Gwendolyn – Concurrent Design expert

Gwendolyn is a Concurrent Design expert based in the Netherlands, who has been working at RHEA since summer 2020.

What did you study and why?

Technology Policy and Management, to study the implementation and embedding of complex systems in organizations and society.

What does your job involve?

I work as a Team Lead to support large teams of engineers in designing complex systems in a collaborative way. Furthermore, I helped document the concurrent design methodology and develop training to transfer the methodology to practitioners. Finally, I train practitioners of concurrent design at our client’s site.

What is your favourite aspect of your job, and why?

To work with groups and to teach.

What makes you want to get up for work each morning?

After years of freelancing, it is nice to have colleagues again. Additionally, I really like developing new things; my job is very creative.

How does your role makes a difference to the success of your department?

I am an academic; I used to work at a university and have acquired lots of knowledge over the years that I can now put to practice.

We have a close team. We can share and discuss challenges well, and strengthen each other in delivering nice results for our customers.

What made you want to work in this sector?

This domain is new to me. It’s exciting and complex, but the ‘rules of effective collaboration’ apply equally well to this domain as any other complex engineering domain I have worked in.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I’m mom to two young kids, so my spare time is spent on fun activities for them, preferably outside in nature.

Tell us something unusual about yourself?

I wrote a book about effective collaboration.