Woman of the world with a we-feeling

14.05.2019

“This is the most important member of the team”, says Michael S. Hyatt, and as a successful manager and bestselling author on leadership and business growth, he should actually know. Who he is talking about? The Executive Assistant! Hyatt has developed a compelling idea about this role: “A good executive assistant is like an air-traffic controller for your whole life.” TSCNET Services in Munich now also has such a marvel: 39-year-old Rebecca Brauer, called Becky.

Born in London, she has more than 15 years of experience as an Executive Assistant and has worked for global organisations such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Barclays Capital, Deloitte, and Citigroup in cities such as London, New York, Moscow, Berlin, and Brussels. She gained a wide range of international experience in different cultures and took on a variety of administrative and project management responsibilities, as well as co-ordinating on-site and off-site events.

In addition to important clients and other stakeholders, Becky on her travels around the globe fortunately also met her husband, a confirmed Bavarian, whom we owe her move to Germany (however, they got to know each other thousands of kilometres away, in California, but that’s a different story). Since New Year’s Day 2017, the two are the parents of an enchanting little daughter. “Becoming a mother has been the biggest challenge yet most rewarding role of my life,” Becky says. Now at TSCNET Services she wants to master both roles and “make my daughter proud”. With all her experience in culturally different and diverse environments she wants to support the management team and the whole company in their development and make them even stronger.

“I felt like I was going to be joining a team of highly skilled, multi-cultural individuals who all have a common aim to make TSCNET a thriving company within their industry and provide exceptional services to their clients,” reports Becky. And she quickly gained traction in her new position. “I felt that the people at TSCNET were very welcoming and had a real ‘family’ feel about the culture right away.”

As always in life, there will also be setbacks and hurdles to overcome. For such times, Michael S. Hyatt had a quote from Edward Everett Hale on the wall of his CEO office: “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something: and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” This by the way also goes very well with air-traffic controllers!

TSCNET Services has welcomed Rebecca Brauer as new Executive Assistant

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New hires: Heroic rendezvous in Service Operations

10.05.2019

TSCNET Services wins two new additions to its Service Operations business unit. One of them is Jorge Alves. The 33-year-old Portuguese with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a major in Power Systems from the University of Porto previously worked as a High Voltage Network Operator at EDP Distribuição. His wife went to Germany for her doctorate as a biologist. When their son was born, Jorge followed his wife to the north and applied as Operations Manager to TSCNET. His greatest hobby is surfing, and even though the waves there are considerably smaller than on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, he is already eager for the famous river surfing on Munich’s Eisbach. On the one hand, this certainly helps as balance to office work, but on the other it seems to awaken the fighting spirit – Jorge’s superhero counterpart, the famous Silver Surfer, was known for that: “Others may battle with victory in sight – but the Surfer still strives when all hope is gone!”

The other newcomer in the group is Jonas Häusler, a 25-year-old Franconian from Erlangen near Nuremberg with a master’s degree in mathematics and power grid optimisation as his thesis topic. He starts as Junior Operations Manager and wants to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible and complement the team in the further “evolution of the European power system” with his special perspective of a strictly abstract and analytically thinking mathematician. But he has even more knowledge and experience to offer, and that falls under a term that best suits the world of superheroes: Jonas is a true Master of Disaster! As part of his many years of voluntary work for a German aid organisation, he has also worked as an instructor for disaster control units. Although TSCNET and our customers want to avoid catastrophes by all means his expertise is also extremely valuable – professionals agree that there is hardly anything as helpful in avoiding crises as the experience from crises that have already been mastered.

We wish the new members of the team such a good start in our company, that all possible superhero forces can be fully channelled into the European power grid!

Fresh engagements for Service Operations (from the left): Jorge Alves and Jonas Häusler (picture: TSCNET Services)

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New hire: Oscar-worthy move to Service Operations

14.03.2019

When the Academy Awards were ceremoniously given in Hollywood at the end of February, we at TSCNET Services had a relaxed time leaning back: We already had our Oscar. And as the “Roma” director Alfonso Cuarón, probably the most undisputed winner of this year, reminded of his home country Mexico, we were also on the bright side: Mexico indeed is also the birthplace of Oscar F. Muñoz, the new Senior Service Analytics & Quality Manager in our Service Operations unit.

