LiU Formula Student intervju #1

Postad i kategorin: Allmän, Intervju, LiU, LiU Formula Student, LiU organisationer den 21 February, 2017

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Team Member Interview #1

Q. Brief introduction about yourself.

A. My name is Jorge Lovaco Hernandez, I am from Spain and studying the whole master degree here in Linköping University in aeronautical engineering. This is my second year at the master as well as a member of LiU Formula Student.

Q. How did you find LiU Formula Student.

A. I knew about it when I was in Spain. Since I was looking for a master degree, I checked the application and found out that there was a formula student team at Linköping University, so I came here. Which means I was interested in this team even before I came here and my passion for this is also my motivation.

Q. Which group are you in and what kind of work do you do?

A. I am in the Chassis Statics group. Last year I worked with the production of carbon fiber details and designed the mounts of the wings, and the sub frame for the engine. This year I am working with the carbon fiber production as well as being one of the persons responsible for the car’s aero-package.

Q. What is the most interesting part of your work?

A. For me is to come up with a good design. Trying to come up with new ideas and solutions while keeping your feet on the ground is always challenging. As well as designing your component durable and realistic while making it as good as possible within the estimated time deadlines can be exciting.

Q. What do you think about being a member.

A. Great, it has been an amazing year. It is a recommendable experience for everyone. Being able to build a race car from scratch, compete against teams from all over the world and say, yeah, we did that! I have received a lot of new knowledge within areas that probably wouldn’t have got in contact with if I wouldn’t have been a part of this project, for example manufacturing carbon fiber details alongside companies like Exova. I even got my master thesis with Wolfram MathCore, one of the companies sponsoring us.

Q. So you participated in last year’s competition at FSUK. What do you feel about it and what have you learned?

A. It was really great being there, with a great car, it was a really intense experience. If something went wrong during the week, you literally did not have much time to fix it. You needed to work fast and together as a team.

Q. So what do you expect for this year’s competition?

A. Well, right now we are working on our new car, ER17. I hope we can do great in the dynamic events since we have worked a lot to reduce the car’s weight. We will make it!



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Meeting with the founder of LiU iGEM

Postad i kategorin: Allmän, iGEM, Intervju, LiU den 17 August, 2016

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During the very first weeks of summer at the lab, there was a discussion about the yearly kick off that traditionally was organized by professor Forchheimer, so we had been told. There was a lot of talk about the professor, but who was he and in what way was he related to LiU iGEM?

Finally, it was the day of the kick off and we did not quite know what to expect. As the evening went on we had a chance to speak to the professor, and the more we got to hear the more intrigued we became. Not only did he turn out to be a fascinating person it also came to our knowledge that professor Forchheimer indeed was the founder of LiU iGEM.

As the days went by in the lab, something was not right, we couldn’t quite get our minds off professor Forchheimer. Finally, we got a time and a place for an interview and hopefully some answers to our questions.

“You, You and You are coming with me to work in Linköping.” The year was 1971 and the master thesis students were sitting in their working room in Stockholm, at the Royal Institute of Technology as Ingmar Ingemarsson stepped in and claimed his new teacher assistants and the future PhD student, Robert Forchheimer. This was the begging of the development of Linköping Institute of Technology, that professor Forchheimer came to have a great role in. Starting with the development of the courses and the teaching, the associations and the student life, he finally came to build his own research team at the department of electrical engineering in which he did many interesting discoveries in the field of digital image compression.
By now you are probably wondering where the synthetic biology part comes in, which was our rationalization as well. Luckily, there is a very logical answer to this question.

Professor Forchheimer has always been a man of many interests, with a fascination to understand not only the built up systems in electrical engineering but also the systems occurring in our everyday life. “What is really the difference between the systems used in engineering and the systems of the nature?” he asks himself. By the time professor Forchheimer had his first child he got a genuine interest in understanding the pre-programmed systems in our body allowing for the highly organized cell division to take place. And so he spent his entire summer by reading “The Cell”. After having started his first research project in mathematical modelling in systems biology, he became hooked into the field. This was the perfect way to benefit from his deep understanding and many years of experience and proficiency in electronical systems to take on new problems in the field of biology (which was not always understood by his ingrained colleagues).

