Tomas Zhang Mathiesen

DTU’s honorary alumnus 2019 is a fantastic ambassador for DTU and the export engineering education

Monday 21 Jan 19
DTU's honorary alumnus 2019 is Tomas Zhang Mathiesen, who has already done a lot for his study programme just a few years after his graduation.

As something new, this year's honorary alumnus was appointed on the basis of a nomination backed by both former teachers and managers from DTU.

Tomas Zhang Mathiesen graduated from DTU in 2017 as an export engineer (diploma engineer from the study programme export and technology), and he has since then maintained a close contact with DTU and showed great commitment in relation to further developing the study programme. He now works as a senior consultant at PwC.

According to several of his former teachers, Tomas excelled at DTU as an extremely competent student with a constructive and positive approach. Among other things, he committed himself to helping other students as a "buddy" for international students. During his last time as a student at DTU, Tomas started the "Danish Startup Group", which he still runs today beside his full-time job. It is a voluntary organization that aims to help young entrepreneurs start their own business.

”Tomas is a fantastic ambassador for DTU and the export engineering education. He is always willing to contribute with good advice and experience, and he does so in a highly professional manner,” says Karin Siegumfeldt, Associate Professor at DTU Diplom/Center for Bachelor of Engineering Studies and one of Tomas' former teachers.

Lars D. Christoffersen, Director of Center for Bachelor of Engineering Studies, also supports the appointment of Tomas:

“Tomas is a really good guy, razor-sharp and committed, which is also emphasized by the fact that he is already a senior consultant at PWC while only in his late twenties. In addition, he has participated in the development of the study programme export and technology with his dedicated participation in the 9-21 seminar for the program, and the former Head of Studies has also used him for some so-called "Export Boosts". He is always prepared and willing to help and a good representative of DTU and the study programme.”

Tomas received the appointment as DTU's honorary alumnus 2019 with great pleasure at DTU Alumni's New Year's Lounge in January, where he and other alumni who have shown commitment and contributed to DTU's development were invited. In a short thank you speech, he told about his background and looked forward to maintaining a close relation with DTU:

"I will always remember DTU as a place where students get an extra chance, a place where knowledge and experience can be achieved, and a place where there will surely be room for everyone."
Tomas Zhang Mathisen

”I came to Denmark from China 19 years ago as an 8-year-old with my mother. Before that, I lived with my grandparents on a farm and did not think there was anything else beyond the farm and China. My mother always said to me: "Tomas, you have come to a good country with good people and opportunities. There are millions of other Chinese who wish they were in your shoes, so tend to your school work now, give back and do well with your new life".

DTU has given me an extra chance in life. The lecturers gave me the knowledge and support I needed, and student life as well as commitment to various volunteer work with DSE gave me the experiences I needed to kick start my career. I will always remember DTU as a place where students get an extra chance, a place where knowledge and experience can be achieved, and a place where there will surely be room for everyone."

 

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Facts about honorary alumni

Each year, DTU names one alumnus or alumna as honorary alumnus/alumna in recognition of his/her special commitment and contributions to DTU’s development.
Tomas Zhang Mathiesen is the fifth person to be named a DTU honorary alumnus.

See all DTU's honorary alumni here.