Oscar was born 43 years ago in Mexico City, with officially just under nine million inhabitants one of the world’s largest cities. The connection to electric power was already there: His father was an electrical technician, and at the age of twelve Oscar chose electricity as a school subject. After graduating from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and energy systems, he went to the USA to earn his Master of Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After about two and a half years as an electrical design engineer and then as a bids & proposals engineer for medium and low voltage equipment, Oscar worked for 16 years in the development of software for use in the analysis, simulation and visualisation of electrical networks, first in the USA, then in Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg.

At the end of 2018, Oscar signed up for TSCNET Services. “I was interested in a career transition from conceiving and implementing software tools for power systems to the utilisation of such software in direct applications within the environment of transmission system operators,” he explains. In Munich, his ambitious goal is to combine his education, his skills, and his many years of experience to contribute to the improvement and development of processes and tools for the analysis and visualisation of complex large-scale power systems. Hollywood, please make a note of this – it sounds like some award-winning deeds again.

Oscar F. Muñoz is the new Senior Service Analytics & Quality Manager in the Service Operations unit

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Welcome as a new Office Assistant, Jara Ibañez!

06.01.2019

Office assistant positions can be found in all sectors and have a broad spectrum of skills. They are sometimes referred to as secretaries or administrative assistants, but what they actually do is help make an office work. The tasks are very different, often based on the specialisations they have, how much professional experience they possess and what career aspirations they have. This also goes for Jara Ibañez, who joined TSCNET Services as an Office Assistant within the Corporate Services unit at the end of 2018.

The 30-year-old Spanish has successfully completed a vocational training in administration and finance. She grew up in San Sebastián in the north of the country and lived on the Spanish Mediterranean coast before moving to Munich in autumn 2017. In the course of her life, however, she has already travelled to 17 countries. “They all taught me something lasting and revealed a part of their culture to me,” says Jara. Besides travelling and exploring new countries, sport is her most important leisure activity. “Sport is the best way for me to get away from the daily routines,” she explains.

For a total of five years, Jara worked for a manufacturer of dance- and sportswear in administration and customer service. Then she felt a need for change and professional growth, exploring a new culture and challenging herself. At TSCNET, she mainly supports in administrative and financial work. She is particularly attracted by the interesting industry with its advanced technologies and the company with its team spirit and great potential for personal and professional development. “I felt the warm and dynamic environment right away during my interview,” says Jara, “and that proved to be true during the first few weeks here.”

Jara Ibañez has joined TSCNET Services as an Office Assistant within the Corporate Services unit

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Tenacious New Year’s wishes – welcome, Ines!

16.10.2018

Starting into the new year with lofty wishes and plans, and then later too often finding out that it hadn’t worked out again. “It’s only normal”, many would say. But sometimes it just takes a long time – as with Ines Bernal, the new Business Analyst in TSCNET’s Service Development unit. The 26-year-old Madrilenian was in Munich for the first time during the New Year’s holidays 2008 and thought to herself: “I like it here – I wouldn’t mind living and working here later”. Well, and now here she is.

But Ines has made excellent use of the past years. After studying Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, she obtained a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. There she specialised in modelling energy systems in order to develop programmes to optimise network operation. She then returned to Madrid and made an internship with the line maintenance department of REE, the Spanish transmission system operator (TSO). She became familiar with maintenance plans and methods. After her internship, she joined a consulting firm in Madrid about three years ago as a Power System Modeler, where she worked on various projects mainly in developing countries, from generation and transmission planning via wholesale market simulations to evaluating interconnection initiatives and cost analysis of service studies. “Time in countries like India, Egypt, Kenya or Rwanda has taught me a lot about my profession, but also about life as a whole,” she says.

The enthusiastic sportswoman has chosen TSCNET for various reasons. On the one hand, she wants to participate in state-of-the-art activities on a multinational level. On the other hand, she sees the willingness to grow, learn and explore new technologies and methods. As a business analyst, a whole bunch of important tasks awaits her, for example the development of service prototypes, the search for new approaches to business optimisation, carrying out network analyses or coordinating development proposals with our customers. “In the end, it’s all about good solutions that give our customers with all their needs real added value,” summarises Ines. Customers and colleagues alike will love to hear that. Welcome to the team!

Ines Bernal from Spain has joined TSCNET Services as Business Analyst in the Service Development Unit

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Operations in Bavarian – welcome, Mohammad and Vincent!

15.10.2018

We at TSCNET Services are passionate advocates of diversity, especially when it comes to the origins of our employees. People from 24 nations work with us – but then many people are happy when someone truly Bavarian is also part of it. Bavaria has to do with both newcomers to our Service Operations unit, but in very different ways.

