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Ornwasa's bio

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Education: Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from King Mongkut University of Technology; certificate in Electrical Engineering from Burapha University in Thailand; Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Clausthal; Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Hannover

Office location: Hannover, Germany

Best piece of advice received: Never be a full glass of water! Be half-full so that new knowledge can pour in.

If you could get free airfare, what country would you go visit? Remote and exotic destinations in South America and Japan – to see new cultures and meet new people.

What are your hobbies? Coaching my kids, traveling and cooking

Meet Ornwasa
What made you apply for a job at Johnson Controls?
During my studies at the University of Hannover, I was looking for an engineering job at a company that practices Six Sigma (my big passion) and is working on alternative energy storage solutions. Johnson Controls offered exactly that, plus it’s located just few train stops from the university!

What is your role at Johnson Controls?
I specialize in design analysis, using computer modeling to understand problems and to be able to identify possible solutions. Modelling battery behavior on a computer can be very cost effective and helps us to predict how batteries behave in real life applications.

What's the most interesting challenge you’ve faced in your current role?
I like complex projects that require employing multiple physics principles and different software tools and techniques, even more so if global cooperation is required.

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
The list of my favorite projects is long. One of them involved a metal melting simulation in a recycling center. When things get heated to hundreds of degrees Celsius it is difficult to do any direct precise measuring, so computer simulation was the only method to help unravel the transitions between solid and liquid phases during the smelting process.

What do you like about working in Hannover?
Hannover is a great international city with easy public transport, a rich cultural life with many festivals and fairs, relatively mild winters and beautiful summers, and very nice people. Having lived in so many different places, I appreciate that we have many shops here with imported vegetables and fruits from all around the world.

What surprised you the most during your first days at Johnson Controls?
All those acronyms and abbreviations! Both technology and company processes are referred to using just initial letters, and it takes some time getting used to. But then it’s much faster using those acronyms, so today I myself use quite a lot of them.

What inspires you the most?
Octopuses – they are intelligent, quick to learn and have some unique survival skills.

Who inspires you the most?
Nicholas Winton, a 105-year old British man, who saved 669 children from the Nazis. His story is full of inspiration. He didn’t hesitate to risk his life to save hundreds of children in the dark times of European history.

Ornwasa's Day in the Life Diary

8 – 9 a.m.
That second cup of coffee

After I arrive to the office, I go through emails from last night and check calendar appointments for the day while sipping my second cup of coffee.

9 – 10 a.m.
Capability building

Working with my colleague in China before he leaves for home. I share my monitor through Skype and we work together to develop a model to help optimize a battery component.

10 – 11 a.m.
A new project starts

I just got assigned a new battery design project so I am reading through the project brief, scope and I am thinking about my own involvement. I also have to submit software requirements to support this project so I am writing it all down.

11 a.m. – noon
Personal Development – Battery training

It is Wednesday, I like to join the once a week training session learning about battery fabrication process.

1 – 3:15 p.m.
Battery simulation for customer

After lunch, I work on a customer request. They request some performance testing and before it goes to real-world testing, I will do some computer modelling. I review customer specifications and turn it into lines of code in a Matlab program, which will help with the analysis.

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Team teleconference

Time for a quick regular check with my global counterparts to share some results of my projects, hear from them and discuss best practices

4 – 5:30 pm
Evaluation time

I spend the rest of the day digging through the data from a previous simulation analyze the results. Of course, the lines of numbers are too detailed for leadership presentation, so I finally summarize my findings in a nice PowerPoint presentation. Time to go home.