After getting an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, I worked as a Maintenance Engineer in the fertilizer sector. My job description included ensuring the reliability of plant equipment as well as working on projects to improve plant performance. There were plant outages at times due to lack of gas availability. Pakistan is facing an energy crisis despite having huge renewable energy potential. It intrigued me why renewable solutions are not being applied. That’s why I chose the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures because it covers the technical solutions as well as implementing them in actual socio-economic perspective. I was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study this course. My areas of interest include Urban Energy Systems, Resilient Cities and Sustainable Urban Planning.
Clara completed her undergraduate degree in Physics, with a strong interest in sustainable energy. She chose to enter into the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures to acquire the tools necessary to think critically and from all sides about clean energy technologies and the energy transitions that must occur in the near future. Her areas of Interest include Sustainable development in emerging economies, urban systems optimization, energy and environmental policy, nuclear power.
Project title: Photocathode materials for photo-electrochemical reactors
Carolina Alvarez Crisorio Blanchet
After five years of working in the Oil & Gas sector as a Reservoir Engineer, Carolina deeply understood both the improvement potentials and the limitations of the industry. With Argentina’s renewed path towards sustainability, she felt a strong commitment to support the transition to a more balanced and low carbon energy mix. Sponsored by her government, she chose the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures in order to complement her education from a technical, economic and policy point of view, to be able to be part of this change.
Elvire Marie Cordelia Andre De La Fresnaye
After two years of intensive training in mathematics, physics and chemistry in the French “Classes Preparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles", Elvire studied engineering in CentraleSupelec. Driven by her interest in the renewable energy sector, she chose to join the Msc in Sustainable Energy Futures to further her technical knowledge of low carbon technologies and to learn about energy policy and economics.
Jemimah Julie Anil
Born and brought up in the Middle East, I have seen the growth of the economy by trading oil and gas. However the more I learnt about global warming and its repercussions, the more I realised how serious the issue of climate change is. I am interested in renewable technologies because I feel they not only contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also work towards improving the economy of the country. I am particularly interested in energy economics and policies since I feel these tools are fundamental for a change to occur.
Ioannis graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in Greece as a Mechanical Engineer specialising in the energy sector and more specifically in the production and use of power. The last years of that five-year MEng degree made him realise even more his strong interest in energy related issues as well as his desire to learn more about renewable energy technologies. Attending the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London was the next step to expand his knowledge in this field from economic and policy perspectives.
Prior to joining Imperial College, Dina had nine years of work experience with the Oilfield giant, Schlumberger where she worked in six different countries in two different business lines; Information Security & Wireline field operations. Right before coming to UK, she was the Field Service Manager for Wireline Deepwater operations in Egypt & the Mediterranean region. Being passionate about sustainable development and specifically the topic of energy security in under-developed countries, she chose to pursue the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures to allow her to be part of the change she believes the world should move to.
Mehdi Benbrahim El-Andaloussi
As Steve Jobs nicely stated at the Stanford 2005 Commencement Address: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.” Passionate about engineering for international development, innovation and computer science, Mehdi completed a BEng in Civil Engineering at UCL with a Programming minor, within which he has been exposed to a wide variety of projects. From participating in the implementation of a gravity-led water system in Nicaragua, designing an offshore wind-farm to interning for an aircraft manufacturer or a 3D modelling software company. The cross-disciplinary aspect of the MSc enabled him to conciliate them, through undertaking modules in energy modelling and analysis, energy economics and policy. This is where he fully comprehended the extent of the opportunity for data analytics and insights within the energy sector as part of this energy transition.
Niccolo has long been passionate about energy. He started his journey across this field in Italy, where he completed a bachelor's and a master's degree in Energy Engineering. After a short work experience in an energy service company, he decided to pursue his ambition of a more international education and career and enrolled on the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures. This course allowed him to become a well-rounded energy expert, by complementing his traditional engineering background with knowledge of energy economics and policy. Niccolo is now looking forward to putting into practice what he has learnt and making a contribution towards the achievement of a more sustainable economy and society. His main areas of interest are energy system modelling, low-carbon strategies and industrial energy efficiency.
During his previous studies at Ecole Polytechnique, Vitali was invested in many projects. Among others, he was the director of the very successful musical The Lion King performed by students of his Engineering school on April 2016, then co-director of the "Final Show", a farewell talent show where all students are meant to go under the spotlight. Joining the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures is a way to go back on more conventional tracks, and to get the necessary background to make some dreams come true in the real world rather than on stage.
