As a Mechanical Engineer at Sereact, Carsten quickly became an integral part of the team. His journey began with a research project, then continued with a working student position and his Master's thesis. In this interview, we take a closer look at Carsten's professional career and discover his passions and talents beyond technology.
There are many aspects that I like about my work. For one thing, it's cool to have such a small, diverse team. Everyone has different specialities and ideas. But above all, of course, I like the diversity of my tasks. That means everything from defining the requirements and theoretical design to planning, production and assembly. In principle - and this is what I find exciting - we cover the entire process from start to finish. In other words, we have a real diversity in every direction. And that's really fascinating.
Do what you feel like doing. If you are enthusiastic about it, it will be good and it will pay off.
Since we are such a familiar team, I think they already know enough about me to not be very surprised. But I can actually get excited about reading instructions. Many people try things out first before they even look at the instructions and read them. But I have a weakness for instructions, norms and guidelines. This enthusiasm somehow runs in the family.
Making coffee from a portafilter machine. It's a ritual when you take your time to make coffee in the morning. But of course there's also something appealing about automating it. It might be a bit contradictory, but I think it would be fun to have the robot prepare my coffee from the portafilter machine.
Of course, several times already. I find it super practical. Especially in combination with my 3D printer at home. You can simply design any parts you need at short notice. For example, I've also printed parts for my car. Some interior components or radio panels to simply customize my car or to accommodate other special components that don't actually belong in there.
I like calipers. They are mechanically very simple, but still essential. It's right at the top of my desk drawer.
Building my own car is a childhood dream of mine. I have been making construction drawings since I was little. Model ships and model planes, for example. The construction sketches are still hanging on my parents' wall today. And I've even built a little car that you can actually sit in.
Well, a running joke is that we only make software. When I joined Sereact, I had doubts about whether I was really needed here, as we are a software company. But things have increasingly developed in such a way that we also map the entire mechanical engineering process. The entire hardware process. It always comes up when we have a very busy day.
Listening to party hits. That surprised some people at first. But now it's not a secret anymore. It's hard to describe, but it just puts me in a good mood and makes me feel happy. I can listen to it all the time.
I meet up with friends or enjoy fixing things. Especially working on my car. It's not just a hobby, it's my passion.
Crossing the Alps in a classic car. Even though I drive my car every day and know it is reliable, it was still a challenge and a thrill to drive such a long distance and even across the Alps. I think we were on the road for 10 days. We drove to Lake Como and back.