Interns Inspiring Innovation with Susanne Barnsteiner

How do you combine your passions into a career? How do you make sure you get the experience you need to excel? These are questions interns around the world are grappling with every day. In a competitive and quickly changing industry, the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world experiences is essential.

On this episode of Innovation in the Classroom, Christina DePinto sits down with fellow intern Susanne Barnsteiner. An industrial engineering intern at AGCO and graduate student at the University of Applied Sciences in Kempten, Germany. Barnsteiner has reaped the benefits of learning software like Siemens Plant Simulation in school. Her theoretical and software knowledge has allowed her to positively impact her company with large scale projects as an intern.

Some Questions I Ask 

  • Why did you choose industrial engineering? (1:29)
  • How did it feel to get to take on such a large project as an intern? (5:36)
  • Did you have to learn software for your internship or did you go in prepared knowing a few different types of software? (6:15)
  • How has your experience with Siemens software helped you with other projects? (9:33)


In This Episode You Will Learn 

  • What a day in the life of Susanne’s internship looks like (2:45)
  • The impactful projects that Susanne has previously worked on (4:31)
  • How Susanne’s role was impacted by COVID-19 (7:31)
  • What Susanne wants to accomplish in the next few years (10:37)
  • Susanne’s advice for other students (11:45)

When asked why she chose industrial engineering, Barnsteiner said, “in school, my favorite subjects were Math, Physics, and Economics, but also languages like English and French. So, I was searching for a study that combines all of them. And, as an industrial engineer, the spectrum of possibilities in this field is almost infinite.” This diversity in opportunity is what brought Barnsteiner to write her masters thesis on virtual reality and has informed her work throughout her academic and professional background.

Check out the podcast to learn more about Susanne Barnsteiner and subscribe to the series below.

Innovation in the Classroom

Innovation in the Classroom

Innovation in the Classroom by Siemens explores best practices to empower the next generation of digital talent. In this podcast series, Dora Smith takes you through discussions with leading voices from the world of engineering education who are preparing future engineers in Academia 4.0 to shape the world of innovation.

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