Civil engineer specializing in the development of innovative transport systems Anne Mellano recently spoke to our Bachelor students studying “Big Data & Analytics” class with Prof. Anja Langer-Jacquin . She shares some of her thoughs, hopes and advice below.
Anne Mellano graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in July 2012 with a Master’s in Civil Engineering with specialization in the field of transportation. Before funding BestMile, Anne has worked in an urban planning office in Lausanne as a Transport Engineer. Her responsibilities there included the project management of two European projects on the development of innovative transport systems. Her role within BestMile is to support the growth and oversee the day-to-day operations. Anne has been awarded the best Women’s Project prize at the AlpICT Venture Night in Geneva (part of the LIFT Conference) for her role in BestMile in February 2015.
How would you describe the state of the world today in 3 words?
Digital connected hubbub
What is your greatest hope for the future of the world?
My greatest hope is to see more benevolence between people but also towards the planet that suffers from human individualism. I believe in anticipatory awareness reactions that will avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. It is our responsibility to give a positive meaning and echo to the hubbub.
Biggest lesson you learnt in your professional life so far?
Everyone can have ideas but not everyone is strong enough to execute them and to fail. Positive things can be learned from any situation. Go to the bottom of things to get the chance to reach the stage where things are arranged. Never give up on the way. Failure is a lesson to learn.
What is one piece of advice you want to give to our students?
If entrepreneurship tempts you, find someone who shares your dreams, surround yourself with good advisors and go for it. The adventure is worth every job.