Elena Smirnova: „Seeing the world from new angles.“

Our graduate Elena Smirnova completed the Master’s degree programme in Geography and Regional Studies. For the past two years, she has been working as a regional manager for Hilfswerk International and in recent months she has been in charge of various projects in the South Caucasus, the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe. In the interview, she tells us about her dream job and explains her work for women who have experienced migration.

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Using mathematics and statistics to build a 3D image of a factory

The BMW Group production network comprises over 30 production sites worldwide. To date, there is no digital record of precisely where each machine is located or where a sprinkler system is suspended from the ceiling. As part of her doctoral thesis project, Christina Petschnigg headed to BMW in Munich to develop a methodology capable of implementing this digitalisation. She has now completed her doctoral studies and is putting her expertise to good use at Infineon in Villach.

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It is my vision that people wake up bright-eyed on Monday mornings and think happy thoughts about work

Marie Meyer-Marktl studied Business Administration at the University of Klagenfurt. She started her career in controlling, then became pricing manager and finally CFO of a high-turnover international company. Today she is self-employed and supports people as a coach in finding a fulfilling and successful working life. Visitors to the connect job & career fair were also treated to her expertise – her career speed coaching sessions and the impulse lecture were very well attended.In the interview, Marie Meyer-Marktl gives insights into her career change journey, talks about how her time as a student and the international experiences contributed to this decision, and reveals how students and graduates can find their dream job. Read more

“I define myself in terms of contentment.”

Andreas Koppensteiner studied Applied Business Administration at the University of Klagenfurt. At first, he did not consider leaving Carinthia. Now, he has been living in France since 2001. In our interview, he explains why he decided to go abroad, why he changed his career after 20 years and what this new vocation means to him.

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Live, and let live.

Markus Slamanig studied Applied Business Administration and Business and Law at the University of Klagenfurt. For the past ten years, he has been living in Florida. In this interview he tells us about the time he spent abroad during his studies and how he was drawn back to America after graduation.

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Life is for learning.

Johannes Liegl studied Informatics at the University of Klagenfurt and is now working as a Senior Product Manager in San Francisco Bay Area, California. In the interview, he talks about how his experiences abroad have shaped him and his advise for today’s students.

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Follow what interests you, and don’t be upset by setbacks

Harald Gietler has just finished his PhD in Technical Sciences, specializing in Information and Communications Engineering. His research work focuses on localization technology. Instead of radar or sonar, Harald uses electromagnetic fields. We talked to him about his field of research and the influence of artificial intelligence. Moreover, he also told us about the reasons why he decided to study at the University of Klagenfurt and why he would advise others to study in Klagenfurt too. Read more

Catching up with … Alice de Benetti

Alice de Benetti works as Global Search Marketing Manager at Swarovski. She talks to ad astra about how studying at two universities can work, how quickly markets change, and what happens when a university is open to everyone.

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Dženana Alagić: “Use the university to expand your horizons, study and enjoy!”

Dženana Alagić recently completed her doctorate in Technical Mathematics. She spoke to us about her research focus and told us why she moved from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Klagenfurt. Furthermore she told us how her view of the world has changed through her studies and why everyone should study at the University of Klagenfurt. Read more

Pasquale Grippa: “Research and cultural diversity widened my horizons.”

Pasquale Grippa recently completed his doctorate in Technical Sciences. He spoke to us about his research focus – improving autonomous transport systems with the help of artificial intelligence. Pasquale has developed an algorithm for e.g. optimising drone-based delivery systems  to answer questions such as: Which customers does the drone have to serve? Where does the drone need to pick up the package and where can it charge its battery?

He also told us why he moved from Italy to Klagenfurt, how his view of the world has changed through his studies and why everyone should study at the University of Klagenfurt. Read more