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Students of our energy engineering department

Campus El Gouna Energy Engineering Master 5 years open day
Energy Engineering team at the 5th year anniversary of Campus El Gouna
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Campus El Gouna has opened its doors to new students for the fifth time in October 2017. Since the first intake in 2012 a lot of things have evolved in the Energy Engineering department. Amongst others new research projects have started, new modules have been introduced to the module catalog and two new study programs, M.Sc. Business Engineering Energy (MBE) and M.Sc. IT for Energy (ITE) were established in 2016. Statistics show that 45 % of Energy Engineering Alumni is employed in Germany and more than 61% found a job within less than 6 months after graduation. Our students experiences and Alumni's success stories speak for themselves, which is why this section of our website is only dedicated to our students and alumnis advancement at Campus El Gouna's Energy Engineering Department.

Current student stories

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In 2016 the first intake of Business Engineering students was launched. The students of the 2016 intake of the new study programs MBE and ITE are shown with their country of origine in the picture above. All students will start their Master thesis this summer semester 2018. The Graduation ceremony is scheduled for October 2018. As a representative of the intake 2016 the senior Business Engineering: Energy student Alicia Benitez from Paraguay answered a few questions and shows the perspective of a student in the Energy Engineering department at Campus El Gouna. The students of Campus El Gouna founded a student association in 2014. The Student Union has since grown and evolved, check there most current team and activities on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SUTUBerlin/videos/620674648115812/

Adil Aslam Business Engineering student since 2017

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Currently I am enrolled in a projects which relates to energy poverty and blackouts under the supervision of Dr. Martin Robinuis (FZ Jülich), Dr. Peter Stenzel (FZ Jülich) and Georg Angenendt (ISEA). The ISEA – the Institute of power electronics and electrical drives at RWTH University - have joined hands with Forschungszentrum Jülich over a whole spectrum of projects to share knowledge, research methodologies and inculcate high level of research for students and researchers alike.

My Master thesis project aims to research on operating strategies for a solar home PV (photovoltaic) system with a battery in a ‘blackout’ scenario. All over the world, especially places with energy poverty, weak grid infrastructure and requirement of high security of energy supply, an operating strategy during a blackout is of immense importance. The strategy focuses on continuous energy supply so that the solar home system never runs out of charge and a cover a certain level of load. The expected time to complete the project is around 6 months, with 3 months at each research center. The amount of exposure and skill this project imparts is phenomenal and in line with the requirements of the future market.

What is the TU Berlin Campus El Gouna contribution to my success?

TUB Campus El Gouna designed a very well structured coursework to place all the lectures in a systematic way such that the students were able to first undertake the theoretical knowledge in the initial semesters, and go forth with practical work in the later ones. TUB El Gouna provided the study environment and the platform where the lecturer and students could learn in the most effective way.

Dr. Martin Robinius was the single major source of contact that mobilized my position on the thesis. Dr. Martin was my instructed on a course known as sector coupling, the best most important course I have undertaken in my master’s program.

Matlab and python are the softwares I was acquainted with during my studies. I took a matlab course during my master’s program which helped me to set a base for my thesis. The module selection of the master opened your eyes to new perspectives of energy.

For this, I would say that ‘project energy systems’ and ‘project sector coupling’ were the two most important courses. Project energy systems started by defining an energy supply goal, selecting the location, the thermodynamic cycles, simulations and economic analysis in quite detail that gave me an insight of how I can work in the future on different energy projects.

Project sector coupling by far was the best course as it gave an insight of a completely different sector of energy that I was oblivious to. It helped me to understand the future of renewables and sector coupling by creating models in python to get optimum results. From a research and project perspective, the module imparted massive amounts of knowledge and skill.

How is this contributing to your career path?

I wanted to learn more about renewables and brush my skills in the direction of research and consultancy. I believe that the courses here and the research opportunities I got will enable me to become a technology savvy. Programming and building models using popular softwares such as matlab and python are definitely the way to go about as an engineer in today’s market. Also an international group of colleagues have helped me to adapt to different teams and circumstances which has polished me further.

What is your next step after submission?

My main goal has always been to become an energy consultant. I would first like to gather all the skills I can get by either pursuing my PhD or working for a company. Right after submission I would like to apply for a PhD position or to a company to learn more about energy and how the problem of energy poverty can be solved at a global scale. 