Maria Carmona Sanchez-Pinilla
After graduating in Astrophysics from Queen Mary University of London, I decided to slightly change career paths and put the problem solving skills I acquired in my BSc to good use by undertaking the SEF masters offered by Imperial College. Having already developed an acute interest in climate change and sustainability in early high school years, the course offered me a possibility to deepen my knowledge in more specific areas of interest such as renewable energy engineering, battery storage systems, grid-balancing applications, and more. My hope is to one day be able to combine both academic backgrounds to work within a novel energy field and help solve future challenges faced by emerging technologies in a sustainable manner.
Yi Kang Chai
Yi Kang is a registered professional engineer in Singapore working in the national utility company. Authorised to operate the electricity distribution network up to 22kV, he has carried out operations and maintenance of distribution network assets such as switchgear, transformers and cables, and implemented numerous electricity connection and upgrading projects since 2012. Upon completion of the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures program, he will be better-equipped to face the challenges of the disruptive technologies in the utilities industry.
Chuen Wai Chan
Before going to postgraduate school, Raymond worked as an engineering consultant specializing in railway engineering. Majoring in mechanical and automation engineering and minoring in energy technology as an undergraduate makes him passionate in sustainability and renewable energy. Therefore, he decided to pursue his career in the field of sustainable energy.
Kwun Ming (Anthony) Chan
After graduating with a psychology and music degree, Chan decided to do what is important for human race: that is to solve global warming and the energy crisis in the future. He then went back to UWW for a physics degree to prepare for a ground-breaking future finding renewable energy technologies. Chan decided to join the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures to broaden his options with a holistic view to solve the future problems.
Chung Ho Chan
Chung Ho received his bachelor degree in mechanical and automation engineering in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). After his internship in one of the utility companies (Hk electric) in Hong Kong, which intends to develop wind energy generation, he realised his interest lay within renewable energy technologies and how these system can be successfully deployed and transited from traditional generation. He then joined the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures. His areas of interest inlcude, Energy Storage-Redox Flow Battery, Energy Transition and Energy Storage application.
Project title: The future cost projection of redox flow battery
After intensive training in mathematics, physics and engineering in the French "Classes Preparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles", Robin entered CentraleSupelec engineering school in 2015. Very interested in entrepreneurship, he chaired a local startup-contest for students. He also worked as a project manager in the consulting association of the school, focusing on energy projects. He then used these experiences and the programming skills learned at CentraleSupelec to work on a website aimed at finding efficient sustainable energy solutions for people who want to renovate their house. Robin chose to join MSc Sustainable Energy Futures to take advantage of the diversity of the domains studied in this course: technology, economics, and politics; and better understand how climate change can be tackled thanks to local commitments.
During his undergraduate degree Connor spent time at Queen's University in Canada and Anna University in India. He made use of summer breaks gaining experience in the healthcare, financial and chemical sectors. It was not until the final year of studying engineering in Edinburgh that he recognised his keenness to work on sustainability within the energy sector. His final year project involved designing a waste-to-energy gasification plant with assessment of combined heat and power (CHP) and carbon capture.
Project title: The Economic Prospects of a Power Hub in the North Sea
As an undergraduate at UCL, I studied Electronic Engineering, where I was intrigued by the role of control systems in the operation and maintenance of several power plants. I enhanced my interest in the energy field, by designing a hybrid (Wind-Hydro) power plant in Albania as part of my BEng thesis at UCL. Reading more about the topic and working as an intern in the energy industry, I realised that I had a true passion for the field. I joined the MSc course in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College as I wanted to be part of the energy transition, by contributing in the area of wind energy due diligence after my graduation. My areas of Interest include Wind Energy, Renewable Energy Project Finance, Technical Due Diligence and Energy Economics and Policy.
Yorukcan served as the president of his undergraduate chemical engineering club for 2 years where he led various social responsibility projects, international competition teams and established the first chemical engineering student career conference in Turkey. He developed an interest in sustainable energy after taking a course on carbon capture at UC Berkeley during his exchange semester. He volunteered at the local Sustainable Brands conferences and completed a minor degree in sustainable energy. After graduating as the valedictorian of his class he directly went into his MSc at Imperial College to direct his career in the correct direction by gaining a broad background in sustainable energy.
Pursuing her passion to tackle and mitigate climate change, Nicky completed a dual Bachelor's degree in Economics and Environmental Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and abroad at the National University of Singapore. Addressing sustainability from all facets, she has worked in environmental law clinics, sustainable agriculture non-profits, and green leadership teams. After graduation, she moved to Australia to work for the government in energy efficiency and recycling infrastructure investment. In order to build up the technical skill set necessary to supplement her economic and environmental knowledge, she moved to London to study the MSc and specialise in sustainable energy.
