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German Professional Conference

“German Language Study and Your Career: Internships and Study Abroad"

October 9, 2019

 

Sessions run from 10:00AM-4:00PM
Hendrix Ballrooms A&B

 

Hosted by the Clemson German Professional Society

and

the Department of Languages and German Program at Clemson University

Sponsored by

the Department of Languages

UAS7 German Universities of Applied Sciences

Draexlmaier Automotive Group

 Ivannovation Language Management

 IFA Rotorion

And Hofmann Services 

a logo that says Germany and the US "wunderbar" together 

Companies joining us:

  • Adidas
  • BMW Manufacturing Company
  • Bosch Rexroth
  • Context Design Group
  • Draexlmaier Automotive
  • Hofmann Services
  • Human Solutions
  • IFA Rotorion
  • Ivannovation Language Management
  • Robert Bosch
  • UAS7
  • ZF Transmissions

Students must register for the roundtable sessions. Please click the link below to make your choices.

REGISTER HERE

Registration for round table opens on Monday, 16 September 2019 and will remain open until Wednesday, 3 October 5:00 PM. Check the profiles of our corporate guests before registering for the round table session.

Agenda for the Forum:

10:00 a.m.

Introduction

10:10-11:20 a.m.

Panel Discussion, Alumni of German

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Keynote Address: UAS7,  "Internships and Study Abroad: Applied Opportunities and Practical Curricula at German Universities of Applied Sciences in the Digital Age”

12:00-1:00p.m.

Lunch

1:00-1:10p.m.

Remarks. Welcome from the Department of Languages, the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

1:15-2:45p.m.

Round Table Discussions (online registration is available now; seating will be first-come, first-served)

2:50-4:00pm

Job Fair and networking. Attending students will have the opportunity to visit job tables to learn about jobs and internships with attending companies.

Profiles for Corporate Guests

Adidas Group

Marina Besedina, Manager Customs Compliance
Marina is a customs compliance professional at Adidas. She is part of a knowledgeable team that specializes in import, export and customs regulation. In her role she is responsible for managing the import process to ensure accurate and timely customs clearance is completed in the U.S. She is also responsible for various internal programs that strengthen the company’s overall relationship with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as well as various government agencies. She enjoys working in a constantly changing trade environment that presents challenges and new opportunities. Marina is a licensed customs broker and a certified trade specialist. She is a proud graduate of the Clemson L&IT program and she studied in Cordoba, Argentina. She speaks Russian and Spanish fluently.

Website: http://www.adidas-group.com/en/

BMW Manufacturing Co.

Brian Wright, Methods Engineer
Brian graduated from Clemson in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in German.  Brian started at BMW Plant Spartanburg as a co-op during his undergraduate studies and leveraged his language skills to complete his final co-op rotation in Munich, Germany.  After graduation he joined BMW full time in their Engineering and Operations Management Development Program (EOMDP), a 2-year rotational program for recent graduates. Since completing the EOMDP program, he has worked in several areas of Total Vehicle Validation. In these roles, Brian focuses on launching new vehicles at BMW Plant Spartanburg, ensuring that assembly concepts are robust, parts perform as expected and leading problem solving activities.

Melanie Engel, Senior Launch and Change Coordinator
Melanie graduated from Clemson in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Language and International Trade. Upon graduation, she started work at BMW in the procurement department. Currently, Melanie is a Senior Launch and Change Coordinator in the engineering department. Her responsibilities include project management for new launches and interim changes for the X5, X5M, X6, X6M, and X7 wiring harnesses and electronic components. Melanie’s international experience includes living and working in Gelnhausen, Germany for 3 years in the early 1990’s. She also completed a 6-week study abroad with Clemson University in Nabburg, Germany in the summer of 1996. Since working at BMW, Melanie has taken many business trips to Munich, Germany, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and Managua, Nicaragua.

