Dora continues her career at the company where she conducted her master thesis
Dora Burul graduated from the master’s programme in Sustainable Technology in 2018. She now works for Scania in Södertälje as a development engineer.
Hi Dora, what are you doing at the moment?
I’m working at Scania CV as a development engineer in sustainability. My primary focus is calculating environmental impacts of products and services over their whole life cycle. I actually did my master’s thesis in this department, and it has been a good fit!
What can a regular day look like at your job?
My usual day is a mix of collecting data on materials, fuels, use and End-of-Life of products, discussing it with colleagues and modelling a representative life cycle. The goal is to identify hotspots and create scenarios showing how to mitigate environmental impacts with engineering solutions, disruptive technology and increased efficiency of transport.
Why did you choose this programme at KTH?
After graduating as a mechanical engineer, I wanted to connect my knowledge more with renewable energy and sustainable technology. In the end I got that and much more, the programme has covered a wide base of sustainable technology and sustainability as a concept.
Are there any insights you acquired during your studies that have been extra useful for you in your career?
For one, courses were based on free allocation of time and group work, which developed a strong sense of responsibility, autonomy and teamwork.
What was the best aspect of your studies at KTH?
The university has continuously organised fairs, trips and courses to connect students with the industry. This has sparked connections and resulted in internships, summer and full-time jobs, for me and many of my colleagues.
What is your best memory from your time at the university?
Having lunch on the grass in the courtyard with my friends on sunny days was the best!
What are your plans for the future?
Continue to delve deeper in sustainable transport for now. It feels like I have only started discovering all the potential of sustainable transport systems, so I look forward to learning more!
What would you want to say to a student thinking of applying for this programme?
Choose courses wisely! With timely research about the course contents, you can make sure to get the best education with an exciting focus area.