference also enjoyed exciting technical visits to the Underground Channels of the Aquas Livres Aqueduct and Electricity Museum in Lisbon.

During the last day of the event in Lisbon the EYE council meeting was held. In an effort to advance a vision of the EYE future the Council Members discussed the possibilities of the future collaborations. Up for discussion were issues such as EYE’s long-term vision and strategy, the EYE Statutes and planning for a sustainable future for the Organisation. Based on this EYE council members looking at the new models for cooperation with other organisations like FEANI and BEST.

On Friday evening together the EYEF delegates joined the participants of the FEANI conference for a Gala dinner at the Institute of Agriculture in Lisbon. The spectacular event was opened with welcome address

The EYE Forum was closed with an unforgettable sunset party during which the participants competed in several games testing their knowledge and skills in different fields of engineering. To the winners went prizes, cheers and much-deserved Engineering gloating rights!

Rhys Philips (UK) the Master of Ceremonies

Events such as these provide a chance to imagine the future for young engineers and was a great example of partnership and co-operation in a truly international setting. The Task Force and EYE Council thanks the FEANI-Ordem Dos Engenheiros organising committee and all who took part in this first (and sure not to be the last) European Young Engineers Forum!

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FEANI SG JosĂŠ Viera closes the FEANI Conference

Technical Visit to the Lisbon Sewers

The choir performs for the Gala Dinner guests, who enjoyed a fabulous meal in the Agronomic University of Lisbon

Workshops on printable electronics (L) and Societal effects of Cyber-Physical systems (R) rounded off the conference on Sunday

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EYE@Hanover 2016 Digital Transformation 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 Thursday!”. “ 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 Messe VDI booth and 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 grounds and finally end the day in a big party at the VDI booth. This year, the VDI is hosting EYE@Hannover2016, our spring conference this year, and is generously extending the invitation for “that Thursday” to all EYEs! The organisation team has put together a wonderful programme for the rest of the weekend, starting with specially organised guided tours to specific booths on Thursday afternoon followed by the party at the booth. You will be able to choose from guided tours to the booths of ABB Group, FESTO AG, Siemens AG, Sick AG, and SmartFactoryKL. these are all successful international companies, driving industrial standards to new limits. Apposite to this year’s leading topic of the Hannover trade fair “Digital Transformation”, the companies will present the automation technology in their respective fields. This will surely be a start to a conference like we haven’t had in a long time… or ever?! But the conference just barely starts there! Friday will see us at the fairgrounds again, where the Robotation Academy will host our lectures, speeches, and workshops.

Workshops will take on subjects from presentation techniques to working with management tools over ultra-efficient production to Customer journey design or agile working methods up to joining an international project group, with something for everyone. Our speakers will take us into the world of the Internet of Things, with four different insights into this vast field of opportunities. We will end this fabulous day with an equally fabulous Gala Dinner. The buses will take us from the fairgrounds directly to castle Hämelschenburg. A famous example of architecture typica of the region. This castle has seen 500 years of history and will welcome us for dinner in its great hall like it has done on numerous evenings before for the knights and ladies of family von Klencke. Enjoy the evening and the grounds and views before the buses take us back to the hostel. After breakfast on Saturday a bus will take you to your chosen industrial visit. You have the chance to see one of three companies:

KWS SAAT KWS SAAT are a global supplier of seed. The company uses state-of-the-art plant breeding methods and technologies to continuously improve yields and resistances to diseases, pests, and abiotic stress. KWS's core competence is crop breeding.

KONE Academy KONE is a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry. The KONE Academy is the biggest training centre in Europe in regard to elevator, escalator and automatic doors. KONE employees, customers, and authorities use the facility for technical and commercial trainings. It also serves as a showroom for all products and services of the company and is frequently used for activities such as congresses and customer events as well. We will finish off Saturday with a social activity and Page 8

Say Hello to Paula Weidinger, EYE President As the leader of the next conference's organising team the EYE President is an integral part of the Task Force, making sure that everything runs smoothly for the perfect EYE experience!

