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European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management
Issue 45 2013/2 | ISSN 0874-5242 | Price 0 Euro |
Everything about
The Internet of Things
Page 9

An interview with
Christoph Hagedorn
The first ESTIEM president
Page 20
Start of the
Mentoring Programme
Page 24
Adventure abroad
The Nordic
Page 44

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4 Project Leader’s Speech
5 President’s Speech
6 Introduction to ESTIEM
Focus Topic Internet of
9 Internet of Things Introduction
10 Interview with Prof. Dr. Steinmetz
The Internet of the Day after
11 Smart cities, the first challenge for the
Future Internet
14 “Those who do nothing will
experience a revolution.”
23 Professors of IEM meet up in
Portugal: EPIEM Conference in Minho
20 Playing on the highest career
24 Successful Start of the ESTIEM Alumni
Mentoring Programme
26 A concept for solving chaos with more
28 Climb up the Leadership Summer
School Mountain
30 Board 2013 says goodbye
33 A New Approaching Strategy: Colour
34 Grants Committee helps you explore
new opportunities
35 BusinessBooster get2gether Karlsruhe
37 Local Members Engagement – A
Brand New Human Resources System
38 Training New Trainers
38 Trainer on Tour
39 Europe 3D Russia - Where did the
panda go?
40 Summer Academy Fairy Tales
42 Project, Committee and Initiative
Explore Europe
44 Adventure Abroad - The Nordic
47 Erasmus in Valencia
48 Graz – A Small Town With a Big Soul
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Stijn Zanders
Magazine Project Leader 2013 / 2014
Dear reader,
The world is changing; the internet plays an increasingly
important role in the modern society as it is extending
into the physical realm.
Due to Moore’s Law the price of transistors is
decreasing tremendously, and almost every object
can be connected to the Internet. Some major
breakthroughs are on the horizon: smart cities,
e-health and even environmental monitoring, where
civilians are warned when a natural disaster is about to
happen. These various aspects combined are called the
“Internet of Things” which is the next big thing that is
going to change our personal lives completely.
This issue gives a glance at the opportunities, challenges,
requirements and impact the Internet of Things has.
Besides taking a look in the future, we also had a look
back. An in-depth interview with Christoph Hagedorn,
the first ESTIEM president shows the influence ESTIEM
had on his experience and career during the last years.
Last February the Growing Together project was
established and in October it actually started. The
project focuses on ESTIEM alumni advising ESTIEMers
in making the best choices for their future career.
During the last six months considerable experience
was gained by ESTIEMers, some of these experiences
are captured and can been seen in the Inside ESTIEM
section. For the first time in the magazine we have got
an overview of updates of our projects, committees
and initiatives.
The magazine itself has also been changed. After ten
issues with the same design, a completely new design
is introduced. By introducing the design the magazine
becomes more structured and visually appealing,
resulting in a better readable ESTIEM magazine.
Don’t hold back to take a look at your new issue and
enjoy reading!
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President’s Speech
Dear Reader,
It has been almost 13 years since we entered the
21st century and thus faced a rapid evolution of
technological ‘things’. Our life is surrounded by gadgets
such as smartphones and tablets. We are gradually
switching the storage of data from static hard drives to
cloud surfaces. As a result of this rapid development
we have become encompassed by the Internet.
Not only the everyday lives of casual pedestrians,
but the operations and strategies of companies have
changed as well. These corporations are starting to use
new cutting-edge technologies and are implementing
intelligent systems that make autonomous decisions
based on reports from installed sensors. The traditional
approach of “push a button and the task will be
executed” is being replaced by the “push a button, which
activates a system, that decides - based on the current
circumstances of a system - how to act” principle.
This is also the basic principle in the construction of
mechatronic systems. Although the concept originates
from an engineering field, its theories can be easily
implemented in the broadening field of Industrial
Engineering and Management.
You might wonder how the big international ‘players’
can maintain their operations and make world-wide
decisions e.g. on production. There is one key element:
the Internet. This almighty giant enables us to lead and
live an easier life. Based on the previous argumentation
we have decided to select the Internet of Things as the
focus topic of the 45th issue of the ESTIEM Magazine.
On the other hand, there is one more factor in
technological development that should not be neglected
and that is social and environmental responsibility.
ESTIEM, as an educated European society consisting of
open-minded students with high potential, has to feel
the responsibility for taking care of the problems of
society. Keep in mind that a small action from everybody
results in a big impact on a community. The actions we
carry out today will directly affect our future, and the
future of our children and grandchildren.

