Mauricio stayed at KTH for his PhD studies
Mauricio Gutiérrez Salas graduated from the master’s programme in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training (THRUST) in 2012. He’s currently doing a postdoc at KTH.
Hi Mauricio, what are you doing at the moment?
I am doing a postdoc in turbomachinery aeromechanics at the Department of Energy Technology at KTH. My work is part of a Horizon 2020 EU research project named Advanced Research Into Aeromechanical Solutions (ARIAS), which consists of designing an experimental rig to investigate unsteady flow in transonic compressors due to vibrations.
A regular day at my job would be a combination of running simulations, attending meetings to discuss the ongoing work with students and researchers, and conducting experiments.
Have you worked with anything else since you graduated?
I worked with GKN Aerospace in Trollhättan for five years as a Research and Development Engineer, performing aeromechanical analyses. Moreover, I have been working on a start-up idea and receiving feedback from KTH Innovation.
Why did you choose this programme at KTH?
The THRUST programme is the only one, as far as I know, that is very specific in the field of aeroelasticity. It involves high-quality and intensive lectures, which are complemented with lectures from other prestigious universities such as Duke University, AUTH, and Liege.
Almost every topic taught during the lectures has been very useful during my PhD at KTH, during my work at GKN Aerospace as well as during my postdoc.
I would say that the best aspect of my studies was being part of a group of students from all around the world, sharing cultural experiences and at the same time receiving high-quality lectures. The access to the experiments, such as aeromechanical rigs, helped to clearly understand the underlying theory.
What is your best memory from your time at the university?
I have many good memories from this time, like playing soccer, ice-skating and snowboarding. I would not consider it to be the best memory, but, eating surströmming was an experience that will never be forgotten! I also had the opportunity to go to Kiruna, and visit the ice hotel, a unique experience that cannot be described.
What are your plans for the future?
After the postdoc, I would like to continue in academia and continue doing research on aeromechanics and collaborate with industry and other universities. Also, I would like to be able to pass on my knowledge to new students.
What would you say to a student thinking of applying for this programme?
That during the nine years that this programme has been running, I have only heard positive feedback from the students. I would invite them to contact THRUST alumni, and I am confident that after talking to them, they would be convinced that the programme is an amazing experience.