LiU alumni around the globe:
Daniel Jaredson, Netherlands
Place of residence: Wassenaar
Family: Married, three children aged between 7 and 13 years
Work: I have been working for the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2006. My workplace is the technical research centre ESTEC in Noordwijk.
Best thing about the job: Being at the hub of development for European space technology is very stimulating. I can influence the entire chain from the planning stage for future studies to quotations and contracts with the European space industry, following up results and then planning again for the next step. I really enjoy working with a variety of people and businesses in different countries.
Current activities: I am in charge of technical development for “Materials & Structures” for the ESA Future Launcher Preparatory Programme. The development is in preparation for the rocket that will
replace Ariane 5 after 2025. A lot of different activities need to be coordinated, from system studies down to specific technical development activities and management of my staff.
Hobbies: Food and drink, photography, motor sports and golf.
Pros and cons about where you live: A positive thing is the much better schooling that children receive here compared to Sweden. It is also close to most things. You can, for example, easily take the car to France for a weekend. Moreover, it is a useful experience living as an immigrant. On the negative side, Holland is crowded, so it is very expensive to buy a decent house with a garden.
Education: MSc in Mechanical Engineering, with focus on solid mechanics and advanced material technologies, 1994-98.
Good memories from the studies: The good spirit we had with fellow students and at IKP, the institution I studied most at. Since we had children during the time I was studying, it is probably the infant stage I remember the most, along with taking on the situation of supporting a family on a study allowance.
From LiU magazine no 2 2011
Last updated: 2012-11-27