Be determined and don’t give up.

Interview with Sabine Tutte  
Period from 04/2016 to 08/2016

Sabine Tutte worked at BMA between May and August 2016. She completed a project for her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at TU Braunschweig, studying the material properties of sludges from municipal wastewater treatment. We talked to Ms Tutte shortly before she had finished her project.

BMA:
Ms Tutte, you decided to study for a degree in engineering. What attracted you to that field?

Sabine Tutte:
I’ve been fascinated by the subjects Biology and Chemistry since I was at school. I even completed a laboratory placement in the water/wastewater field at the time. Cottbus University really impressed me with its outstanding programme in Environmental Engineering. So my mind was made up and I embarked on a Bachelor’s degree there.

BMA:
How did you find out about BMA? And why did you decide to complete your project with us?

Sabine Tutte:
It was by word of mouth from a friend, actually. At the time, BMA had advertised a suitable position on their website.

BMA:
What were your expectations of the project at BMA? Have they been met?

Sabine Tutte:
For me, it was particularly important to work independently on my topic. And my supervisor, Dr Jochen Gaßmann, gave me that freedom. I had also hoped that practical work would make up a large share of my project. But because there were delays in making available samples for experiments, the focus shifted increasingly towards theoretical aspects. And it was not always easy to reconcile the different interests of all project stakeholders.

 
BMA:
What you are describing sounds very much like real-life research work for industry. What were the positive aspects of your work, would you say?

Sabine Tutte:
There are currently four or five students working at BMA. Some are due to finish their projects in the next few weeks, others have just started. We are getting plenty of support from BMA staff, and we help each other out a lot.

BMA:
Does it take you long to get to and from work?

Sabine Tutte:
No, in Braunschweig most places are easy to reach by bike. And I live in quite a central location, near the ring road. It takes me just over 10 minutes to bike to BMA.

BMA:
What next, Ms Tutte? What are your plans after you finish your degree and what about your future career?

Sabine Tutte:
My Master’s dissertation is next on the list, which focuses on producing energy from wastewater. I’ll be doing that at the Braunschweig wastewater treatment plant. I can easily see myself pursuing a career in the wastewater sector.

BMA:
Do you have any personal advice for students?

Sabine Tutte:
Be determined and don’t give up.

Thank you for your time, Ms Tutte, and the best of success for your future studies! 

 

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