To sum it up I would like to say to you all: live the
opportunities you get, and consider the time you have
at your disposal as a valuable gift that can be used to
make Europe better and to shape the future of our
I am more than happy to invite you to sit back and
enjoy reading the 45th issue of the ESTIEM Magazine!
As a result of a quick sneak peek I am sure you will find
it an interesting and overwhelming experience!
In high ESTIEM,
Csaba Hartmann
President of ESTIEM 2013
All over Europe...
After 23 years, it has grown into an organisation
bringing together over 50 000 students from 72
universities in 28 European countries, and it is still
growing. All these universities offer courses in IEM.
Based on this structure, ESTIEM forms links between
students, academics and companies in order to create
a European-wide, multi-level IEM network. ESTIEM
has continuously increased the number of its activities,
thus being able to offer a great variety of events to IEM
students and an opportunity to experience different
cultures, take part in international projects and become
friends with other ESTIEMers from all over Europe.
Naturally, the backbone of ESTIEM is the European IEM
student. The students involved in ESTIEM incorporate
both the skills required for modern business and an
open-minded approach towards other people and
cultural issues.
The decision-making body of ESTIEM is the Council,
which meets twice a year, in autumn and in spring. Each
university, represented by its so-called “Local Group”,
sends two student representatives. The six members
of the Board of ESTIEM are elected during the autumn
Council Meeting. The Board is responsible for the
management, coordination and administration of the
Besides taking leadership positions in the Board and as
Project or Committee Leaders, ESTIEM members can
also take up responsibilities by working in one of the
Projects, Committees or Initiatives. With lots of teams
and tasks to choose from, there is a place for everyone.
For more detailed information about our organisation
and its activities, please visit our website at www. ■
Back in 1990, students from five different countries founded an
organisation, which they named ESTIEM: European Students of Industrial
Engineering and Management. Its aim was and still is to establish and
foster interrelations among European students of Industrial Engineering
and Management (IEM) and support them in their personal and
professional development.
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The Tournament In Management and
Engineering Skills (TIMES) is the largest pan-
European case study competition solely for the
students of Industrial Engineering and Management.
This prestigious, highly acclaimed event is the flagship
project of ESTIEM. It has successfully been organised
since 1994 and attracts around 1000 top European
students every year. After Local Qualifications in 72
different universities and 8 Semi-Finals in selected cities,
the winning team of the Final is awarded the title of
Europe’s “IEM Students of the Year”.
Vision Seminar Series aims to improve the personal
skills and capabilities of the Industrial Engineering and
Management students in Europe. The seminars contain
a balanced mixture of academic lectures, workshops
and company visits, which are combined with cultural
and free-time activities of the organising city. Through
those activities the participants of a Vision Seminar
develop themselves both personally and professionally.
Each year’s Vision Seminar series focuses on one main
topic to which all Vision seminars are connected. This
years main topic is Customer Relationship Management.
The goal of Academic Days is to share ESTIEM
universities’ knowledge with the network. It supports
the personal and professional development of students
across Europe willing to complete their curriculum. In
order to achieve this, each event provides participants
deep insights into a specific topic in which the organising
Local Group’s university has a high expertise.
Europe3D is a 5-day seminar series where the
participants get a basic picture of the hosting country.
A special focus thereby lays on national characteristics
in politics and economy. Lectures given by experts
from politics, science and economy shall provide the
participants with a theoretical insight while cooperation
with companies for excursions and lectures include the
practical aspect as well.
Through the Summer Academy, ESTIEM recognizes
the importance of and takes responsibility for providing
knowledge of ethics and sound leadership among future
leaders of Europe. It was set up to bring international
students together during summer holidays to engage in
open discussion, group work, debate and private study
under a senior Academic Leader.
The ESTIEM Student Guide is ESTIEM’s guiding
service provided to any student who is interested in
studying Industrial Engineering and Management in
Europe or in travelling to any of the ESTIEM Local
Groups: an online database filled in by students, sharing
academic and practical information on and universities,
cities and countries.
The official publication of ESTIEM provides the perfect
platform to reach a target group of approximately 50
000 students of Industrial Engineering and Management
at universities all over Europe. The ESTIEM Magazine
is published twice a year and distributed among IEM
students, graduates and also professors and companies
across Europe, through the ESTIEM network.
Business Booster aims at creating an environment
where all needed information, experience and support
to excel in your future professional endeavors can be
found. The goal of this unique environment is to boost
entrepreneurial spirit and engage ESTIEMers, Alumni
and companies to collaborate with each other.
BrainTrainer is designed to develop leadership,
presentation, business and human skills of the
participants through professional trainings lasting
one or two days. Its aim is to coach and develop
the participants to become more professional and
successful in their organisation as well as in their own
future career.
The ESTIEM Book project is aiming to create a
Book about ESTIEM’s past and present for ESTIEM’s
25th anniversary in 2015. Besides presenting all of
our history, it will show all the Projects, Committees
and Initiatives of ESTIEM and present all of our Local
Groups. It will be published at ESTIEM’s 50th Council
Meeting in spring 2015. ■
ESTIEM is also a playground for great ideas developed by highly
motivated students. If a student manages to convince ESTIEM’s council
of his idea, he can start his own international project. Currently, there
are 10 projects running.
... Students involve themselves in
various international Projects....
The committees support the Board in maintaining and developing the
organisation ESTIEM further. Students from all over Europe engage
themselves in various topics in one of our 8 committees.
Corporate Relations Committee
The Corporate Relations Committee coordinates the
relations between ESTIEM, companies and universities
jointly with the Board. The Committee’s work covers
a number of fields with the aim of improving and
simplifying ESTIEM’s relations with companies and
universities, such as updating co-operation proposals,
creating and gathering results for different surveys or
training people on how to approach companies and
universities. The Corporate Relations Committee
also plays an active role in supervising and supporting
Projects and other Committees with regards to
sponsors and academic supporters.
Financial and Legal Committee
The Financial and Legal Committee’s role is to ensure
ESTIEM’s compliance with all laws and regulations.
It supports the Board, other Committees, Projects
and Local Groups in all financial and legal matters.
On one hand, it consists of experienced ESTIEMers
and ESTIEM Alumni, who are motivated to provide
advice whenever requested. On the other hand, active
Committee members work on creating and updating
Best Practice Documents, trainings, templates, etc. for
all related topics. Since many people are unexperienced
with finances and regulations, the Financial and Legal
Committee aims at helping them to deal with them
correctly. Furthermore, the Financial Controllers, who
perform every year the audit of the financial books of
ESTIEM, are part of the Committee.
Grants Committee
The Grants Committee supports ESTIEM’s applications
for EU Grants and aims to establish and develop
knowledge on public funding opportunities and their
application procedures. It also wants to share the
existing knowledge with as many ESTIEMers as possible
and to support more and more Local Groups apply for
an EU Grant for their events.
Information Technology Committee
The IT Committee maintains the mail, intranet, and
web servers of ESTIEM and coordinates all IT-related
development in the organisation, such as regarding the
IT backend system (.NET platform/C#). In addition, its
members offer troubleshooting services and technical
advice to ESTIEMers.
Knowledge Management Committee
Knowledge Management Committee does two things.
First, updating & creating Best Practice Documents by
documenting the collective experiences of ESTIEMers
throughout time - from organising a Project to how
to be a Leader, available online on the ESTIEM Portal.
Second, managing the quality of ESTIEM events by
collecting feedback from the event participants in order
to make Event specific and Project Specific Reports,
showing the development of ESTIEM’s Projects and
Members Committee
The Members Committee supports the members of
ESTIEM and provides information for those students
interested in joining ESTIEM by forming their own
Local Group (LG). It guides them through the whole
process, starting from establishing contact, via the guest
and observation period, all the way until fully pledged
membership. It takes care of the LG Requirements, helps
all LGs via the Regional Coordinators, and supports
LGs and central ESTIEM in motivation and recruitment
issues. It fosters connections between LGs, tries to
figure out what they need locally and cooperates e.g.
with the Trainers on Tour concept to fulfil the needs
for training topics that the Members Committee is an
expert on, such as HR, PR, recruitment and fundraising.
Public Relations Committee
The aim of the Public Relations Committee is to take
care of ESTIEM’s outer appearance. The Committee
is responsible for communicating the brand of ESTIEM
and increasing the awareness both inside and outside
of ESTIEM. The PR Committee works with several
different tools to achieve this, for instance designing
PR material, creating design templates and guidelines,
as well as working on press and social media visibility.
Trainings Committee
Personal development is part of ESTIEM’s vision – and
it is what ESTIEM trainings are meant for! By passing on
knowledge, skills and attitude in their sessions, ESTIEM
trainers support you on your path in ESTIEM and in life.
The Training Committee provides training support to
all ESTIEM activities and Local Groups. It also guides
trainers and people who want to become trainers with
their career through ESTIEM, and gives them personal
support and feedback. ■
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... and European-wide Committee Work.
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Daniele Miorandi
Nowadays, around two billions of people around the
world use the Internet for browsing the Web, sending
and receiving emails, accessing multimedia content
and services, playing games, using social networking
applications and many other tasks. While more
and more people will gain access to such a global
information and communication infrastructure, another
big leap forward is coming, related to the use of the
Internet as a global platform for letting machines and
smart objects communicate, dialogue, compute and
It is predictable that, within the next decade, the
Internet will exist as a seamless fabric of classic
networks and networked objects. Content and services
will be all around us, always available, paving the way to
new applications, enabling new ways of working; new
ways of interacting; new ways of entertainment; new
ways of living. In such a perspective, the conventional
concept of the Internet as an infrastructure network
reaching out to end-users’ terminals will fade, leaving
space to a notion of interconnected ‘‘smart’’ objects
forming pervasive computing environments [1]. The
Internet infrastructure will not disappear. On the
contrary, it will retain its vital role as global backbone
for worldwide information sharing and diffusion,
interconnecting physical objects with computing/
communication capabilities across a wide range of
services and technologies.
This innovation will be enabled by the embedding of
electronics into everyday physical objects, making them
‘‘smart’’ and letting them seamlessly integrate within
the global resulting cyberphysical infrastructure. This
will give rise to new opportunities for the Information
and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector,
paving the way to new services and applications able
to leverage the interconnection of physical and virtual
Within such perspective, the term ‘‘Internet-of-
Things’’ (IoT) is broadly used to refer to both: (i) the
resulting global network interconnecting smart objects
by means of extended Internet technologies, (ii) the
set of supporting technologies necessary to realize
such a vision (including, e.g., RFIDs, sensor/actuators,
machine-to-machine communication devices, etc.)
and (iii) the ensemble of applications and services
leveraging such technologies to open new business and
