Being based at the Water Campus has many advantages. One of them is the close relationship with Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences. But not all students dream of an entry into a small-scale company like Wafilin. Graduate Erwin Blauw aimed to start his career at a multinational. A conversation with Jos van Dalfsen did not made to change is mined, at first. “I literally had to pull him out of the pub,” says Jos van Dalfsen. “Fortunately, Jos did that,” laughs Erwin. The result, Erwin is now working at Wafilin for six months, is involved in many different projects and became very important asset in our team. There are plenty of valuable and unique possibilities for starters and interns to work at a small company. Patrick, our new intern already had that idea and was glad to get in touch with Jos van Dalfsen. After a first meeting, it was a match.
Patrick Gordon (21), a third-year student in Chemical Engineering is working on comparative research of ceramic membranes and to model the fouling rate of the membranes. Martin Appelman (22), also a third-year student in Food Technology, is working on fractionating of milk. A dairy project in which Patrick also contributes to.
Both gentlemen, very eager to learn, are happy with their internship at Wafilin Systems. Martin Appelman, explains: “I wanted to become a baker when I was a child. Food has always been my interest. After a MBO education in Food Technology that mainly approached the health and marketing side, I wanted to learn more about the technical side of food. The current education and now this internship at Wafilin provides me that”. Patrick Gordon, understands what Martin explained. “In the first week at Wafilin, we visited a customer and a supplier which was immediately very instructive. We are now finalizing the project plan. Good preparation is important, but honestly, I am looking forward to start with the experimental phase to discover what the results will be and how we can improve them. As a chemical technologist in training, I like to learn more about the technique behind industrial processes and to design the process.”
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