"From day one of my internship, I realized that I could comfortably voice my opinions and debate freely with coworkers"
MS Candidate Simmy Willemann conducted a feasibility study of desalination aboard a ship for IDE Technologies

IDE Technologies

Simmy's project at IDE Technologies involved a feasibility study of desalination aboard a ship from both a business development and engineering standpoint. IDE Technologies is an Israeli-based global desalination company specializing in designing, installing, and operating desalination plants. Simmy's motivation to go to Israel was to gain "... exposure to the thriving business climate of the clean energy and water industries in Tel Aviv."

Israeli exchange

After working in ten companies and two overseas internships, Simmy was impressed with the open "Israeli" exchange of ideas and debate, "From day one of my internship, I realized that I could comfortably voice my opinions and debate freely with coworkers in a manner more natural than at any other company I had been at previously...I fit my coworkers’ style of conversation, volunteering opinions, and debating stubbornly. I feel like my boss also respected my opinions and had a style where he would make clear what he would he like me to do and then asked for my thoughts, which I appreciated."

Simmy was able to make an impact on the overall project by contributing her expertise in shipping and ship design while learning IDE's approach to desalinization and understanding how her project fit into their strategy, "when my boss and I looked at drafted plans for a ship concept, I would explain fundamental concepts of naval architecture to him and, in exchange, he would point out design aspects of the desalination plant and how it functioned to me. It seemed like we spoke at the same level as we enlightened each other on two completely different but connected industries."

  • Israel
  • Internship
  • CEE