Michal Řehoř

When did you graduate from FEE? 
I graduated in 2010.

Which field did you study at FEE? 
I completed both bachelor's and master's studies in the Applied Electrical Engineering program.


Why did you decide to study at FEE?
Since I studied electrical engineering as a high school, FEE was probably the only logical choice for me. Unfortunately, I no longer remember a specific point in my decision. I applied to study at both the UWB and the CTU, but because Pilsen is, in my view, a much more "life-friendly" city, I decided for Pilsen.

How would you evaluate the approach and support from the school? For example, teachers, courses guarantors, etc.?
From this point of view, I think I have nothing to complain about. I was not an example of a diligent student and I enjoyed student life to the fullest. I rather think that this question would be more appropriately formulated in the opposite way, i.e. how would you evaluate your approach to study and school 😊

And what about the Study Office approach and support?
Always the right approach and always helped me out.

How do you evaluate the quality of the studied courses?
It has been a few years now… Applied electrical engineering was quite specific in that the selection of courses was quite free and the scope was relatively wide. I probably wouldn't have a problem with quality at all. But the "stepping" of the courses from microprocessors, electronics, through rotating machines, power electrical engineering to power engineering is quite demanding and, for example, the course Theory of Electrical Machines 2 was almost KO for me. 😊 

Did you use the opportunity to participate in research activities during your studies at FEE?
I didn't use this opportunity, so I can't judge, and I don't fully remember that this was being promoted somewhere.

Did you have a job outside the Faculty during your studies? Did you use internships during your studies, participate in activities at the Faculty?
Basically throughout my studies, I had an employment outside the Faculty with a company based in Borská pole.

Did the UWB and FEE help you specifically with the development of your skills for your future career? For example, domestic and foreign internships, language courses, etc.? Do you remember a specific example?
Unfortunately, I can't write anything positive here. Language teaching was absolutely terrible during our studies, and unfortunately, according to my experience from interviews with job seekers, the situation has hardly changed.

Is there something that you lacked in the scope of study concerning future employment in the labor market?
Definitely more group work, the already mentioned language readiness and I think that I didn't really take away presentation skills from my studies ...

How did you look for a job after graduation?
It was quite easy for me, the crisis of 2008 was gone and Bosch, Würth and Rohde & Schwarz were hiring in the South Bohemia at that time. I was at the interviews, and because in Bosch it was more towards project management and the mechanics, and in Würth it was more towards business, I decided for Rohde & Schwarz to continue what I studied.

And how long did it take you to find it? Was it immediately right after graduation?
About 2 months.

Do you work in the same region you come from?
I come from the Karlovy Vary region and I moved to South Bohemia not so much for work as for my then girlfriend, today my wife. 

Do you work in the field you studied?
Yes, if there is a company in the Czech Republic where a person with a university degree in electrical engineering can find employment, and further develop their knowledge and skills, then it is definitely Rohde & Schwarz. 

What is your current job position?
Head of the technical department, which is a team of 90 mostly university-educated colleagues, in which the development of parts of our products, including electronic and mechanical design, development of test systems, accredited calibration, robotics and automation, digitization, etc., is partially implemented. Furthermore, I lead an indirect international team for NPI - new product introduction, where we work with colleagues from Germany and Singapore to introduce products into production. Hence the note on the quality of language teaching at universities 😊

What is the biggest benefit for you from studying at FEE?
For me in particular, the greatest benefit is / was the development of the ability to analyze the problem and the subsequent synthesis transformed into a solution. I do not know if it is a direct benefit of the university, but I built such an internal "engine" for self-education, because a person working in such a field must constantly develop and look around what is happening, and since I am in contact with cutting edge technologies, I can confirm that once a person falls asleep, it costs him three times as much energy to catch up. So the study laid the foundations, but the work certainly does not end there, but vice versa…

How do you evaluate the overall level and quality of education obtained at UWB and FEE?
Especially in the field of electronics and RF technology, FEE is not one of the best in the country. However, in my opinion, it has no complete competition for power electrical engineering and energy.

Would you recommend FEE to those interested in studying? And why?
Definitely. Together with programs focused on programming, digitization and engineering, these industries are and will be the basis of the prosperity of Czech society. Unfortunately, not only the university, but the whole of society must go against this. No one says that this study is not more demanding than at other universities, but the energy invested will then return in the form of an appropriate salary and certainly also in the form of work on very interesting products and projects. We must not forget that whether we are talking about the incredibly profaned term Industry 4.0, digitization in general, 5G networks, mobile phones, smart homes, etc., electronics is the basis everywhere. Transport is dominated by power electrical engineering and, of course, someone has to supply the entire chain from power plants through the electricity transmission system. All this is covered by the fields taught at FEE.