Ifigeneia Stefanidou , in a talk in spring 2017, said that the MEST programme's high level of expertise, flexibilty and broadness were some of the many aspects that attracted her to it. An industrial internship at ABB Power Electronics led to her also doing her Master Thesis in 'Active Distribution Grids' there, followed by her first job at Axpo, in grid and power systems planning. She has since moved from being a user of smart grid technology to a company that manufactures it, Landis+Gyr, as a Smart Grid Consultant. Slides (PDF, 799 KB)
Silvan Schmid completed his mechanical engineering education from ETH Zurich in 2003. He performed his doctorate in the Micro and Nanosystems Group at ETH Zurich and received his doctoral degree in 2009. He got awared with the ETH medal 2009 for an outstanding doctoral thesis. After his doctorate, Silvan Schmid started a postdoc position at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in the Nanoprobes Group of Anja Boisen. In 2012 he received the Villum Foundation's Young Investigator Programme grant, which supports especially talented young Danish researchers in science and technology, which allow him to independently conduct his own research as an Assistant Professor and later as Associate Professor at DTU. In 2016 Silvan Schmid got appointed Full Professor at TU Wien, where he since heads the Micro and Nanosensors Group at the Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems. Also in 2016, he received an ERC Starting grant to work on nanoplasmomechanical systems.