Sarah Zahran-Aufseß

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Contact Information

  • Center for Design Research
    Stanford University
    424 Panama Mall, Bldg. 560
    Stanford, CA 94305-2206  
  • szahran@stanford.edu

About

Sarah is studying "Mechanical Engineering" at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). She is also a participant in the Entrepreneurial Qualification Program "Manage&More". This is a program of the Center for Innovation and Business Creation at the TU Munich (“UnternehmerTUM”) which supports Innovation and Start-Up Projects. While at UnternehmerTUM, Sarah was involved in developing concepts for a smart driving assistant for BMW, as well as in the development and prototypical implementation of a scheme for a software tool for reporting of quality data for MAN Truck and Bus. Other practical experiences she gained were at her 6 months internship at BMW in Munich where she was in the after sales team for V-engines in the main markets trying to figure out with a team why some engines failed in the field. In addition she worked at Siemens Coprporate Technology as a Technology Scout and helped to build up the corporate crowdfunding (CCF) initiative "Quickstarter" which won second place in our Werner von Siemens Award's category "Siemens matters" in Oktober 2016.

She was involved in research revolving "Open Innovation" and built a tool to help to choose the right OI-method as well as she did research on "User Experience".

At Stanford she took the classes ME216a: Needfinding, ME 217: Design & Construction in Wood  as well as the d.school pop up classes: "Beyond pink and blue: Gender in Tech" and "Design for Team Communication in the Operation Room"

She joined the Designing Education Lab to learn more about the estimation of complexity of mechanical engineering projects and the definition of a maker in sense of a school setting and outside of it.

Sarah likes to spend time with playing Tennis, to swim, to paint with oil colors or to get to know more about other nations and religions.

Education

  • MS - Mechanical Engineering and Management - Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 2017 (expected)
  • MS - Mechanical Engineering - Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany 2017 (expected)
  • Exchange Semester at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, Spring & Summer 2016
  • BS - Mechanical Engineering and Management - Technical University Munich, Germany, 2015
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