Website: www.bmwusfactory.com

Bosch-Rexroth

Eric Seawell

Angela Patterson
Angela Patterson completed her German degree at CU in 2001.  After graduation, she began working for import/export company DXL Enterprises in New Jersey, supporting primarily German customers.  After returning to SC, Angela worked at ZF Lemforder in Duncan to support vehicle launches for Mercedes, GM, and BMW.  Due to the move of that automotive components plant to NC, Angela took a position in Purchasing with hydraulics manufacturer Bosch Rexroth in Fountain Inn, SC.  She has worked at Bosch Rexroth since 2006 in various functions in Purchasing, Quality management, and corporate regional strategy, including a foreign assignment 2010-2014 in the Renewable Energy division in Witten, Germany.  In addition to her regular responsibilities, Angela has supported the Fountain Inn location as Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador for the last 4yrs.  In her new plant Logistics Manager role since Sept. 1st, Angela will be responsible for optimized material flow, digitalization of processes and logistics reporting.

Austin Jordan
I grew up not far away from Clemson in Easley, SC. Graduated as a fourth generation alumna from Clemson in 2018 with a degree in Language and International Trade (German emphasis). During my time at Clemson, I completed three rotations with Bosch Rexroth in commodity purchasing. Since January 2019, I have been working in project purchasing with Bosch Rexroth.

Context Design Group

David Lewis

Draexlmaier Automotive Group

Ralph Schwarz,  Head of Corporate Communications Americas
Ralph Schwarz is the head of Corporate Communications for the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the Americas. In this function, he oversees all aspects of internal and external communications for the international automotive supplier in the Americas, including media relations, public relations / marketing, branding, sponsoring, and community affairs for the DRÄXLMAIER locations in Mexico, Nicaragua and the USA. Ralph, who joined DRÄXLMAIER as corporate communications specialist in July 2006, has worked in the journalism/mass communication field for more than 18 years. Before coming to DRÄXLMAIER, 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 lives in Duncan, S.C. Aside from work, he likes to read, listen to music and follow ice hockey and German soccer.

Website:  https://us.draexlmaier.com/?L=1

Human Solutions

Thorsten Kuebler, Key Account Manager
Thorsten Kuebler is Key Account Manager at Human Solutions of North America. Human Solutions is a German Tech Company providing Digital Human Modeling Software for end-user simulation and Anthropometric Data for ergonomic vehicle packaging in the Automotive Industry and apparel design in the Fashion Industry.

I have worked in the Automotive supplier industry with Michelin for 7 years, specializing in ergonomic workplace design and Human Machine Interaction. Before that I worked as a CAD Engineer designing sports equipment. I studied Sports Science and Mechanical Engineering in Germany, later Ergonomics in France, I then translated my skills within the field of Human Factors Engineering. I help design better products – products that are appropriate for the end-user. My passion is being an advocate for the customer and truly understand their needs and desires.

IFA North America

Thiago Finco, Human Resources Generalist- Talent Acquisition
I have been with IFA for the past 2 years as an HR Generalist. I am responsible for both sourcing/hiring new employees and retaining them. I am also in charge of sourcing our Interns/Co-Op students for various departments such as; Engineering, Project Management, Quality, Human Resources, Supply Chain and Finance.

Dustin Sisk, Human Resources Generalist- Talent Acquisition
I have been with IFA for the past year as an HR Generalist. I am responsible for the process of the Direct New Hires and contract to full time conversions within our organization.

IFA Company Link: www.ifa-group.com

I.K. Hofmann USA

Jasmine Bean, CSP, CIR, Executive Search Manager
Born to a military family Jasmine grew up all over the US but currently calls Lake Harwell home. In 2008, she graduated with B.A. in Instrumental Music Education from Auburn University and by 2010 she joined the National Guard where she served 7 years as an MP. After several deployments, she decided to leave teaching and try her hand in the Staffing Industry. In 2013, she took a chance on herself and moved to Atlanta, GA for a contract position that would quickly turn into a career she was passionate about. She understands the importance of placing the right employee in the right job the first time, and has consistently saved companies money with creative hiring strategies. She joined the Hofmann Family in 2018 where she has established Direct Hire Division and serves as the Executive Search Manager. She loves guiding and educating her clients and candidates to ensure they are a “match made in heaven.” In her spare time you will surfing on Lake Hartwell with her 3 dogs.

