International STEM Day aims to encourage young people to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects. To celebrate this day we’ve asked two of our EKE employees to share their STEM journey and talk about the work that they do at EKE-Electronics
Condition Monitoring Expert
What do you do at EKE?
I’m doing data analytics and product development for the railway industry. This includes rail infrastructure, track and various train components such as bogie and traction motors. Typical daily work includes analysing data from trains and developing tools for condition monitoring of various railway components.
Describe how your career path led to EKE e.g. qualifications, experience etc.
I studied technical physics at university, and after graduating worked in a technical research centre mostly analysing, modelling and measuring vibration from rotating machinery. I then worked for 5 years in the industry as an R&D engineer in the product development of electric motors, rotor dynamics and magnetic bearings. Before joining EKE, I worked for 3 years in condition monitoring in the marine industry.
What is the most interesting thing about your work at EKE?
I think the most interesting thing within EKE is developing new products and finding new solutions to technical problems. Before joining EKE, the railway industry was very unknown to me so it has been very interesting to learn new railway-related things.
It is also been interesting to couple data analytics with the physical understanding of dynamic systems. In EKE there has been a very positive drive and atmosphere in product development which strongly supports R&D work.
What advice would you give someone trying to get into this area?
The area is very multidisciplinary. There is a need for understanding both mathematical tools for analysing data and also industrial equipment. I think practical work with industrial equipment is important so that one can couple measurements and modelling/analytics together.