Stefano Talassi holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan and an executive MBA from Bocconi University, Italy. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of design, project management, testing, commissioning and after sales service in the transformer industry.

He is the technical director of an industrial transformer company in the North of Italy.

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Q. Tell us about yourself

Q. What inspired you to join this sector?

Q. Can you elaborate why?

Stefano: In my opinion, they are not the same thing. Reliability is an intrinsic part of design of the unit. Maintenance is something different. Say, you need to design a reliable unit from the start, but maintenance of low reliability assets can make a huge difference in terms of alarms and asset management. For the final client with not enough information about the reliability of his unit, maintenance can make a huge difference. Maintenance is an external action that can be put into operation when you are the owner of the machine. It makes a lot of difference in evaluating the potential failure of machine. 

Q. What is the best piece of advice you would give to a junior professional to succeed in your sector?

Q. What is something nobody tells you, but you wish you knew earlier?

Stefano: Learning is a day-by-day process. At the beginning of my business life, I wanted to know everything particularly about design. Then I learned that you can not know everything at the beginning. When you are a junior, you want more experience. But when you become a senior, you realize the very definition of experience is that it is the sum of your mistakes. When you are a junior, you want to avoid mistakes, but the best way to learn is by making mistakes and get more experience.

Q. Can you recommend any books or media?

Stefano: Steve Jobs, The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

Steve Jobs

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