market opportunities [2,3]. ■
Internet of Things Introduction
A practical example
Your meeting was pushed back 45
Your car knows it will need gas to
make it to the train station. Fill-ups
usually take 5 minutes.
There was an accident on your
driving route causing a 15 minute
Your train is running 20 minutes
behind schedule.
This is communicated to your
alarm clock. Which allows
you 5 extra minutes of sleep.
And signals your coffee maker
to turn on 5 minutes late as
And signals your car to start
in minutes to melt the ice
accumulated in overnight
snow storms
1. M. Weiser, The computer for the 21st century,
Sci. Am. (1991) 94–100.
2. L. Atzori, A. Iera, G. Morabito, The Internet of
Things: a survey, Comput. Netw. 54 (15) (2010)
3. The Internet of Things, ITU Internet Reports,
2005. <>.
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Prof Dr. Ralf Steinmetz
Research Cluster Future Internet,
TU Darmstadt
More than 400 years of newspapers, about 100 years
of radio, over 50 years of television: The moment
the Internet was made available for the public at large
in the early 90s, it has had a high amount of media
competitors. Still it took only one decade to outstrip
the well-established media. Though it started as a
mere text and image medium targeted at technical
enthusiasts, by now it developed to an all-purpose
medium for everyone and an important driving
force for the economy. Despite its enormously fast
development, the internet is still a young medium,
whose potential is still unraveling. Therefore, a glance
at possible future internets is very enthralling.
Prof. Steinmetz, you are chairman of the research cluster
“Future Internet” at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.
Which Topics will shape the internet of the upcoming
Steinmetz: In the research cluster “Future Internet”,
we are primarily looking at advanced forms of
communication and their technical infrastructure, as
this serves the communication amongst humans as
well as amongst machines. Further research fields are
security, 3D documents and online business models.
The increasing convergence of media is also a topic.
Machines communicate with machines. How can we
envision this?
Steinmetz: It is often addressed as “Internet of
Things”. Let me give you a very basic example: If you
order a parcel today, you will automatically receive an
email once it is ready for collection. Meanwhile, the
parcel carried out a lot of communication, from the
sender via intermediate stations until delivery. With
the changeover to the internet protocol IPv6 in the last
years (and today), in the future every device and object
will potentially have its own internet address. More
and more automated processes evolve in various areas
of application. For example, in the medical sector it
would be imaginable that sensors monitoring the state
of health of the patients would alarm the emergency
doctor in critical situations automatically and transmit
the state of health of the patient immediately. The
doctor would be informed before he would even
reach the site of the accident. This could save lives! I
can assure you that we will see other new, currently
unpredictable internet applications in the future.
The internet already had a huge impact on the daily work
life of many employees, especially through emails. Do you
expect more changes in the future?
Steinmetz: Certainly! I think that especially the way
how we collaborate will face further changes. Not
only the communication amongst private persons
will develop further, but also companies and their
employees will interact even more independent from
their location than today. More decentralized structures
and a somehow centralized responsiblity can be put in
place much easier with the help of the new internet.
If more and more of our private and business communication
will be handled over the internet, the security of those
channels will get more and more important.
Steinmetz: That is correct; especially in our wireless
networks we need a communication technology that
is equally secure and resilient. But security as a topic
exceeds by far to just aoid viruses or involuntary
external access. Under the caption “Civil Security in the
Future Internet”, we deal with concepts how humans
and machines can work together optimally in crisis
situations, for example in case of an environmental
disaster. All this happens in an excellent environment
of our Darmstadt Research Cluster Future Internet.
Among others there are over 100 scientists working
on these very important security issues for the Future
Internet. It is manly based upon “security by design”. ■
Despite its enormously fast development, the internet is still a young
medium, whose potential is still unraveling. Therefore, a glance at
possible future internets is very enthralling.
Interview with Prof. Dr. Steinmetz
The Internet of the Day after tomorrow
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From the information and communication technologies
(ICT) point of view, and at a holistic level, cities can be
considered as ‘systems of systems’. However, one of
the most well-known definitions of a Smart City was
already provided some years ago by the EU project
‘European Smart Cities’ [1]. Under this work, six
dimensions of ‘smartness’ were identified, each one of
them somehow related to the ICT world (economy,
people, governance, mobility, environment, and living).
As the upsurge ICTs has become the nervous system of
all modern economies, making cities smarter is usually
achieved through the use of ICT intensive solutions.
In fact, ICT is already at the heart of many current
models for urban development: revamping their critical
infrastructure and enabling new ways of city transport
management, traffic control or environmental
pollution monitoring. The extensive use of ICT is also
empowering the development of essential services
for health, security, police and fire departments,
governance and delivery of public services.
Nevertheless, the main concern with respect to most
of these solutions is that its own commercial approach
is leading to an unmanageable and unsustainable sea of
systems and market islands. From the point of view of
the Telcos, that is quite well aligned with the European
Commission approach to the PPP, there is a need to
reach to a high level agreement at an industrial level to
overcome this increasing market fragmentation, which
prevents solutions of becoming more efficient, scalable
and suitable for supporting new generations of services
that are not even envisaged nowadays.
Consequently, the successful development of the
Smart Cities paradigm will “require a unified ICT
infrastructure to allow a sustainable economic growth”
[2], and this unified ICT platform must be suitable to
“model, measure, optimize, control, and monitor
complex interdependent systems of dense urban
life” [3]. Therefore in the design of urban-scale ICT
platforms, three main core functionalities can be
■ Urban Communications Abstraction. One of
the most urgent demands for sustainable urban
ICT developments is to solve the inefficient
use (i.e. duplications) of existing or new
communication infrastructures. Due to the
broad set of heterogeneous urban scenarios,
there will be also a pronounced heterogeneity
of the underlying communication layers. So far,
through communications abstraction, urban-scale
Smart cities, the first challenge for the
Future Internet
Jose Manuel Henandex Muñoz
Professor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
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ICT platforms will allow unified communications
regardless the different network standards and
will enable data transfer services agnostic to the
underlying connection protocol. Furthermore,
a major challenge in future urban spaces will
be how to manage the increasing number of
heterogeneous and geographically dispersed
machines, sensors and actuators intensively
deployed everywhere in the city.
■ Unified Urban Information Models. Also related to
the huge amount of heterogeneous information
generated at urban scale, a unified ICT platform
should be built on top of a unified model so that
data and information could be shared among
different applications and services at global urban
levels. This will relay on the articulation of different
enriched semantic descriptions, enabling the
development of information processing services
involving different urban resources and entities of
interest. Specific information management policies
should also be addressed to ensure the required
level of security and privacy of information.
■ Open Urban Services Development. Together
with unified communications and information, a
key functionality of urban ICT Platforms should
be to guarantee interoperability at both the
application and service levels. Only through
open, easy-to-use, and flexible interfaces the
different agents involved (public administrations,
enterprises, and citizens) will be able to conceive
new innovative solutions to interact with and
manage all aspects of urban life in a cost-effective
way. This will provide the necessary innovation-
enabling capabilities for attracting public and
private investments to create products and
services which have not yet been envisioned, a
crucial aspect for SmartCities to become future
engines of a productive and profitable economy.
Once major challenges of unified urban-scale ICT
platforms are identified, it is clear that the future
development of Smart Cities will be only achievable in
conjunction with a technological leap in the underlying
ICT infrastructure. This technological leap can be
faced by considering Smart Cities at the forefront of
the recent vision of the Future Internet (FI). Although
there is no universally accepted definition of the Future
Internet, it can be approached as “a socio-technical
system comprising Internet-accessible information
and services, coupled to the physical environment and
human behavior, and supporting smart applications of
societal importance” [4]. Thus the FI can transform a
Smart City into an open innovation platform supporting
vertical domain of business applications built upon
horizontal enabling technologies. The most relevant
basic FI pillars [8] for a Smart City environment are the
Three core functionalities for the first challenge of the
Future Internet
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■ The Internet of Things (IoT): defined as a global
network infrastructure based on standard and
interoperable communication protocols where
physical and virtual “things” are seamlessly
integrated into the information network [5].
■ The Internet of Services (IoS): flexible, open
and standardized enablers that facilitate the
harmonization of various applications into
interoperable services as well as the use of
semantics for the understanding, combination and
processing of data and information from different
service provides, sources and formats.
■ The Internet of People (IoP): envisaged as people
becoming part of ubiquitous intelligent networks
having the potential to seamlessly connect, interact
and exchange information about themselves and
their social context and environment.
At this point, it is important to highlight a bidirectional
relationship between the FI and Smart Cities: as if,
in the one direction, FI can offer solutions to many
challenges that Smart Cities face; on the other direction,
Smart Cities can provide an excellent experimental
environment for the development, experimentation
and testing of common FI service enablers required to
achieve ‘smartness’ in a variety of application domains
[6]. To this later extent, close to the IoP vision, the
Living Labs network [7] based on the user-driven
approach is of main relevance. ■
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2. The ICT behind cities of the future, http://
3. Simonov, M.: Future Internet applications relevant
for smart cities, an ICT application area example:
smart & proactive energy management, Open
Innovation by FI-enabled services, Brussels, 15
January (2010)
4. Position Paper: Research Challenges for the Core
Platform for the Future Internet. In: M.Boniface,
M. Surridge, C.U (Eds.)
f ippp-research-challenges-for-coreplatform-
5. Sundmaeker, H., Guillemin, P., Friess, P., Woelfflé,
S. (eds.): Vision and Challenges for Realising
the Internet of Things, CERP-IoT, March 2010.
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6. Future Internet Assembly 2009, Stockholm,
Sweden (November 2009),
7. The European Network of Living Labs, http://
8. Towards a Future Internet Public Private
Partnership, Usage Areas Workshop, Brussels, 3
March (2010),
society/acti vities/foi/events/f ippp3/f i-ppp-
Smart city concepts
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How would you describe the internet of things and services?
The internet we have known up to now has been a
platform for direct exchange between people. But now
that we can build small computers into everything,
sensor technology and small IT components have
made it possible for any object to become part of the
internet. And thus things that were once mute and
inanimate can now take part in the grand concert we
call life. This is the internet of things and services.
Can you give some more concrete examples?
Sure. Take pharmaceuticals packaging. Today all we
can see is if there is medicine inside the bottle or
blister pack. This is usually accompanied by a detailed
package insert which many people don’t understand.
In the future, the packaging will be able to tell us if the
contents are original or counterfeit. It will contain a
treatment plan, warn if there is a danger of overdosing,