As it happened, professor Forchheimer came to read an article in the newspaper one day saying that young students from Uppsala were participating in a contest. A contest in synthetic biology. This could really be something for Linköping too, he thought, having in mind that several educations at Linköping University had big emphasis in this particular field. In short, LiU iGEM was born and the rest is history.

Professor Forchheimer is, as earlier mentioned, a man of many interests. One could think that the deep jungle of unsolved research issues could be enough for a lifetime’s work, but I believe he would beg to differ. This is why during his academic career, he has been involved in the establishment of several companies related to his research. In a way, this seems to be a very natural step, seeing how many discoveries in research are of practical use and need establishment in companies to develop into services and products for public use. Although there is an immense potential in the world of entrepreneuring, Professor Forchheimer is very determined when he says that his heart lies primarily in research.

After having spent nearly two hours filled with questions and answers we finally felt a little bit wiser about our reflections regarding Professor Forchheimer. Feeling more inspired than ever, we were ready to return to the lab. Just one last question…When the person sitting across the table from you speaks with such enthusiasm about his work and life experiences we couldn’t resist asking about tips for the future. What is the secret to pursuing a successful career and how do you choose the right field to work in?

“Find something that truly interests you, a subject that gives you butterflies in your stomach when you think about it. That’s all there is to it”.
We would like to thank Professor Forchheimer for a pleasant interview and we hope to hear more from him soon!


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Postad i kategorin: Allmän, iGEM, Intervju, LiU den 28 July, 2015

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Jaaaaa! LiU iGEM i SVT Östnytt!

Vi är otroligt glada att SVT ville intervjua oss för våra projekt. Vi är tacksamma med alla positiva respons och feedback. Det värmer otroligt mycket och det ge oss mera motivation för att vinna tävlingen inom syntetisk biologi i Boston MIT. 😀

Vi är stolta representanter för Linköpings Universitet! 🙂

Här är länken för intervju:

LiU iGEM SVT Östnytt



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Intervju till en Alumni Ekonom

Postad i kategorin: Allmän, Intervju, LiU den 19 July, 2015

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Jag vet att det är många som har sökt till Ekonomi programmet i år och har många frågor omkring utbildningen… sååååå jag intervjuade en Ekonom som tog sin Masterexamen i juni. Jag hoppas det hjälper att svara på era frågor 🙂


Vad heter du och var gick du för program?

Jag heter Nathalie och har gått det internationella civilekonomprogrammet med spansk inriktning och blev färdig i juni förra året. Därefter valde jag att plugga ytterligare ett år av masterstudier för att kunna ta ut en femårig masterexamen.

Vad innebär att plugga ekonomi?
Eftersom jag pluggade med internationell inriktning så har mina studier inte endast inkluderat kurser inom flera olika ekonomiska områden men också språkstudier och kurser om spansktalande länders historia, samhälle och kultur. Det har varit roligt och stimulerande med så varierande kurser vilket gjort att man aldrig tröttnat.

Du nämnde att du åkte på utbytestermin, Hur var den upplevelsen?
När man läser internationell civilekonom så måste man studera minst en termin utomlands och jag valde att studera i Madrid genom ERASMUS. Det var verkligen en rolig upplevelse där jag inte bara utvecklade mina kunskaper inom det spanska språket men även som person. Att göra en utbytestermin är verkligen något som jag rekommenderar alla att göra!

Vad är din drömframtid?
Det som är en fördel när man studerar ekonomi är att det är väldigt brett och man kan göra väldigt mycket när man är färdig. Jag skulle vilja testa på att jobba utomlands, men vet inte inom vilket område jag vill jobba än.


Tack så mycket Nathalie för den otroliga intervju 😀 Det kommer att hjälpa många studenter som kommer att plugga ekonomi och visa vägen till framtiden. Det kan inspirera andra studenter som funderar på att söka Linköpings Universitet 🙂


Nathalie LiU


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Deborah Traujtmann

Jag är en tjej med många framtidsplaner som brinner för forskning och gillar att leva livet.

Jag läser fristående kurser på både tekniska och filosofiska fakulteten vid LiU.

I år jobbar jag frivilligt för ESN Sea Battle som är en del av studentorganisationen ESN, och jag jobbar även med LiU Formula Student.

Jag är väldigt aktiv i studentlivet, det öppnar dörrarna till många möjligheter.

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