With Vincent Helmbrecht (right in the picture) it’s quite easy: The 33-year-old Operations Manager comes from Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, just 40 kilometers north of Munich, and the gateway to Holledau, the world’s largest hop-growing region. If you don’t know: Hops are the characteristic ingredient for beer, and worldwide Bavaria stands for the so popular brewery product.

After his Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Renewable Energies Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen, Vincent earned his Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency at the University of Kassel in 2013. After around three years as a photovoltaic researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (Fraunhofer IEE) in Kassel and in the European Network of Excellence (DERlab), Vincent joined TSCNET shareholder TenneT, the German-Dutch transmission system operator (TSO). There he worked at the Control Center in Dachau, which borders Munich in the west. His focus was on capacity calculations and Week-Ahead, Day-Ahead and Intraday calculations including redispatch for the grid’s n-1 security.

Vincent hired TSCNET for a period of 18 months. He wants to bring in his knowledge from the TSO side and at the same time get to know the work of a multinational Regional Security Coordinator (RSC), such as TSCNET, even better.

It is somewhat more complicated with the Syrian Kurd Mohammad Qasem, whom the family and friends call Bradost or Brad for short. In 2009, he began his studies in Information Technology Engineering (ITE) at the University of Damascus. Before his graduation he had to leave the country because of the civil war in 2012 and went to the Kurdish part of Iraq. There he worked in various humanitarian projects for the Italian aid organisation Un Ponte Per and also developed several database applications, among others financed by UNHCR and UNICEF.

In 2015 Mohammad was accepted into the “Leadership for Syria” programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and continued his studies in Engineering Physics at Oldenburg University, specialising in renewable energies. During his studies, he also had a lot to do with photovoltaics in addition to wind energy and developing new concepts to realise the “Energy Turnaround”. Now that he has graduated, the 26-year-old has moved to Munich with his family and started as Junior Operations Manager at TSCNET, and now we’ ve come full circle when it comes to Bavarian: After Kurdish, Arabic, English, and German, the amateur photographer and music lover now also wants to learn the Bavarian dialect, which is “difficult even for native German speakers in other parts of the country to understand”, as the global edition of “Handelsblatt” says. Perhaps Mohammad’s new colleague Vincent will kindly include some Bavarian in his knowledge transfer project.

TSCNET Services has welcomed Mohammad Qasem (on the left) and Vincent Helmbrecht, the two new colleagues in the Service Operations unit

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New Senior Business Analyst. Welcome, Davide!

04.09.2018

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” This well-known quote is attributed to blogger Rachel Wolchin. So that we can use our feet in the best possible way, man has invented shoes. And now we also have a possible reason for the fact that Davide Fabozzi has changed location for almost every stage of his career: Davide was born in Vigevano, Italy, famous not only for its historic places and buildings, but also as Italy’s shoe capital. Davide graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pavia in Italy, received his doctorate from the University of Liège in Belgium, then spent a year as Marie Curie Experienced Researcher Fellow at Imperial College in London, then worked as Application Developer at a German power system software and consulting company in the Swabian Alps and has now joined TSCNET Services in Munich as Senior Business Analyst in the Service Development team.

“Before starting at TSCNET, I worked mainly on the development of power system simulation algorithms, which were used by system operators to assess the ability of their system to withstand any plausible contingency,” Davide explains. More and more his work had aroused his interest in the actual operation of the energy system. “What I find interesting and challenging about electricity transmission networks is that power flows ‘know no border’ – you cannot tell a 100MW power flow to take a certain path.”

While the complex interconnection of Europe’s power grid opens up new opportunities to transfer large quantities of energy from renewable sources over long distances, the need for coordination is also increasing rapidly and operators are nowadays dependent on close cooperation based on partnership. Davide reminds the situation of a quote by John Donne, the leading English poet of the so-called Metaphysical school: “No European system is an island, entire in itself, every system is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

Davide’s desire to explore new horizons is a perfect match for TSCNET: “It has become a natural thing for me to be in a truly international environment like TSCNET. I like to become acquainted with new cultures and languages, and here there is an enormous choice!” And all this without moving – so the hiking shoes can be mothballed!

TSCNET Services has welcomed Davide Fabozzi as a new Senior Business Analyst in Team Service Development.

