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Mahsa is passionate about project management

Mahsa Mirtalebi is a student at the international bachelor’s programme in Software Engineering and Management and she is also a student ambassador for the IT Faculty’s educational programmes. In April 2013 Mahsa was in Stockholm to receive the distinction ”Global Swede”. She has long been interested in IT and describes herself as a curious person with a great interest in project management, people and new environments: “My eyes are always peeled”.

“I was in Stockholm with two persons from the department, Miroslaw Staron [vice head of undergraduate education] and Christian Berger [assistant professor] to receive the distinction, says Mahsa. It was a surprise for me that I had been nominated – I had not been told beforehand that the IT Faculty had submitted a motivation to the University of Gothenburg.

Mahsa is appointed Global Swede
Mahsa Mirtalebi and Ewa Björling, Minister for Trade, at the Global Swede Ceremony in Stockholm.

“I’m a student ambassador for the IT Faculty’s educational programmes and I have been deeply engaged in different projects and events – one example are the activities during the university’s ‘Global Week’. I’m curious as a person and I like to find new challenges and environments, and to meet new people, and I’ve probably always been that way.”

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Carolo Cup – a great team and lots of work

One such challenge was preparing for the junior version of Carolo Cup, an international competition where students submit model versions of autonomous cars. Mahsa worked with a group of six other students from the University of Gothenburg and from Chalmers worked for about six months on a car, which ended up placing first at the competition.

“It was too much work,” Mahsa says and laughs. “Our group dynamic was great and it allowed us to work effectively toward a common goal. We had a good ‘task management’, but I didn’t realise there would be so much work involved – the stress increased as we got closer to the competition. I’m happy that we did so well and now the project will become a part of the course plan in Industrial IT and Systems.”

About the Carolo Cup competition

Particularly passionate about project management

Mahsa grew up in Iran and after high school she decided to continue her studies in Sweden. She had family and friends here already, and she was interested in the city and the University of Gothenburg.

“I had an interest in IT in high school and even then I had the motivation and the drive to take risks in order to progress. When I saw the programme description for Software Engineering and Management I was enticed – in part because the programme focused on problem solving and group projects. I really enjoy reaching goals together with other people. There is so much you can do within IT and software and practically nothing is impossible – you just have to find a way to make it happen! Of course, it was also challenging to move to another country and to start college, but it was a great experience and I adapted fairly quickly.

One area that Mahsa is particularly passionate about is project management, which she feels offers a broad spectrum of challenges and a bird’s-eye view by allowing you to engage in all parts of the project.

“It is an area I really want to pursue further in several different ways – for example, I am also intrigued by methodological questions.”

Stimulating environment that encourages growth

“I like that there is so much happening and that there is a pressure to live up to expectations – and I want to give back to those who have created possibilities and inspiring environments for me to develop in, such as my teachers. I would like to say that I feel grateful toward the IT faculty for encouraging me to grow!

Right now Mahsa is busy working with a new open collaboration platform, where the purpose is to improve and synchronise academic activities to make the collaboration more efficient.

"Actually, after all meetings, and participating in different activities at the University of Gothenburg and Swedish institute, we figured it out that there are lots of different opportunities and scattered information and collaboration and also wide variety of professions, and we wanted to gather all the information in the best possible way."


Text: Anna Ohlsson
Photo: Magdalena Carbrera

Page Manager: Simon Ungman Hain|Last update: 9/9/2013

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