 

 

Peiwen Wang, Business Engineering student since 2016

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Now I am currently doing my internship of Energy Strategy Research in China Development Institute, and working on my master thesis of power market modeling with Python.

I came from pure engineering background. But after two years study in MBE program, I have not only deepened my understanding of Energy Engineering, but also broadened my knowledge about Energy Markets. I have learned to consider the energy system not only from the technical level but also from economic point of view. And this unique experience of studying in Egypt and German has given me a deep insight of energy industry in MENA region and Europe. And there are so many projects that we can apply our skills and knowledge into concrete practice and work with amazing professors and colleagues. Thanks to this program, I have learned a lot, and gained a few precious friendships.

Alicia Benitez, Business Engineering student since 2016

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  Why did you choose to study M.Sc. Business Engineering Energy at Campus El Gouna?   I chose to study M.Sc. Business Engineering Energy at Campus El Gouna, because I was searching for a master program which combines business and engineering. I was working before joining the program, and had realized that as an engineer it is important to have a general overview including a technical, economic, social and environmental point of view.  The MBE program offered what all tools for a successful professional career such as the experience with an intercultural and interdisciplinary environment. In Campus El Gouna you learn how to cooperate and work with people with different backgrounds and cultures, improving our social skills. What is more significant, the program is structured in a way that enhances a good understanding of the engineering projects taking into consideration all mentioned technical, economic and environmental aspects.   What did you like most about your studies?   From my point of view, the biggest advantage of the program is that all modules are taught by well-known professors in a personalized environment. Meaning that students are more predisposed to raise questions and the professor have the possibility to go deeper into any content that was not clear. Moreover, it facilitates networking and opens the chances to find internships or supervisors for a master thesis'. During the first semester of the MBE program, most of the modules are shared with the students of the program energy engineering. The modules are more focused on technical aspects which is needed as a base to be able to analyze an energy system from the economic side afterwards. From the second and third semester, modules are more focus in energy economics, management and its application in projects, with an emphasis on the German electricity market. In the course of the master program, all modules also offer the opportunity of improving soft skills by means of teamwork and presentations which is a good simulation of what we can expect in the professional field. Life in El Gouna is quiet which makes it good for studies. The advantage of being in a small city is that it facilitates sharing with colleagues and creating bonds of friendship.  Also, activities outside of the campus are a good option for instance diving, hiking or snorkeling.   What did you achieve already and what are you planning to do after graduation?   After completing the third semester, I got a student position at Forschungszentrum Jülich to work on my master thesis. I am very excited for the opportunity of working in a prestigious German research institute. I am currently working on the topic: Ecologic and economic assessment of hydrogen tanks for a fuel cell electric vehicle. After my graduation, I am aiming for a PhD position because my goal is after I gather more experience, to work in academia back in my country, Paraguay.

Manisha Kaur, IT for Energy student since 2016

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Manisha Kaur is at present on her way to write her master thesis in the area of wind energy forecasting. Prior to her master’s, Manisha studied electrical and electronics engineering and worked in a market research company in the power and petrochemical sector for three years. As a market research Analyst, Manisha has expertise in carrying out syndicated & customized power and petrochemical reports targeted towards meeting client and market needs. Her studies were conducted across a broad range of company profiling, product types, plants, products, equipment, market estimation & market engineering across the globe, and latest market trends. Manisha was a part of the second intake at Campus El Gouna in the Master program IT for Energy. As a part of her master studies, she also conducted her internship in innovation management. Currently, Manisha is working as a student intern on the topic ‘wind energy forecasting’ under the collaboration of DAI-LABOR (distributed artificial intelligence laboratory) and 4-cast GmbH in Berlin. The tasks of this internship mainly focus on integrating the artificial intelligence and machine learning concepts with wind energy. According to Manisha, pursuing the IT for Energy program was a major career shift for her.   “This shift would have never been accomplished without the enormous support and supervision of the professors of TU Berlin Campus El Gouna and the modules are highly interdisciplinary which allows to choose from a wide range of future prospects,’ Manisha stated. TUB Campus El Gouna has provided the international platform to learn, showcase, and enhance her professional skills.    

Mohammad Shaklab, Business Engineering student since 2016

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The first time I read “Master of Business Engineering” or MBE, I was curious about it, I know MBA but MBE it is something new. However, after reading the flyer of this program and the booklets on TUB-Campus El Gouna website, I knew that this is it. It was, and it is a very good combination between energy and business engineering and economics. Thus I applied for this program, as I am an electrical engineer and I did not want to go so deep in energy and mechanical sciences and I was so eager to learn about economics. Luckily, I was accepted and with the scholarship I received, I had the chance to get enrolled in TU Berlin Campus El Gouna in October 2016.