After completing his engineering studies at Ecole des Mines de Nancy, David had an internship at Wood, a consultancy, where he helped the developer during the commissioning process of solar plants. This experience reinforced his interest in the clean energy sector. He joined the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures to get a wider picture of the industry, and to learn more about energy economics and policies.
Ever since I became aware of the impact our modern lifestyle has on the environment, I have been involved in the climate debate. My ambition to contribute to a more sustainable future has guided my choice of education and career including enrolling in the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures.
While initially studying sustainability and the energy transition from a political and social perspective, I realised that the technical grounding an engineering degree can offer would equip me with a better understanding of the complex interaction between people, technology and the environment. This led me to enrol in the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures after completing a BSc in Design Engineering. The intention is to develop a skill set that will allow me to actively take part in the energy transition and design impactful solutions.
Erica's interest in renewables dates back to her undergraduate degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Queen Mary University of London. This degree has given her a Mechanical Engineering background with a specific focus on sustainable energy, which further increased her interest. During this time she decided to make renewable technologies part of her future academic and work life. For this, she decided to specialize in this field by undertaking the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College to further comprehend the multidisciplinary aspects surrounding this subject.
Zeang completed a dual-University BSc of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at both North China Electrical Power University and the University of Strathclyde. Through four-years study, she realized that China's current power system still depends on carbon-based energy resources and the technologies related to exploitation of renewable resources are still immature. Then she chose the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London and hoped to deliver more energy solutions to China's power system development.
Project title: Optimising a kinetic energy recovery system for trucks
Upon completing a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Exeter, Freddie realised he was fascinated by the challenges of decarbonisation. The difficulties limiting global emission make the energy sector one of the most exciting industries as it innovates and transitions to a sustainable future. He chose the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures as it embraces all aspects of this problem. His research interests include electricity system flexibility, energy storage and the decarbonisation of heating.
Project title: Economic optimisation of tidal lagoon operation
Catherine first developed an interest in sustainable energy while studying Chemistry. As part of her first degree, she researched materials for smart windows, which alter their behaviour in response to temperature changes. She chose the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures because she wanted to learn more about sustainable energy and to broaden her understanding of engineering and economics. Her areas of interest include electrochemical storage, distributed energy and electricity market design.
Project title: How can the benefits of different distributed energy technologies be compared for different types of consumers?
Cristina Hernandez Pereira
Driven by her interest in physics, mathematics and engineering, Cristina decided to undertake a Bachelor in Energy Engineering in her home town, Madrid. Almost from the beginning, she knew she wanted to devote herself to the development of sustainable energies and raise awareness about the urgent need for an energy transition. Therefore, after completing her studies, she enrolled in the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures to expand on technical, economic and social aspects of the energy sector and further develop her passion for renewable energy. Her main areas of interest are offshore wind and the integration of renewables in the electricity market.
Project title: Cost Drivers in HVDC Offshore Wind Transmission: Optimisation of the HVDC converter platform
Anyababa Nathaniel Ikem
Anyababa is a proud Nigerian with a profound desire to make significant contributions to the development of his country's energy sector. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with six years' experience in the oil & gas industry. Motivated by the ongoing energy transition, he left BP to undertake the Sustainable Energy Futures course. He has found it a challenging but worthwhile journey through the course. He is an ardent football fan and has recently become a keen runner (attempt at getting away from the SEF stress perhaps).
During her time studying Civil Engineering at UCL, Magdalena developed a strong curiosity for global sustainability challenges and climate change issues. For her bachelor thesis, she focused on sustainable building materials. She joined the interdisciplinary MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College to further her interests in sustainability and hopes to apply the course’s holistic mindset to help shape global debates. In October, Magdalena will join McKinsey & Co. in Vienna but it is her long-term ambition to become proud owner of a hostel in the Philippines.
After two years of intensive studies in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science in the French "Classes Preparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles", I entered the French engineering school Institut d'Optique Graduate School. At the end of the second year, I did an internship as a solar PV performance analyst at ENGIE. I decided to do my last year of study at Imperial College on the MSc SEF to specialize in sustainable energy and learn about technical, political and economic opportunities and challenges in the energy sector. My areas of interest include Sustainable development in emerging economies and System flexibility.
After completing his undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Oxford, Liam spent several months researching perovskite solar cells in the Snaith Photovoltaic Device Group. Wishing to gain a better understanding of the role played by economics and policy, he pursued an MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London.
