Get to know the faculty of the MSc Program „Renewable Energy Systems“.

Today in conversation with: Dr. Amela Ajanovic, senior research scientist at Energy Economics Group at TU Wien. Faculty member of the MSc program „Renewable Energy Systems“

 

What is so special about a postgraduate program?

We are living in time of very rapid changes and developments in all fields, especially technical ones. The energy sector with its dynamic development is a typical example. As Newton Baker said, one who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after. For working people a post graduated program is ideal way to continue learning and make progress in carrier.

How is the contact with the students? And what are the differences to students of regular study programs?

In the scope of the NewEnergy postgraduate program we are working with relatively small group of students (approximately 20 versus more than 60 in the regular study programs). This allows us much more time for discussions and interactive work with students. 

You have finished a PhD with technical background. Women and Technology – which advices could you give interested females?

I cannot see difference between women and men in relation to technology. Today we have women working for police, army, etc. Comparing to this all technical fields are very feminine. It is just a question of our interest and preferences.

Which learning content do you provide students?

From the very beginning of the NewEnergy course I have been teaching students on energy economy in transport sector. Special focus is put on alternative fuels and alternative automotive technologies. Transport is the most problematic sector with respect to fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Since this sector has lowest share of renewables (about 2% in EU-28 in 2012) it is a huge challenge to increase sustainability of transport system with a combination of policy measures, environmentally friendly fuels, energy efficient powertrains as well as our behavioral changes.

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Today in conversation with: Dr. Mario Ortner, iC projecte Projektentwicklung und Management GmbH. Faculty member of the MSc program „Renewable Energy Systems“

Meanwhile you teach the 10th class of the MSc program. What do you think is special about this master program?

What is special about this MSc program is the networking amongst students and lecturers coming from different countries. Students do have technical background or technical basics only partially. Due to their professional background they can bring in very interesting aspects during the lectures.

You have considerable project experience and a great network. What do you think are the prospects of graduates on the (international) labor market?

In fact the energy sector is one of the most governmental controlled sectors. The dependence on these today´s unratable political and economical factors goes against the recent thinking of using local and assessable resources. Energy may jolly well be expensive, but development and the added value remain locally. Renewable energies are based on decentralized development. People want to build up, develop and facilitate local energy systems. Often municipalities take on sovereignity of energy supply, e.g. in Eastern Europe where fossile energy carriers are substituted for local biomass energy. Present political conflicts are contributing to this restructuring even faster. As a result, job chances in the field of renewable energy can be rated as „excellent“ for the future – for technicians, foresters, farmers, as well as economists, ecologists and lawyers.

What can you tell future students about the program?
Due to the experienced lecturers extensive know-how can be transferred within four semesters. Not only theoretical knowledge, but also practical knowledge to up-to-date issues and projects is discussed with the students. The practical experiences of the lecturers are very important, because theoretical knowledge of textbook sometimes is not up to date.

Do you also somehow benefit from teaching the Renewable Energy students?
Yes, this suits me best, because I keep in touch with 1/3 of the students even after graduation – in any constellation even to client.

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