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Testimonial of Natthapat

Alumnus of the Industrial Engineering Sustainable Master

Updated on May 31, 2021
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After a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering, Natthapat Wongcharoenyong chose to integrate the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master at Grenoble INP - Génie industriel. After his graduation, Natthapat got an offer for an Advanced Master and was then immediately hired for a graduate program at Shell. Natthapat is now back to Thailand where he is Plant Engineer for Royal Dutch Shell Thailand, located in Bangkok.

Natthapat Please, introduce yourself?
My name is Natthapat Wongcharoenyong and I am from Bangkok, Thailand. I know my name sounds insanely long for some of you, so here’s what my friends called me: Natt, Natthapat, or Nathan.

What is your current profession?
I am currently being employed as the Plant Engineer for Royal Dutch Shell Thailand, located in Bangkok, Thailand, back to my motherland.

Could you explain your job responsibilities?
As part of my responsibility, I am managing projects mainly for capital expenditure from idea generations, investment proposals, to project execution.

What is your professional background?
I am a project engineer, sourcing, and procurement.

What was your background before entering this master?
I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Thailand before joining this master's in Grenoble. Saying that I was a normal student seeking more opportunities overseas before joining the master's program, so I went right away after my graduation chasing my goal.

Why did you choose specifically the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master and how did you hear about it?
I would say there are two main reasons I chose this master. First, I, personally, believe that sustainability is a way forward for this world. Industrial engineers will make things better and more efficient but how to make them greener is a key in the next coming years. Secondly, I will be located in the heart of Europe in the middle of many beautiful cities. Additionally, we can expect a diverse and multicultural environment.

In your opinion, what are the main strengths of the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master program?
It is the sustainability part where it is embedded in the engineering subjects together with the internship opportunity which is required by the master. This is a great opportunity for us to work abroad in an international environment.

What was the most challenging course or project you had at Génie industriel? Why?
They were all averagely challenging in terms of curriculum and subjects for study. As I have based my study in Industrial Engineering, I would be able to use my fundamental knowledge for most classes where additional points of view of sustainability are being added in the class which was very interesting. If I were to mention what was the most challenging, the answer would be “living in France without speaking French”, this was the most challenging thing I have encountered in Grenoble so far. Though it is the most challenging part, it led me to the most memorable part as well.

What skills have you developed?
Besides numerous technical skills I have learned and now use during my daily work, I have developed many soft skills together with my classmates. Those abilities include the fact that I am now living a life that is eager to learn new things and improve myself at all times.

How did this Master prepare you for your career?
The master has prepared me for both soft and hard skills. On one hand, loaded with technical knowledge to survive and use in day-to-day jobs. While on the other hand, being in a multicultural environment would enhance your adaptation with others. I got an offer for an Advanced Master in CentraleSupelec after my graduation in Grenoble. After I graduated, I immediately got hired for a graduate program at Shell.

What do you think about the way of life in Grenoble and its area?
Best place to be for students! Simply convenient to live in the heart of Europe, Skiing in the morning, having lunch in Switzerland, or having dinner in Italy is also possible.

Do you have an anecdote to tell about your experience of studying here?
I was able to participate in the Tournament in Management and Engineering Skills (TIMES) during my studies at Grenoble INP. This was organized by European Students of Industrial Engineering and Management (ESTIEM). We were a team of four, very diverse and passionate about how to improve things, each of us coming from different backgrounds but enhancing each other in a great way. We won and were selected to be a representative of our school to compete against other schools across Europe. We went to Germany for the next round, unfortunately, we didn’t get selected for the next round. However, it was a memorable experience with the team as well as being able to connect with a group of people who also share the same passion as we do. Additionally, just being, and studying in Grenoble, is an unforgettable experience where I would have done it again if I can turn back in time.

What advice would you give to a student from your country who would like to come and study here?
Go aboard and live your unforgettable moment in life. Get treated with tons of knowledge and enjoy the beauty of France.

Natthapat Wongcharoenyong was graduated in 2018.

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Date of update May 31, 2021

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