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Carlos

Ask Carlos questions about KTH and read more about his decision to study at KTH, thoughts about Sweden, advice to prospective students and his plans for the future.

Hello! My name is Carlos, I'm from Venezuela, and my master's programme is in Aerospace Engineering at the main campus of KTH. Before starting graduate school at KTH, I completed my Mechanical Engineering degree back in Venezuela at Universidad Simón Bolívar, and I've been to the United States of America on different academic programmes. I'm an active person who likes outdoor activities, like hiking or sports, being passionate about football and tennis.

Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?

KTH is an exceptional university with strong worldwide connections and whose Aerospace Engineering programme is highly ranked globally. Moreover, KTH is recognised internationally as a sustainably focused institution with significant research investment, achieving the top ranks in innovation and sustainability globally. Besides that, KTH is in the heart of Stockholm, a city with the world's greatest development and life quality indexes while being one of the innovation cores of Europe.

What are the best aspects of your programme?

One of the best aspects of my programme is its flexibility in choosing courses. After the first semester, a few courses are mandatory, so you're able to build your own study plan with courses from different departments taught by professors with vast experience in the topics they teach while focusing on your career aspirations in your aerospace specialisation. 

Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme?

The track that I've chosen within my programme is the Aeronautics Track. During my Mechanical Engineering degree, I've always been interested in fluid mechanics and aerodynamics. In this track's course offering, one can find different aerodynamics and CFD courses that match my research interests. Furthermore, within this track, several student projects are waiting for you to join whose research is closely related to the topics taught in the master's where you can develop core skills required for you as an Aerospace Engineer.

What are some of your favourite courses so far?

I'm already excited to take the courses related to high-speed aerodynamics. I've always been keen on researching supersonics and hypersonics to develop the future of sustainable supersonic and hypersonic aviation.

How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?

At KTH, your studies are divided into four periods throughout the year instead of semesters or trimesters. Commonly, during each period you'll only study the same two courses every day, instead of being overload with four to six different courses, whose contents may be broad or unrelated to each other, at different days of the week. This system allows you to focus continuously during ten weeks in just two specific courses, that are probably closely related, to maximise the outcome of your learning.

Besides that, studies at KTH are based on a high-paced teamwork scheme in a highly international environment which is tremendously beneficial for your professional development. From day one in each course, you'll be working continuously on projects with teammates from different countries with the aim to develop your teamwork abilities while solving engineering tasks. This education scheme allows you to develop skills that companies worldwide highly desire, which makes KTH a unique and perfect place for you to start your studies.

What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master's studies?

Every day that passes at KTH is one positive step toward your future. The international environment, the coursework and the excellence that KTH demands are unique. You'll hardly find another university on the top ranks that will allow you to develop engineering and teamwork skills combined at an efficiently high pace. At KTH, you'll be surrounded by professionals striving for the sustainable future of science and engineering, and you'll be able to take part in groundbreaking projects. If you're already admitted to KTH, don't look anywhere else, and if you're looking to apply, just do it because you won't regret it.