Students & Alumni Voices

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Thomas Motsch
Student Class 2020-2022

I have been active in the field of sustainable investments for the past 15 years. Besides social and governance related topics, environmental and especially energy-related issues play an important role when analyzing potential investments. 

Especially in the last years, renewable energies are getting more diverse and more important. The dependence on subsidies is decreasing and efficiency of different technologies is increasing. From my perspective, we are at an inflection point for energy sourcing in Europe. 

As I have an economic background, my aim is to acquire also technical knowledge in the field of renewable energies. I would like to better understand the challenges ahead and to help find solutions for those challenges.

I have chosen this Master’s Program, because TU Wien is a well-established university and this MSc program has already a long-standing history. I also like the international background of the program - on the one hand students from all over the world, on the other hand country modules to study international best practice examples. 

I am convinced this Master’s Program will enable me to play an active part in shaping our future energy sourcing. This is also the foundation for contributing to a world that is still worth living in for our children as well. 

Elizabeth Rodriguez Bringas
Alumna Class 2016 - 2018

I decided to do a Master in renewable energy, because it is the key to solve many of the current social problems worldwide. For this reason I enrolled to The MSc “Renewable Energy Systems” at TU Wien, and after almost a year here, I can say it is an excellent program that focuses in 3 very important areas: the technical aspect, the policies and social impacts and the economical aspect of renewable energies. This makes it a very complete program with professors that are already experts in these technologies and have years of experience working directly with them, giving an opportunity for networking and mentoring but also learning about the real challenges and difficulties that you will face in the path towards decarbonization in the energy sector. Since this program is international it also allows you to meet people from all places of the world that are united by the same passion and interest to make a change in the way energy is produced, delivered but also in the way it is used. It is a great opportunity to meet people who are already working and share experience and ideas. I recommend this program to anyone who is interested in starting a career in renewable energy.

Jaidev Dhavle
Alumnus Class 2015 - 2017

Why did you decide to participate in this program?
I have had a passion for Renewable Energy since high-school and during my Bachelors and first Masters I studied and learnt about renewable energy in a very scientific and technical way. When I came across this Master Programme - I decided to participate in it because it offered to give student the whole picture on the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Sector - more specifically it was the ideal blend of theoretical knowledge and its practical application.

What did you expect and were your expectations met?
My expectation for this program was to gain more knowledge on the practical aspects of renewable energy viz. information on how policies & laws are developed, financing of RE projects, development of business plans and field visits to renewable energy project sites. Upon completion of this program I can say confidently that my expectations were successfully met.

How did you benefit personally and/or professionally from the program?
Personally, this program enabled me to build upon my existing renewable energy knowledge base as well as get further in-depth knowledge in this area. Professionally this program allowed me to interact with experts in this sector and learn about career opportunities + trends. Moreover, I can know say that I am proficient in Renewable Energy Systems when making job applications - my profile has become more attractive to prospective Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development employers upon completion on of this programme.

Do you have any advice for future students?
Future prospective students who have a serious interest in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development will benefit highly from this programme as the contents taught are very relevant and informative. This programme will definetly enable you to be engaged with the international Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development community. I also believe the close relationships that are built between classmates, programme staff and lecturer's makes the programme very active. Just be ready to work hard but remember also have fun and seize opportunities which arise.

Roxana Predoiu
Alumna Class 2015 - 2017

My decision to enroll in the Renewable Energy Systems MSc Program with CEC TU Wien was triggered by a combination of factors: a goal of shifting my 25-year career in IT Systems towards sustainable development projects, and to contribute to mitigating the effects of anthropogenic climate change effects and human population increase, at a time when these topics are more consequential than ever.
This Program seemed to me the perfect investment and educational opportunity to gain valuable knowledge about Renewable Energy Systems, while still working full-time and having an active family life.

In my opinion, what makes this Program particularly attractive and useful is that it offers a diversity of perspectives, covering the Renewable Energy Systems in an analytical, multifaceted, and comprehensive manner, through extensive readings, intensive lectures and very interesting field trips, in the company of  some of the best experts in these areas.

At the end of it, I would not consider myself an expert in any of the studied areas, but I am confident I have gained extremely valuable knowledge, and have built a solid foundation, to pragmatically help me getting involved with sustainable development projects, in the near future.

