As a kid, he wanted to discover the universe. No way would he work at Siemens, like his parents did. “During the 80's, when my father was working for Siemens, it felt like a big, bureaucratic company for me. I could not imagine working there and having a boring office job."
I am responsible for the integration of external devices with our Artis system.Nils Pickert, Solution Engineer at Siemens Healthineers
Steam rises silently from his coffee cup and keeps a miniature steam engine moving right above it. Nils ignores it, because he's concentrating on his work at the computer in front of him.
Each of his projects at work starts with an unsolved problem, a new question, and that's what fascinates him: “I want to really think things through, to understand them and try things out, and develop technology that supports and benefits people.”
Currently, he is working on further improving the interaction and communication between the
Artis angiography system of Siemens Healthineers and the robotic CorPath GRX
“Our customers, the physicians, explain to us, what would support them in their work, and we try to implement it technically.” According to his most favorite company principle, “we listen more than we talk”, he tries to switch perspectives every day: “The work of the surgeons is tough. My wish is to offer them the best possible technological support”. With the CorPath GRX system, doctors can move a catheter or a guide wire via joystick from the control room, for example. This can take the strain out of exhausting and difficult procedures.
Whether he's sitting alone at his computer, with colleagues at a system inside the test suite, or maybe even with a customer setting up a new system, Nils' work covers many different aspects. He writes plans, organizes trials and changes things until the system runs without glitches. “Be it electronics, be it mechanics, I just want to know how stuff works. Actually, a lot of people like that exist at Siemens Healthineers, also they would not identify as ‘nerds’ probably”, he explains. The company culture is another reason, why his work brings him joy even during exhausting days.
"The sources vary a lot. Sometimes I return inspired from vacations in a nerd camp, sometimes I gain new insights while I'm working at the 'Dampfbahn Fränkische Schweiz' (old steam train in the Franconian Switzerland area in Bavaria).”
“I work in healthcare because I want to do something which makes sense. I want to make people’s live better.”Nils Pickert, Solution Engineer at Siemens Healthineers
“Most people have someone in the family who has had a stroke. A good friend of mine had a minor stroke some time ago. If it'd been more severe, he would have had to be taken by helicopter on a 3-hour journey to the next hospital. And that could be the difference between life and death”, says Nils. Luckily, his friend didn't suffer any permanent damage, but this experience reminds Nils that comprehensive access to care including the necessary medical technology can't be taken for granted and reemphasizes the meaning of his work: „You can make a difference, not only as a doctor, but also as an engineer.”