Ask Brenda questions about KTH and read more about her decision to study at KTH, thoughts about Sweden, advice to prospective students and her plans for the future.
My name is Brenda, and I am 33 years old. I have dual citizenship, Brazilian and Portuguese. I originally graduated as an architect and urban planner at the University of Amazon (Unama), and did my first master's degree at Estadual University of Campinas (Unicamp). I then got interested in Safety Engineering and studied Occupational Safety Engineering at the University of São Paulo (USP), and then did a specialisation in Ergonomics/Human Factors.
Before moved to Sweden, I worked for almost five years as an Occupational Safety Engineer at a Brazilian University. In my spare time, I like to ride my bicycle. Stockholm is a marvellous city to do that in, as it has plenty of cycling routes.
Now I am studying the master's programme Technology, Work and Health. Our classes can be at the main Campus or Campus Flemingsberg, depending on the courses.
Why did you choose this master's programme at KTH?
After I got interested in Occupational Safety Engineering, I looked for a master's in this field. KTH has an excellent programme in Technology, Work and Health with two paths, Work Environment Engineering and Human Factors and Ergonomics.
What are the best aspects of your programme?
It is a multidisciplinary programme. And it is also an international master's programme, with people coming from different backgrounds and cultures. This diversity makes our studies more enriching.
How is student life in Stockholm?
Amazing! Stockholm is a multicultural city. Surrounded by beautiful nature, it has a really good public transport system and many cycling paths. I was amazed when I discovered that even some boats are included in public transport!
How would you describe your time at KTH so far?
We do a lot of practical works where we need to make contacts with companies and analyse real-work environments. That is fantastic. Meeting new people with different backgrounds and experiences makes our discussions deeper. I feel like a new world of possibilities are open up to me.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for master's studies?
Come to experience one of the best times in your life! Don't be afraid of the cold weather. It is just a matter of putting on the right clothes. KTH is well prepared and structured for receiving new students from all around the world. I felt welcome with lots of support. The master's programmes are focused on practical, and you experience real-world challenges with the assist of your teachers.