contact the doctor to order a refill, and even ask the
patient, “how are you today?” Even a simple soft drinks
bottle could share much more information with its
consumer. Nearly invisible IT components open up
countless possibilities for communication between an
object and the rest of the world.
If products’ characteristics are going change so much,
what will the industry need to do differently?
In the future, we are going to have to think more
about services. Can a machine part be connected with
the internet? How can internet capability generate
additional services for customers? As you can see, we
have to think beyond just the product. This will lead to
changes in design, the manufacturing process, customer
relations, and in the long run, the entire business model.
So companies have their work cut out for them.
Are companies prepared for this change process?
Many companies are definitely aware that a reorientation
is necessary. Nonetheless, it appears that very few are
addressing the topic in a coordinated way. But this is
also difficult, since in many areas there currently isn’t an
obvious market for these new concepts. At the same
time, companies have to continuously test the market,
be smart enough to try new things, and be quick to
start work on a concrete product. As I see it, hiring
more engineers is not the answer. What will be crucial
is having enough in-house computer-science expertise.
In this regard, many product- and hardware-oriented
companies have a lot of catching up to do.
What role is your institute at the University of St. Gallen
playing in all this?
Here in St. Gallen, we’ve been working on this subject
for twelve years now. Our research is aimed at finding
out what areas of application there could be for the
pharmaceuticals industry, banks, energy suppliers,
automakers, mechanical engineers, and many more.
You could call us a “research subcontractor.” This
allows us to generate ideas and run small pilot projects.
We lay the foundations, and others build on them.
In the future, more and more devices and systems will be capable of
sending and receiving data via the internet. For example, electric cars
will automatically reserve a charge spot, and buildings will independently
be able to calculate their energy requirements and cover them
accordingly. This will give rise to completely new services which will
transform people’s daily lives. This is what we mean when we speak of
the “internet of things and services.” By 2025, an estimated 50 billion
appliances and systems will be able to exchange data and synchronize
with each other without any human input. Professor Elgar Fleisch has
been researching the economic impacts of this development for more
than ten years. Among other things, he is the scientific head of the
“Bosch Internet of Things and Services Lab – a Cooperation of HSG
and Bosch”, an innovation lab that was established at the University of
St. Gallen, Switzerland, in 2012.
“Those who do nothing will
experience a revolution.”
Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
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What type of partners are you looking to collaborate with?
We need companies that are openminded and willing
to approach new ideas objectively. Without this spirit
of openness, it just doesn’t work. The innovation
laboratory we established with Bosch is a prime
example. What Bosch contributes to the search for
new solutions is a spirit of openness.
But companies could easily conduct experiments on their
Sure, but as a university no one will judge us too harshly
if we occasionally try something off the wall and fail.
A company always has to be careful that it doesn’t
damage its valuable brand through such attempts. So
it’s more difficult for them to be happy-go-lucky in their
approach, while we are not held back by such concerns.
Wanting to breathe life into soft drinks bottles with computer
technology – that’s also pretty off the wall, isn’t it?
Admittedly, the initial main focus is not going to be on
solutions for the end consumer. Right now, experts
are more concerned with other questions, such as
how manufacturing processes can be improved on an
industrial scale. Just think about products that use an
RFID chip to monitor the manufacturing process and
report on its current status. Condition monitoring –
that is, the automated web-based checking of machines
and equipment – is already a reality.
When will consumers start to experience the internet of
things and services in their daily lives?
That’s an interesting question. Computers are
becoming so small that they’re no longer visible in
products. Devices automatically network with each
other without the consumer even being aware. Many
current applications have already become so familiar
that we don’t even give them a second thought. Some
prominent examples of this are ski passes, train and
plane tickets, and modern entry systems for office
buildings, factories, and stadiums.
It all sounds like a field that leaves some room for
deceptiveness. When will this become a major field with
an economic impact?
When it comes to security, it’s already a major field. It’s
not through successful products like the iPhone or iPad
that the internet of things and services will become
visible. Many applications simply run unseen in the
From an economic point of view, we’re going to see
considerable increases in value and reductions in cost
as a result of this. But all in all, the internet of things
and services is an evolutionary process that will take
place gradually over the next few years. Companies
that don’t do anything, though, will experience it as a
revolution – and find they’re suddenly out of the game.
How will this revolution play out?
In the future, nothing will be possible anymore without
computer scientists. If you want to recommend a
secure career path to your children, tell them to
study computing. Digitalization will cause many areas
to change or disappear completely, as ever more
hardware becomes superfluous. A classic example of
Devices automatically network
with each other without the
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this for me is the travel alarm industry. When did you
buy your last travel alarm? Or think about how many
functions are combined in a satellite navigation device.
And even these devices are going to be made obsolete
by smartphones. Companies would do well to pay
attention to these trends. In my view, Bosch is right to
go on the offensive in this respect.
Doesn’t the internet of things and services also require
a proper infrastructure? Will a country fall behind if it
doesn’t invest in this early enough?
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that countries that
don’t have an existing infrastructure have no chance
of keeping up with those that do. Many emerging
markets are currently demonstrating that they’re
capable of gaining ground by simply leapfrogging over
an entire generation of technology. However, it will be
dangerous for those countries that steadfastly refuse to
develop technologically, preferring instead to maintain
the status quo. There, existing industrial structures
might one day just collapse because they haven’t kept
pace with everyone else.
So the internet of things and services won’t supplant
industry as we know it today?
No, actually it will be an important part of it. Even
now, we can’t imagine any part of a company operating
without the internet. It offers still undreamed-of
possibilities, and these must be exploited. Companies
that can’t do so on their own should collaborate
with others to make this possible. Otherwise, they’ll
be left behind. What’s important is the willingness to
try new things. This is one of the key characteristics
of companies like Bosch. The internet of things and
services offers them an enormous opportunity.
What would you advise Bosch to do in order to exploit this
Bosch has demonstrated in the past that it knows how
to cope with big technological changes. The advent
of electronics in vehicles is an example of how the
company turned a technological development into a
very successful business. When it comes to the internet
of things and services, I would advise against setting up
overly large units. Over the next two to three years, it
will be much more important to run pilot projects in
every area of the company, in order to learn as much
as possible.
Isn’t that taking a step backward, a return to the principle
of trial and error?
Yes, to a certain extent. For this reason, it shouldn’t be
just a single part of a company that concerns itself with
this subject. If all a company’s divisions were to start
focusing on the search for new products and services
that make use of the internet of things and services, a
lot of ground would be covered. And the chance for
success would be greater.
So in other words, try it and see?
Exactly. With the same curiosity and perseverance we
expect from our students. The way forward is clear -
we just need to forge ahead with determination. ■
Dr. Elgar Fleisch is a professor of technology
management and director at the Institute of Technology
Management at the University of St. Gallen (HSG).
After graduating from the Institution of Higher
Technical Education in Engineering, he studied business
information technology at the University of Vienna.
In 1993, he completed his doctorate at the Vienna
University of Economics and Business on the subject of
artificial intelligence in production scheduling. In 1994,
Elgar Fleisch started researching business networking at
the University of St. Gallen’s Institute of Information
Management, and in 2000 he was named assistant
professor of business administration.
Today Elgar Fleisch conducts research in the areas
of operations management and the business aspects
of ubiquitous computing. He has also co-founded a
number of successful university spinoffs, which he
continues to supervise. The results of his research
activities have been published in more than 250
scientific journals and books.
Source: Geschäftsbericht 2012 der Robert Bosch GmbH
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Enhancing further opportunities in the EPIEM-network
Professors of IEM meet up in Portugal:
EPIEM Conference in Minho
The past EPIEM - European Professors of Industrial
Engineering and Management - conference was
organized by the University of Minho in Guimaraes
between the 27-28th of September. I was honoured to
have the chance to represent ESTIEM at this prestigious
event and contribute with ideas to the development of
the fresh network.
The main aim of the conference was to outline an
action plan, set yearly goals, agree upon the structure
and develop the visibility for the network.
During the meeting we evaluated the potential
expansion and new target strategy for the network.
A common agreement was raised around the fact that
we need to focus on encouraging prosperous PhD
students to join, which could later result in a strong
supportive basis for our network. We will try to set
up a new plan for expansion, i.e. contacting more
professors and asking them to join the network with
the help of ESTIEM’s Local Groups.
Another big achievement of the meeting was to agree
upon the aim of the network. The final phrasing of
the mission and vision is still in progress, but the main
issues that were raised were that the EPIEM network
should exist to support IEM education all over Europe,
maintain a knowledge-sharing platform between
enthusiastic academicians, and shape the future of
the European society via spreading best practices and
values among students.
As a result of fruitful discussions many potential ways
for cooperation between ESTIEM and EPIEM were
evaluated. The most interesting ones are:
■ A thorough research of IEM curricula from all
over Europe. This would aim at analyzing the key
characteristics and strengths of each course and
then take a further step towards the accreditation
of them.
■ Joint research projects for ESTIEMers mentored by
EPIEM professors. ESTIEMers studying at different
universities would join an international virtual
team, where they would conduct research on a
specific topic under the guidance of a professor.
■ International entrepreneurship courses mentored
by universities. A multi-location event, similar to
the Summer Entrepreneurship Training of the
Business Booster, aiming at providing different
perspectives for to-be-entrepreneurs. During
the event the participants will receive mentoring
advice from professors and local companies and
come up with a business idea.
■ An IEM Book. This would include best practices
from students, who did an internship or a
research at a company, from ESTIEM alumni,
who are currently working in the professional
field, managing their own enterprises and from
In addition to this the concept of opening up the
professors’ meeting for ESTIEMers to provide a broader
input scheme for ideas was discussed. This idea was
warmly welcomed by all participants; the next EPIEM
Meeting will take place in Graz from the 22-24th of
May 2014, where the organizers will provide vacancies
for 15-20 ESTIEMers, 15-20 Alumni and professors.
This meeting will be a part of the 20th anniversary
conference of the German speaking IEM institutions,
providing an opportunity to set European-wide goals
regarding development.
They all agreed that we, as IEM students, have the
chance and power to seize the opportunity to make
Europe a better in the future! Please consider yourself
as a person in the youth of Europe having the chance
to make your surroundings, country and region better!
Together Students, Alumni and Professors can make a
change! ■
Together Students, Alumni and
Professors can make a change!