"I am president of the upcoming EYE conference


Ambitionierter Nachwuchs mit Weitblick gesucht. Bringen Sie Ihre Talente in Sensorlösungen ein, die weltweit Standards setzen und die nächste industrielle Revolution mitgestalten. Ihre Möglichkeiten: Praktika, Abschlussarbeiten oder Berufseinstieg. Ihr Umfeld: hochprofessionell, international und inspirierend. Ihr neuer Arbeitgeber: ein Hightech-Unternehmen mit weltweit rund 7.000 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern. Ihre Zukunftsadresse:

finally a BBQ river cruise to the town of Hamelin, the city of the famous pied piper. This evening will make the traditional, yet unofficial pub crawl part of this conferences evening programme. On Sunday morning the buses will take us back to Hannover city, where you will be able to explore the city, do some sightseeing or simply chat away the time with new and old friends until your travel arrangements take you back home. So there’s our question for you: Where will you be, "that Thursday"?

which will take place on the Hannover Fair grounds in April 2016. My role is to encourage and coordinate a wonderful team of young volunteers who are aiming to plan a programme rich in variety and based on the conference’s and the fair’s theme "Digital Transformation". We wish you four thrilling days full of fascination at the biggest industrial trade fair and our conference! I graduated from Ilmenau University of Technology in Mechanical Engineering last year. After working for DeLaval International AB in Stockholm, Sweden, I did research on angular interferometers for my Master Thesis at the National Physical Laboratory NPL in Teddington, UK. My core competence is sensor techniques and solid mechanics. At my day job I do my PhD at the national metrology institute PTB and the University of Brunswick. I am a member of the German Association of Engineers VDI and their student programme “Students and young engineers” whose members brought me first in contact with EYE at the conference in Dublin in 2013.


EYE@Hannover2016 will be held 28th of April to May 1st 2016. You can find out more about the programme and register for the event at

Image Credit: Daniel Bischoff

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Hannover Trade Fair One of the most exciting aspects of EYE@Hannover is the opportunity to visit the Hannover Messe. The Messe is the World's largest industrial trade fair, covering industries as diverse as artifical intelligence, pipeline technolgies and manufacturing. Over five days more than 200,000 visitors will pass through the doors, eager to see what the nearly 8,000 exhibitors have to show.

The Messe Logo features Hermes, the Greek god of trade and industry

The Messe began in post-war Germany, when the British occupiers of Hannover saw the need to attract international support back to the region. By showing to the world what the passion and determination of Germany's entrepeneurs and industrials had to offer they could bring the investment and custom that was much needed to revitalise Germany's economy. With a logo designed by artist Paul Rademacher (virtually overnight, so the legend goes) the first "Hannover Export Trade Fair" was held in 1947. The event was a huge success; attracting visitors from over fifty countries, contracts exceeding 32 million USD (over 1 billion USD in today's money!) were signed over the 21 days that the event ran for. The fair put Hannover back on the map, and by the 1950s already was attracting foreign exhibitors eager to get a piece of the action. The fair was also popular with the locals; the fair became known in the city as "Fischbrötchenmesse" (fish sandwich

fair) on account of the exemption from food rationing still in place during the first fairs. By the 1980s the fair was becoming a victim of its own success; with the increasing Information Technology and communications industries it became necessary to split the fair. CeBIT (the German acronym for 'Centrum für Büroautomation, Informationstechnologie und Telekommunikation') became the trade fair for IT and non-industrial technologies such as personal computing, communications and appliances and has grown to a size and scale to rival even the Messe. The company formed to run the first fair has successfully exported the concept across the world, running nearly 150 trade fairs a year both within and outside Germany. Nowadays the Messe is the place to be if you want to see Industry 4.0 in action, and learn about what some of the world's biggest manufacturing services companies are doing with these new technologies. The fair is not just for trade however; a significant number of research institutions and labs will be there demonstrating their latest innovations. You'll be able to hear from some of the world's experts on industrial automation and energy production, not to mention the lead innovators in cyber-physical systems. The EYE Council and organising team look forward to seeing you there!

Join us for Fischbrötchen at the fair!