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Welcome, Miloš! “This time next year…”

09.08.2018

It is a pleasure to adorn oneself with the light figures of an entire guild. In our case there is one at the very top: the inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, according to “Encyclopedia Britannica” one of the ten most fascinating personalities in human history and for many “The Genius Who Lit the World”, as a documentary film about him was called. With Miloš Stojković, the new Senior IT Application Manager in our IT Services team, comes another pinch of Tesla to TSCNET Services. Miloš finished the Electrotechnical High School “Nikola Tesla” in Belgrade, Serbia, before completing his studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering / Power Systems at the university there.

He also shares something else with the legendary electricity pioneer: Miloš got around a lot in his profession – since the end of his studies in 2004 he has worked in a total of 15 different countries on almost 60 projects ranging from the “Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Power Bridge Project” via “System Analyses for Connection Study of a Thermal Power Plant” through to the “Study of Technical Solution for the Connection of a Wind Farm”. The past seven and a half years he worked with the Electricity Coordinating Center in Belgrade. IT and software usually played a central role. He should therefore have all the necessary prerequisites for his new role in our company as one of the product owners for the new system tools development. And he has ambitious goals: Miloš chose TSCNET because “here I can put most of my expertise into the balance to bring about a real improvement in an eclectic way”.

This leads us straight to Miloš’ favourite TV series: “Only Fools and Horses”. The sitcom is considered the most popular British series of all time. It is about two brothers and their grandfather and their not that successful attempts to earn as much money as possible with dubious businesses in the shortest possible time. A standard phrase of Derek „Del Boy“ Trotter, one of the three shady-looking characters, is one of our new co-worker’s favourite quotes: “This time next year…” We look forward to seeing what Miloš and his colleagues can achieve in the next 12 months in terms of tangible improvements for TSCNET customers and the European power transmission grid. “Only Fools and Horses” again comes with a suitable quote that became commonly used: “He who dares, wins!” – for this maxim also applies to completely serious and righteous undertakings.

TSCNET Services has welcomed Miloš Stojković as the new Senior IT Application Manager in the IT Services team

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Welcome, Stoyan! Experienced enthusiast for data

25.06.2018

At TSCNET Services, we are proud of our international team of people who have come ‒ in most cases most literally ‒ a long way to bring their skills to the service of our customers. Such as Stoyan Velev, whom we welcomed in May as the new Business Intelligence & Data Scientist in our Service Operations team. Originating from the southwest of Bulgaria, Stoyan moved as far as to the Baltic coast in the northeast of Germany, where he received his master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design in Wismar. Later, his education was complemented by certification as a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programmer and database developer.

What his work is about is not so easy to describe. A Bulgarian proverb sums it up quite well: “It is good to fish in streaming water.” The vast amount of data in our company can almost be understood as wildly thundering waters. This makes it even more important to filter out the relevant data and process them optimally. Next to the maintenance and advancement of TSCNET’s central database, Stoyan’s core tasks include data visualisation and the creation of reports.

Stoyan enriches our team with a load of practical experience in the field of data analysis and as designer of analytic and reporting systems as well as complex calculation models. As a European regional security coordinator (RSC) serving transmission system operators (TSOs), it is particularly valuable for TSCNET Services that Stoyan brings relevant expertise from the electricity retail market, too. What stands out from Stoyan‘s experience is his enthusiasm for programming, data processing and reports. “This means truly professional and meaningful reports that accurately reflect the company’s as well as the customers’ activities and really support decision-making,” says Stoyan. With this personal verve, Stoyan is committed to providing real value to TSO customers. We are happy to report!

Stoyan Velev, employee of TSCNET Services since the beginning of May 2018

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New hire: IT Services team up to the Márk

24.04.2018

When something is so good that it meets the requirements and expectations, British English in particular says: “It’s up to the mark!” Márk Beregi, the new Senior IT Infrastructure Manager in TSCNET’s IT Services team, will indeed have to focus on requirements and expectations, namely those of colleagues and above all customers with regard to the network infrastructure and computer systems.

Márk was born in Hungary, but has lived in Germany for a fairly long time. In the course of his career in the IT industry, he has managed to gain a wide range of experience in a variety of positions – even though he had worked for the same company for almost 18 years before joining TSCNET. Despite his loyalty, Márk also felt the need for a new environment with new challenges. “In addition, I really like TSCNET’s purpose,” says the experienced IT professional. “What would we all do, and our economy too, without a secure power supply?” He also values the open and supportive corporate culture. “Not only do the coworkers help you right away, but also in a friendly tone.”

“IT Infrastructure Managers are tireless leaders, creative thinkers and technical whizzes,” states JobHero, a career information platform. If that is the case, then the “friendly tone” should remain a permanent feature.

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