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Summer Schools mit der Grand Valley State University

Auch in diesem Sommer fanden die Summer Schools mit unserer Partneruniversität Grand Valley State University (GVSU) statt. An der Summer School „Data Science“ beteiligten sich Studierende der ZHAW School of Engineering und der GVSU. Fokus der insgesamt vier Wochen – davon zwei Wochen in den USA – war das weite Feld „Data Science“, wobei pro Woche ein spezifischer Aspekt behandelt wurde. Die so erworbenen Credits konnten die Teilnehmer ihrem Studium anrechnen. Neben dem Unterricht sind natürlich auch Exkursionen Teil jeder Summer School. Die GVSU hat Eindrücke der Wochen in der Schweiz und den USA in einem Video zusammengefasst.

«A wonderful first week in Winterthur»

A group of students from the University of Minnesota is currently staying at the ZHAW School of Engineering. The Global Mechatronics Seminar they attend is a specialized, concise course in mechatronics − complex systems, composed of mechanical components, computers, and sensors. In addition to that, their stay in Winterthur also offers them a chance to get to know Switzerland, its people and geography, as well as some unique ZHAW traditions like the Frackwoche – also known as Tail Coat Week.

Read about their experience on their blog.

«Experiences cannot be bought by money»

Two undergraduate students from the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) in Thailand joined the summer training at the ZHAW Zürich University of Applied Sciences. After their return they talked to SIIT News about their experiences. Read the full article here (p. 8).


Summer School in Aarhus

«During the summer break, we – two energy and environment students studying in the 4th semester – had the opportunity to participate in the Wind Power summer school at the Aarhus University School of Engineering in Denmark. The course was supported and financed by Siemens and Vestas. It was located in Laugesens Have. Even though it was in the middle of nowhere, everything needed and more was there. In the rare spare time, you could spend your time on one of these things: Pool, sauna, football pitch, tennis court, bar, pool table, darts, a little cinema or ping pong table.

Classes in Laugesens Have

After the first day, we could decide if we wanted to attend either power or mechanical classes. We both chose power classes, because in our upcoming semesters, we will focus on electrical subjects. Surprisingly, the course was quite challenging from the very beginning, but it was feasible to learn. One half of the 48 students were international students, the other Danish. Beside the classes, we went to several places:

  • Vestas & Siemens headquarter
  • DTU Test site in Risø for large wind turbines
  • School of Engineering Aarhus
  • Energienet.dk where we had the chance to see the control room

During the second half of the course we worked on a case study in groups of six people for three days – and nights! The aim was to establish an own innovation for a new wind turbine. At the last night, all members of the group had to present that new innovation in front of everybody. At the last day, we had to take an exam, to pass the course. All students passed the exam.

Presentation of the case work

Altogether, it was a lot to do, but we learnt a lot about Wind Power. Additionally, we met lots of new people and made new friends. We really recommend the summer school to engineering students with mechanical or electrical knowledge.»
Domenic Senn und Adrian Rupp

Lectures & presentations

With eating a first burrito for breakfast we braced ourselves for the first presentation of the teams to representatives of Bühler. Tom  Chase started today with a lecture about concept selection. After this lecture everyone seemed to be ready to present the Product Design Specifications to our customer Bühler before lunch. All the teams had really put a lot of effort into the presentations. Bob, the extruder technologist of Bühler, was impressed with our concepts. He could see high potential for many of our products we would like to design. If only there would be more time for us to realize all our ideas.
Right after lunch, we listened again to Toms lecture about modelling and estimation. This gave us some good inputs for the afternoon. We could finally start to work out various possible solutions for our given assignments.

Swimming in Lake Calhoun

While it’s raining in Zurich, we are glad to have very nice, warm weather here in Minneapolis. During the day we were working hard on the concept selection for the Bühler project. After the work was done, we had a chance to explore Minneapolis in the evening. A group of us students decided to go to Lake Calhoun in the center of Minneapolis and enjoy the warm weather by cooling down with a swim in the lake. After a nice dinner at a rooftop bar/restaurant in Downtown Minneapols, we went back to the Yudof Hall, our student housing, where we had some beers to conclude the evening.

Visiting the Bühler Company

On our second day we visited the branch of the Swiss Bühler company here in Plymouth, Minnesota, which is our industry partner for the project design seminar.The visit to see one of the twin-screw extruders for food production, like pasta, snacks, biscuits etc. at the site was very helpful to understand the structure and functions for the product design. After the visit the coach brought us back to the University of Minnesota, where we had the first lectures in Product Development by Prof. Tom Chase. After the lectures a whole group of us went to Chipotle, a Mexican restaurant, which Adam Pagel, the coordinator here in Minnesota, had suggested to us for dinner. On the way to Chipotle, we passed our ZHAW coordinators Dejan and Armin eating in another restaurant, which resulted in a fun group photo. We are enjoying the campus and the atmosphere very much, here at the University of Minnesota.

D&A at the restaurant

Group photo with Dejan and Armin

ZHAW Summer Seminar at the University of Minnesota

I’m pleased to open our blog about the ZHAW Summer Seminar 2016 at the University of Minnesota. On our first day here we were introduced both to the campus life and to our project task, the Bühler Challenge. For Swiss students life on a typical American campus is so new and different to what we know from studying back home and we are really excited to experience the “Campus Feeling”. We are surprised about the huge size of the campus as well as we are about the many possibilities for recreational activities.


