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"Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor."
Friedrich Schiller

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Hendrix Ballroom A and Peebles Room
Open to all students of German

The Department of Languages and the German Program are hosting the thrid annual conference on German in the Professions on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in the Hendrix Student Center on the Clemson campus. The conference is intended to provide an opportunity for our students and representatives from German industry to get to know each other. Activities will include presentations by students and business representatives, roundtable discussions and a networking social.

Sponsored by

  • The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities (Office of the Dean)
  • The Department of Languages
  • The German Section at Clemson University
  • The German Professional Society
  • Theta Tau (Engineering Society)
  • Hofmann Services

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Program (overview):

9:30-10:00 Registraion
10:00-10:15 Opening (Lee, Ferrell, Johannes Schmidt)
10:15-10:30 Presentations: Study Abroad and Internships
10:30-10:45 The German-American Chamber of Commerce (Katie Tuten)
10:45-11:00 The South Carolina Department of Commerce (Sneha Minisandram)
11:00-11:45 Panel Discussion: "German Companies abroad, cooperation or competition" (Katie Tuten, Sneha Minisandram, Trevor Gillies, and Joerg Schulte)

11:45-1:15 Break

1:15-1:25 Welcome by Dean Rick Goodstein (College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities)
1:25-2:25 Alumni Panel Discussion: "From College to Career"
2:30-3:50 Roundtable Sessions

4:00-5:00 Networking Social and Presentations in the Peebles Room

This year's participating companies and their representatives (more details to come):

  • South Carolina Department of Commerce: Sneha Minisandram
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce: Katie Tuten
  • Bosch-Rexroth: Eric Seawell
  • Dräxlmaier: Ralf Schwarz und Lisa Cope
  • Siemens: Uli Woerz
  • BMW: Joerg Schulte und Brian Wright
  • Tognum: Trey Bostic
  • Hoffmann Services: Claire Seabrook
  • ZF Transmissions
  • Roechling America: Sandy Schmidt and Andie Burleson

Registration deadline for roundtable discussions is Oct. 2 (form doc)


Profiles of Participants:

South Carolina Department of Commerce


Sneha Minisandram, Existing Industry Coordinator, works in the Small Business and Rural Development Division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Through one-on-one meetings with facility managers and company executives, the SC Department of Commerce pursues a better understanding of the industries in the state and how the agency can enhance and support the company’s experience here in the state of South Carolina. Duties include but are not limited to scheduling and following up on meetings with industries, interact with company executives during meetings, and curating the database of existing industries in South Carolina.
Prior to working at the Department of Commerce full-time, she served as the intern for the International Trade and Recycle Market Development Divisions at the South Carolina Department of Commerce. She also spent two months in Munich, Germany as the intern for the Europe office of the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Sneha graduated from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and German Language.


German-American Chamber of Commerce


Catherine Tuten joined the GACC South in September 2008. As the manager of the U.S. Market Entry Services team, she consults German companies in their U.S. market entry. Her focus is on market analyses and business partner searches and she advises companies from a variety of industries, from medical to software. During the summer of 2011, she completed a three-month project at the Chamber of Industry of Commerce in Augsburg, Germany. Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts in German & International Trade from Clemson University. During her studies, she spent a year abroad, attending the Otto-Friedrich-University in Bamberg, Germany.


Siemens Energy, Inc.


Ulrich Woerz works for Siemens Energy, Inc. in the Charlotte NC facility as a Program Manager for Global Change Management of Electrical Generators for large-scale power plants. In his function, he is responsible for the strategic evaluation and global implementation of changes to the Generator Product Lines, including continuous improvement and systematic cost reduction programs.
Before working in the Generator Business Segment, Ulrich spent 5 years in the development of Heavy-Duty Gas Turbines as a Design Engineer and Project Lead, both in Muelheim an der Ruhr (Germany) and Orlando Fl.
Ulrich graduated in 2007 with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

About the company:
Siemens Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of a wide range of products, solutions and services in the field of energy technology and the only manufacturer worldwide spanning the entire energy conversion chain. Siemens Energy is one of four sectors in the Siemens Corporation and has about 86,000 employees worldwide. In fiscal 2012, the Sector generated total revenue of €27.5 billion and profit of €2.2 billion.
The Charlotte facility is the manufacturing hub for rotating power generation equipment – Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines and Generators – in North America and hosts the world’s most modern gas turbine manufacturing plant.




Dr. Joerg Schulte has been manager of the BMW Group Liaison Office in plant Spartanburg Since May 2013. The responsibility of this office is to launch research projects with academic institutions, in particular CU-ICAR, and to further develop the BMW-Clemson collaboration.
Between 2003 and 2013 Joerg worked at BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany where he was responsible for capacity planning for all car plants in the BMW production network.
From 2000 – 2003 Joerg transferred to the BMW Technology Office in Palo Alto, CA. Working with US companies and universities, he identified, evaluated and transferred relevant technologies to the BMW organisation. Focus areas were manufacturing technologies, collaborative business solutions and computer-aided technologies.
Before going to the US, he held various positions in order fulfilment, material supply and supply chain management.
Prior to joining BMW, he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart, Germany. In the course of numerous projects he collaborated with industry and academic institutions from Germany and Europe.
He has studied mechanical engineering in Germany and Canada.

Brian Wright graduated from Clemson in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a double minor in German Language and International Engineering and Science. After graduation, Brian started in BMW’s Engineering and Operations Management Development Program. The program consists of three rotations in manufacturing, supply chain management and engineering. Brian’s current rotation is as a production supervisor in Assembly Logistics. He previously completed a co-op with BMW and has worked on launching the 2011 BMW X3 in Spartanburg, SC and developing the next generation MINI Cooper in Munich, Germany.


