The seminar week took place from October 3rd-7th at The Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA. I gave several lectures for engineering students about real life engineering challenges in the automotive industry in Germany. I was also invited by Idaho State University in Moscow, Idaho, USA. At both universities I had te opportunity to meet the Student Formula 1 Competition teams and exchange some topics on project management. At Idaho State I also met the Clean Snowmobile Competition team and had some talks about challenges in engineering projects.
The trip was accompanied by a visit at Kenworth Truck Company, Bellevue and Boeing Company in Everett – both near Seattle. I had a private tour at Kenworth, visiting the assembly facilities and having some discussions on the differences between truck and passenger car assembly. At Boeing, I also enjoyed a private tour accompanied by discussions on the topic of social engineering and the challenges in managing external suppliers and partners.