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Tuan Anh Pham Tran

Tuan Anh Pham Tran Master Student at KSOP
Tuan Anh Pham Tran Master Student at KSOP

Can you tell me who you are and where you are from.

Before coming to Germany, I studied photonics and lasers. For me, Germany has the most advances in the field of optics and engineering, and when I read the KSOP brochure, I found it was the perfect match for my needs.


Could you tell us a bit about your work at ZEISS and the topic of your Master’s thesis?

The topic of my thesis is to test a lightfield camera on the optical metrology machine. I work in the sensoric department. My job here is to conduct measurements to qualify optical sensors, specifically making the setup, deriving a mathematical model, taking measurements and doing statistical analysis.


How do you like Oberkochen?

I personally like small towns. I really like the local area here. The weather is quite nice in the summer, the air is fresh and the surroundings are quiet. There are many hills and small towns around that I can travel to in my leisure time.


What do you like most about the KSOP Master’s Program and what part of your studies best prepares you for your career?

I really like the international environment in KSOP - you have different people from different countries and this offers you the possibility to open your eyes a little bit more (I like to see people from different cultures and how they react to the same phenomena, and to see the pros and cons of different ways of life). Concerning my studies, my plan for the future is to go into the field of systems engineering, so I really like the diverse topics that they offer in KSOP. I have been able to learn a lot from both the engineering and theoretical perspectives, and gain a basic understanding in a very broad field of optics.


What do you like most about your job at ZEISS?

For me, it´s the perfect mixture because I can do a lot of different things. My first impression was really good. My co-workers are very knowledgeable and helpful, and the working environment is quite relaxed. Also, I can learn about the workflow here and about how to solve engineering problems effectively.


What are your future plans?

I will finish my thesis in September Then, I would like to pursue further studies for a few more years, to do something challenging and exciting. Germany is still a good option for me at the moment for a PhD in the field of optical engineering.