Engineering Cybernetics

PhD programme (doctoral education), Trondheim

Engineering Cybernetics

– Student interviews

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Leads the Flight Control Team for NASA’s Mars Helicopter

Name: Håvard Fjær Grip
Study program: Engineering cybernetics, PhD.
Graduated from NTNU: 2010
Workplace: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology

For seven years, Håvard has been in charge of the work on the helicopter's flight control system. It will be sent to Mars this summer, and after a journey of seven months through the universe, it is finally time to maneuver the aircraft on the red planet.


Was part of a drone company startup right after his PhD graduation

Name: Kristian Klausen
Study program: PhD in technical cybernetics
Graduated from NTNU: 2017
Workplace: Scout Drone Inspection. The company is a spin off from NTNU and partly from my doctoral work.

NTNU and the drone lab are excellent at focusing on the mix of doing theoretical research, simulations and practical experiments, says Kristian Klausen. – This experience enabled me to participate in starting a company after graduation.

– Don´t want to be a "brain in a box"

Name: Elias Hasle
Study program: Simulation and Visualization and integrated PhD in Engineering Cybernetics


When Elias finishes his integrated PhD, he dreams of continuing to work within the academia, where he can pursue further research rather than be locked into a business.

You are very free to decide in which direction you want to go

Name: Inger Berge Hagen
Study program: Engineering Cybernetics

Taking a doctorate gives you quite a smooth transition between being a student and working life, says Inger Berge Hagen. – You get paid, but at the same time you enjoy a lot of freedom.