Gabi Sanporean, Senior Additive Manufacturing Engineer
Who am I
I have a bachelor in Chemical Engineering and a master in Biochemical Engineering in Romania. And all of a sudden, I somehow ended up with two Ph.Ds. – one in Chemical Engineering from Romania and one in Mechanical Engineering from Denmark. All in all, I worked in research within polymer materials for more than 12 years before joining Grundfos in 2019.
It is great being close to the development of new technologies for the future, both for Grundfos but also for the world.
How I make a difference
Working within additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, I research new technologies and their potential. My team and I help identify possibilities and collaborate with colleagues in different departments to adopt these new technologies within different areas. With my research background, I have a deep knowledge of polymer materials and can help clarify what happens in a process. It is great being close to the development of new technologies for the future, both for Grundfos but also for the world.
What drives me
Before joining, I did not know much about Grundfos and was very surprised to see that the company is much more than just water pumps. Grundfos is involved in so many aspects of people’s life and work in a sustainable way. There is a real concern for people worldwide, bringing water to those in need. It makes me feel really proud to tell people what we do here. I see my own values present in Grundfos, because I, as a chemical engineer, understand what is at stake with the environmental changes we see.
I really love what I do. There are so many interesting projects going on that keeps me challenged and by being close to the development of technology, I constantly learn. My days are always full of surprises and times goes by so fast with new ideas flying around.
My job would not be the same without the people. I love being part of a team where we collaborate closely. The environment is very relaxed and friendly with people caring not just about work, but also about each other. The communication is open, and it is easy to keep in contact with my manager, who expects me to speak my mind. I really appreciate being amongst many different nationalities and having colleagues all over the world. And then I see other women working within engineering, which is great!
My best advice to a newcomer
Grundfos is a large organization, but do not worry – take it as it goes, and you will end up loving it. Grundfos is an incredible place to work.
My colleagues think it is hilarious that I drink everything at room temperature. They say I drink cold coffee and warm water.