Winter-Secondment at Purdue University (USA)

By Sarah Wagner on December 10th, 2023

North America in the winter - isn't that boring? Purdue University and Fort Wayne proved me wrong. Even in winter, there is plenty to do at the university and in the city near Chicago.

During my secondment, I worked with Professor David Cochran, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, to research barriers to Industry 5.0 implementation. Despite the colder days, we organized workshops and exchanged ideas in person on how to capture the concepts of Industry 5.0 in a system design composition - no hibernation for the European research project SME 5.0!

Besides research, Fort Wayne has a lot to offer in winter: the white snow on the roofs of the colorful houses, Indiana's largest drive-through light display, the botanical garden with winter plants like the poinsettia, the fireworks on New Year's Eve, and finally the numerous parks decorated in the winter evening sun, like the Promenade Park in the attached picture. An experience report by Sarah Wagner from iwb at the Technical University of Munich