Sebastian Eder

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

My name is Sebastian Eder. I have been doing my doctorate for two years at the Chair of Software & Systems Engineering of Prof. Broy at the Technical University of Munich. I am mainly interested in software maintenance. My industry partner is Siemens.

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

I joined the Software Campus in early 2013 because I’m particularly interested in executive training – an education I wouldn’t receive in my day-to-day university life.

What do you expect from Software Campus?

On the one hand, many interesting seminars in which I can develop my qualities as an executive. On the other hand, the opportunity to form a network with people from industry and academia.

What is the content of your IT project and how could it be applied in the future?

I explore the interrelations between the actual use of software systems and their maintenance. In the future, my research results can be used to save unnecessary maintenance work and track important maintenance work in a more targeted way.

What is it that fascinates you about computer science?

Computer science is a huge discipline with many facets and possibilities. What I find particularly fascinating is the opportunity to combine various topics into something new.

What did you like most about Software Campus so far?

The contact with Siemens has been very helpful and interesting so far. Solving practical problems presents completely new challenges compared to the daily job at the university. I particularly like the pragmatic approach to problems.

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

I don’t think that elbowing mentality can get an executive ahead today. It is rather a quick grasp in order to develop a professional understanding and good leadership skills concerning colleagues that can help a manager to be successful today.

What has been the biggest challenge you have had to face so far in your IT career?

That’s certainly the doctorate. Finding new motivation on a daily basis is one thing, but to compete with the world’s leading scientists again and again can be a tough job.

Do you have an idol – if so, who is it?

No question: Reinhold Messner.

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

I love the mountains – skiing and climbing. I look for new challenges there, but for peace as well. But it is important to always have at least one mountain lover with you, because nothing is beautiful when enjoyed alone.