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The EYE Guide to becoming an IoT Expert One of the key enablers of Industry 4.0 is the communications technologies that allow users to connect together the many devices that make up cyber-physical systems. These have the catchy name 'the Internet of Things' (IoT). The IoT is made up of millions of devices all interconnected, providing information about their status and taking commands over low-speed, low-power wireless networks. Think of it like the first step towards the 'grey goo' that was talked about at the turn of the Millenium! With the world covered in IoT devices capturing data on the status of buildings, the environment, industrial processes and utilities this data can be collected and synthesised - providing us with a better understanding of the world at a systemwide level. Local governments will be able to better assess traffic flows, parking provision and environmental monitoring; businesses can track stock movements and measure fuel efficiency and time management in their fleets; Utilities can use IoT to take meter readings or identify and predict faults in their networks. For the consumer, IoT offers the potential for effortless home automation and costs savings as the products they use become 'smarter' and

Smart Meters will likely be mosts people's first foray into IoT

more efficient. 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 condifence 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

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A first reading in IoT and Industry 4.0 If you'd never heard the term 'Industry 4.0' before you picked up this issue of EYE Contact you'd do well to begin with a literature review that can cover the key principles, while offering you potential avenues for you to dive deeper into. Audi's working paper 'Design Principles for Industrie 4.0 Scenarios' is a great place to start. Many of the companies making products that will make up the Internet of Things have whitepapers and infographics detailing where their products fit into the IoT ecosystem; particularly good ones are Cisco's 'The Internet of Things: How the Next Evolution of the Internet is Changing Everything' and Bosch's series of papers, which range from industrial applications to intelligent business systems. A burgeoning industry wouldn't be complete without a raft of pundits; IoT News Network, IoT Weekly News and IoT World News are only a few of the dedicated sites out there aggregating IoT news. Established computing and electronics news outlets also often have IoT and big data sections; The Register and Computer Weekly being more technically aligned, while the likes of Venture Beat and CIO focus on the business side of the industry.

Getting deeper with online courseware Online courseware is a great resource when looking to diversify your skillset - Coursera offer six-module

courses from UC San Diego and UC Irvine called 'Build your own Internet of Things' and 'Create your own Internet of Things Device' respectively that offer the rigour of an assessed course as well as industry backing (Qualcomm in the case of the UC San Diego course). These courses hava a price associated with each module, but you can enrol for modules without the assessments for free. Related modules that will be of use on cloud computing and cloud networking are also available. Coursera courses are typically flexible in their timing, and you can learn at your own pace. Future Learn are offering a fee course on IoT in conjunction with King's College London with the option of a certificate of completion at the end for a small fee. Run much more like a conventional college class, the course lasts four weeks with an expected level of participation each week. If you're already familiar with IoT concepts you might want to develop a specific skill or area of knowledge - have a look at MIT's OpenCourseware for access to nearly all of MIT's college-level class materials, or EdX for classes from a wide range of universities from across the world.

Press the flesh, hit the bricks! Now you're on your way to being an IoT expert, why not attend an event where you can get up close and personal with the people who make IoT? Your first stop will of course be the Hannover Messe

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during the next EYE Conference! At Hannover you'll get insider knowledge from the likes of SICK and SmartFactory with the company visits, as well as the chance to roam the fair on Thursday. Conferences on big data and IoT are also very popular at the moment; many of these are inexpensive or free to attend, and offer you the chance to talk to people developing the enabling technologies or the entrepeneurs planning to make it big with their IoT products and services. If you can't make it to EYE@Hannover but can get to the UK the M2M World Congress is in London 26-27th April and offers speakers from the network providers and operators that hope to enable Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M) using their cellular systems.

In mid-May three events happen simultaneously - the Internet of Things Summit in London, Building IoT in Koln and the International Workshop on IoT 2016 in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia. Check the EYE Webpage for a select calendar of the best free and inexpensive events we can find.

You'll be able to find links to all thes resources mentioned in this article on the EYE Webpage at, just search for 'The EYE GUide to Becoming an IoT Expert'. While you're there why not check out our calendar of events from across EYE?

Inside EYE Two new faces join the EYE Task Force Temenuga Georgieva (Bulgaria) and Frederik Schulze Spüntrup (Germany) Dear Colleagues, My name is Temenuga Georgieva and it is a great pleasure for me to introduce myself as the latest member of the EYE Task Force. After several years being a member of our national young organization (FNTS), I joined as a volunteer in June 2015. I consider this a great opportunity and I’m proud to be part of EYE. In the EYE family I found very positive and friendly engineers, this was enough of a motivation for me to work harder and in October 2015 I was elected as a TF member. I’m currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Underground Mining of Mineral Deposits in the University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski”, Sofia, while also being a PhD student in

