May 15th – Presentation Day

Day 11:

We didn’t need to be at the university for our presentations until 1:00pm, but we were there at 9:15 in the morning to finish up preparing and making sure everything was in order. We had the presentation submitted by noon, and then headed up to lunch at the Mensa before heading to the classroom at 1:00pm. We tested our computer with the HDMI cable there, and got ready to go. For the presentation itself, it needed to be no longer than 20 minutes, and cover both the business side and the engineering side of the business we were assigned (we were Hirschvogel).

The Hirschvogel group when we were in the Alps on May 7th. From right to left: me (Lucas Bechtold), Sahana Mallela, Sophie Lampert, Luisa Uhlenbruch, James Boston, Maren Elser, and Justin Chudzik.

Since there were 5 groups (5 company visits), no group wanted to be the one that needed to watch everyone else present before they themselves did. Dr. Feick decided that the most fair way to do this was to put the numbers 1-5 on sheets of folded paper and have each team pick a card, and present in that order. I was the one who picked for my group and I was feeling confident. Unfortunately, that confidence didn’t help me out at all, as I picked number 5, meaning our group would be watching our peers’ presentations for two and a half hours before we got a chance to present.

That time was interesting, but also excruciating because we all just kept getting more and more nervous leading up to our time, especially since everyone’s presentations were really good. When it finally came, we went up and ran a little overtime, but I still think we did really well. I was happy to have worked with the group I worked with, and I was also happy that I no longer needed to worry about the presentations.

Our group’s opening slide.

If you are interested at all, this is a link to our full presentation (without our own commentary of course):

After our presentation’s questions wrapped up, we headed back to the hotel for a couple hours. During this period, Frank and I planned out our free day for Friday. We decided that we wanted to go to Stuttgart and see both the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums. While we were planning, I started to get a pretty bad headache, but I hoped it would get better once we had dinner.

Around 6:00, the group headed out for dinner, but my headache was not getting any better. We were eating at a place called the Ratskeller, and it was in a large basement, that was only making my headache worse. Eventually it became so bad that I needed to tell Arielle, and after a while of deliberation, she took me back to the hotel in a taxi so that I would be able to sleep, as that has been my only successful way of getting rid of migraines in the past.

The group photo with all of us Pitt students and the University of Augsburg students. Unfortunately I didn’t make it due to the migraine, but this is everyone I had the pleasure of spending the trip with.

I got back to the hotel around 7:00pm, and slept until the next morning.

Takeaway of the Day:

Car of the Day: 1960’s era Mini Cooper

Either a Mark I or a Mark II Mini

This either the first or the second generation Mini Cooper, produced from 1959 to 1967 or 1967 to 1970 respectively. The tell for this being a 1960’s era are the two door hinges sticking out from the body which were only present on the Mark I & II. These all had straight 4-cylinder engines which, depending on the year, produced anywhere from 50-70 horsepower. These Mini’s had a 0-60 time of about 12 seconds.

Runner Up: Mercedes C63s AMG Coupe

AMG C63s

We saw this Mercedes walking back from the tram after our presentations. I was immediately able to tell this was an AMG because of the extended fender flares, the large grille (which you cannot see in the picture), and the quad exhausts. These cars are powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 producing 503 horsepower (upgraded from 469 horsepower from the base C63), and gets from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

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