For SET you need to possess the ability to multitask
Pan, an ambitious and intelligent girl from China, graduated from the MSc SET programme in 2011. She continued working in the field of Sustainable Energy by accepting a PhD position.
“During my Bachelor's in Materials Science and Engineering I did an internship in the field of Wind Energy, which really stimulated my interest in the field of energy. I started looking around for Master's programmes in this field and found the SET programme...
This was very appealing to me. As a good cooperative relationship exists between my university (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) and TU Delft, my professor could recommend TU Delft to me.”
Did the MSc programme meet your expectations?
“Before I came to Delft I expected to find a programme in which I would learn about the technological background, the management and practical application of many kinds of energy. This is what I read in the information brochure. I can confirm that the programme did meet my expectations and actually exceeded them. This two-year programme has turned me into an engineer with not only a solid technical background but also a strong grounding in entrepreneurship.”
What is special about the SET Master's programme?
“A unique aspect of the SET programme is that you can take courses in, as well as choose your thesis topic from many of TU Delft's faculties. Of course this in on the condition that the topic is in the field of sustainable energy.”
Multi topic track
“For me this meant lots of freedom in designing my own track, in selecting the electives I wanted to take and choosing a Master's thesis project of my interest. For example I did my internship with a Dutch company in the field of Fuel Cells, took electives in Wind Energy and Entrepreneurship and chose to carry out my Master's thesis project in the field of Solar Energy. My experience with all these different energy fields turned out to be very useful during the job hunting process.”
Can you tell us more about your current career?
“After initially aiming for a job in industry, and more specifically in consultancy, and exploring many options, I found that what I actually wished to do most of all was to stay in Delft with my boyfriend and to look for a job nearby. Via a Chinese professor who I met in the course of my Master's thesis project, I applied for a PhD position at the Laboratory of Electronic Components, Technology and Materials (ECTM) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) at TU Delft.I am working on the development of higher-power LED-lighting with the aim of saving energy. This is used in applications of the G4 Halogen lamps which one can find in home lighting. Furthermore, LED-lighting is a growing business in China which is an advantage for me for when I go back home. Since this project is being carried out in cooperation with Philips, I work in Eindhoven as well as in Delft.”
What advice would you give to potential students of the SET Master's programme?
“SET is a very demanding programme and requires the ability to combine many tasks and skills at the same time. Be prepared to expect this.”
“Think carefully about what topics interest you most and what track you wish to follow during the Master's programme. If you are not 100% sure yet about what topic to choose, do not be afraid to try out some options. Since there are so many to choose from within the SET programme, there is always an option which suits you best. If you make a plan in the first year, you won't waste too much time in finding a suitable topic for your Master's thesis in the second year.”
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