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Testimonial of Diego

Alumnus of the Industrial Sustainable Engineering Master

Updated on May 10, 2021
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After his studies in Spain as Industrial Design and Product Development Engineer, Diego Roy Lopez worked for 3 years, by designing machinery and equipment for civil & military aircrafts. Then, he decided to learn more about Supply Chain and he chose the Master of Sustainable Industrial Engineering at Grenoble - INP Génie industriel. Diego is now working as Supply Chain Engineer Performance Enhancement, for the Inventory & Planning team, at Nissan Motor Corporation in Paris.

Diego Roy Please, introduce yourself?
My name is Diego Roy Lopez from Spain.

What is your current profession? 
I am currently working as Supply Chain Engineer Performance Enhancement, for the Inventory & Planning team, at Nissan Motor Corporation in Paris/France.

Could you explain your job responsibilities?  
My role is to manage and report all Nissan Europe inventories and stock, coordination of logistics (to improve on time delivery of vehicles) and business continuity, by leading and coordinating the processes and systems improvement of my department.

What is your professional background?
My core studies were done in Spain, as Industrial Design and Product Development Engineer. Then working for 3 years, by designing ROV's (Remotely Operated Vehicle), underwater machinery or ground support equipment, for civil & military aircrafts.

Why did you choose specifically the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master and how did you hear about it?
After my previous job experiences, I felt I wanted to be more in touch with the world of the supply chain. I checked for master's for universities in several countries (Sweden, Finland or France). Finally I decided to apply to Grenoble INP - Génie industriel Master's Degree, because it was linked to Supply Chain studies, they made the application process easy to follow and I met people (who had already studied in this master) which recommended it to me.

In your opinion, what are the main strengths of the Sustainable Industrial Engineering Master program?
The main advantages of this Master´s degree is that it is not closed to a single idea and has a broad range of courses. You will be able to find courses that enable you to develop your skills on manufacturing, up to management or linked to sustainability regulations. 

What was the most challenging course or project you had at Génie industriel?
I have to say, two courses were in fact quite challenging. First "Production and Operations Management", where you enter fully in detail about how to manage and control line productions. Then, on second year, "Sustainable Manufacturing", which is a course intrinsically related to research.  In both cases, you are pushed to develop new skills, leaving your comfort zone and controlling your study and work times.

How did this Master prepare you for your career?
In my case, by coming from a non-french country, it helps to know that you will always find courses and help to learn French, while studying in this university. On top of that, the wide variety of courses will provide you skill which will enable you to work in almost all engineering environments, from workshops to office, in different areas such as manufacturing, management, logistics or even, if it pleases you, to carry on your studies as a Postgraduate researcher.

What do you think about the way of life in Grenoble and its area?
Grenoble is a city where you can enjoy a young and relaxed atmosphere in one of the largest campuses in France. Many winter activities (skiing, skating, hokey ...), and with many interesting regions and countries nearby.

Do you have an anecdote to tell about your experience of studying here? 
In the first year, during a trip to Lausanne with two classmates from the master, we arrived at the Swiss border where the police stopped the bus and began to ask for the documentation. While the policemen were reviewing the documentation of the other passengers, we exchanged our passports and began to try to read what they put on them, since each one was written in different languages. The problem came because we were reading aloud. The police officers were alarmed and came running to ask our documentation, however none of us had our own passports. We tried to explain what was happening, but it was difficult to explain, as none of us spoke almost French. Luckily for us, Swiss police officers are pretty nice and they speak english too. A tip for those who come, is that before traveling to Switzerland or within France, learn a little French, and do not mess up with your documents at the borders.

What advice would you give to a student from your country who would like to come and study here?
I think it is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge, to travel, to meet a lot of people and finally to develop a new career within Europe. Also I will suggest to try to speak less loudly, as I realised south europeans, we speak quite loud for the average in France.

Diego Roy Lopez was graduated in 2019.
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Date of update May 10, 2021

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