After my Master I felt I was not yet completely ready for the practice. Using academic aspects within a company really appealed to me, and that is where the PDEng program is focused.

Rutger Bakker, alumnus

Followed the Operations Management & Logistics Master at TU/e and came into contact with the PDEng Industrial Engineering program via a fellow student.

“After my Master I felt I was not yet completely ready for the practice. Using academic aspects within a company really appealed to me, and that is where the PDEng program is focused. In the first year you follow subjects that help you deepen your knowledge. The subjects are a mix of simulation, programming and implementing designs in a company. In addition, I got a lot of time out of Professional Development: an intensive training of your presentation techniques led by professional actors. It was confrontational but I am now much more confident, more professional.

 “The practical assignments you get to perform in a group of 8 to 10 trainees for various companies is really interesting. The supervision is really personal: direct feedback from the professors. Practical supervisors are also involved in the assignments, people with a lot of experience in industry. You also get to take a look behind the scenes in the companies for whom you perform the assignments.

 I just finished a design assignment for ASML. For the Customer Logistics department it is vital that the stocks are well planned and managed. With ASML being a very innovative company, components are updated frequently. This means that they get into the system under a different name, making it impossible for the standard ERP planning module to incorporate all the important characteristics to take the right decision. I have built a software tool that is able to manage these newer versions of the same component. This software tool allows the planners to see precisely what components have to be ordered or cancelled. ASML has since offered me a job, and that has made me very happy.”