On 12 July, the vernissage of this year's bachelor exhibition will take place at campus Hamburg.
We have already met some students and today, we would like to introduce Vithusan Vijayaratnasingam and his final project.
What did you study and why did you choose campus Hamburg?
Right after graduating from high school, I knew that I would like to study a creative, digital and economic mixture. However, a classical business studies course was out of the question for me. Then, I found the Communication Design study at the UE and the whole concept convinced me from the very beginning! Some of the professors come from the business world, which gave them a direct practical connection, which was often very helpful. During my studies, I also had the opportunity to combine methods and ways of thinking from a wide variety of disciplines in order to set my focus.
What is the topic of your bachelor thesis and how did you come up with the topic?
Since the beginning of my studies, I have worked as a working student for various companies. After the fourth semester, I needed a required internship. As I already had experience with small agencies and medium-sized companies, I wanted to get to know the corporate world. In the end, it ended up being Lufthansa Technik AG in Hamburg. Due to the complex and varied tasks, I was able to get to know a new world of work. During the internship, I built up a network and was offered a bachelor's position after the internship. After much consideration, I finally decided on the topic of "Process improvement and optimization through the development of a user interface concept for the engine MRO area".
The aim is to digitize a manual process by introducing a scanner. The scanner will be used to identify the smallest millimeters/micrometers/nanometers of damage to the inner skin of the engine. The inner skin of the engines is damaged by influences such as sand, dust and pollen deposits or granulate. At present, the staff working on the findings are manually recording this damage on an area of 25 cm x 25 cm. This means that they sit down in front of the engine, draw the surface, measure the depth, length and distance to the nearest point with a dial gauge and a caliper. Then, the values are manually entered into a table. On such a small area more than 500 small damages can come together. In order to digitize this process and to make it easier for the staff to work with the findings, I am developing a target group-oriented user interface concept, the front-end, which is then developed by an external software agency in the back-end.
Which materials/media did you use to realise your thesis?
I received a lot of materials from Lufthansa internally. But what was particularly decisive was the actual and target analysis as well as the target group analysis, which I carried out on site. The analyses and the resulting results were the basis for the development of the user interface concept.
Then, of course, literature and online sources, because you cannot write a bachelor thesis without them. I also had to deal with new programmes like Adobe Experience Design (Adobe XD) and Balsamiq.
What challenges did you face with your bachelor thesis? How did you solve them and what advice would you give to the next bachelor students?
During my studies, I already had some modules in the area of UX/UI (User Experience and User Interface) and was able to get to know this rather complex bachelor topic very well. But I needed a good control system and I had to create a schedule to keep the important deadlines. Sometimes it was quite difficult for me because I also worked as a working student in international strategic marketing at Edding AG. There, I’m also dealing with UX and UI topics and I am constantly expecting new tasks. That was quite stressful at times but I also wanted to keep learning through my working student job in addition to my bachelor's thesis.
I also had to teach myself the new programmes. So I watched different tutorials and dealt with the programmes in advance.
My tip for future bachelor students: gather experience and learn, be open, disciplined, self-confident and believe in yourself, make a plan and go through with it! Sometimes, you have to take risks because you learn from your mistakes and grow with your tasks.
Do you already have an idea of what to do after graduating? What are your plans for the future?
After my studies, I would like to do the masters degree directly or work if I get an offer for a full-time job. I would like to do my Master's in Innovation Management/ Digital Business Management or Marketing Psychology. I have already looked at a number of degree programmes but the decision has not yet been made. I also want to develop professionally in this direction. At some point, I would like to set up my own agency in addition to a full-time position. But these are still thoughts for the future. Nowadays, you have a lot of possibilities with this degree. Today, there are professions that did not exist four or five years ago. And that will continue to develop in the course of digitalization. That is why I have many opportunities to try out various different things in the future.