For the past six months, Felix Gebhardt has worked as an engineering intern with the Design, Fabrication and Testing team. Gebhardt researched composite materials and built several prototypes of fibre-reinforced plastic parts for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Before he heads back to Germany, we asked him to reflect on his internship.
Q: What have you enjoyed the most about your ARIS internship?
A: I enjoyed the relaxed work atmosphere, the interesting projects (working on UAV research) and access to state-of-the-art technologies like 3D printers, the tensile test machine and the composites lab. The birthday gatherings with cake were an added bonus.
Q: From this experience, what has been your biggest lesson?
A: The hands-on learning experience allowed me to improve my skills in composites fabrication techniques and learn about UAV wing design and manufacturing. I also boosted my language skills, especially concerning technical vocabulary, and project-management skills.
Q: What are your plans for when you return to Germany?
A: I will be applying for my first industry job as an engineer at product development companies in the composites, sports equipment and automotive sectors located in Austria and Germany.
Q: What advice would you give to international students who are coming into an internship at ARIS?
A: Don’t be afraid. Canadians are nice.
Photo above: Applied research intern Felix Gebhardt analyzes a UAV wing section prototype in the Composites Fabrication Lab.