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the same department. To be both a tutor and a student at the same time is a big challenge. I believe that a good engineer should have a wide overview and background of knowledge. Following this philosophy I studied my Bachelor’s degrees both in Geology and in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology simultaneously. Then I continued my education with two Masters - Economic Geology and Engineering Geology. At the same time, I had the chance to be part of a big international company and gain practical experience in the mining and blasting of raw materials. This has encouraged me to dig deeper in the world of mining, so deep that I have returned to the university, this time in the Department of Underground Mining of Mineral Deposits. Over the past years I have spent my time researching and improving my understanding of discontinuous rock mass properties, behavior and applying engineering rock mechanics principals and innovative technologies in case studies. My professional interests and abilities are mainly in numerical 3D and 2D modelling, mining technologies for underground and open pit mines, rock mechanic, bench stability, drilling and blasting, hydrogeology and engineering geology, economic geology, geological mapping and data base. I’m an author or co-auEuropean Young Engineers - EYE Contact

thor of more than 12 scientific publications and about 20 Annual Working Projects for open pits exploitation. I’m pleased to work as a TF member; my first conference was the EYEF@Lisbon and for me it was an exciting event. During my time there I met people from different fields of engineering and I made new relations, both professional and friendly. I had a great chance to establish a contact and to visit the Technical University of Lisbon (IST). This has opened the door for me to provide specific geomechanical Lab tests and several months later I returned to Lisbon. That was fantastic! I will never forget that this opportunity was provided to me thanks to attending an EYE conference. I have a simple vision and mission. My vision is: Discover… Engage… Make our World a better place! And my mission is: teach the unteachable, touch the untouchable, build the unbuildable. You may say it is ambitious, but I believe we can make it happen together! I’m looking forward to seeing you in our EYE family! Hello, my name is Frederik Schulze Spüntrup and I have been a member of the Task Force since June 2015. I started my studies in a dual course with a combined apprenticeship as a Chemical Production Technician and a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at Bayer AG in Germany. During this time I worked at different sites in Germany and in the United States. Afterwards I moved to London to pursue a Master’s degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London. Here I specialize in modelling, simulation and optimisation of process industries. I most enjoy becoming fluent in the use of techniques and tools for computer-aided decision making. I apply this knowledge in my research at Imperial College. Nonetheless, the main part of the research regarding my

Master’s thesis is conducted at The University of Tokyo. Here I build a multi-scale model for the simulation of the dispersion of volcanic carbon dioxide in the deep sea. These models are important for the risk assessment of carbon storage technologies to mitigate the global warming. Besides my huge passion for science and technology I have a tremendous interest in economic questions and concepts. By combining these perspectives I am aiming to find viable technological solutions for our society. Before joining the Task Force I was active in the Association of German Engineers. I participated in the student groups in Krefeld and Düsseldorf and was involved in organizing several events. Furthermore I engaged myself during the national congresses and delegate’s meetings of the students and young engineers of VDI. When I moved to London I became a member of the European Young Engineers UK and the Institute of Chemical Engineers. I am the representative for IChemE amongst my Master’s cohort at Imperial College. I really enjoy the work in the Task Force. One memorable moment during my time was the EYE conference in Lisbon, at which Olli Kammesheidt and I held a workshop about ‘Digital economy / Cyber-Physical systems and the Impact on the Human Workforce’. Together with Olli and Vincent Nöthen from the Federal Board of the Students and Young Engineers of the VDI I initiated the program committee for the next EYE conference in Hannover. The proper preparation of such an international conference is quite demanding, but since we are working with an exceptional team I am sure that we will face a memorable conference at the end of April. My future wish for the European Young Engineers is to see how this organization becomes even larger and better connected to all the Young Engineers in Europe. Next to the ongoing work within the Task Force and the Council the conferences are the integral parts of the EYE network. I am looking forward to see many faces linked to the European Young Engineers in the future!

