Prof. Maarten Steinbuch
"The automotive industry urgently needs system architects, people who are not afraid to go beyond the boundaries of disciplines and who are willing to work together in project teams to achieve desired results in a structural manner. With the current growth in the Eindhoven Brainport region, organisations like DAF, NXP and TomTom, are in search for highly qualified people. Therefore I expect that ASD graduates enter the job market at a higher level and are assigned more important roles. Industry has been urging for years to incorporate system architecture in the educational programmes. Well, the ASD PDEng programme is our answer to their request.
The goal of the ASD programme is to prepare trainees to become system architects, that are in high demand by the industry. The two-year ASD PDEng programme is based on the same ideas as for the MSc programme Automotive Technology, and educates its trainees in-depth in various automotive related disciplines, as well as in personal and professional development. The approach is unique in its kind, as it stimulates system thinking and multi-disciplinarity. The trainees are able to consider systems from a higher abstraction level. In my opinion this programme will become an example of how to educate and train future-proof system architects."