How a Millennial evolves at Schneider Electric

Author: Employee Voices Schneider Electric Blog

Millennial's career developmentAs many Millennials, Linyun started her career journey in 2015. She joined Schneider Electric and spent her first two years with Partner Projects team as a Product Application Engineer. She continued working as a Solution Architect under EcoBuilding team. Her focus was on EcoStruxure Power and EcoStruxure Building, as well as bringing EcoStruxure solutions to potential customers. In January 2019 she started a new role as an End User Sales Engineer and Account Manager for Healthcare and Education segment.

She enjoys challenges and explores new knowledge. She is a strong believer in “live as if you were to die tomorrow and learn as if you were to live forever”.

Discover her career insights in the blog article below.

Change is the end result of all true learning

I began my career with Schneider Electric on July 1st 2015 as Product Application Engineer under the Energy Generation Program. It was exactly one month after graduating from Nanyang Technological University.

With a fresh Mechanical Engineering background, I found it challenging to explore a new technical domain that I had limited exposure and technical knowledge. In fact, I was amazed by the well-structured knowledge management platforms that Schneider Electric has, like My Learning Link, white papers, expert guides, shopping kiosk. Through lots of self-learning, guidance from seniors and opportunity to work with the experts, I started to build a strong foundation and self-confidence.

There were many first times during this period, e.g. the first meeting with clients, the first influence on specification and design, the first time being a technical trainer, the first business trip to overseas and the first compliment from clients and colleagues. When passing by those iconic buildings and facilities in Singapore, I always proudly share with my friends “They are using my company’s products”.

To excel in a role, strong technical skills alone will not suffice. Therefore, I was also exposed to other domains’ knowledge and trained on my personal soft skills. Thanks to those training courses, I can manage clients with different personalities or even develop segmentation, go to market and pricing strategy! Being a technical graduate, I am now aware of the importance of demand generation and value creation, thanks to the solution sales curriculum.

Grand opening of our new EAJ regional headquarters

Learning never exhausts the Millennial’s mind

I transferred from Partner Project to EcoBuilding business unit as a Solution Architect in September 2017. A new chapter of my career began! Similarly, I participated in the Catalyst Program working on the digital field services. I also started pursuing my Master Degree in Management of Technology at National University of Singapore. It was tough to manage workload and uncertainty on my new role but the three new challenges turned out to be a great supplement to each other.

As a solution architect, it is no longer about technical knowhow, product features or international standards.  It is all about customers’ persona, market segments, value proposition and EcoStruxure solutions. To stay abreast with the industry trends, I picked up a new habit of reading business newspapers and LinkedIn posts. I had a better understanding of myself and was exposed to plenty of soft skills training courses in Catalyst program. I was working in a group with diverse experience. Together we explored Schneider Electric’s business model, value proposition in segments and the latest EcoStruxure Advisors offers. Meanwhile, I learnt marketing, business finance, system architecture, technology innovation in my master’s degree.

2018 is a year full of memories

I have done more than 130 EcoStruxure pitch to 1000+ clients! At the innovation hub in our new office, I met people from C-level to engineers.

On March 29th 2018, I had an honorable opportunity to present to the Singapore Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, our Group CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Singapore Economic Development Board Chairman Dr Swan Gin Beh, the French ambassador to Singapore Mr Marc Abensour and EVP international Operations Luc Remont at the grand opening of our new EAJ regional headquarters.

I received my EcoStruxure Sales Pitch Regional Winner award from our Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Leong in September 2018.

In addition, I was one of the EcoStruxure Power tour guides for global VIP customers at Innovation Summit Singapore.

Sales Pitch Regional Winner award

The journey is never ending

“Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone”. My past 3 years with Schneider Electric made me a strong believer in this quote.  Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Therefore, looking ahead, I feel prepared to embrace a new chapter of my career in 2019.


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Silencing Your Noisy Data Center Infrastructure – with Liquid Cooling

Author: Steven Carlini Schneider Electric Blog

The world is generally a noisy place that is sometimes soothing or relaxing, but most often unpleasant with excessive levels of noise. In urban areas, there is constant noise emanating from car engines, bus and delivery truck engines, and even noise from jet engines in the sky. In the suburbs, it’s the lawn mower, grass trimmer engines or snow blower engines (in colder climate areas). In warmer climates, especially along the coast, it’s quite common to hear the Harley Davidson motorcycle engines reverberating down the strip.

Conversely, if you’ve ever almost been run over by an electric car in a parking lot, you know because its’s virtually silent. Regarding the other noise generating devices I mentioned, I recently purchased an electric lawn trimmer and I have to say that this gen 3 product with advanced Lithium Ion batteries replicates the power of an old gas trimmer and is much lighter to boot – without the super load gas engine. Electric push lawn mowers have been around for a while, but now there are riding lawn mowers powered by Lithium Ion. Believe it or not Harley Davidson has announced that an electric “hog” is in development. Also, there has been a flurry of electric airplane engine testing successes and commercial flights up to 1,000 miles will be technically possible by 2024. It seems like the world is about to be a quieter place.

