Der Ingenieur in der Digitalen Transformation

„In the digital era skill based jobs and skill based students will rule the world.“

In unserer Blogreihe „Der Ingenieur in der Digitalen Transformation“ wollen wir auch eine internationale Perspektive auf die digitale Arbeitswelt der Ingenieure werfen. Für den Blick durch die internationale Brille stand uns Kunal Chaudhary von Roche PVT für ein paar Fragen zu seinem Berufsalltag, seiner Ingenieurausbildung und seiner Aussicht auf die Arbeit der Zukunft zu Verfügung. Das Interview mit Herrn Chaudhary haben wir auf englisch geführt.

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1. Mr. Chaudhary, you are working as Numerical Simulation Expert at Roche. Would you be so kind and explain what exactly your job is about?

Kunal Chaudhary: Roche has been a pioneer in the healthcare sector for nearly 120 years. Roche PVT is a part of the Diagnostics Division, focusing on automation of laboratories. I am a mechanical professional with 8+ years of enriched global experience in R&D, including Numerical Simulations, Product Design and Development for mechatronic solutions. My current role as a Numerical Simulation Expert within Core Disciplines & Core Components is to provide Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation services to all the different engineering departments.

I am responsible for carrying out FEM / FVM (Finite-Element-Method / Finite-Volume-Method) simulations in the field of structural, FKM assessment for fatigue, thermal and fluid dynamics. Mechatronic designs are computationally simulated, analyzed, and discussed with the designers, optimized and thereby delivering robust solutions. Digital verification of design using simulation technology helps us to build innovative and state of the art integrated solutions. The overall product development timeline and therefore time to market is reduced immensely. The conventional trial and error methodology is eliminated by creating virtual prototypes.

2. What does your daily working life at Roche look like?

Working at Roche is an amazing experience as we always thrive to work on latest and cutting edge technology to produce the future of healthcare. The working environment is completely international; the colleagues are filled with positive energy and an attitude of compassion towards each other. We are passionate to work as a team and achieve developing the futuristic diagnostic instruments. These attributes drive the motivation to come to work each day, so that we can make a positive impact in society.

I am creating strategies and roadmaps to shape up the future of numerical simulation at Roche PVT. There are tremendous opportunities to learn, therefore I keep exploring myself in all the disciplines. As our company takes a great amount of care for the heath and well-being of employees, we are involved in a lot of sports activities. Currently we have company sports groups for tennis, badminton, beach volleyball, football and hiking. We are also participating in the local Company Run, the global Roche Children’s Walk to collect donations for children in Malawi as well as for national projects and much more. Events like “International Stammtisch”, a joint ski- trip or the Summer and Christmas Party give us the opportunity to come together with different colleagues – also from different cultures – and have fun at the same time.

3. To what extend is your job influenced and driven by the digital transformation?

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My job is influenced and contributing to digital transformation in many ways. By carrying out numerical simulations, digital prototypes are created and studied virtually. These digital prototypes help in design optimization of mechatronic solutions. The physical testing is reduced – thereby reducing overall development cycle time and cost. In today’s digital era, simulation technology helps creating sustainable and robust solutions.
Within different departments and different roles, there are many other initiatives under the umbrella of “Digital Transformation”. Some of the initiatives are Big Data Analytics, Internet Of Thing (IOT), Digital Twin, Information Technology, machine learning and much more.

4. You have a Master in Applied Computational Mechanics. Do you feel well enough prepared for the digital era?

Well I would like to state that this particular Master of Engineering is a tailored program that focuses on implementing scientific insight into professional practice enhancing competencies. University and industry collaborate together in a unique partnership which helped me gain exceptional knowledge in the field of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and Numerical Simulation Discipline.

The Master Studies in ACM helped me to enhance my skills and gain the knowledge of both the world of Academia along with industry, which made me well prepared for today’s digital era. At the same time we shall always remember that in this fast moving world, where technologies are changing so fast, continuous learning efforts have to be made in order to be a sustainable global leader.

5. Do you see any differences between the German engineering education and others?

I am extremely happy and proud that I got the opportunity to pursue my Masters of Engineering in ACM from Germany. I come from India and in the past I pursued my schooling and Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering in India. I also did a special course in machine design focusing on CAD/ CAE in India.

As I have studied in a German as well as in an Indian environment, I can say that both the countries provide excellent engineering study conditions. But I would like to give a slight upper hand to Germany on the practical application of the theories, which is much more beneficial in today’s industrial world.

The specially designed integrated courses prepare the youngsters to learn the special skills and get specialized in a specific technology, which is needed by the industry. Such courses are available in Germany and nowadays lot of such courses are also designed and developed in India as well. I think this would be really great for competing in the future digital era, where skill based jobs and skill based students will rule the world.

6. VDI is focusing on the topic “Future of Work” this year. We are convinced that employees don’t need to worry about a massive job loss due to automatization or digitalization. We just have to re-shape our set of skills and gain more “digital knowledge”. Would you agree?

I fully agree with the statement that employees don’t need to worry about massive job loss due to automation or digitalization because one should see these challenges as new opportunities. As per the introduction of new technologies, automation and digitalization in today’s job market, more and more skilled jobs are required. In my opinion, the market would have even more opportunities, but it will be beneficial only to the employees who want to learn new skills and are comfortable in adapting to change.

We should also understand the fact that automation and robotics cannot replace the human in many ways. The jobs will not vanish or be wiped out from the market, but it will be redefined according to the market trend and the technology of automation. We just need to know this fact and therefore always strive to learn and capture the latest available digital knowledge.

In today’s world, across all the industries there are so many job positions which are vacant, as companies are unable to find skilled employees. Concluding I would like to say that employees and youngsters shall not worry about their “future of work” as it will never vanish. We should simply focus and make use of these opportunities by gaining additional skills in the area of our interest. I am sure by gaining new expertise and skills, we will be ready for the ‘Future’.

Annika_LanderAutorin: Annika Lander
Position im VDI: Referentin Politische Öffentlichkeitsarbeit im VDI e.V.


Die Interviewreihe im Rahmen des VDI-Jahresthemas „SMART GERMANY – Arbeit in der Digitalen Transformation“ beleuchtet den Einfluss der Digitalisierung auf das Berufsbild Ingenieur. Wie arbeiten Ingenieure in der digitalisierten Arbeitswelt? Weitere Informationen zu #Arbeit40 finden Sie unter

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