Website: www.hofmann-services.com

Ivannovation Language Management

Darren Jansen, Translation Project Manager
From a decade of teaching English in China and in the United States, to his work in a Chinese tech company, to his current role in a foreign language translation company, the intersection of language, business, and technology has always been Darren's passion. His mission is to connect people of the world to do business and gain mutual benefit. Outside of his work he loves reading Chinese literature and philosophy and taking long hikes in the forest.

Website: https://ivannovation.com

Robert Bosch

Barbara Watkins
Barbara Watkins is a ’98 Clemson Graduate from Language and International Trade, German.  She began her career at Robert Bosch in Anderson, SC in a coordination role.  Over the following years she moved to various positions within Bosch including two long term assignments in Bamberg and Stuttgart Germany.  She returned to Clemson and earned her Masters of Industrial Engineering in ’04.  She currently is the Manager of Industrial Engineering and Change Management at Robert Bosch in Anderson. 

She continues to stay involved in the community, serving on the Industrial Advisory Board to the Industrial Engineering Department at Clemson.  Additionally she serves on the Board of the PTA at her children’s school and other volunteer activities.    

UAS7

Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig
Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig is president of the TH-Köln/ Cologne Technical University of Applied Sciences, following three years as TH-Köln’s Vice-Rector. Before that he served as professor of pharmacology at University of Cologne for twenty years, parts of that as vice dean for medical education (2003-2007). He holds a Master of Medical Education at University Bern (2003), studied at Universities of Marburg and Kiel and habilitated in 1995 in the department of pharmacology at University of Kiel. Prof. Dr. Stefan Herzig holds several honors and memberships in professional societies and has experiences as congress chair in several scientific communities. Since 2009 he is speaker of the graduate program “Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics” at University of Cologne.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Kreulich
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Kreulich is Vice President of Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) since October 2014. He focuses on digitalization, qualification goals for future life and job world, media behavior and digital formats. He is responsible for curriculum, innovation management in these matters and academic quality management. Prior to these responsibilities he served as Dean of the Department of Energy, Building, Paper and Media Technique and professor of Media Technique at MUAS. Before embarking on an academic career he was a software and product engineer and IT Trainer at SMEs. He studied physics at Westfaelische Wilhelms University Muenster and received his PhD at the Institute of print and media technique at TU Chemnitz.

Patrizia Nobbe, PhD
Patrizia Nobbe, PhD, directs the North America Office of UAS7. UAS7 is a network of seven research-strong German Universities of Applied Sciences. Its seven member universities offer a large range of BA and MA programs in higher education with applied curricular experiences. Before joining UAS7, Dr. Nobbe directed a research center on European Union issues at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a PhD in political science from The Graduate Center (CUNY).

ZF Transmissions Gray Court, LLC

Christopher Ludwig, Director Program Purchasing - Car Powertrain Technology
After the military draft in Germany where he was trained as Military Police, Mr. Ludwig enrolled at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz in the International Business Program. During his study, Mr. Ludwig received a scholarship at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, where he earned his Bachelor in Business Administration. Upon return to Germany, he completed his Diploma in International Business and not long after, enrolled at Clemson University for his MBA study.