Why Typical Data Center Infrastructure Noise is Above Average

smart doctor hand working with modern laptop computer in modern office with virtual icon diagramData centers are famous for being very noisy, surprisingly noisy in fact. If you have ever visited one or often work with data center infrastructure, you are very familiar with how unpleasantly loud they can be. I recently visited one where the noise readings ranged from a low of 75 dBA to a high of 95 dBA. In comparison, normal conversation is about 60 dB, a power lawn mower is about 90 dB, and a jet engine at takeoff is 140 dB, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The federal government sets workplace standards for noise and doesn’t require action until workers are exposed to average noise levels of 85 dB or greater during an eight-hour day.

Where does the sound in data centers come from? The servers themselves generate noise coming from the high velocity fans, but the highest levels come from the HVAC equipment (air conditioners) from the fans, condensers, compressors and evaporators. Some efforts can be made to lower this noise in a reactive way by installing sound-deadening acoustic tiles on the ceiling and data center’s walls. However, data centers today (small and large), are extremely noisy environments

The Silent Data Center is Possible – Achieve it with Liquid Cooling

What if all of the server fan noise and all the noise emanating from the cooling equipment went away? The data center would be virtually silent! Is that possible? It is possible by going with liquid cooling servers. Liquid cooling servers do not have fans and make zero noise. There are two different types – emersion and direct to chip (sometimes called cold plate). Emersion technology floods the server with a liquid designed to collect and dissipate heat. This liquid circulates around the server and heat is rejected to a heat exchanger usually on the back of the server. With direct to chip, fluid (usually water) is sprayed on the plate on the back of the micro pressor in the server. Both of these are dependent on a cold-water supply from outside the building. This cold-water supply also is silent inside the data center. Plus, all of those noisy fans, condensers, compressors and evaporators go away.

Learn More about the Impact of Liquid Cooling in the Data Center Industry

There you have it, technology advancements are eliminating unpleasant sounds that you hear every day and now we can have silent data centers with liquid cooling – a world without noise. Check out my other blog on liquid cooling and why aside from the reduction of noise pollution, it is making its way back in the mainstream of the data center industry.

Ue, inquinanti a bassa concentrazione nelle acque: rischio “effetto cocktail”

Author: redattore Rinnovabili

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Il Rapporto sullo stato di laghi e fiumi europei lamenta scarsezza di dati riguardo l’impatto di prodotti inquinanti a bassa tossicità (ma a grande diffusione)

(Rinnovabili.it) – L’agenzia europea per l’Ambiente (EEA) ha pubblicato un report sullo stato di salute di laghi, fiumi e in generale acque di superficie sul suolo comunitario: nonostante gli ottimi risultati prodotti dalla limitazione nell’uso di inquinanti altamente tossici, il rapporto lamenta una preoccupante carenza di informazioni riguardo il possibile “effetto cocktail” di agenti chimici a basse concentrazioni.

Nel 2000 la Commissione europea aveva approvato una direttiva (Water Framework Directive) per il monitoraggio e la limitazione dei maggiori agenti inquinanti nelle acque interne e costiere degli Stati membri: di qui, si sono ottenuti ottimi risultati nel ridurre le concentrazioni di mercurio (fino a una ventina di anni fa largamente utilizzato nella realizzazione di termometri, pile e vernici), bromuro (impiegato soprattutto per la costruzione di materiali ignifughi), cadmio, piombo, nichel e pesticidi fortemente tossici come clorfenvinfos e simazina.

Ciò che rimane oscuro, tuttavia, sono le possibili combinazioni di prodotti autorizzati dalla direttiva (e quindi presenti singolarmente in basse concentrazioni) e largamente impiegati per uso privato, agricolo o industriale (anche sotto forma di inquinamento atmosferico, come segnalato dagli esperti dell’EEA).

Presenti in concentrazioni minime e singolarmente non pericolosi per la salute, questi prodotti chimici, una volta introdotti nel sistema idrico, possono mixarsi con sali minerali e detriti organici naturalmente presenti nell’ambiente o ancora con nutrienti di acque di scolo, scarti della produzione agricola e altre acque residue generando cocktail possibilmente tossici la cui portata è ancora tutta da studiare.

>>Leggi anche Tutela delle acque, Living Rivers: “Vogliono distruggere la normativa europea”<<

Di qui la chiamata a raccogliere nuovi dati sullo stato d’inquinamento delle acque europee: un monitoraggio che ha portato lo scorso anno alla pubblicazione di un report (EEA State of Water Report) che segnalava come solo il 38% dei bacini osservati raggiungeva gli standard di qualità fissati dalle direttive comunitarie. Obiettivo: mettere a disposizione degli Stati europei strumenti aggiornati per proteggere la salute delle proprie acque territoriali (anche adottando le strategie dei Paesi virtuosi in tema di tutela idrica), incrementare i dati sull’inquinamento proveniente da diverse fonti e sviluppare modelli di gestione che riflettano gli studi scientifici più recenti.