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EYE Project Groups - Your chance to Contribute If you’ve read anything about the EU, you’ve read about Think Tanks, Consultants, and advisory boards. In essence, an EYE project group aspires to be such a think tank. We want to bring people together to work on a problem and bring their unique insight into the project. No matter what engineering background or level of education you have, everyone has something to bring to the table when it comes to some of the big questions, so this is your chance to shine! We have come up with three major subjects, in which each project group can define their own sub-theme. Digital transformation – challenges, expectations, risks In line with the subject of the Hannover trade fare, this huge subject is as interesting as it is diverse. Digital transformation is a big step forward, but are there risks? If so, to whom and for what reason? What are the expectations – for the individual, for each engineering discipline, for each industry/ country/ individual… and what are the risks? This field of subjects can easily be broken down into smaller projects as well, such as "Risks and chances for the European labour market and work/ life balance" for instance, or "Benefits in workplace security" Comparison of the CO2 footprint of renewable energy production devices during their own production So which really is the greenest “green energy”? And does that depend on where it is produced? The Engineering Card and fostering Mobility in Europe A number of European countries have implemented the FEANI card – has yours? Are there other officially registered professional qualifications in your country, and how do they differ from the engineering card? What does the Engineering Card offer that other cards don’t and vice versa? What are the advantages of each? The project groups are meant for the participants to be able to gain experience in international team work, and working across borders through a virtual network. The projects groups are expected to last fot

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up for a year (except for the Engineering Card project, which will last six months). Since the individual members of the project group would work together over the internet, there is not a lot of expenses to be expected. Nonetheless, strongly encourage to check with your organization for sponsorship ruring the project group (travel expenses, reimbursement for working material…) A mentor, a former member of a similar project group, and a member of the EYE Task Force will discuss with you the challenges and benefits of working in international teams on internationally important questions and to answer your questions about the projects. Fresh ideas and multi-disciplinary work are encouraged, therefore all fields of engineering and stages of education or experience are invited to take part in this workshop and in the project groups. During the workshop the teams will come up with their first steps and organisation with the help of the mentors and Task Force member.

EYE Future Concept - our Progress so Far In the last issue we also laid our vision for the next few years at EYE - part of this was a plan we called the EYE Future Concept that stated what the EYE Task Force would achieve in the next two years. We are glad to report that progress is as expected; new Statutes that make it easier to maintain the network have been written and will be voted upon at the next EYE Council Meeting in Hannover, and our links with FEANI and BEST will be strengthened through the new MoC with FEANI once it has been fully retified. Also expect to see EYE take a more proactive approach to fundraising, in an effort to secure more frequent and regular EYE conferences in the future.

YRP host another successful dinner The Young Rail Professionals (YRP) held their Annual Dinner of 2016 for the first time outside London - a sure sign that the organisation is growing and their reach extends past the country's capital. Since starting only seven years ago they have amassed an impressive 3,700 registered members, expanded their reach to several regional committees and attracted sponsors and partners from across the rail industry. The dinner also marked the award of the Young Rail European Young Engineers - EYE Contact

Professional of the Year award, which this year went to Fiona Malcolm of Porterbrook.

VIK and KVIV Merge - introducing ie-net The Royal Flemish Association of Engineers (KVIV) and the Flemish Chamber of Engineers (VIK) have officially merged, forming a new organisation call ienet. Their motto is "Inspired by Engineers", and comes after nearly five years of negotiations between the two organisations.

ie-net held its latest meeting for young Engineers in the Benelux area the "Young Potential Weekend" over the weekend of 15-17th April. It looks like the negotiations haven't stymied progress within the young Engineers of Belgium!

UESA gain a new partner in ICE Malta ICE Malta is proud to confirm their newly launched collaboration with University association UESA (University Engineering Students Association) for 2016. During the first quarter of 2016, ICE Malta will be participating in a series of highly anticipated sessions organized by UESA. Furthermore, the school’s academic team will be hosting a briefing session focused on worldwide recognised study programmes designed specifically for Engineering students.

Do you have any news from your national organisation you'd like to share? In between EYE Contacts we can share your news and events through our website and social media channels. Get in touch with the EYE Office and let us know what you're up to!

