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European Young Engineers MTÜ
European Young Engineers (EYE) is a non-profit organisation and network of young engineering professionals and students sharing knowledge, fostering mobility and developing personal and professional skills. It is a dynamic and rapidly growing organisation with enthusiastic members, presently consisting of more than 30 associations from over 20 countries and representing about 500,000 young engineers in Europe. It aims at making their voice heard on topics ranging from energy to the future of work and establishes a Network of European Engineers in Politics. EYE also offers young engineers the access to a Europe-wide network by linking the engineering associations and collaborates with companies on projects like the business challenge.
MeetUp D.25 | Halle 2 / hall 2
Thread / thematic series: Gesellschaft | Wissenschaft, Technik, Digitalisierung & Technologie
Fundamental Systemic Changes: Using Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Business and Policy towards a Sustainable, Regenerative Circular (Bio)Economy
Nowadays we need almost two Earths to sustain our resource consumption, which means that we are taking more from nature than it can regenerate. However, if we want a future that our next generations can also richly enjoy, we need a fundamental systemic change. We need a regenerative, circular (bio)economy. Innovative technologies will have a major impact towards this goal and supportive policies, education and business practices are required. That’s why the European Young Engineers are bridging the gap between policy, business, academia and technology – find out more during the meetup!
Presented by European Young Engineers MTÜ
Details about the speaker Nadja Yang
Vita: Nadja is the President of the ‘European Young Engineers’ (est. 1994), a non-profit organisation that represents about 500,000 members, and supports young engineers across Europe to get engaged and broaden their horizons in the fields of energy, water, circular economy, STEM in politics, diversity & women in STEM, future of work, future skills and more. She is simultaneously pursuing a PhD in Systems Engineering at Oxford as one of two national German Rhodes Scholars, where she conducts research on the Urban (Circular) Bioeconomy, a concept to help cities become more sustainable and productive in terms of its biological resources. She strives to re-invent cities to become carbon-neutral and bio-diverse in times of rapid urbanisation. In 2019, she embarked on the study abroad programme ‘Semester at Sea’ and travelled on a ‘mobile university’ to eleven countries of four continents within four months. After she observed the worldwide plastic pollution first-hand, her wish to transform the global supply chain and resource consumption consolidated. Therefore, she strives to contribute to a sustainable and systemic economic transition, which she speaks about on stages like the world leading One Young World Summit. After working in the education sector during her gap year in Shanghai, she studied chemical engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) where she founded the Environmental Student Department Garching that is part of TUM’s Student Government now. She researched on Resource Efficiency Policies at Tsinghua University Beijing and on Change Management and Circular Economy at the University of São Paulo. Additionally, she obtained work experience in industry, policy and consulting at Siemens, Systemiq, BASF, Linde and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. She received awards such as the McKinsey Achievement Award, Fulbright Scholarship, etc. In light of her German-Chinese background, she engages in diplomacy as the former Board Member of the Studierendenforum im Tönissteiner Kreis and the Founding Board Member of the first Student Think Tank for Europe-Asia Relations. To foster cultural exchange and live her passion, she recently founded the Oxford Chinese Dance Society after having co-founded TUM’s first dance crew. Moreover, she is a Founding Member of an international church in Munich where she co-led the musical part as guitarist and singer. She was born in Bremen and grew up in Offenbach and Frankfurt am Main.
MeetUp A.03 | Halle 1 / hall 1
Thread / thematic series: Gesellschaft | Steuer, Recht & Politik
Network of European Engineers in Politics (NEEP): why and how we bring policy-makers and STEM professionals together.
The social relevance of engineering and science is crucial to the public. This means, STEM experts are not only expected to solve actual problems, but they are also responsible for wisely deciding when to focus on what challenge, as well as how to interact with a larger audience. This same audience in Europe democratically chooses national and EU representatives that could benefit from a closer collaboration with STEM professionals. It’s therefore crucial to enable an environment that links STEM, society and politics. That’s the core idea behind NEEP and what we want to discuss in this meetup.
Details about the speaker MBA, M.Sc. Yasmine Kechaou
Vita: I was born where the sun shines and olive oil and spices are a must, studied engineering where cars and pretzels are the best made, got inspired by balancing hard work with siesta and tapas, embraced the Fika life-style and enjoyed a bistro and espresso between marketing and finance seminars. Mastering five languages fluently helped me navigate in the international environment I am in. But the most relevant characteristic to do so is my intrinsic curiosity and interest in people and new ways of thinking and my relentless pursuit of ways to achieve common well-being. I am currently a productivity manager at Infineon Technologies in Germany and lead of the Network of European Engineers in Politics (NEEP), an initiative that I founded with Gerardo Arroyo within the organisation European Young Engineers (EYE). The main motivation behind building NEEP lays on addressing the need for a better collaboration between politicians and STEM students and professionals. The ceremony held in June 2021 in Madrid with the Spanish engineers congress-members marked the official launch of the pilot phase of the network. After studying Materials and Industrial engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, working on my thesis at the Research Institutes of Sweden, and gaining experience at BMW and Siemens, I wanted to acquire knowledge in business administration, thus completed my MBA at the Collège des Ingénieurs (CDI) while working in the digitalisation department at Linde Engineering. Since high-school I’ve been volunteering in several organisations with different focuses. Being socially active is a way for me to transform gratitude into action, make an impact and create meaningful connections. Be it while volunteering or working in university institutes or restaurants or big corporates, I learned hands-on how to cope with uncertainties, deal with intercultural differences, be bold and never shy away from creating something from scratch. You’ll probably find me working out, trekking or experimenting with sourdough if I am not managing projects or trying to solve existentialist questions with my artist friends around a margarita.