Thesis projects closer to the industry

Publicerad 2011-03-01

14 industry-sponsored master projects in controllable and intelligent power components for electric grids will give students the opportunity to apply their engineering skills in an industrial context. By tying academia and industry closer to each other, EIT InnoEnergy gives students better hopes for employment upon graduation.

In the 14 newly available master's thesis projects within controllable and intelligent power components, CIPOWER, students will work in close contact with industry, with the aim of improving future electric grids by designing new or improved components. A transformer is an example of a 'component' of a whole vast power system, and contains many parts that can be improved by research and design.

Nathaniel Taylor, researcher at the electromagnetic engineering
Nathaniel Taylor, coordinating the thesis projects

“These sorts of subjects have been found in our master projects before, but what is special here is the large number and the very strong industrial connection. Many of the students will actually be working on their projects within a company's research division – they will get to see the industrial context of their work, and perhaps to see their contribution to a successful product. This should give them a greater chance of getting a job after graduation, possibly even within that company” says Nathaniel Taylor, researcher at the electromagnetic engineering division and responsible for coordinating the thesis projects.

Collaborations around Smart Grids within the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s (EIT) energy initiative, InnoEnergy, is a driving force behind the developing of the controllable and intelligent power components.

“The subject of power system components covers a remarkably wide range of engineering disciplines, including materials, high voltage, EM fields, signal processing and more. Students from electrical, electronic and other engineering disciplines will be able to make good use of their diverse skills,” says Nathaniel.

EIT InnoEnergy has created a collaborations platform that encourages academic/industrial collaboration, emphasising research that is coupled to implementation and commercialisation, along with education that prepares students for this approach in their later work.

“As the InnoEnergy programme requires balance between industry and academics it has opened up more extensive collaboration and sponsoring, bridging the gap between studies and work.”

The master’s projects are open to students both inside and outside Sweden.

Read more about the thesis projects in CIPOWER

For more information, contact Nathaniel Taylor, nathaniel.taylor@ee.kth.se.