Dr.-Ing. Tobias Laiblin studied energy and process engineering at the TU Berlin and obtained his doctorate in 2001 with a thesis in the field of thermodynamics under Professor Arlt.
He started his professional career at Evonik; meanwhile he is Plant Manager Technology/Hoofd Techniek at Evonik Oxeno Antwerpen NV in Belgium.
Q: What made you decide to get involved as a mentor?
A: As a student at TU Berlin, I enjoyed hearing many professors with industry experience in the lectures, who were always able to give me a picture of life after graduation in addition to the academic content. Thus, the path to my current position became clearer and clearer for me from course to course. I would like to give this opportunity to today's students and doctoral candidates as well, perhaps to make their future possibilities a little more comprehensible.
Q: What were the most frequently discussed topics?
A: Does a doctorate make sense as a follow-up to studies and what consequences does this decision have on future development opportunities? Which topics in addition to the study content are appropriate or will a specific choice of topics help you later on?
Q: What might you also have learned from your mentees?
A: That studying and thinking outside the box is fun. That it's a great experience to put yourself in the position you were in at the end of your studies or doctorate, without your own experience immediately jumping to your side as to why one thing or another must be just right or wrong. It allowed me to think better "out of the box" of my own experiences.
Q: What was the most valuable experience for you during the mentoring tandems?
A: Getting to know new students and people again and again, being able to share some of my own experience, and not letting the contact to the TU Berlin break off. Okay, those were three experiences, but from my point of view they all rank equally high.
Q: What advice would you give to new mentors?
A: Approach the mentee's situation and questions openly and answer them within the scope of your own available resources.