During her undergraduate education, Chen acquired a comprehensive understanding of energy efficiency in the context of green building. She later joined the Msc in Sustainable Energy Futures to expand her views of the energy sector. She chose this project to develop her interest in the application of data analysis in energy sector.
As an undergraduate, Yining studied Mechanical Engineering and her final year project for the Bachlor's degree was "Ski Jump in the Uncertainty Conditions", which involved the fields of biomechanics, aerodynamics, computer modelling, anthropometry, etc. During this time, she developed a strong interest in sustainability. Also considering the potential of sustainable energy in China, she decided to further her education at Imperial College London in 2017 and hopes to work in the energy field in the future.
Project title: CHP control strategies under uncertainty
Dimitris has been interested in sustainable energy since his high school years. His passion for physics and Nuclear energy led him to persue a degree in Physics at the University of Kent where he managed to finish his degree with First Class Honours. During his undergraduate studies, he worked for 6 months at a consulting company as a Physics consultant, where he had to develop a system for purifying water for developing countries via sustainable means by using solar energy. This project was his dissertation, for which he was awarded the ''Rob Butler Memorial Price'' as a result of best performance for his Bachelor Thesis.
After a two-year intensive course in mathematics and physics, Christophe entered the general engineering school Centrale Nantes in 2015. At the end of the first year he chose to specialize in Energy Production and Management, and he completed then an internship in the French natural gas distribution company GRDF, as an assistant project manager. His strong interest in renewable energy and his will to broaden his knowledge in the policy and business of the energy sector led him to join the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures in 2017.
During his undergraduate studies for a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering at the University of Sheffield, Issam grew a deep interest in sustainability after careful observation and analysis of environmental and ecological problems such as global warming, population growth and increasing energy demands. The sector that had Issam's curiosity and thoughts was Low Carbon Technologies. To feed his curiosity and gain the skills needed to deal with various environmental problems, Issam decided to pursue a Masters of Science degree in Sustainable Energy Futures, tailoring and devoting his career to this sector. Issam has a particular interest in solar energy, as he envisions this technology as the key for transitioning into a sustainable energy world, especially that energy storage is projected to become more economically feasible.
Nathan Murray is a four-year veteran of Siemens Industry USA where he worked as a business developer providing technical and sales support for variable-speed induction and servo motor controls in Atlanta, GA and Boston, MA. While at Imperial, he has authored two articles for the ICL/LSE Energy Journal on the declining costs of solar energy and the utility of storage to enable the further uptake of renewable energy technology. After completing the masters course in Sustainable Energy Futures, Nathan will join Solarcentury as a product manager in its UK residential solar business where he will design and implement economical solar plus storage product offerings across the UK and EU markets.
Vlad Nicolescu Alexandru
Vlad received his Bachelor's in Energy Engineering from University of East Anglia with 1st class Honours. Throughout the course he gained the technical foundations underpinning energy generation as well as the environmental, physical and chemical considerations of moving to a low carbon future. He joined the SEF programme to enhance those skills further and also to gain economic, policy and financial perspectives. Additionally, he has 3 years of work experience in building service engineering. He is currently working as an energy consultant for one of the leading companies in the UK dealing with energy and carbon compliance for large organisations.
After completing his Bsc Electrical Engineering on a full state scholarship, Noah went on to work for seven years with different internet service providers. His experience in telecoms helped him appreciate the nexus between availability of energy and internet connectivity with many clients based in remote areas. Two years prior to joining the course, he took up a placement with a renewable energy developer called Earth Energy, and was involved in offering early stage support during the pre-feasibility stage of a 20MW biomass project. This course not only offered him solid technical skills in sustainable energy, but also explored the areas of policy, economics and project management. For the next part of his career, he would like to take up opportunities in energy consulting and project management, particularly on energy for development.
Having completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and then spending two years working in digital marketing, Katie decided to embark on a life-long desire to work in the Sustainable Energy industry, and take the Sustainable Energy Futures course. The holistic nature by which the course approached the energy transition particularly attracted her to this course. Throughout the course, she has become particularly interested in demand side management, smart cities and clean tech.
Duncan graduated with a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 2017. It was during this time that he was introduced to sustainable engineering concepts and saw the brilliant potential growth for this sector, as well as being able to help vast numbers of people around the globe. After graduation Duncan completed an internship with Wood Mackenzie in Houston, Texas, where he analysed offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Although this furthered his depth of knowledge in the energy sector, it was not the area that he wished to move into and welcomed the prospect of the wide-ranging course that Sustainable Energy Futures offers. After graduation, Duncan will be moving to Paris to work in the nuclear sector before aiming to complete PhD further down the line.
