Five Questions for Thomas Lewien

Dr. Thomas Lewien founded Discom, provider of automotive production test systems, in 1995. His background in acoustics, NVH and signal processing, has resulted in 35 years of experience in developing electronics and software. His hobbies include photography, motorbiking, sailing and taking things apart to find out how they work.

Motto: Try a different angle*

* An (in)famous developer rule says: 90% of the time the problem is not in the 10% you are looking at.

How do you see your role with Brüel & Kjær?

My role is to help integrate Discom into Brüel & Kjær and to make Brüel & Kjær successful in production testing.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

To keep trying. At the age of six, I set out to build a small plane. I crashed with it on the slope of my uncle’s garden – it did not fly at all. His advice was to try again with a different design. Reminding myself to look at things from a different angle still helps me in my daily work.

If you could have two superpowers, what would they be and why?

Flying would be one of them, and I’m sure that anyone who has ever flown a glider would agree. Healing people would also be a marvelous gift.

What drives you in your work?

The unique opportunity of following a product through its entire life cycle: from ideas to development, from production to customer applications. Then refining it, re-designing it, and creating the best possible solution.

What irritates you most about your own personality?

I should probably have a little more patience with others.

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