European Professors of
Industrial Engineering and Management
Csaba Hartmann,
President of ESTIEM,
Local Group Budapest
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Over the Finish Line
Quickly and Reliably
Excellence in motorsports – speed is one of the main ingredients. But
in the production of racecars, reliability and precision are also crucial.
This is why US company Pratt & Miller Engineering trusts measuring
technology from ZEISS.
The finish line is in sight, the checkered flag visible,
adrenaline is in the air. Now is not the time for
mistakes. The speedometer shoots up and the engine
accelerates. Only a few seconds to go before a perfect
win is secured. Corvette racing in the USA is like all
racing series – to be the first across the finish line, every
aspect of the car must be right. Cars don’t win races
just because they are the fastest. In fact, it’s about all of
the small details being precisely and reliably produced
and compatible with each other. This is exactly what
Pratt & Miller concentrates on, and the company brings
racing cars to their destination quickly and reliably
through the development, production and inspection
of its products. This US company has become one
of the leading providers of innovative solutions for
the automotive industry and in particular for the
motorsports sector. The company has been relying on
measuring technology from ZEISS since 2011.
Increased requirements
With less and less time to manage customer
orders, tighter tolerances and increased customer
requirements, Pratt & Miller recently found itself
needing a more advanced quality inspection solution.
Previously, measurements were taken using different
sized measuring arms and various manual tools. To
meet their new targeted tolerances however, they
needed shorter turnaround times, reproducibility and
more accuracy – with the measuring tools they had
used previously, this was an extremely difficult task.
Internal design tolerance requirements were reaching
2 ten-thousandths of an inch and some customers
Corvette ALMS at the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida
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specified tolerances as low as five micrometers. This
led the company, in 2011, to purchase a CONTURA
G2 bridge-type measuring machine from ZEISS with
an active VAST XT sensor for high scanning speed – a
stroke of luck as it turned out.
Most test pieces at Pratt & Miller are prototypes: for
example clutch discs, racecar chassis components
or wheel suspensions for racing cars developed and
produced for various series including Corvette Racing
and Cadillac Racing. Maximum precision is required
for the measurement of these parts. Therefore,
wheel suspensions are measured numerous times on
the bridge-type measuring machine. For motorsports
components which have long lead times and tight
deadlines, speed and reproducible precision are
absolutely vital. About twelve components are
measured per day using the CONTURA G2, which
includes the re-inspection of used parts. Depending on
the production program, the daily volume can rise to
over 100 parts.
Massive time savings
With CONTURA G2, Pratt & Miller also saves time.
The inspection of wheel suspensions, which took two
hours using manual tools, now takes just 20 minutes.
Instead of the 10 to 20 tools it took in the past,
measurements are now made with just one instrument.
The use of the CONTURA G2 also pays dividends in
the measurement of chassis tuning systems for the race
cars and it helps find areas where there is room for
improvement quickly. The graphic function of ZEISS
CALYPSO software is also highly useful for Pratt &
Miller: “Thanks to the visualization, I can easily show
my colleagues what I’m talking about, without having
to produce several drawings,” says Frank Wilson,
Head of Quality Assurance, concluding: “When you
see how much more precise and reproducible the
measurements with ZEISS are, you realize that the
benefits are invaluable. We have thus attained a new
level of reliability.” ■
Frank Wilson measuring clutch disks
Source: CZiB international
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Christoph Hagedorn
First president of ESTIEM
Today I think
it was hardly possible

