A WINDOW ONTO THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY – Sebastian Falckenheiner
"The flexibility of watching the presentations and doing the assignments at your own pace is ideal for everyone who also has a job or is living far from TU Delft."
While working as a Business Engineer, Sebastian Falckenheiner participated in the online course Aircraft Performance: Physics and Simulation. Read about his experience.
What was your motivation for enrolling in this course?
I finished my bachelor’s degree two years ago and I have been thinking about doing a second one in a more specific topic with more scientific background. One of the many options that I had in mind was Aerospace Engineering, so I started to look for more information about it. Eventually, I found the MOOC “Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering”, but I still wanted to learn more about advanced aircraft physics and performance calculations. So, when I read about this course I knew it was what I was looking for. The topics treated all the flight phases and, with the simulation module, it was a complete approach with the level of complexity I felt I needed.
How would you describe your online learning experience?
It was my third time doing an online course, and I think it was the best one. Not only because of the topics, which were treated in great detail, but also because of the experience that every student brought to the course. This was particularly important for me because it let me know how it is to work in the aerospace industry and what are the common problems that are encountered on a daily basis. After taking this course and sharing my experience with my classmates, I am truly motivated to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
What did you think of the online learning environment?
For me it worked very well. The flexibility of watching the presentations and doing the assignments at your own pace is ideal for everyone who also has a job or is living far from TU Delft.
Also, everyone else who took this course with me was very collaborative in the forum and in the hangout sessions. You could be sure that any problems you had were going to be solved by your classmates or by the course instructors. It was nice to have an in-class atmosphere with people who are thousands of kilometers apart.