Ulrich Tschiesche
Alumnus Class 2015 - 2017

I had already some background in environmental engineering and sciences when I found that by digging deeper into the field of renewable energies, energy efficiency, mobility and other related topics I could further improve my competence in - and understanding of - today’s and future global challenges. The program “Renewable Energy Systems” is well structured and coordinated. It provides up to date technical and economical insights on topics related to renewable energy which enabled me to further move in this direction.

Furthermore, I came to know more closely my program colleges which all came from different countries and shared the same passion for the “renewables”. The program also provides opportunities for Alumnis like me to stay updated and exchange with new and former students by attending the REN talks or new lectures. I can recommend the program!

Anton Tsenov
Alumnus Class 2015 - 2017

Why did you decide to participate in this program?
I had been working for more than 20 years in the area of electrical engineering worldwide and had just finished a part time bachelor study program in applied electronics in Vienna with specialisation in green technologies and renewable energy. I was looking for master degree programs enabling me to continue my education in this area. Honestly speaking, at that time, despite having working at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) for 4 years, I hadn´t known that directly here at the TU Wien has been offered for 10 years a continuing education program in renewable energy systems. I saw the advertisement by coincidence when the doors of a U-tube train had closed just before my nose and the train left. I remained waiting at the station straight opposite the ad. At the next days spending more time in researching on and gaining additional information about this study program I realised that it exactly matches to my expectations. As people saying “one door closes and another opens”
What did you expect and were your expectations met?
I expected to obtain clearly defined and specialised international knowledge of researching and utilizing of renewable energy without having to study to much additional “soft skills” stuff. The combination of theory with the practical experience gained during organised excursions and country modules even exceeded my expectations. The part time study form is an additional plus enabling one to hold down his job or/and participate in the program coming for the separated study modules from abroad.
How did you benefit personally and/or professionally from the program?
In our group of 14 students, everyone had a different country of origin, cultural background and various areas of professional expertise. Continents like Asia, Europe, Africa, South and North America were represented. To study and work together with my colleagues on diverse topics, projects and homework was not only an opportunity, pleasure and personally extension but also an honour.
Do you have any advice for future students?
Just do it! If we speak “only” about the sun, its energy coming to the Earth surface and gained to 100% in 45 minutes is enough to cover the annual energy demand of our planet. Is it not fascinating?! And what about the Hydro, Wind and Geothermal power, Biomass, …  and all the others new energy sources (already researched and not yet). Come in, join, discover and enjoy!

Mag. (FH) Julia Schmidmayer
Alumna Class 2013-2015

I applied for the Master Program Renewable Energy Systems in order to enhance my knowledge in the field of renewable technologies and their integration into different level of energy systems (e.g. buildings, networks, cities). This Master Program gives a basic technical knowledge in the area of renewable energy production and enables its students to gain a better understanding of design, planning and operation of energy technologies.

The course covers a wide variety of different technologies and offers a good mix of lecturers from academia, practitioners and project operators. As the lectures are highly condensed in time and content and only enrolled part-time it is still possible to full-time work in my profession. Right from the beginning of the Master Program I was able to use the knowledge gained in my daily work life. Especially the case studies that we needed to elaborate in the second term of the course provided me a better insight into the interaction of different energy technologies.

I can recommend this Master Program to people that are highly interested in future challenges and possibilities in relation to the transformation of our energy system.

Mag. Alfred Melamed, MSc
Alumnus Class 2011-2013

My motivation to participate in the MSc program "Renewable Energy Systems” was to combine the technical know-how of the course with my economic and financial background in order to gain a holistic understanding of projects in the field of Renewable Energies. 

The combination of preparatory work, lectures, tests, homeworks and master´s thesis over a time span of two years guarantees that not only sustainable topics are dealt with, but that also the acquired knowledge will hopefully be sustainable.  With a good portion of enthusiasm and a little assistance and understanding of the employer and the family, the course can be finished beside family and job without great sacrifice.

The whole CEC-team responsible for the course gave the students a great assistance wherever possible.  Almost having finished the course I can now say that my expectations were perfectly met. The course provided me with a deep insight in the various technologies related to renewable energy topics and in the interactions between technologic, legal and economic REN-aspects.

In addition, I enlarged my network and specially gained a whole “master-class” of new friends, which is priceless.

Mortimer Schulz, BA
Raiffeisen International
Alumnus Class 2011-2013

The MSc in renewable energy is one further step to spread the knowledge essentially the technology about the future that concerns us all together. 