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Bart van Eijden,
Local Group Eindhoven
Christoph knows what it takes to lead a multinational
organization. Currently he is based in Yokohama as the
President and Chief Executive Officer of Continental
Japan. “It feels familiar,” he jokes; the tone for the
interview is set. For the next hour, we engage in a
conversation to see how his experiences in ESTIEM
helped him to make the right choices for his professional
career. Even though we are about 10.000 kilometres
apart, I can easily feel his energy as he teaches me some
important lessons in life after studying.
Everything is possible
While he is not completely up-to-date anymore about
the current developments within ESTIEM, it is not
long before I learn that despite that, we both share
the same belief: ESTIEM is a great playground, an
“amazing training camp”. He illustrates: “ESTIEM offers
all dimensions to try new things. From an internship in
the USA in 1992 I got the idea to organise a study tour
to Japan to visit benchmark companies. At the next
Council Meeting in Linköping I discussed the idea with
a few others and one year later we were off. By that
time, my original idea had grown through the initiative
and creativity of others to a Total Quality Management
world tour. In the end, a group of forty students visited
various companies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and
the USA.” In a time where emails did not exist yet and
so communication had to be done through sending
postcards and fax messages, this can be seen as a great
achievement. The study tour later got a permanent
place in the ESTIEM curriculum; it became the first
project under the name “Vision” as we all know it
today. Christoph shares his first words of wisdom: “If
you really want something and you are ready to go
a long way, then all you need is to find partners and
friends to openly share and discuss your ideas to find
that nearly everything is possible.”
He adds: “People are often intimidated by many
great ideas, they think their own ideas are not good
enough. Do not be shy, every idea starts with a small
thought. Sharing it with others will bring out fresh
new perspectives, seemingly disjoint, but being able
to identify the inevitable overlapping areas is a success
factor to make your own idea bigger. It might even lead
you in new directions. Embrace change, go as you flow
but be hands-on.”
Talking about hands-on, Christoph explains me that
he is supporting the recently implemented alumni-
mentoring program for ESTIEMers. In this way, he
hopes to be able to help current students develop
themselves towards a successful career. “What makes
a successful career?” I asked him with curiosity. A short
silence follows. “It is definitely one that makes you
happy,” he answers with great confidence. “Every other
criteria can only be second.” Christoph is currently at
his sixth job position since he graduated from university
in Darmstadt in 1994. “It takes one year to get used to
a new job, one year to leave a footprint and one year to
reflect on your impact, to understand if your footprint
will leave a good or a bad image. If you move on too
fast, you will not learn from your mistakes. On the
other side, there is nothing more boring than hanging
on to the same job forever. Challenges are paramount
for a healthy career, those who are more flexible will
be more appreciated and can get things done with their
own motivation.”
What’s next?
Getting things done in just a short time is always a
challenge in organisations where several stakeholders
claim different interests and where consensus might
not always be possible. Moreover, one often has to
deal with bureaucracy and protocols that dramatically
slow down the progress. ESTIEM was not an exception.
“I hated the ‘voting rule book’,” Christoph reveals.
“ESTIEM was never a blue-print, it came as we went. It
happened in a dynamic context where other students
happened to have the same idea of finding out who
else in Europe was studying IEM. Feeding of each
other’s energy and motivation, the idea of a European
IEM student organisation evolved in less than a year
into a state where we were ‘ready to go’. As soon
as the organisation was created, we started thinking
‘What’s next?’. That is when we needed to decide
It is safe to say that ESTIEMers all share the same dedication and
determination to pursue a successful professional career. So how can
our experiences in ESTIEM help us to make the right decisions? I ask
Christoph Hagedorn, the first president of ESTIEM, for advice.
Playing on the highest career
People are intimidated by many
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upon a structure, protocols needed to be introduced
and thus bureaucracy made its entrance. When I look
back on the incredible speed we got things done with,
it still amazes me.”
A typical leader’s dilemma in decision-making is to
choose between the slower method of finding approval
from all stakeholders and pushing things through a bit
more to speed things up. “Sometimes it is easier to beg
for forgiveness than to ask for permission,” Christoph
quotes. “As a leader one of the most important skills to
have is being able to find the fine line between seeking
approval and being proactive. ESTIEM offers a perfect
setting to practice these skills. Error does not mean
failure. The lessons learned you can take with you in
your professional career.”
Something else to take with you from ESTIEM, are
friends for life. Friends can help you in our professional
career in different ways. I ask Christoph how his
contacts gained through the ESTIEM network helped
him in his career. He replies: “Because the field of IEM
is such a multi-disciplinary one, you will most likely end
up having friends all over the globe working in different
industries like finance, consultancy, manufacturing and
NGO’s. Typically you will meet once in a few years
when you can compare your own development with
those of others. In professional life, often you are
uncertain about your choices, especially when you are
competitive like me. So it is during these meetings,
when you can figure out if you are still on the right
track. An example was a while ago when one friend
was talking about an international project of his. It gave
me the push to ask my superior if I could do something
similar. I ended up working in France for a few years.
Your friends can thus act as equilibrium for your own
career and give you the necessary confidence.”
It is needless to say that with so little time left until
its 25
anniversary, ESTIEM has been connecting
thousands of students all over Europe. I sense an
excited Christoph when he states: “When you set up
an organisation, looking into the future is impossible.
You can never know if the activeness would stay up or
if there will be periods of decay, possibly leading to the
end of ESTIEM. Years after I left however, I attended
a meeting where I was asked if I could help with the
sponsoring of the TIMES. Then I realised ESTIEM was
now a full-swing, professionally led organisation.”
This makes two successes in this article, the success of
ESTIEM but certainly also the success of Christoph as
a proud man in Japan. If you want to be as successful,
keep in mind the lessons taught. You might also want to
take a look at the alumni-mentoring programme to see
if you can find your match! ■
The first ESTIEM board sitting in the Opern Cafe, Berlin. The date is November 1990, one day before ESTIEM was
founded. From left to right are: Astrid Sonneville-Dings, Stefan Scheinder, Elina Markannen and Christoph Hagedorn.
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ESTIEM and ESTIEM alumni discuss the
idea of a mentoring programme
Market survey risks, opportunities, and
expectations are investigated. Profiles of
the ideal mentee and mentor are made.
Promotion idea The Council Meeting Eindhoven
and Alumni Meeting in Istanbul are used to promote
the concept. The response is positive.
Selection participants The project team selects
the best candidates. Motivation, contribution to
ESTIEM and time to graduate are key criteria.
Start application mentees
41 students and 24 alumni apply
Special mailing
Bart Jutte & Csaba Hartmann decide
to give it a try.
60% 40% 20% 20% 40% 60%
Students like...Alumni are
experienced in...
... and want to
work as ...
... and work or
worked as ...
Matching process Each student
receives a booklet with all mentors....
Start 1 on 1 mentoring Mentee and
mentor dicsuss which area(s) of
professional development of the mentee
they will focus on. The results of this
discussion are written down in the
mentoring agreement. This serves as a
guideline throughout the mentoring.
Professional development mentee The mentee works
together with the mentee to..
O￿cial end mentoring period
Celebration and evaluation of
Growing Together
... and approaches the best fitting
mentor, who agrees (or not) to
become mentor.
... understand
his/her goals ...
.... do self-
.... devise and
choose options ...
.... define and execute
improvement steps.
Profile candidates mentoring programme
20 ESTIEMers are participating in the first edition of the mentoring
programme that ESTIEM has set up in cooperation with the ESTIEM
Alumni. All students have an experienced mentor who will coach them
in their professional development.
Successful Start of the
ESTIEM Alumni Mentoring Programme
Bart Jutte,
ESTIEM Alumnus
Why a mentoring programme?
The idea for a mentoring programme has been around
for a while, but it was during the Advisory Board meeting
in Bad Dürkheim that the foundation was laid. The main
idea beyond the concept is: to provide support for
ESTIEMers who are seeking advice in order to make the
best choices for their future career, while strengthening
the bonding between the current and former members
of our network: in one word sustaining the ESTIEM
family. The mentoring programme channels knowledge
and know how from experienced alumni and transfers
it to ambitious ESTIEMers. Alumni will have the chance
to get in touch with a new generation and taste what
ESTIEM looks like today. Besides that, they will have the
opportunity to improve their mentoring and coaching
skills and give something back to the organization, to
our network that supported them in getting great deals
in their career.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a developmental partnership. A mentor
shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective
to foster the professional and personal growth of
a mentee. The mentor can be a senior member
of a company, a manager, professor or any kind of
Csaba Hartmann,
President of ESTIEM,
Local Group Budapest
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ESTIEM and ESTIEM alumni discuss the
idea of a mentoring programme
Market survey risks, opportunities, and
expectations are investigated. Profiles of
the ideal mentee and mentor are made.
Promotion idea The Council Meeting Eindhoven
and Alumni Meeting in Istanbul are used to promote
the concept. The response is positive.
Selection participants The project team selects
the best candidates. Motivation, contribution to
ESTIEM and time to graduate are key criteria.
Start application mentees
41 students and 24 alumni apply
Special mailing
Bart Jutte & Csaba Hartmann decide
to give it a try.
60% 40% 20% 20% 40% 60%
Students like...Alumni are
experienced in...
... and want to
work as ...
... and work or
worked as ...
Matching process Each student
receives a booklet with all mentors....
Start 1 on 1 mentoring Mentee and
mentor dicsuss which area(s) of
professional development of the mentee
they will focus on. The results of this
discussion are written down in the
mentoring agreement. This serves as a
guideline throughout the mentoring.
Professional development mentee The mentee works
together with the mentee to..
O￿cial end mentoring period
Celebration and evaluation of
Growing Together
... and approaches the best fitting
mentor, who agrees (or not) to
become mentor.
... understand
his/her goals ...
.... do self-
.... devise and
choose options ...
.... define and execute
improvement steps.
Profile candidates mentoring programme
businessperson from any field of Industrial Engineering
and Management.
Mentoring gives you as a student the opportunity
to discuss topics that will guide and focus your
development and take action. As one student stated, “I
would really like to have a mentor who can help me to
create a vision of my career” Another mentioned that
Mentoring is a committed, long-
term relationship in which a less
experienced person receives the
support from an experienced
one in order to develop himself

