INV: Cristine, welcome! We are thrilled to have you join the In-Vision team! Could you tell us about your journey so far/your studies and why you specialized in Optics?”
Cristine: Thank you. I’m very happy to be here! I became interested in optics while I was studying Physics at the university in Brazil. After finishing my masters in laser development, I decided to go abroad to do a PhD in Optics and Photonics. During my PhD, I worked on integrated optics, developing waveguide structures for single-frequency lasers and also for nonlinear-optics. It was challenging every day, but also a lot of fun. It was a great experience, both from a scientific and a personal point of view. I enjoyed being around colleagues from all over the world, with all sorts of backgrounds and perspectives.
INV: What do you like the most about optics?
Cristine: Optics is everywhere, we can use it to understand the world and also to improve it, through numerous technological developments. Optics is an essential part of the modern world and it’s going to keep evolving and growing. That’s what I find so fascinating and motivating about this field! There’s always an opportunity to learn and apply your skills to new areas.
INV: Why did you choose to go to Austria after your PhD?
Cristine: My partner and I had visited Vienna before and we immediately saw the beauty in it. It is very central and European. We have made so many friendly experiences since we arrived. I heard that Austrians have a reputation of being grumpy, but in the last months people have been so warmly welcoming, especially at In-Vision, so I cannot confirm the myth.
INV: This is your first job after your PhD. How does it feel and what is your first impression of In-Vision?
Cristine: Every day I feel like learning more. I never feel left alone. The mindset at In-Vision is very dynamic and open-minded. There is an international spirit and a familiar atmosphere at the same time. During my second job interview, they showed me parts of the company and I got a feeling that everybody was happy working here. That is why I decided to go for it!
INV: You already got a chance to get accustomed with In-Vision’s light engines. What is your first impression?