Graduates of MPMD

Aelee Im

Aelee Im graduated in 2020. She’s from South Korea.

  • Why did you decide to study MPMD at HTW Berlin?
    MPMD program in HTW Berlin provides wide range of academic lectures, which helps me to learn about wide range of knowledge regarding data science. Since data science is not just one subject, but multidisciplinary area, so the comprehensive course of MPMD in HTW Berlin attracted me a lot.
  • What’s special about this study programme?
    MPMD program for me was not only for developing programming skill, but also for experiencing project management theories. In particular, studying Agile methods and state of the art project management theory such as SCRUM was very helpful for my job finding.
  • What job do you do now?
    I got job offer from Accenture as a senior consultant for Data Science/Analytics. I will be responsible for various data analytic projects regarding digital transformation, business intelligence, AI solution development or data driven corporate strategy development from numerous clients, which will be normally big companies from DACH region.
  • What do you miss about your time at HTW Berlin?
    I miss my Saturday morning’s study at the window seat in Mensa of Wilhelminenhof campus. River view from Wilhelminenhof campus made me concentrating on my projects very well! I strongly recommend to study or work there, after this Pandemic!
  • Who would you like to have a cup of coffee with?
    Professor Tilo Wendler! I learned a lot about data science from him during my semesters. Thus, I want to buy a cup of coffee to appreciate for him.
  • How did you manage to write your Master's thesis during the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you have any advice for fellow or future students how to cope with this situation from an academic view?
    Start earlier, listen experts carefully and don’t hesitate to ask a question! These were my secrets to manage my thesis in this
    hard time. From deciding thesis topic, structuring research to manage for writing, this would not be so easy progress. So, it would be helpful to accept exterior resourses, as much as possible. It should work for you, too, since it worked for me.
Photo: Aelee Im

Aashish Sahni

Aashish Sahni graduated in 2020. He’s from India.

  • Why did you decide to study MPMD at HTW Berlin?
    I wanted to gain expertise in the field of data science coupled with the management skills. After months of research upon universities across the globe, I finally got a program that matched my skillset requirements. Another advantage was to get enrolled with an elite university and become part of the highly prestigious German education system.
  • What’s special about this study programme?
    The blend of data science and management is what makes this program extraordinary. It opens up a vast field in the job market as well. One can start working as a data scientist, data analyst, business analyst, etc. The curriculum is well thought of and enables the students to gain immense knowledge in the respected fields. One gets to understand how to deal with real-world problems by working in group projects. Also, the respected professors in the university are always there to help.
  • What job do you do now?
    Currently, I am looking for a contract as a Business Analyst in Germany. The pandemic has made things a bit hard for everyone but hoping to land up in a job of my choice soon.
  • What do you miss about your time at HTW Berlin?
    I miss the overall feel of being part of the university, sitting in Mensa for exam preparations and catching up with friends alongside. Berlin is a great vibrant city to live in.
  • Who would you like to have a cup of coffee with?
    I would like to have a cup of coffee with Professor Dr. Tilo Wendler. He was always there to help us during the course of the study program. Also, I got the great opportunity to write my masters thesis under his supervision. So. It would be great to catch up with him.
  • How did you manage to write your Master's thesis during the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you have any advice for fellow or future students how to cope with this situation from an academic view?
    It was certainly a hard period for everyone across the globe. I started my thesis in the summer semester and from the very beginning, the news of pandemic came in. It was quite difficult to cope up with numerous things and also keep our focus straight. But I was lucky enough to get constant support and feedback from Professor Dr. Tilo Wendler during my thesis period. He guided me so nicely and made the overall thesis period smooth. I learned a lot during my thesis and it helped me enhance my research skills and overall skillset. My advice to fellow students would be to start early and never hesitate to take advice from your supervisors. They are always available to help and guide us through the complete thesis writing process. The constant feedbacks help a lot. 
    Also, choose your topic of interest and do prior research of other literature as well. This would help gain extensive knowledge of the topic. It’s a great opportunity to learn and enhance our skills.
Photo: Aashish Sahni

Xia

Xia graduated in 2020. She’s from China.

  • Why did you decide to study MPMD at HTW Berlin?
    My previous study and work experience is Project Management in automotive industry. MPMD is a good combination for me to start data science.
  • What’s special about this study programme?
    The diversity of nationality in the class makes this program very special. A lot of projects together with classmates help a lot to gain experience.
  • What job do you do now?
    I will start working as a research associate in Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants soon. The work is related to Natural language Processing which my master thesis is about too.
  • What do you miss about your time at HTW Berlin?
    The student life in the campus and nice moment with classmates.
     
