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What has Guillermo's experience been like?

Guillermo Gonzálbez

Guillermo is a student in the Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the class of 2022-2023. Below, you can read about the highlights of the master's degree and Guillermo's personal assessment.

Could you briefly describe the master's degree?

The master's degree is the ideal bridge between undergraduate studies and actual work. It's an excellent opportunity to get to know the chemical industry first-hand through visits to companies such as Covestro or Tepsa, talks with professionals in the sector, or working on projects with leading companies such as Repsol or BASF. In short, it is a clear step forward in terms of gaining new technical knowledge applied to the professional world and improving essential skills such as communication, time management, and the ability to work on a team.

What would you highlight about the programme or what did you like the most?

What stands out most about the master's degree is the ability to bring students closer to the chemical industry and, especially, to be able to work on a project throughout the year for a very prestigious company. Also, the possibility of talking and listening to engineers from multiple sectos gives students the chance to discover how the chemical industry works up close, what its new challenges are, and how the sector aims to face them.

What would you recommend to future students?

I would recommend to future students that they should try to learn as much as possible, listen to both their professors and professionals, and take advantage of all the information to seek what they like or what motivates them most.
The master's degree is very demanding academically, so I would also advise future students to try to keep up to date with their subjects and projects and learn to manage time and resources. All the work they do will be extremely useful when they enter the workforce.

Have you done an internship? Can you tell us about it?

Yes, I had the opportunity to do an in-company internship. It enabled me to discover my interests and begin to define the fields of work in which I wanted to dedicate myself. It also helped me improve my time management skills and soft skills, which are more and more valued all the time. Also, during my in-company internship I was fortunate to speak and meet with senior representatives (managers, the CEO, and others) whose experiences and advice were very enriching and valuable. It was an unforgettable experience!

You are currently finishing your master thesis. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Fortunately, I found a topic related to process simulation, which is what I have enjoyed most in both the undergraduate and the master's degree. By developing a model for a renewable diesel hydrotreating reactor for a real plant, I'm putting into practice a lot of the theoretical and practical knowledge that I have acquired thanks to IQS. In addition, it is allowing me to confirm my interest in process engineering and which fields in the chemical industry I think I can add value in the future.