Bosch-Rexroth Corporation


Eric Seawell:
CU Class of 95 L&IT (German)
During Eric's studies at Clemson, Eric took part in Ed Arnold's Study Abroad program. Immediately upon graduation, he began working for BMW Manufacturing in Greer. Soon thereafter, he was temporarily reassigned to BMW Regensburg to assist in the German launch of the US built Z3 Roadster. He later took a position in Purchasing and Logistics for ZF and lived in Germany for more than 2 years to launch the front and rear axle systems for the BMW X-5. He has worked for Bosch since 2001 in Purchasing and is currently located in their Rexroth division(Industrial Hydraulics). He is responsible for commodity purchasing for all North American locations of Rexroth, and liaison between his division and Bosch Corporate. Eric credits the direction of his career to the L&IT and German programs at Clemson.


Tognum America, Inc.

http://www.tognum.com or www.mtu-online.com

Mr. Yates W. Bostic III (Trey)
Associate Buyer, Purchasing
Clemson University - B.S. Business Management, German - Class of 2010

Yates is a native of Lexington, South Carolina and attended Clemson University to study business as well as obtain a minor in German. During his time at Clemson he participated in the German Club, the German Professional Society and the Language & International Trade Society.
Yates began working for Tognum America, Inc. in April of 2011 as an associate buyer in purchasing. In his position, he is responsible for the purchase of all raw materials (castings, cylinder heads) to be machined at the U.S. production facility, nearly all production materials to be purchased from the world headquarters in Germany, as well as turned & milled components for both production and after sales. Yates believes his job is interesting and enjoyable not only because he interfaces daily with coworkers from all spectrums of the organization, but also because he is able to use and build upon his German language abilities.

About Tognum America Inc.
Tognum America Inc. is a Tognum Group company and is responsible for the manufacture, sales and support of MTU and MTU Onsite Energy branded products in North and Latin America.
With its two business units, Engines and Onsite Energy, the Tognum Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of engines and propulsion systems for off-highway applications and of distributed power generation systems. These products are based on diesel engines with up to 10,000 kilowatts (kW) power output, gas engines up to 2,150 kW and gas turbines up to 45,000 kW.
The product portfolio of the Engines business unit comprises MTU engines and propulsion systems for ships, for heavy land, rail and defense vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. The Onsite Energy business unit supplies distributed power generation systems carrying the MTU Onsite Energy brand. These comprise diesel engines for emergency power, prime power and continuous power, as well as cogeneration power plants based on gas engines and gas turbines that generate both power and heat. Tognum’s product portfolio also features fuel-injection systems built by L’Orange.
In 2012, Tognum generated revenue of around €3.015 billion and employs more than 10,000 people. Tognum has a global manufacturing, distribution and service structure with 24 fully consolidated companies, more than 140 sales partners and over 500 authorized dealerships at approximately 1,200 locations. Since mid-March 2013, Tognum AG has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems Holding GmbH, a joint venture of Daimler AG and Rolls-Royce Group plc. http://www.tognum.com


Hofmann Services

Trevor B. Gillies is the Business Development Manager of Hofmann Services which operates 5 branches throughout the southern part of the US. The company offers temporary and permanent staffing solutions to various companies. He started with the company in 2008 as a Recruiter shortly after it was incorporated and currently coordinates and manages 5 Account Managers while reporting directly to the CEO and CFO of the company.
Trevor is also a Certified Staffing Professional, a designation issued by the American Staffing Association. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2004 with Bachelors in Management and a minor in German and speaks the language fluently.


Draexlmaier Automotive


Ralph Schwarz is responsible for Corporate Communications at DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America in Duncan, S.C., where he oversees all aspects of internal and external communications for the Dräxlmaier Group in the North America region, including media relations, public relations and marketing. He also closely works with his colleagues in Corporate Communications at the corporate headquarters in Vilsbiburg, Germany

Ralph, who joined Dräxlmaier as corporate communications specialist in July 2006, has worked in the journalism/mass communication field for more than 10 years. Before coming to DAA, he worked for four years as an editor at Niagara Frontier Publications (NFP) in Grand Island, N.Y, where he was responsible for the weekly community newspaper, Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune. In addition to two town hall beats and one school board beat, he also served two years as sports editor for all three weekly papers published by NFP.

Born and raised in Germany, Ralph transferred to the USA as a college student in 1995, earning a master’s degree in Print Journalism from Emerson College in Boston in 2001, as well as bachelor degrees in Business Administration (Accounting) and Journalism/Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., in 1999.

Ralph, who has one son, lives in Duncan. Aside from work, he likes to spend time with his family, listen to music and follow NHL ice hockey, German soccer and Formula One racing.

Lisa Cope, has been working in human resources for more than 20 years. During that time, she has gained a wealth of experience in various areas of HR in different industries, including call centers, financial institutions, and automotive manufacturing. Her track record includes problem solving, implementing efficiencies and introducing best-practice standards.

Since joining automotive supplier DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC in 2011, she has been focused on talent management in the automotive industry and learning the cultural difference in a very diverse industry.

Prior to joining Dräxlmaier, she led a very successful recruiting department in the financial industry for 17 years, where she developed MBA rotational programs and undergraduate programs.What she most enjoys about her job is the interaction with new recruits and watching them develop and grow with their careers.



German Conference 2012
Eric Seawell (L&IT, Bosch/ Rexroth) at the 2011 Conference


Contact Lee Ferrell or the German Section at Clemson University for more information.