Personal Experience: Rajkishan Gunasekaran is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in India.
Having completed six semesters of his undergraduate studies, he came to the TUM for a three month summer internship with the MQM group of the Faculty of Informatics.
I am currently pursuing my undergraduate studies in Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in India. Having completed six semesters of my studies, I was looking forward to doing a summer internship which I considered to be a good opportunity to hone my technical skills via hands on experience as opposed to the regular classroom knowledge transfer mechanism.
This was when a professor from my home university put me in touch with Prof. Peter Struss from the MQM group of the TUM. I got insights into the work being done by Prof. Struss’s group from the faculty website via his various publications. Interested, I wanted to take it forward and after having had discussions with Dr. Struss regarding the various openings he had at the time, I went ahead and applied for funding from the DAAD, under their WISE (Working Internships in Science and Engineering) scholarship program.
Thus began my ninety day internship between May and July 2010 at the TUM Faculty of Informatics. My project here within the MQM group was an exciting one. It was composed of strong theoretical foundations while still being directly tied to the industry with a multitude of applications. It basically dealt with capturing the behavior of the components of a plant via qualitative models and building tools that automate the process of diagnosis of failure of these components. This project finds application in the faulty diagnosis of bottling plants, especially breweries, a number of which have come forward to sponsor the project.
During the course of my internship, I was able to get first-hand experience of the famous German work culture. Things were organized systematically in a principled manner so as to reap the maximum level of productivity from my rather short internship. I also got the opportunity to directly interact with project partners, go on plant visits for the installation of the tool we built, and do much more.
It was indeed an enriching experience to work in a foreign setting and I also had ample time to go and explore the Bavarian countryside on weekends, which gave me the chance to interact with the people here and expand my circle of friends.
I was able to overcome my initial blues and make myself feel at home during my stay here in Munich, thanks to the immense support I received from my professor, the friendly TUM faculty and staff and one must not forget the DAAD, which organized periodic contact sessions.
Looking back at the end of these three months, I feel that the TUM provides a rich and intellectually stimulating environment which brings out the best in its students. I cannot do justice to describing studying at the TUM with mere words and would recommend experiencing it first-hand. The infrastructure and the high quality education it provides definitely make it a priority destination for my future graduate studies.