I was born and raised on the doorstep of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Growing up, many professors from PSI lived on my street. My first real connection to ETH Zurich was my IT-education in 2001 at the IFW. In 2016, I developed a joint project with ETH at the CEBIT in Hanover and that was the start of a strong collaboration on the topic of helping students and apprentices get a first step into the business world.
Since then, I have had a lot of regular connections – my focus now is to realize together with ETH an IT campus in the greater New York City area. Together with the ETH Circle, I would like to help bring the best of Swiss education and science to the USA. I believe that there is a fantastic opportunity right now for us to position Switzerland as a strong education partner during the bilateral negotiations. The ETH Circle community can help support this vision.
If the ETH Circle is to succeed in its mission to help increase the visibility of ETH, then regular exchange and interaction is essential. It will be important to create a platform where the interests and goals of the members can be coordinated. Perhaps a common annual agenda can also be agreed on for which issues to tackle in the upcoming year? We could also form clusters around topical fields, and organize the group into think tanks working on specific challenges.