Meet Els Kok, Pietro Binetti, and Michele Cotrufo

Els Kok

R&D Director (ThermoFischer)

Innovating at interfaces

She likes to go off the beaten track. Physicist Els Kok decided to pursue her PhD in an Electrical Engineering group at TU/e, and deliberately started her career in industry at the operations engineering department, instead of at the R&D department that would be the common route. Her personal motto: ‘It is by connecting people at the interfaces of disciplines and departments that you can make an impact.’

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Living the dream

He always knew he wanted to pursue a career in industry, preferably in the US. From his current position as an Engineering Manager at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, TU/e alumnus Pietro Binetti reflects on how he arrived at his dream job.

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Pietro Binetti

Engineering Manager (Apple)

Michele Cotrufo

Assistant Professor (University of Rochester)

Benefits of branching out

During his time as a PhD researcher at TU/e, Michele Cotrufo had his doubts if his research in nanophotonics was not too scattered over different subjects. Looking back now, he is grateful that he seized the opportunity to explore different research areas. ‘I always encourage my students to exploit their years in grad school to get a flavor of different topics. A broader background will always be beneficial later.’

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