“I have never found what I’m truly good at, or what
makes me fulfilled and happy.” These are the types of
questions you can discuss with an ESTIEM alumnus who
has been in a similar situation before and can coach you
to find your personal answers.
First Mentoring group started
The application period for students started just after the
Summer (see infographic) and in the end 41 students
applied. 20 enthusiastic students were matched with a
personal ESTIEM mentor. In the next magazine we will
give an update on their first experiences and results.
For now we are very pleased with the smooth start and
the enthusiasm this project evokes with ESTIEM and
ESTIEM Alumni. ■
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Robert Glawar
Local Group Vienna
Everybody from time to time might feel frustrated
with some pattern that is forced on them. Surely, this
didn’t happen with any of the ESTIEM “Open-Space
Technology” (OST) events that took place all around
Europe in the past year.
OST is a modern concept of approaching old and new
challenges without hierarchy and order. A concept
for solving chaos with more freedom. Are you curious
Open Space Technology in ESTIEM. First think quickly how fast
Technology has developed throughout the last years. Now compare
our society with the ones decades and centuries ago. Finally compare
the organizational structure of a company and an ancient roman legion.
Notice anything disturbing?
A concept for solving chaos with more
The great pleasure about this particular type of event
lies in the freedom of how it is held. The main idea
of OST is that there exists no agenda beforehand.
The whole agenda, or let’s say the “framework”, will
be designed by the participants themselves during the
To demonstrate how such a concept might work,
let’s look back how this year’s ESTIEM College went.
In case you don’t know, the College is the platform
where the most active members meet in order to
discuss current issues and create new ideas to improve
our network. Therefore topics need to be discussed
and to be worked on. One can imagine how tense the
participants were when they arrived eager to work and
experienced that there was no agenda (yet) for the
upcoming event.
At the beginning of the event everybody had the
chance to propose a topic that he or she thinks should
be discussed during the College. By proposing the topic
one automatically takes responsibility for the topic and
is in charge of facilitating the discussion. After the topics
were gathered, the participants had to create their own
agenda for the event by assigning a topic to a specific
time slot. Meanwhile the participants could show their
interest in participating in a session. Although some
proposed topics were not scheduled, it didn’t mean
that they would not be discussed during the week. If
someone was passionate enough they could always find
some way off the regular sessions to work on it.
During the working sessions everybody had the chance
to leave the discussion whenever he or she felt like,
and rather join another session. The sessions followed
only 4 rules “Whoever comes is the right people”,
“Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
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happened”, “Whenever it starts is the right time” and
“When it’s over, it’s over”. Therefore we also had
flexible breaks - only the time for dinner was strictly
set, also because during that time the participants
had the chance to make changes to their agenda, and
discuss and reflect what had happened during the day.
After the concept was introduced people were sceptical
about it, and questioning if the switching in between
sessions would only disturb the discussion or lead to
re-discussing everything again. Also people thought
that by using OST we would only talk disorderly about
a lot of things but never reach the point where we
work efficiently and start creating actual solutions. But
after the event came to an end, everybody was excited
about what the group had achieved, how effective the
work had been, and especially that the outcome had
been achieved.
That being said, OST of course is not a universal
remedy. It only works if you can afford to work on
different topics despite the outcome. If you are facing
a specific problem that you want to solve, or you want
to discuss a certain solution in a group, OST might not
be the way to go.
Within ESTIEM OST can be used in quite a wide variety
of strategic events, such as Coordination and Regional
Coordination meetings, different working groups, and
other strategic events starting from the local level all
the way up to the Council Meeting. Also in training
events, such as the Trainers on Tour, OST can be a
great addition.
I have to say thank you to Judith Hartl, Kevin Göttert
and Han Che for inspiring me on the matter of Open
Space (and because I might have stolen some quotes
from them for this text).
For more information on the subject check out:
Harrison H. Owen; Open Space Technology: A User’s
Guide; Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco; 2008,
or write an email to: ■
The Open Space technology was also used at the ESTIEM College 2013 in Kranj, Slovenia
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Organised by AEGEE-Sofia, the prestigious Leadership
Summer School (LSS) 2013 took place in July in Sofia,
Bulgaria. In the 10-days long event 80 participants from
miscellaneous student organisations got trainings from
a professional trainer team. These sixteen trainers got
their training education years ago from their student
organisations. Nowadays, between 25 and 30 years
old, often working in a regular job (some of them also
as professional trainers), their passion is still delivering
trainings and spending time with students. The training
topics were all connected to Leadership Skills. Beginning
from more general topics for everybody such as Self
Leadership & Emotional Intelligence and Facilitation,
over to more specific topics such as Organisational
Management, you could choose the topics in your
interest field. For me it was Stress Management,
Conflict Management and Story Telling.
Get inspired and inspire others
However, participating in these advanced trainings
is only one side of the coin. When there are
medical, electrical engineering, pharmacy, geography,
psychology, aerospace and IEM students and many more
coming together that are current or upcoming leaders
ESTIEM, BEST or AEGEE, you automatically get
inspired from their thoughts, perspectives and ideas.
Moreover, the event was designed to share your ideas
and dreams. At “LSS Dreams” fifteen participants had
a five to ten minutes long speech at the main lecture
hall of the university in front of 100 people about their
personal dreams: Changing the educational system
into a more beneficial one, dealing with stereotypes
more professionally, or making sure that nobody
retires lonely. In another open space session I talked,
ESTIEMers climb up the sunshine mountain every few hours every
day on every ESTIEM event. Although I am an ESTIEMer for 3 years
now, I never really thought about the song seriously. At the Leadership
Summer School one of our repeating expressions was using climbing
up the sunshine mountain as a metaphor for challenging yourself,
reaching another level together which you could never reach alone,
and, in the end, changing the world. Basically that is also what ESTIEM
and our song stands for. Nevertheless, to experience climbing up the
sunshine mountain on another more intensive level, you have to attend
a Leadership Summer School.
Climb up the Leadership
Summer School Mountain
Florian Alwast,
Local Group Berlin
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for instance, to Medical students about the lacking
pharmacy patent system and used my IEM knowledge
to find solutions. During the last working day, while
using our improved leadership skills, we solved a case
study about supporting the local inhabitants after a
natural disaster.
After 10 hours per day of exhausting and interesting
learning, we also partied crazily hard. At the “Shake
the Ship Party” I met lots of sailors, even an authentic-
looking Captain Jack Sparrow, and danced in an
amazing group atmosphere all night long. On another
night, my Goofy outfit based on socks was one of the
highlights at the “Walt Disney Party”. Of course, also
a “Bulgarian Night”, where I learnt several traditional
folk dances, a “Gala Dinner” and an “International
Night” must not be missed. The last one was more
about getting to know all the food, songs, jokes and
dances of each country first, before moving to a park
where we emptied tons of bottles from Rumanian
and Hungarian homemade Pálinka to Zubrówka and
Russian Vodka, from Portuguese Wine and Spanish
Sangria to Turkish Raki and Balkan Rakija - only the
Finish Minttu was missing! Unforgettable was also my
afterparty group from dormitory 56. Awesome people
who love elevators!
My sunshine mountain
Beside my soft skill improvements, LSS offered many
unforgettable memories: The “it’s my life” flash mob
at a square in the city centre of Sofia. The emotional
speeches at “LSS Dreams”. The Presentation Skill
training, where I totally sucked. In contrast, my
“NGO Pitch” on the next day, where I explained in
an awesome presentation what ESTIEM is all about
including singing and dancing the ESTIEM song with 80
Newbie’s. And definitely when I had tears in my eyes
while singing in a big hugging circle with all the other
participants “if you’re out there” from John Legend.
Then and there, the lyrics explain so emotionally what
the LSS experience is all about.
Two month after participating at LSS I am now reflecting
what my personal climbing up the sunshine mountain is.
I am sure that I will deepen my training career, I am
sure that I want to do my internship in summer 2014
abroad, I am sure that I don’t settle down as lots of my
friends from home do, and continue having a work hard
play hard live. And most importantly - what I doubted
the years before - I am now very sure that everybody,
including me, can change the world.
Find out at Leadership Summer School 2014 how you
can climb up your sunshine mountain. ■
To me LSS meant spending a week
with inspiring and open minded
people who want to share with
you all of their experiences and
love listening to yours. It helped
me find my own way and be sure
of it.
Patrick Jahns
(BEST, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)

