From idea to implementation: An interview with Thomas Nesch.

Thomas Nesch was born to tinker.

In 2008, Daimler AG mechatronics trainee Thomas Nesch, at just 19 years old, won the national competition “Jugend forscht.” His winning submission was a working prototype for a sensor that has the ability to track fluid loss of tubes in paint robots. His win took him to “Youth Research” and acted as a stepping stone leading to higher stakes competitions where he eventually won the national final in Bremerhaven.

From budding 'Jugend forscht' to 'Master of Engineering.'

After secondary school Nesch began studying engineering at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the University of Cambridge. While studying he started his own electronics company 'Nesch Engineering,' and completed numerous internships with reputable companies before starting at Daimler Business Innovation in 2013. Since the end of June 2015, Thomas Nesch, now 26, works as project coordinator in Business Innovation at Daimler AG.

The interview with Thomas Nesch.

Dennis Hamann, host of ENERGY radio, spoke with Thomas Nesch over the course of an afternoon. In this interview Nesch revealed information about his inventions and duties at Daimler Business Innovation.

Hamann: Thomas, what fascinates you about working at Daimler Business Innovation?

Nesch: Daimler Business Innovation makes it easy for me to be myself which allows me room to be creative in my work and to of course have fun while doing it.

Hamann: As a student did you simply tinker with inventions until you made them work?

Nesch: I would keep tinkering and testing all of my inventions in order to make them work. I’ve always been the type of person who wants to be on the forefront of breakthrough developments in technology and this is the best way to do it. From 'Jugend forscht' to Daimler Business Innovation.

Hamann: Can you explain in the simplest terms what you have developed for Daimler?

Nesch: It’s a sensor that detects the amount of paint that is required for each vehicle. This helps industrial automotive paint shops by ensuring the correct amount of paint is applied to the right vehicle.

Hamann: What happened after you won 'Jugend forscht?”

Nesch: My colleagues and I celebrated my win quite a bit….

Hamann: What are you currently doing at Daimler?

Nesch: Recently I’ve been working with 3D printing, an exciting new technology. I love working here because I’ve been able to take a hobby I’m passionate about and turn it into my profession.

Harmann: How do your colleagues act around you as one of the youngest members of the team?

Nesch: Although I am the youngest member on the team, this has not been an issue. It doesn’t matter who contributes to a project as long as the quality is there.

Future plans.

Hamann: Do you have a typical tinkerer’s workshop in your home?

Nesch: On the contrary, it is actually quite organized in my home. This is something I’ve internalized as a part of my training at Daimler. It can get a bit chaotic when I’m working on new creative ideas though.


Hamann: What are your plans for the future?

Nesch: In the future I see myself taking on more responsibility at Daimler Business Innovation as they are helping me pursue my interests in 3D printing. The most important thing for me is that I am able to develop and remain faithful to my passions.


Hamann: Thomas, thank you for the interview! 

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