Building The Mitte Home: Meet our Mechatronics Engineer, AmrMitte News
Three years ago, Amr moved from Amman to Berlin to join Mitte and its mission to reinvent the way we drink water at home.
Driven by his passion for optimizing functionalities and processes, and his strong skills in designing and testing electromechanical systems, Amr has been instrumental in putting our smart water machine together.
Find out more about his journey to Mitte, his current projects, and what he misses most about his hometown Amman, Jordan.
In your own words, what do we do here at Mitte?
We are making clean and mineralized water available for people through a new and innovative way using our smart machine.
What made you want to join?
Well, drinking tap water was not an option for me growing up in Jordan. The water tasted strange and was not clean enough to be drinking water. The typical situation for my family was constantly getting purified water delivered to the house. This is actually a thriving business in Jordan. So when I initially saw what Mitte machines are capable of doing on the website, I was very intrigued. The idea of purifying the water and then remineralizing it made me eager to learn more and be a part of this revolutionary process. Also, the idea of working on a product right from the start, helping develop it, and then seeing it end up on people’s kitchen counters and part of their daily routine, is something I can be very proud of.
You were among the first hires at Mitte in 2017. How has your role developed from then to now?
Since joining Mitte, I’ve seen it grow to more than triple its initial size, and I’m still constantly impressed with how we’ve adapted to change, challenges, and expansion. I’m very excited for the future to come.
When I initially joined, I was a hardware engineer in a small team, and we used to do everything involved in designing, building test rigs, and coding. That’s an expected part of any startup and I loved it. However, due to the increase in our size now, this has benefited me in terms of being able to really zone in and specialize in specific aspects of my job such as defining and optimizing the carbonation process in Mitte Home to reach the optimal sparkling water level.
What does a typical work day look like for you? What projects are you currently working on?
We always work in two-week sprints where we plan key deliverables for that period. Every day starts with a stand-up meeting with the team where we align and discuss briefly the status of our tasks and what we’re working on. Since the beginning of joining Mitte, I’ve been shifting around projects, so it’s never boring for me. I’m tackling different issues and challenges every day. This can mean I’m sometimes designing and soldering PCBs (printed circuit boards), designing and building prototypes for testing, or also defining certain functionalities of the machine.
What’s the best thing about working at Mitte?
There are many things. It’s great to be working on an innovative technology. It’s great to do that with and learn from talented people in an environment and mentality of getting things done.The multiculturalism in our office is also something that I truly value. Being able to work closely with people from over 20 nationalities is something very valuable that not a lot of people get to experience.
When people say that you should “love what you do”, I’m always very happy to say that I really do.
Which parts of your job do you find most challenging?
Working in a fast paced environment where we need to deliver in a tight timeline is always challenging, but also very rewarding when that last piece of the puzzle fits!
Do you have a favorite Mitte memory?
There are so many great ones with team events such as the rafting adventure in the river, or the offsite in a beautiful castle just outside of Berlin. For a more technical memory, that would be when we did the EMC/EMV lab visit to do some pretests on the machine for market certification.
Did you always want to work as a Mechatronics Engineer?
I grew up in a family of engineers. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved fixing things, taking them apart, putting them back together, and figuring out why they’re broken and trying to fix them. As I got older, this interest evolved to include computers and how they can be used to do those things. For this reason, the short answer is yes, I do always want to be a mechatronics engineer, but the great thing is that this field is always evolving with new technologies and advancements, so the actual definition of what I do might change in the future, and I find that very exciting.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have played piano since I was 10 years old. So you can hear me listening to some classical music every once in a while.
I can also solve a rubik’s cube in under a minute (latest quarantine achievement)!
What do you enjoy most about living in Berlin, and what do you miss about your hometown Amman (Jordan)?
I love how there is something for everyone in Berlin, from concerts and festivals to parks and nature within the city. In my hometown, I really miss my family and friends, and most importantly the food, Berlin should taste the real hummus and falafel!
Last but not least, carbonated or non-carbonated water?
I’ve always been a non-carbonated water drinker. But while testing the machine, taking sips of the carbonated water has made me a new fan.
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