For sure, as a student coming from governmental Syrian/Egyptian universities, the quality of the university is much higher. The study content is correlated to each other and the coordinators know the details of each module, what background knowledge and tools it needs. The good thing that there is a supervisor or coordinator who helps you to find your way and improve your knowledge till you reach the thesis level while you are prepared. The best thing in all the programs is the relatively a few number of students, so everyone knows everyone and all professors and teaching assistants know all the students.

I guess the module that has affected me the most is “Energy Economics and Systems I” by Prof. Aaron Praktiknjo, it talks about the connection between energy markets, energy systems and economics. Additionally, it illustrates the levelized cost of energy products whether it is electricity or any other type of energy carrier. Integration of Renewable Energies which talks about integrating REs to the electric grid. Other modules correlate to previous modules and apply their content but with more details regarding e.g. regarding the electric grid and energy markets, that is why I liked them the most. Such as, “Grid Operator Management”, “Electricity Economics and Market Modelling” and “Energy Sector and Market Coupling”. These three projects formed one package understanding and applying knowledge learned in the field of electricity market, energy market, cost and prices, taking into account the dynamic method of calculating the present and future values.

Comparing myself to the person I was in October 2016, I can tell that I have learned a lot. My soft skills are much better thanks to the campus and our supervisor, also, my technical knowledge is getting better and better. At least, now I am ready to do my thesis and am ready for my future career aspirations while 18 months ago I was not. Everyone asks me what I am planning to do after the graduation, I keep all doors open and now after this master’s program I believe I am ready to go everywhere, I guess I can do well everywhere. So, who knows what the future has for us?

Abhilash Bandam, Business Engineering student since 2016

Abhilash admits that opting to study MBE in TU Berlin Campus El Gouna was an unconventional step for him.“I was looking for a postgraduate education to further specialise my studies in Engineering in an institution that was highly-regarded in International Relations,” he says. The UK and the USA were obvious choices but colleagues at the previous universities with whom Abhilash had studied and worked suggested Germany.

It tuned out that the Technical Universität Berlin Campus El Gouna had just the course he had been looking for. “It was an almost unique degree worldwide which promised a combination of Business and Engineering that was ideal for my aspiration, which at the time was to enter the Business sector.” Abhilash enrolled in the Master program Business Engineering Energy.

The more he studied, the more he found his ideas about his career changing. He credits great teachers, such as Prof Dr Tetyana Morozyuk, the Department dean and teaching Professor at the TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, with making academia seem like “an inspiring, interesting job to do”. The experience at TU Berlin, he says, led him directly to his current Research at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. “The passion for critical education demonstrated by some of the faculty during my Masters, and the chance to take up some teaching myself at both undergraduate and graduate levels convinced me to further pursue an academic career rather than going ‘back to the field’,” he says. “The possibility I was given during my Masters to investigate a complex topic such Distribution grids , Economic analysis and optimization with high penetration of Electrical Vehicles, as well as the chance to undertake this unconventional study with the help of motivated and challenging supervisors, pushed me to seek a research position that was equally interdisciplinary and stimulating."

“Undoubtedly, it changed and shaped my career,” he says of his time at TU Berlin Campus El Gouna. “By the time I started my thesis, I was hooked on it!” Had he studied in the USA, he believes he would have returned to work in diplomacy. “The environment definitely played a part,” he says. “I liked the German way. It was less strict or stiff. There was no layer of bureaucracy - I could actually go and knock on a door and someone would be there willing to help”

The uniqueness of German academia became apparent to Abhilash on his first few days at TU Berlin when he ventured timidly into the coordinators office on a blazing hot day and was greeted by a relaxed, smiling, person “Sarah”. “It was then that I realised that Germany was going to be a watershed change on my expectations, and indeed a great place to be,” he says. “Despite the complexities, setbacks and challenges of two Masters I have since not changed my mind as to this special scholarly atmosphere.”

Would he recommend studying in TU Berlin Campus El Gouna to other international students? “Without a doubt,” he declares, especially to those looking for more than just a degree. Abhilash says that when it comes to advising students on “high-yielding and highly-regarded places to carry out some postgraduate studies”, he often points them to the “unconventional” TU Berlin Campus EL Gouna.

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