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HECTOR School Fireside Chats

During the HECTOR School Master Program modules the HECTOR School arranges different kinds of social events for its students. One of these social events is the so called fireside chat. HECTOR School therefore invites speakers from industrial enterprises and research institutions to present and discuss an up-to-date topic with the students.

The fireside chats take place in a more casual environment and offers the students a fantastic chance to get in contact with well-known industry representatives and high-level researchers.


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Archive - HECTOR School Fireside Chats

Fireside Chat with Sarah Meyer-Soylu, May 16, 2017 

Sarah Meyer-Soylu, Research Area Innovation Processes and Impacts of  Technology of KIT, addressed the topic of Sustainable Mobility: Theory, Forgotten Aspects and Local Actions. Within this topic, Meyer-Soylu gave an introduction into the project Quartier Zukunft in Karslruhe and used the example of sustainable mobility in Barcelona (i.e. "super blocks").




Fireside Chat with Ralf Blasek, November 15, 2016 

Ralf Blasek, Manager of University Programs at IBM, discussed the topic of Resilience from an IT and HR perspective.






Fireside Chat with Maike Ahrendsen, PMP, March 8, 2016 

Maike Ahrendsen, PMP is Head of Corporate Project Management Office at the Schaeffler AG. In her talk she answered the question "How does a company work?" by discussing the challenges and strategies for successful Process & Project Management.





Fireside Chat with Dr. Katharina Herrmann, January 12, 2016 

During the New Year Reception 2016, HECTOR School welcomed Dr. Katharina Herrmann, Chief Human Resources Officer at 50Hertz Transmission GmbH. Dr. Herrmann gave an enthralling talk on "Success factors for the 'Energiewende'".





Fireside Chat with Dr. Wolfgang Faisst, October 12, 2015 

Dr. Wolfgang Faisst, assistant lecturer at Bamberg University, talked about challenges and opportunities for the CMO, Key User Cases for Big Data in Marketing and Deep-drill in Digital Advertising. In leading the product management (outbound) for “SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA”, Dr. Faisst took care of the strategic development of important SAP-solutions concerning Big Data, Real-time Computing and Cloud. Prior to that, he was the initiator of SAP Store, SAP's appstore and platform for online-marketing of SAP-products. Dr. Faisst has longtime experience as management consultant and senior project manager for Bain & Company in Munich, Zurich and London.


Fireside Chat with Stefan Oehmke, June 2, 2015 

Stefan Oehmke, HECTOR School Alumni and Vice President Europe, Business Area Chassis Mounts, of TRELLEBORG Vibracoustic, was talking about his professional experience in building up a production site in Wuxi, China. Stefan looks back upon more than 13 years of professional experience gained from serving multinational companies in Europe and Asia in international trade and the automotive industry.


Fireside Chat with Prof. Jatin Nathwani, April 20, 2015 

On Monday, April 20th HECTOR School was welcoming Prof. Jatin Nathwani. Professor Nathwani discussed the possible pathways of a global change initiative to help unlock the scientific and technological innovations that can deliver clean and affordable energy services for every global citizen.


Fireside Chat with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Fleischer, January 13, 2015 

During the New Year Reception 2015, HECTOR School was welcoming Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Fleischer. Prof. Fleischer is one of the heads of the Institute for Production Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He gaves insights into Production Research for the Chinese Market.


Fireside Chat with Dr. Thomas Ackermann, September 9, 2014 

On September 9, 2014, HECTOR School was welcoming Dr. Thomas Ackermann, the CEO of the Energynautics GmbH. Dr. Ackermann's main topic this evening was “Renewable Energies”.


Fireside Chat with Ralf Blasek, April 23, 2013 

On Tuesday, April 23rd (Management Module 2) HECTOR School was welcoming Ralf Blasek. Mr. Blasek is the “Manager of University Programs” at IBM in Germany. 30 HECTOR and KSOP students used the possibility to get some inside knowledge on IBM.

Mr. Blasek’s main topic on this evening was “Change Leadership”. He demonstrated how to initiate and deal with successfully leading change in projects – even in larger organizations like IBM.

As a result of Blasek’s long-term experience in management positions the students could benefit from an interesting discussion concerning questions of career development possibilities.


Fireside Chat with Dr. Carla Seidel, March 13, 2013 

Dr. Seidel is talking on batteriesIn the Engineering Module 2 of HECTOR School Intake 2011 it was a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Carla Seidel as a fireside speaker. Dr. Seidel is Vice President Energy from the chemical company BASF. The evening's topic was the future of battery technologies. Dr. Seidel introduced some new ideas that BASF is currently working on. She also discussed strategies for new production plants with the students and the advantages of new battery technologies. Especially for the students from "Energy Engineering and Management" and "Green Mobility Engineering" this topic was of great interest.