He wants to become an Energy Engineer to contribute to a sustainable world

Rashid Seraj is studying the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, specialising in electrical engineering. He wants to work with something that will develop him as a person, and which has a positive effect on the environment and the climate. Energy is a broad area where you can be offered several exciting and socially important professional roles. − I am happy and positive about my choice to study to be an Energy Engineer at Sweden's youngest University and in Västerås, Sweden's energy capital.

Rashid Seraj, student vid högskoleingenjörprogrammet i energiteknik

What does an Energy Engineer do?

− I want to become an Energy Engineer to be able to contribute to a better society and a sustainable world. As an Energy engineer, the knowledge you gain can contribute to reduced environmental impact, primarily through the production, distribution and recycling of green electricity and energy through renewable energy sources.

− Today's energy is facing major challenges and as an Energy Engineer, you get to solve the energy problems that society needs to figure out: an increase in the right use of electricity in the industrial and transport sectors and a reduction of fossil fuels. This is all to ultimately create secure, efficient and environmentally friendly electricity and heat deliveries to society.

What was it that encouraged you to apply for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Energy Engineering?

− I have always had an interest in technology and electronics. As a child, I used to investigate how my electrical toys were put together, where I used to take out the engines and then create something else from them. During upper-secondary school I began reading about the Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering at MDU and contacted both current and former students to see how they found the programme. This resulted in me applying for the programme. I am still happy and positive about my choice to study to be an Energy Engineer at Sweden's youngest University and in Västerås, Sweden's energy capital.

− The best thing about the education so far is that you learn new things every day. This is partly thanks to the doctoral students who allow us to contact them and ask questions when necessary.

As a student, are you aware that the University cooperates closely with various companies?

− Yes, it’s noticeable. During the programme, one often has visits from various companies who provide guest lecturers, supervisors, and who answer the students' questions and who inform about the duties in the labour market. I really appreciate these types of components. As a student, you also get the chance to visit workplaces at various companies such as battery manufacturers, turbine manufacturers, nuclear power plants, Combined Heat and Power Plants (CHP) and biogas plants. In addition, for your degree project, you can conduct the project at a company.

What do you want to work with in the future?

− My ambition is to be involved in the development of the electric vehicles of the future, vessels and renewable energy sources such as solar cells, wind and hydropower. I want to work with something that is fun and in which I will develop myself as a person and which also has positive effects on the environment and the climate. I think this is possible with the combination of a technical profession as an Energy engineer. The Earth can no longer support global energy consumption. That is why it is so important that we transform the energy supply and create sustainable energy sources. As an Energy engineer, my duties will vary, but the focus will be on finding energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technical solutions.

Would you recommend others to apply to MDU and the same programme?

− Absolutely. Energy is a huge area and after completing the education you will be offered several different exciting and important professional roles. There is an enormous need for engineers in the energy sector, which means that your chances of getting a job after completing your studies are high. Especially if you have graduated from MDU.

− I would also recommend MDU as a higher education institution. There are very good study environments here, access to group rooms and computer rooms, a large library with three floors that is full of study resources, several student spaces, the Student Union and restaurants. Above all, there are fantastic teachers with skills that are available for us students when needed. There is a wide range in the courses and study programmes offered, where basically everyone can find a programme that suits them, in healthcare, economics, technology, design and communication, teacher education and music.

− I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone the best of luck with their application and study time at MDU!