His Purchasing career began at Robert Bosch in Anderson, SC. Traveling the world and interacting with diverse business mentalities on behalf of his employer, shaped Mr. Ludwig’s negotiation skills and widened his cultural horizon, an indispensable leadership attribute in today’s global environment. As a successful professional and someone that calls South Carolina home, Mr. Ludwig continued to stay involved with Clemson University, more specifically with German Full Immersion Summer Program offered by Clemson’s International Studies Department. This opportunity allowed him to better understand the significant cultural impact Clemson has on students and future talent. In 2015, Mr. Ludwig joined ZF Transmissions Gray Court as the head of the Purchasing Department, where he leads a cultural diverse team of employees. Their different perspectives allowed significant improvements over the following years. in July 2019, Chris assumed the role of Director Program Purchasing Car Powertrain Technology and as such, is responsible for ZF’s global 9HP and new eDAPT Transmission programs.

Website: ZF Transmissions Gray Court



Sponsorship levels

Be a sponsor for this year's Conference

Thanks to Department of Languages for its financial support of this event.

LUNCH SPONSOR  1000.00 dollars  (we need 2 sponsors)

  • Draexlmaier Automotive Group
    draxlmaier logo

  • UAS7 German Universities of Applied Sciences
    uas7 logo     UAS7 2
  • Special acknowledgement during the conference and opportunity to address conference attendees.
  • Grouped logo listing on event web page
  • On-screen sponsor loop grouped with other sponsors
  • Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and at coffee station

LIGHT AND SOUND SPONSOR  500.00 dollars (1 sponsor)

  • Special acknowledgement during the conference and opportunity to address conference attendees.
  • Grouped logo listing on event web page
  • On-screen sponsor loop grouped with other sponsors
  • Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and at coffee station

COFFEE BREAK Sponsor $250.00 (limited to one (1) sponsor):

  • Ivannovation Language Management

ivannovation logo

  • Grouped logo listing on event web page
  • On-screen sponsor loop grouped with other sponsors
  • Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and at coffee station

JOB FAIR AND NETWORKING SOCIAL Sponsor $250 (limited to two (2) sponsors):

  • IFA Rotorion

ifa rotorion logo

  • Grouped logo listing on event web page and invitation
  • On-screen sponsor loop including individual logo during the conference Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and during the networking social

SUPPORTTING SPONSOR

  • Hofmann Services

 

Photos from 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 Previous conferences:

 

German Professional Conference

“Business, Engineering, and Consulting in the Upstate"

October 10, 2018

Hosted by the Clemson German Professional Society
And
The German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States

Sponsored by the Department of Languages

Companies joining us:

  • Adidas
  • Bosch Rexroth
  • BMW Manufacturing Company
  • Draexlmaier Automotive
  • Fehrer Automotive
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S.
  • Hofmann Services
  • Ingenics Corporation
  • P3
  • Roedl, Langford de Kock
  • tesa tape
  • ZF Transmissions

Agenda for the Forum:

12:05 – 12:20 p.m.

 Sign-in at the Hendrix Center Ballroom (click here for directionsand Opening Remarks. Welcome from the Department of Languages, the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

12:20-2:00 p.m.

Job Fair. Attending students will have the opportunity to visit job tables to learn about jobs and internships with attending companies.

2:00-2:15 p.m.

The German-American Chamber of Commerce

2:15-3:30

Round Table Discussions
(online registration is available now; seating will be first-come, first-served)

3:30-4:00 p.m.

Networking Social

Registration for Round Tables

Registration for round table opens on Monday, 3 September 2018 and will remain open until Wednesday, 3 October 5:00 PM. Check the profiles of our corporate guests before registering for the round table session.

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION

Be a sponsor for this year's Forum

Sponsorship levels

COFFEE BREAK Sponsor $250.00 (limited to two(2) sponsors):

  • Grouped logo listing on event web page
  • On-screen sponsor loop grouped with other sponsors
  • Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and at coffee station

NETWORKING SOCIAL Sponsor $250 (limited to two (2) sponsors):

  • Grouped logo listing on event web page and invitation
  • On-screen sponsor loop including individual logo during the conference Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and during the networking social

Contact: Kevin Granatino, German Professional Society Treasurer (kgranat@clemson.edu)

Photos from 2017