“The dynamic and innovative working environment within Flanders Make is extremely attractive to highly educated professionals"
Yi Xiong has literally gone a long way to get to Flanders Make. He was born in Wuhan in China, studied in Finland and, since 2010, has been involved in various European projects in the field of mechatronic system design, instrumentation and measurements. In April 2016, he finally decided to settle and started working for Flanders Make. Several European companies had offered him an R&D job, but Flanders Make’s unique position within the European Union as a strategic innovation centre proved decisive for Yi Xiong.
“The role of Flanders Make as a bridge between universities and the manufacturing industry perfectly matches my personal interests. Besides, the dynamic and innovative working environment within Flanders Make is extremely attractive to highly educated professionals. The best part is the interaction with other top-level researchers from very diverse disciplines and with the most versatile backgrounds. Also the close cooperation with partners from both universities and companies from the manufacturing industry provides us with the necessary resources to develop highly innovative technical solutions. We consult with academics to keep abreast of the latest developments and talk with companies to explore and get a better understanding of their current and future needs. This results in the development of innovations that are really needed, potentially with a domino effect for the entire manufacturing industry. And, in the end, isn’t that exactly what we are all trying to accomplish?”
Assignment of a mentor
“Everyone matters within Flanders Make. New employees get a mentor assigned to them. This helped me a lot to integrate faster within the organisation and I am still grateful to my mentor for this. There are no tangible separation lines between the management team and other members of staff, which results in a very agreeable working atmosphere. Sometimes, our CEO even lends out his office if there is no other meeting room available. The clear structure ensures that everyone can play a part in the organisation’s success. Researchers are also given the freedom to join different projects, they can put in their own ideas and have their voice heard – and listened to.”
“The clear structure ensures that everyone can play a significant part in the organisation’s success.”