Industrial Engineering has been a great boost in my career

MSc Maria Gaki, alumnus

The Industrial Engineering program offered a diverse curriculum that enabled me to broaden my knowledge in different fields of logistics.

After I obtained my MSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology from the University of Patras in Greece, I started working as a freelance engineer. It was at that moment that I realized that in order to achieve the best outcome, when it comes to deliverables, willing professionals with a good technical background and analytical way of thinking are not enough. Lack of information flow management, bad workflow management, misleading forecasts and absence of a systematic approach to logistics (of materials or information), often conclude in poor results when it comes to quality, cost, time and energy. That was the time I decided to deepen my knowledge in this field and I applied for the Industrial Engineering program in TU/e.

The Industrial Engineering program offered a diverse curriculum that enabled me to broaden my knowledge in different fields of logistics. Furthermore, the program helped me develop professionally not only by participating in small group projects with several companies the first year of my studies but also by collaborating for my final design project with a very important company for the Dutch economy: FloraHolland. Next to this, a group of specialists offered special trainings that helped me develop important soft skills as a professional. The international profile of the program helped me to bridge cultural differences and to improve my communication skills. Finally the strong alumni network of the program helped me to orient in the business world and resulted to my current position as a Supply Chain Controller in Fluke. Industrial Engineering has definitely been a great boost in my career and one of the most beautiful experiences in my life.