Medical Devices Research Center

Even though during summer time many students are on vacation and the campus is not very crowded, there is still much going on here. Many restaurants are open and we could choose from a big variety to eat lunch and get energized for the visit of the Medical Devices Research Center in the afternoon. Fascinating about the Medical Devices Center is that there are several possibilities for students and researchers to build prototypes on 3D printers, laser cutters or using an electronics assembly workspace. After a team workshop on our project task, we were invited to a very warm and lovely welcoming dinner to the TCF Bank Stadium. The first day ended with a tour to «Dinkytown». This is the place near the campus where students meet in the evening to have a beer or eat in a fancy restaurant.

Summer Internship in Berkeley


Jonas Heitz, who is currently doing his Bachelor’s thesis on query processing of NoSQL databases with Kurt Stockinger and Richard Bödi, was accepted for an internship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This lab is located right across San Francisco and is home to 13 Nobel laureates. Jonas will be able to work with world-class researchers of the Scientific Data Management Research Group to tackle Big Data problems.

Fluglotsen-Training in Luxemburg

Jeden Sommer reisen Aviatik-Studierende nach Luxemburg und setzt sich im Rahmen der ATM Summer School mit Theorie und Praxis des Flugverkehrsmanagements auseinander. Flavio Ferrari war schon zweimal mit dabei.

Immer mehr Passagiere, immer dichtere Flugpläne, Bedrohungen durch Kriege oder Naturkatastrophen, die sich auf den Luftraum auswirken: Dem Flugverkehrsmanagement geht die Arbeit nicht aus. Seine Aufgabe ist es – je nach Einsatzgebiet – Starts und Landungen zu koordinieren und zu überwachen, die Nutzung des verfügbaren Luftraums zu planen und entsprechende Informationen und Hilfsmittel zur Verfügung zu stellen Das Flugverkehrsmanagement ist denn auch ein wichtiges Arbeitsfeld für Absolventinnen und Absolventen des Bachelorstudienganges Aviatik. Mit einer Summer School in Luxemburg trägt der Studiengang dem Rechnung: Jeden Sommer reist eine Handvoll Studierende nach Luxemburg und setzt sich im Rahmen der ATM Summer School mit Theorie und Praxis des Flugverkehrsmanagements auseinander.

atm_summer_school_kInternationale Atmosphäre

Flavio Ferrari, Aviatik-Student im fünften Semester, war schon zweimal mit dabei – und ist begeistert: «Ich konnte vom Aufenthalt in Luxemburg sehr viel profitieren – nicht nur, was die Vertiefung meines theoretischen Wissens betrifft. Besonders toll fand ich die internationale Atmosphäre, den Austausch mit Studierenden, Expertinnen und Experten aus der ganzen Welt.» Die Summer School findet jeweils am IANS statt, am Institute of Air Navigation Services. «In einem ersten Teil führen uns ausgewiesene Fachleute des IANS in die Theorie des Flugverkehrsmanagements ein. Diese Themen werden zwar auch im Studiengang Aviatik behandelt, allerdings ist es dort wegen der Fülle an Unterrichtsthemen gar nicht möglich, so sehr in die Tiefe zu gehen», berichtet Flavio Ferrari. «Anschliessend können wir uns im Simulator selber als Fluglotsen üben – eine Möglichkeit, die wir sonst im Rahmen des Studiums leider nicht haben.»

Sicherheit im Krisenfall

Die Summer School beginnt mit einem vorbereitenden E-Learning wärend dem Frühlingssemester und endet nach der Woche in Luxemburg mit dem Schreiben und Präsentieren eines Papers. Flavio Ferrari hat sich eines besonders aktuellen Themas angenommen: «Zusammen mit einem Kollegen habe ich mich dem Thema Krisenmanagement gewidmet und untersucht, wie der Flugverkehr auf Grossereignisse wie eine nukleare Katastrophe reagieren muss.» Weil viele Informationen zur Kernkraft geheim sind, haben die beiden Studenten das Wissen, das beim Ausbruch des Eyjafjallajökull gesammelt wurde, auf den Fall eines zweiten Fukushima angewandt. «Schwierig ist vor allem, dass man sich auf etwas Unbekanntes vorbereiten muss. Man muss Fachkräfte aus anderen Disziplinen beiziehen und den Kontakt pflegen, damit die Kommunikation im Krisenfall funktioniert.»

Präsentation vor Experten

Mitte Oktober haben die beiden Studierenden ihre Arbeit vor einem Fachpublikum präsentiert – Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der Flugsicherung Skyguide, des Bundesamts für Zivilluftfahrt BAZL und selbstverständlich auch Dozierende der ZHAW School of Engineering waren vor Ort. Flavio Ferrari indes legt eine Teilnahme an der ATM Summer School allen Interessierteren Studentinnen und Studenten ans Herz: «Man kann sein Wissen vertiefen und aus dem Unterricht Bekanntes repetieren. Das ist nicht nur an sich interessant, sondern hilft auch für die Vorbereitung auf Prüfungen. Und nicht zuletzt verbringt man mit Kommilitoninnen und Kommilitonen, die sich für das gleiche Thema interessierten, eine spannende Woche im Ausland.»

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