LSS is way more than just
training sessions to enhance your
leadership skills, LSS is one of
those unique occasions where
inspiring people from all over
the world come together and
co-create a mind expanding
experience for a better tomorrow!
Amir Mohsenpour
(IFMSA/EMSA, Heidelberg, Germany)

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From the front: Csaba (President), Israel (VP Administration), Jonas (VP Activities), Eddi (VP Public Relations),
Raphael (VP Education) and Natalie (VP Finance).
Thank you
for an amazing year!

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Six enthusiastic ESTIEMers started into a great adventure at Council
Meeting Belgrade, aiming at developing ESTIEM further. Nowadays,
their aim has a broader scale: developing a “wholesome” Europe.
Board 2013 says goodbye
Almost one year has passed since the results of the
voting at Council Meeting Belgrade were announced.
The time has come to say goodbye to all of you and to
hand over the Board positions.

We must admit that the year itself was truly amazing.
Although there were lots of ups and downs, we
managed to enjoy the moments together with all of
you, have fun and to work hard, provide support for
the members of ESTIEM all over Europe. Besides, we
tried to raise attention around the most important fact:
we are the ones, who can make the present and the
future of Europe better!

In January we were six enthusiastic ESTIEMers, who
were aiming at one goal: develop ESTIEM. Now, we see
the aims of our actions in a bit broader scale, our aim
became: to develop a „wholesome Europe”. Spreading
values like environmental and social responsibility,
open-mindedness, sporty and healthy lifestyle and
mutual understanding highly contribute to making our
surrounding better, the place which allowed us to learn
and use its opportunities proactively.
In the following lines we would like to share it with you
how we felt during the past months - how does it feel
like to be an ESTIEM Boardie?
First of all, thanks a lot to many of you whom we met
during the year. You offered us the opportunity to see
a lot of interesting people and learn about different
cultures and habits. Europe is not the biggest continent
so to say. In January it seemed like a huge territory, now
it feels like a place called home! All of us have traveled a
lot; we visited 57 Local Groups in 22 countries. Almost
50% of our total disposable time was spent with
ESTIEMers, which is considered as quite a high number.
Some of us faced big challenges in maintaining studies,
internship or personal relationships, however it was
totally worth to take the lesson and use many of its
sides to learn from them.

The travel experience - especially how to fit everything
in one single hand luggage for 30 days - was one of the
funniest cases every time. We can recall how ridiculous
we felt to pretend that the laptop charger is our newest
necklace and we like to wear three sweaters and two
pants at the same time. The luggage measuring tool
was considered as treasure in those cases. Getting to
know all the tricks in booking cheap flight, train and bus
tickets was a really big adventure.
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4h 38min
Days with ESTIEMers
4h 38min
Days with ESTIEMers
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One of the most amazing things from being an ESTIEM
Boardie is to learn about how to work efficiently.
Sustaining an organisation via Skype – nowadays
Google Hangout – and Google spreadsheets is not
easy. In the beginning of the year we spent quite some
time on searching for newer, better platforms and on
setting up a convenient structure in which we can easily
work together. Our time management has improved a
lot as well, it is funny to recall the meandering-strolling
Board chats in January, that made us feel a bit tired,
whereas nowadays we can easily settle down into an
efficient working atmosphere.

It was really funny when we realised that doing a Board
chat is possible from every place in Europe. Many of
us can recall the situation when someone was sitting
in an airport shuttle or in (night)trains and joined the
Board chats via mobile hotspots. Technology is indeed
a powerful friend in such cases.
Last but not least, the most important lesson we
learned was to understand how important the role
of ESTIEM should be in shaping the future of Europe
together. We would like to hereby express our grateful
thanks to professor Jim Platts. He introduced us and
facilitated the atmosphere to reflect upon what the
aim of ESTIEM, of being a Boardie is and what our
responsibility should be; making our surroundings
better. This spirit has been following us – and hopefully
will follow still for a long time – since August.
We are a bit sad to leave this amazing network and all
the amazing people. On the other hand we are sure
that the future will be in good hands as long as we
respect each other and represent our core values!

Take your time to think of what impact you can do to
the society, you are the shapers of the future of Europe!
In high ESTIEM,

Board 2013 ■
From the left: Israel (VP Administration), Csaba (President), Raphael (VP Education), Natalie (VP Finance),
Eddi (VP Public Relations) and Jonas (VP Activities)
The most important lesson we
learned was to understand how
important the role of ESTIEM
should be in shaping the future of
Europe together.


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Today, before Council Meeting Portugal, ESTIEM has
65 Member Groups and 7 Observer Groups. That
adds up to 72 universities in 28 countries in our vast
network. We even have 12 Guest Groups and our
Approaching Team is still working on developing and
expanding the ESTIEM network as it is. This includes
“filling in the white spots” (establishing Local Groups in