Furthermore the interaction between academics, guest lecturers from private industries, authorities and students is key to reinforce the network and necessary to make this movement a global effort. 

Lastly the relatively young renewable energy industry is working towards a common goal and the variety of students in this course demonstrates the successful involvement of people from technological as well as economic background.

Mag. Anna Katharina Gollob, MSc
Global 2000
Alumna Class 2009 - 2011

The master program “Renewable Energy Systems” is an outstanding opportunity to become part of an international, enthusiastic and extraordinary group of people, sharing the same interests for such a challenging topic. The theoretical and practical experiences of this course enable us to contribute to the common goal of securing the supply of green energy at affordable prices in order to maintain our standards of living and reducing dependence on fossil fuels at the same time.

Magdalena Sanguinetti, MSc
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Alumna Class 2009 - 2011

Renewable energies are gaining importance around the world and will definitely play a key role in the future. This program gives us the instruments that will enable us to take part and contribute on the discussions that will shape the energy systems of the next generations.

Dr. Terry Hlawna, MSc
UniCredit Bank Austria AG
Alumnus Class 2008 - 2010

The program renders a good overview of technological, economical, legal, and social aspects of renewable energies, combined with necessary soft skills. Mainly focusing on the needs and potentials in Central Europe, naturally the various kinds of bio-energy are a core content, though other kinds of renewable energies are also covered. The group of lecturers and participants offers an excellent networking opportunity for future projects and business.

Dipl.-Ing. Franz Mühlbacher, MSc
Frequentis AG
Alumnus Class 2008-2010

The master program fulfills my expectations as I get the chance to get familiar with all aspects of renewable energy sources: the importance, the fascination, the pioneer spirit but also the difficulties and obstacles of overcoming the fossil aera.

I appreciate the international setup of the program as well as the country modules in Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Poland.
The program offers a broad variety of information - an overview of related technologies including economic aspects and a close view at neighbor countries. Finally, it brings together an international group of likeminded people to think and work for a sustainable future.

Pamela Hay, BA, MSc
United Nations Division, Canada
Alumna Class 2007 - 2009

This first-of-its kind program is an ideal way to gain valuable knowledge of renewable energy technologies which are the key to tomorrow's energy needs.  The program has top-class lecturers offering an excellent mixture of technical, practical, and theoretical information and insights that is international in nature and can certainly be applied to a range of professional careers. I've enjoyed every moment so far!

Mag. Cosima Steiner, MSc
Austrian Trade Commission, London
Alumna Class 2007 - 2009

The program curriculum provides a well rounded education on the basic scientific principles of renewable energies and the economic and social logic behind their use as an alternative energy source. The course is intense but always interesting thanks to the high quality of the lecturers. The group-dynamic amongst the students is excellent and I am happy for this opportunity of studying, working and discussing with so many interesting people from different countries and from various professional backgrounds.

Dr. Alfred Weinberger
VACE Consulting GmbH
Student Class 2007 - 2009

The Renewable Energy Course has more than fulfilled my expectations. It provides comprehensive basic knowledge on the subject, together with practical experience from people who have learned from failure and success. The Course is a must for anybody who wants to contribute to the much needed proliferation of the use of Renewable Energy in our society.

Mag. Philipp Wieltschnig, MSc
Verbund AG
Alumnus Class 2006 - 2008

This unique master program expands know how and network in the European renewable energy field. Top class lecturers, a perfectly organized program and well selected students guarantee a full return on investment. In addition to the technical focus, the legal and economical education assure full expertise to be successful in this fast growing business.

Dr. Günter Maier, MSc
Alumnus Class 2005-2007

I had the pleasure to participate in this unique program in its first matriculation year 2005. From the very beginning this program was highly valuable while also improving permanently due to maturity, most recently honored by the ASIIN accreditation.

Our energy system will face fundamental changes in the upcoming decades. Around 50 years ago, the cornerstones of today's energy supply and power plant portfolio have been defined. But now it is time to initiate the development of energy systems for the next 50 years. An increasing number of humans consume an increasing amount of energy. The energy demand is predicted to double until 2050 while hydrocarbon resources are limited and too precious to be just burned, apart from the impact of their carbon emissions.

Dr. Arno Recheis, MSc
D. Swarovski & Co
Alumnus Class 2005 - 2007

The program "Renewable Energy Systems" gives a perfect overview of all forms of Renewables as well as a basic economical background. More internationality of the lecturers and participants would be desirable.

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