A proactive approach to learning is giving MSc students a headstart in the renewable energy jobs market.
Dr Mohammed Sanduk, an associate lecturer on Surrey’s MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering (RESE) programme, encourages students to immerse themselves in the subject by getting involved in projects outside the lecture theatre. One such opportunity was the first International Conference and Exhibition on the Applications of Information Technology in Developing Renewable Energy Processes and Systems, held in Amman, Jordan, in May 2013, where students from Surrey made up the biggest British team. Dr Sanduk collaborated with three students – Harriet Green, Triada Vlasakoudi and Panagiotis Panousis – to submit papers that were accepted and presented.
Dr Sanduk, who teaches modules in Wind Energy Technology, Renewable Energy Technologies and Solar Energy Technology, has also succeeded in obtaining industry support for his MSc modules. Sollatek UK has recently donated a complete solar PV system for demonstration and WindPower a wind computational programme.
“Working on real world projects and using industry tools helps students to gain a broader understanding of their subject, and also increases their employability,” said Dr Sanduk. Recent students have gained coveted roles in companies such as Photon Energy, Scira Offshore Energy and the Wind Energy Company, and at the Goldwind Company in China.” Other students have secured opportunities to study for PhDs in the field of Renewable Energy at different universities.
Surrey’s MSc in RESE aims to give students a global understanding of the rapidly-changing renewable energy industry, with in-depth knowledge of the technology for bioenergy and wind energy, and skills in systems modelling and optimisation.