Maths and informatics are perfectly normal school subjects in Nadja’s home country. But when she and her family moved to Germany from Russia when Nadja was 16, she discovered that she was well ahead of her classmates in subjects like maths and informatics in particular. “When I realised how good I was at these subjects, I began to enjoy them all the more”, says Nadja. She decided therefore to study digital media. For her Master’s she wanted to create a software program that would enable verification of compliance with design specifications.
She needed to find a mentor but her tutor told her curtly: “You'll never manage to do that.” Not allowing herself to be put off, she found a Professor and in Volkswagen also a company to supervise her research project. Nadja graduated with an excellent score of 1.3 (top 10%). Since the beginning of 2019, Nadja has been working in Volkswagen’s Smart.Production:Lab. Her most important task is to design and create the interface between the users and the software functions. In technical jargon this is also referred to as “User Experience” and “User Interface Design”. “It is important here to understand both sides”, says Nadja. “Our users are production designers and employees in the factory. They use different software to optimise the processes in the production of automobiles.” On the other side are our software developers who program the functions. “When we create an interface, it is not just about making it look appealing”, explains Nadja. “It is just as important to ensure that it is easy and intuitive to use.” Nadja finds that Volkswagen offers her the ideal environment for this work. “At Volkswagen we can share our ideas and try out new things. It makes no difference whether you are a man or a woman”, says Nadja.