Juan Haladjian

Who are you and what are you doing? Who are your partners?

My name is Juan Haladjian, I am from Argentina and I am doing my doctorate at the TU Munich Chair 1. Prof. Brügge is my supervisor. My research area is intelligent clothing, i.e. garments that are equipped with sensors. A few months ago, for example, I developed a hat with which the person who is wearing it can navigate using vibrations (front, right or left).

At the Software Campus I work together with Deutschen Telekom. We are developing a solution that will enable every person to make their own garment. I imagine a future in which people walk the streets with intelligent clothes, just like we carry a cell phone in our pockets today.

When did you join the Software Campus and why are you in the program?

I joined the Software Campus in 2013. I applied because I found the program very unique. A few months ago, for example, we took part in a style training course in Berlin, where we were shown how to behave at the dinner table during a dinner with potential investors.

What do you expect from the Software Campus?

The opportunity to manage my own project with resources and staff, and at the same time to meet valuable people, future colleagues and friends.

What fascinates you about computer science?

Ever since I was little, technology has fascinated me. My best friend was a screwdriver; I unscrewed everything I could: Televisions, sockets, small appliances. I was curious about how things worked. I feel the same way about Software Campus. It’s a mental challenge for me, where creativity and the freedom to do things myself are fun as well.

What did you like most about Software Campus so far?

Software Campus offers seminars in a variety of different areas. These seminars have contributed to my personal development. I would highly recommend the seminar “Intercultural Awareness” to other participants. It made me aware of the differences between different cultures.

What’s your passion – besides your job and Software Campus?

I’ve been very interested in gymnastics lately. I’m learning flick flacks and somersaults! I am generally very sporty, I swim regularly and play beach volleyball in summer.

In your opinion, what skills do top executives need to have today in order to be successful?

A good executive is able to create a relaxed atmosphere within the team, which promotes creativity and cooperation. He or she will make the team work together to find solutions instead of pushing through his or her own suggestions. As in life, a good leader needs to know their goals very well, but at the same time remain open and flexible. You know the goal but not the way. They must also be courageous. Often you have to make decisions with consequences that are difficult to foresee.

What was the biggest challenge you had to face in your IT career so far?

When I started in the field of intelligent clothing, I had no experience with textiles, electronics and microcontroller programming. Knowledge in all three areas was necessary for the success of my project. Meanwhile I have founded a small laboratory at the chair, where I teach my students soldering and circuits.