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Reflecting on an applied-research internship

April 07, 2016

Felix Gebhardt working with unmanned aerial vehicle parts.

For the past six months, Felix Gebhardt has worked as an engineering intern with the Design, Fabrication and Testing team. Gebhardt researched composite materials and built several prototypes of fibre-reinforced plastic parts for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Before he heads back to Germany, we asked him to reflect on his internship.

Q: What have you enjoyed the most about your ARIS internship?

A: I enjoyed the relaxed work atmosphere, the interesting projects (working on UAV research) and access to state-of-the-art technologies like 3D printers, the tensile test machine and the composites lab. The birthday gatherings with cake were an added bonus.

Q: From this experience, what has been your biggest lesson?

A: The hands-on learning experience allowed me to improve my skills in composites fabrication techniques and learn about UAV wing design and manufacturing. I also boosted my language skills, especially concerning technical vocabulary and project-management skills.

Q: What are your plans for when you return to Germany?

A: I will be applying for my first industry job as an engineer at product development companies in the composites, sports equipment and automotive sectors located in Austria and Germany.

Q: What advice would you give to international students who are coming into an internship at ARIS?

A: Don't be afraid. Canadians are nice.

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