Andrea Mühleis is the Product Specialist for Kjeldahl & Dumas Solutions at BÜCHI Labortechnik AG in Switzerland. She graduated at the University of Hohenheim in Germany as an engineer for food technology. She was formerly the development chemist at BÜCHI Labortechnik AG responsible for the development of the Kjeldahl and Dumas instruments.
Why did you decide to do a webinar with us?
This is the first time we are cooperating with Business Review Webinars. We were searching for a competent partner to promote our webinar and topics to the right target audience. I’m really looking forward to it!
How did you get into the industry?
I was always interested in science. After school I decided to study food technology because it seemed to be the perfect combination of biology, chemistry and physics with practical applications. After my degree I didn’t want to join the food industry because the analytical practical part in the laboratory during my studies was more fascinating for me. When I applied for my first job as development chemist for BÜCHI I already knew at least five different BÜCHI instruments, some of them older than me… but still working perfectly!
What has been the best moment in your career?
Good question; I think there has not been a “best moment” for me so far – it’s more about the positive feedback I get from my daily work and working with good colleagues who make me laugh during a coffee break. Additionally, it always leaves me with a good feeling when people, after a training session at BÜCHI, understand what we are doing and how we can simplify their work in the lab.
Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
I really love to travel and there are so many beautiful spots! One of the most impressive places I have ever been to was Machu Picchu in Peru. To visit the ruins of this ancient culture in the mountains is absolutely special. When I was there suddenly the weather changed and we were standing between the ruin surrounded by clouds and there was lightning in the air which actually made our hair stand-up at the end!
What’s the most useful thing someone has ever taught you?
From my educational point of view, I think the most useful thing I ever learned was the simple mathematical “rule of three” for cross-multiplication, I need it daily! And of course when my father told me how to change a flat tyre.