Science always appealed to Daphne. She developed a specific interest in the energy field throughout her education. She believes that the current challenges regarding the energy sector are captivating and should be a priority. Which is why, after a preparatory school in physics and chemistry in the French academic system, Daphne decided to enroll in a generalist engineering school where she chose to specialize in renewable energy. She completed two internships in the energy efficiency sector and she wanted to complete her training by undertaking the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London in 2017. Her areas of interest include energy efficiency and management and renewable energy sources.
Esin has developed a strong interest in energy's role towards a sustainable future during her undergraduate studies in Management Science at University College London. She consolidated her interest by pursuing two internships in the renewable energy sector and doing her minor in Engineering and Public Policy where she explored the key challenges in delivering appropriate sustainable energy services and technologies in developing countries. She joined the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures programme with a motivation to gain a thorough competence supported by engineering-oriented perspectives for systematically tackling global energy challenges of our time. Her areas of interest inlcude Energy policy, Renewable energy project development and Bioenergy.
Having recently retired from a career of over 30 years in the international oil & gas industry, Francis decided to undertake the Imperial College Sustainable Energy Futures MSc as a gentle way to test his ideas for research into the potential for oil & gas majors to contribute to the energy transition. In addition he was looking to fill in some specific skill gaps and develop a relevant network to explore research options further. On completion of this MSc Francis is hoping to put together a more comprehensive programme of research in related fields to keep him busy (and away from the golf course) for the next few years.
Split between his unconditional love for football and gift for physics, Hugo decided it was wiser to pursue an engineering education rather than being forced to retire at age 35. Upon completion of the competitive path of the French preparation schools, Hugo integrated a general engineering degree at Centrale-Supelec Grande Ecole to be exposed to a multi-disciplinary environment before specialisation. This is where he fully realised his willingness to apply his technical skills for sustainable development and innovation. Notable experiences include interning at the Mairie of Paris, where he advised the Mayor on clean solutions for the development of a sustainable neighbourhood in the French capital. Before joining the course, his experience in the transportation sector was one of the main sources of inspirations for his research project.
Johannes Smith Sormin
Energy issues are my area of interest and I desire to be a professional future leader in this field. In my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia I focused on energy conversion. I completed my BSc final project by designing, simulating, and manufacturing a horizontal axis wind turbine with a diameter of two metres. Previously, I have worked at PT. Paiton Energy to manage CSR activity to build a 200kW Solar PV Power Plant in a remote area in Indonesia (for 7 months). Then I move to Boilermech Sdn Bhd as a project engineer for one year to manage biomass boiler installation (capacity 30ton/hour up to 130ton/hour) for a palm oil mill and power generation at many sites in Indonesia.
Sofia Walker Saez
Due to my interest in renewable energy and sustainability, I decided to undertake an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering to obtain a solid academic foundation in the field. Motivated to learn more and apply the knowledge I had acquired, I undertook a 9 month internship in solar PV after finishing my degree. I then decided to enroll in the MSc. Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College to obtain a more global perspective of the industry and put the technical knowledge I acquired during my engineering degree into an economic and policy context.
After studying Oceanography as an undergraduate, Kristian assessed where he could best apply himself to tackle the monumental energy transition challenge that faces us; he felt that the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures was his opportunity to acquire the skills to do so. His awareness of the great and largely untapped resource of the ocean was the impetus for him to pursue his current path. With the move from physical science into sustainability, he seeks to satisfy the pressing need to further sustainable development.
Project title: Spatial optimisation of tidal lagoons
During three years of undergraduate studies in University College London, Kaiming has always been keen on the environmental aspect of engineering. He completed a study on the effect of temperature on the production of biogas and the increased utilisation of effluents from a small-scale anaerobic digester in Surrey Docks Farm, London. With the aim to explore further the different types of clean energy, he chose the MSc programme in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial. Kaiming hopes to work in the environment sector through reducing industrial emissions or utilising sustainable energy solutions in the future.
Tangheng graduated from the Mechanical Engineering department of University College London in June 2017. Supervised by Dr. William Suen on "reduction of transient heat transfer through building walls" from December 2016 to April 2017. Currently studying the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London. Supervised by Dr Christos Markides, Dr Victor Voulgaropoulos, Hannah Moran and Mohammed Fazel on "Towards the measurement of multiphase flows with phase change in horizontal pipes".