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European Young Engineers – What a ride! In times such as these when the EU is unable even to choose a universally acceptable description of the crises we all face, a network like the EYE might, to a lot of people seem superfluous or romantic. Back in 1994, Europe looked a lot different than it does today. The iron curtain was gone, the first lofty promises of incredible economic growth had blossomed – and some had wilted. Some political structures had seen their own demise, and numerous individual states came back to life, or were busy growing together after years of separation. People were moving from West to East, East to West, North to South, and back again! In general the whole continent was in motion. Yet no one cared, because, without a unified currency, what happened in other countries pretty much didn’t affect their own day-to-day life. Except that politicians all over Europe and the world were gearing up to knit Europe closer together. No one could have imagined what we have today. No one? A couple of people from two relatively small countries did. Or, maybe they dreamed. They dreamed that in a couple of years, there would be one Europe and the peo-

ple of that Europe would depend on technology, logic, innovation, and on people working together. That is why KIVI NIRIA and KVIV sat down together to found a network for the young graduates of their organisations to interact and get to know each other. Their aim was to make friends across borders and learn how to work together. Not long after, the VDI from Germany joined them, and in 1995, the first two European Young Engineers conferences took place in Antwerp and Amsterdam. EYE, it seems, had hit the ground running, and by 2002 the network had grown to twelve organisations in ten countries. 18% of the participants at the 16th conference, which took place in Bruges, had been to at least 5 EYE conferences and were serious serial attendees. Another 18% had attended 3-5 conferences before, 31% had been once or twice, and 29% were newcomers. These numbers show how addictive being an EYE can be. Also in 2002 the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) from the UK joined as the 13th member, followed by FNTS from Bulgaria in 2003, and nowadays the network has 22 member organisations from 16 different countries. What makes the network so successful, though? I Visit us at Hannover Messe 2016: hall 6, booth K16.

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think it’s partly the people, partly the European idea, and the platform it gives those who are interested in Europe and in engineering the future. The fact that a European network can exist for 22 years, and reach the staggering number of 40 conferences, based on the work of volunteers for the entire time shows how much dedication and enthusiasm there is for this unique European experience. A lot has happened in that time. Back when the EYE was founded, the internet was all shiny and new, mobile phones were the size of a brick, and Sarajevo was a city under siege. In 2014, we’d all registered for the 38th conference through a webpage, then flew to Sarajevo for the conference, snapped pictures on historic bridges with our smart phones, all the while connected to our friends at home through messenger services, letting them take part in the event even though they could not be there in person.

much fun Europe can be, and how huge the advantages are for each and every one of us. Newcomers to the conference are often intimidated by the closeknit group, by seemingly everyone knowing each other, talking to each other, having a laugh – and they are absolutely astonished to find that no – there are about 30% of newcomers to every conference! The rest remember that initial feeling, and will simply go and talk to you. And by the end of the conference, through fun, through work, through friendly but passionate discussions, but also simply through people who are open, and interested, “newcomers” will be absorbed into the EYE family. A network of people who know that a weekend well spent talking can do more for you – and Europe – than a truckload of regulation could ever achieve.

People who had been fleeing from Bosnia back in the 90s’ were coming back with our group to show us their home country, having become engineers and working all over Europe. Europe is growing together. It has to grow together to stand strong, and yet there is tension building up again about the benefits of Europe to each individual country. To a lesser extent we have this discussion in EYE all the time. And yet with every conference it shows how

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EYE Member Organisations ACE Association for Consultancy and Engineering (UK) ANEIL Union of Luxembourg Engineering Students (Luxembourg) BNEI National Bureau of Engineering (France) EI Engineers Ireland (Republic of Ireland) EYE Italia (Italy) EYE-UK European Young Engineers UK (UK) FI French Association of Female Engineers (France) GION Association of the Young Engineers of the Province of Salerno (Italy) IDA Danish Society of Engineers (Denmark) ie-net Inspired by Engineers (Belgium) FNTS Federation of the Scientific Engineering Unions (Bulgaria) IMarEST Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (UK) IOM3 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK) KIVI Royal Institute of Engineers in the Netherlands (Netherlands) KLV Royal Agricultural Society (Netherlands) MSETZ Federation of Technical and Scientific Societies (Hungary) NITO Norwegian Society of Engineers and Technologists (Norway) OE Society of Engineers (Portugal) STELEKS Student Association of Electrotechnics of the University of Sarajevo (B-Herz.) UESA University Engineering Students Association (Malta) UIL Union of Professional Engineers in Finland (Finland) VDI Association of German Engineers (Germany) YRP Young Rail Professionals (UK) Is your organisation not listed here? Why not ask them to get in touch! EYE is committed to opening the opportunities we offer to everyone in Europe. Email to contact the EYE Office.

EYE Contact Issue 5 - April 2016  
EYE Contact Issue 5 - April 2016