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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Welcome, Daniela! HR all without island status

02.12.2018

Sardinia is famous for its white sandy beaches, a wild, dreamlike nature, idyllic mountain villages and cultural treasures from around eight millennia. But the inhabitants of the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily are also known for their scepticism towards strangers – “whoever crosses the sea is a thief”, is a famous saying. But this does not at all apply to Daniela Sanna, a native of Sardinia. The new HR & Development Manager in the Corporate Services unit is on the contrary decidedly cosmopolitan and enjoys traveling.

The now 37-year-old has a Master’s degree in Communication Systems in International Relations from the University for Foreigners in Perugia (Università per Stranieri di Perugia) on the Italian mainland and has been to Poland and even to faraway Japan during her studies thanks to scholarships. Now she has spent several years working in recruitment, first in Italy, then in Germany. She has worked for such well-known companies as Intel, Texas Instruments, Airbus and Huawei. Also at TSCNET, she will focus on employee recruitment including on- and offboarding. Although the energy sector is new for her, there is a cross connection as well: Her father worked for Italy’s largest energy supplier.

Obviously, another Sardinian proverb seems to fit better in Daniela’s case: “When the wind comes, you should use it”. What is meant is that one should take an opportunity that comes up. We are pleased that the winds in the Tyrrhenian Sea led her to Munich and that she has seized the chance with us.

Daniela Sanna has started as a new HR & Development Manager in the Corporate Services unit

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At the pulse of energy transition – working students at TSCNET

13.11.2018

With 15 universities such as the famous Ludwig-Maximilians-University or the renowned Technical University, Munich is one of the most important educational metropolises in Europe with more than 120,000 students. On the other hand, we at TSCNET Services have to be creative in order to cover our need for additional manpower as a fast-growing company in the booming Munich area. There it seems to make sense to hire working students: We gain highly motivated, fresh employees, and the students gain important insights into practice and can earn part of the cost of their education.

We currently employ a total of four working students. The working hours are agreed individually with the respective manager, taking into account their lecture schedule, and amount to a maximum of 20 hours per week. The working students are almost completely involved in our day-to-day business and support us in administrative, operational or strategic tasks as well as in ongoing projects.

One of our latest additions is Maria Krutikova, a 27-year-old Russian who is doing her “Master of Consumer Affairs, Innovation and Technology” at the TUM School of Management. She already has a Bachelor and a Master in Sociology from the Novosibirsk State University and also has some experience as an IT project manager in the development of iOS, Android and web applications. Only one weakness cannot be overlooked: Although she was born and raised in Siberia, she is always the first to be cold. But she also has a suitable answer: “Siberian is not the one who is not feeling cold, Siberian is the one who is properly dressed depending on the weather!”

The only 23-year-old Nadine Seitler from Bavaria already has a bachelor’s degree in business psychology with a focus on work and organisational psychology and is currently studying business psychology with a focus on leadership and change management in her second master’s semester. The best prerequisites for working in the human resources department of TSCNET Services. The spectrum ranges from recruiting to onboarding and personal development, e.g. through offers from the TSCNET Academy, to the maintenance of personnel files.

Nadine chose our company because it allows her to get to know a completely new industry and at the same time to expand her existing skills and experience in the HR area. She thus embodies the basic idea of working as a working student: Gaining “real-word” experience toward your future alongside your studies. If you or a student you know wants to follow Nadine’s example: Exciting tasks and projects at TSCNET Services are waiting for further candidates, and the benefits are greater than the amount of the paycheck!

Students at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, one of the city’s two “elite universities” under the German Universities Excellence Initiative (picture: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München / Presse LMU)

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TSCNET Services at the Munich Marathon

28.10.2018

“Running! If there’s any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.” You don’t have to express it as pathetically as the US-American writer Joyce Carol Oates. It’s actually quite banal: “When it comes to health, even a little bit of running is beneficial—and more is better,” says the health blog of the Harvard Medical School.

Exactly 21,096 runners were at the start of this year’s Munich Marathon in October, the biggest running event in Bavaria. The winner did not even need two and a half hours to complete the 42,195 kilometre course. Admittedly, the about a dozen TSCNET employees who took part in the race in fantastic weather were somewhat slower. And most of them preferred the 10-kilometer distance, to be honest – from the famous Olympic Park through Schwabing to the “Siegestor” (triumphal arch) and back to the Olympic Stadium. A course like a sightseeing tour! Nevertheless: They can all be proud! And we are proud of our running team!

The Olympic Stadium built for the 20th Summer Olympic Games, which Munich hosted in 1972 (picture: designerpoint / Michael Siebert)

Around a dozen TSCNET employees took part in this year’s Munich Marathon in beautiful weather in October

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Carole and Sonja started as Junior Operations Managers

12.10.2018

Each new co-worker brings new stories and new insights to a team. This also applies to the two new Junior Operations Managers in the Service Operations unit: Carole Rickmouni and Sonja Tomic. Let’s start with Carole, a 27-year-old energy engineer “from a tiny French island in the Indian ocean”, east of Madagascar and 175km southwest of Mauritius: La Réunion. Only a few Europeans should know that the 63km long island has a real three-thousander: The Piton des Neiges volcano at 3,070m above sea level. Translated, the name of the mountain means: snow peak. “In fact, it’s a beautiful ski resort,” confirms one tourism expert. But he adds: “Despite its name, even at the top of the mountain snow practically never falls. The last snow on the island fell a few years ago and some locals almost thought it was the end of the world. The mountain is awesome, so come to visit – but leave the skis at home.” Now in Munich, however, Carole definitely wants to climb mountains and ski.

She also has clear professional goals in mind: “I am passionate about sustainable development and I want to develop my skills in power system operations and electricity markets,” says Carole. “One of the most interesting aspects of energy system transformation is securing the electricity grid, which was originally not designed for renewable energies.” She knows what she’s talking about: For her thesis she dealt with the economic and technical assessment of the Danish power grid.

The 26-year-old Sonja has also already gained some experience in the field of energy. She comes from the small town of Kakanj in Bosnia-Herzegovina, about 50 kilometres north of Sarajevo. With its coal deposits and power station (Termoelektrana Kakanj), it played an important role in the industrialisation of the former Yugoslavia.

The power plant also aroused Sonja’s interest in the energy sector. A good year ago she completed her studies and obtained a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, department Energetics. Already during her studies, she worked in the field of data analysis and started shortly before finishing her studies at an international company with a focus on the energy industry.

In 2016 it was the first time that Sonja visited Munich – “and I immediately fell in love with the city,” she sums up. In addition to the business itself, she was also convinced by the internationality and cultural diversity of TSCNET Services. She wants to learn a lot here and develop further in her team. And she is pretty sure: “My move to Munich – that was a one-way ticket”. If it’ s up to her colleagues: Yes, gladly!

TSCNET Services has welcomed Carole Rickmouni and Sonja Tomic as Junior Operations Managers 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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