  • Who would you like to have a cup of coffee with?
    My supervisors Prof. Wendler and Dr. Rasch and the whole classmates.
  • How did you manage to write your Master's thesis during the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you have any advice for fellow or future students how to cope with this situation from an academic view?
    I’m happy to share my experience and give some advice if they can be helpful to someone. Being a mom of two small children during the closure of the kindergarten, I have a lot more challenges as you can imagine. I managed to finish my thesis in time. Firstly, choice of the topic must be something you are really interested in. I’ve prepared myself for the theoretical parts already in the third semester. Secondly, stick to the plan. Either you have to set a time schedule plan or the supervisor gives you the plan when you need to finish each part. Third, start early and read papers. Start as early as possible. Read more relevant papers which will be very helpful to write your own thesis.
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Felix Scheibe

Felix Scheibe graduated in 2020. He’s from Germany.

  • Why did you decide to study MPMD at HTW Berlin?
    I had a business background with some solid statistical knowledge, but I didn’t know much about trending algorithms. When “Data Science” became ubiquitious in media and job vacancies, I decided to pursue a degree in this field – and MPMD combines business subjects with statistical programming.
  • What’s special about this study programme?
    Definitely the students: People from all over the world, with different professional and educational backgrounds. It’s not just computer scientists or just economists, so you can learn a lot about different perspectives.
  • What job do you do now?
    I'm working for the CSO office of a medium-sized IT system-house, in charge of Data Analysis, Business Intelligence and Data Protection
  • What do you miss about your time at HTW Berlin?
    Student life – even though Prof. Wendler is famous for his 8AM classes ;)
  • Who would you like to have a cup of coffee with?
    Gabor Steingart – a brilliant mind and a real visionary.
Photo: Felix Scheibe

Carlos G. Cardenas V.

Carlos G. Cardenas V. graduated in 2019. He’s from Venezuela.

  • Why did you decide to study MPMD at HTW Berlin?
    I was looking for a Master Program to sharpen my analytical skills and that allowed me to position myself in a more data-oriented professional path. HTW Berlin MPMD program was the perfect fit and balance regarding location, quality and prospect.
  • What’s special about this study programme?
    It gives you hands on real cases and the freedom to experiment with several tools and techniques. Also, the fact that you get to interact in such a diverse environment with students coming from all backgrounds and countries helps you boost your communication skills and out-of-the-box thinking.
  • What job do you do now?
    I am working as a Data Scientist in the consultancy sector mostly for marketing.
  • What do you miss about your time at HTW Berlin?
    The opportunity to work with like-minded persons and good friends.
  • Who would you like to have a cup of coffee with?
    Definitely my family :)
Photo: Carlos Cardenas

Charan Teja

Charan Teja graduated in 2019. He’s from India.

  • Why did you decide to study MPMD at HTW Berlin?
    I wanted to pursue my master’s in Data science and was keen on doing it in a city that promoted startup and a university that offered a good balance. That’s when I found the MPMD programme which gave me both and in perfect blend.
  • What’s special about this study programme?
    One of the main perks was people from various parts of the world. I got to look at things from different perpectives. There are two other people who make this programme very special, Tilo Wendler and Sylke Sedelies. They were the main reason why this course work is so smooth and I could always reach out to them for any sorts of concern.
  • What do you miss about your time at HTW Berlin?
    Definitely student life and the friends I made during my studies. Also, how warm I felt when I was at the campus.
  • Who would you like to have a cup of coffee with?
    I am more of a Tea person, so definitely a cup of ginger tea with entire MPMD team at the campus :)
Photo: Charan Teja

Jorge Urías Peña Escajeda

Jorge Urías Peña Escajeda graduated in 2018. He’s from Mexico.

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Mónica Andrea Espitia Garcia

Mónica Andrea Espitia Garcia graduated in 2018. She’s from Colombia.

  • Why did you decide to study MPMD at HTW Berlin?
    I decided to study this program because of the attractive combination of analytics and project management in an international city like Berlin and at the biggest public university of applied sciences of Berlin. 
    I had to choose a top program in an excellent university to obtain a scholarship, and the MPMD qualified me to be sponsored by the government of Colombia with a Colfuturo scholarship.
  • What’s special about this study programme?
    This program offered two areas highly searched in the current job market, data science and artificial intelligence are buzzwords in almost every industry. Also PMP professionals are indispensable in any company, therefore MPMD syllabus offers an unique skill set to position graduates at the top careers.
  • What job do you do now?
    I'm a Senior Administrative Partner at Intel Deutschland GmbH supporting the Transportation Solution division that develops In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) Systems.
  • What do you miss about your time at HTW Berlin?
    I miss the cultural interaction with people from all over the world, it helped to challenge ourselves to get excellent results taking as an advantage the great diversity of views, study styles and out-of-the-box ideas. 
  • Who would you like to have a cup of coffee with?
    I would like to have a cup of coffee with Angela Merkel. I admire her influence in politics, her science background and beliefs.
Photo: Mónica Espitia