At the end of the INTERACT project I can say that my expectations from the beginning of the project were strongly met, and, in some instances, they were above my initial target. The concept of an industrial PhD track fitted my aspirations because I strongly believe that applied engineering research should be driven by the industry and more broadly by the needs of society, thus the Marie-Curie EID framework represented a perfect match. By working in both the academic and industrial context, I had the opportunity to benefit from both worlds. Practically, this was directly correlated to my research project where I benefited from the deep knowledge of electromagnetic simulation, electrical machines and drives modelling and testing present at the laboratories of the TUCN and ULB and combine it with the deep applied knowledge in structural dynamics and Noise and Vibration from SISW. Also, having Brose as a partner in the project helped me get practical insights on the design, development and production process of electrical machines and drives and made me push the research boundaries to discover new solutions that improves the above-mentioned process.
I consider myself a true member of the Erasmus Generation having done several stages during my undergraduate and graduate period, and I consider the Marie-Curie EID framework to be the culmination of my European studies journey. These European projects helped me become a better engineer, researcher and European citizen and I think I was able to transmit this mentality to the new generation of students (while working at SISW in Belgium I’ve supervised a total of 6 students coming from Romania on Erasmus Traineeship programs for their thesis work).