Monday, October 5, 2009

Big Business

Dr. Hermann Requardt (Head of Corporate Technology, Siemens Managing Board) gave a talk at KAUST today entitled "Open Innovation." I attended expecting some discussion about research, but Dr. Requardt's talk only gave a brief head-nod to technological topics. The meat of his presentation was laced with Euro amounts and statistics flaunting Siemens' business, pretty much a sales-pitch to the KAUST directors who were sitting in the room. 

The implications of Dr. Requardt's talk, and the fact that such a high level manager was visiting in the first place, is that Siemens wants to pursue a closer business relationship with KAUST. Not only will KAUST be center for innovation and research in the region, Siemens sees KAUST as a potential gateway for more business access to this region of the world. 

It is exciting to see people like Dr. Requardt courting KAUST. Selfishly, I hope that visits like these translate into more job opportunities for us, the students once we graduate.

1 comment:

  1. You would expect them to partner with KAUST, offer a grant for research.. etc, etc, but no... not Siemens. I know people who worked for Siemens and they say getting information from the next department was a hassle because every department acted as an entity of it own, Prague wants info from Germany? it would cost u this much... thank u, please come again. Which is how it is in most big companies that adopted this model...

    Never worked for Siemens personally... so I have nothing against them... I did own one of their phones once... it was not bad.

    Anyhow, Good luck with your studies.