Interview to Paul Hulsman: “Being part of a DreamTeam is a unique opportunity”Monday, July 24, 2017

In his recent interview Wind Physics student Paul Hulsman talks about his gap year as a team manager of TU Delft Eco-Runner Team before departing to Denmark to complete his Master’s. In the interview Paul talks about what he learned from this experience and share his views about taking a gap year from his studies.

 

 

Ishwari Tank interviewSunday, August 14, 2016

We would like to express our gratitude to ASE Aeolus for the collaboration with the interviews. This interview was carried out by Usman Hassan  – Board member of ASE Aeolus.

Name: Ishwari Tank
Age: 24
Nationality: Indian
City where you were born: Nashik, Maharashtra
Background: BSc Electronics and Telecommunications
Track: Electric Power System
University where you studied: University of Pune, India

UH: Do you have some working experience previous to the programme?

IT: No, after my Bachelor’s I worked and published on Renewable based DC Microgrid as a member of “Energy for Society” – research group formed by my supervisor.

UH: What does EWEM mean to you?

IT: Everything. EWEM for me is beyond “a dream come true”. It is the biggest milestone of my life and the foundation for a great professional career.

UH: What were your first impressions when you arrived to Copenhagen?

IT: Beautiful city, extremely organized and a lot of bikes! Anyone and everyone in Copenhagen has a bike. I experienced a lot of cultural differences and it took me some time to adapt to the new culture. When I arrived at Copenhagen, I knew I was in one of the best cities in the world.

UH: How do you remember the beginning of the programme, the introduction week at DTU, meeting new people…?

IT: The introduction week at DTU was great, and it was much-needed. I met a lot of new people and these were my 1st friends in Europe. The introduction week helped me get familiar with DTU, its work culture, social life and also helped in sorting out a lot of practical things such as government registration, simcard and travel card, etc; which would have been otherwise difficult to figure out by myself.

UH: What are your plans for the future? Working in a big/small company, PhD maybe or entrepreneurship?

IT: I wish to continue PhD after my Masters and of course, I also plan to work with an electric utility or a wind turbine manufacturer.

UH: Do you know where are you going to do your MSc Thesis and what about?

IT: Yes, I will be doing my thesis in the TU Delft, with Prof. Jose Reuda Torres, IEPG (EWI). My topic is “Modelling and small-signal stability analysis of HVDC for offshore wind farm”.

UH: Tell me your best memory in the programme.

IT: My best memory is when I got selected to attend CIGRE 2016 session in Paris. My 2nd best memory is when I personally met and talked with Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate, when he gave a guest lecture on “Climate Change and Energy” in TU Delft.

UH: Would you recommend to be part of ASE Aeolus? Why?

IT: Yes, I would recommend joining ASE Aeolus because it is a nice organization which arranges everything (guest lectures, MDE, visits to wind farms and many social events). It provides a platform for networking and bonding with fellow EWEM students.

UH: Did you participate in the MDE (Multiple Day Excursion)? What are your memories from that experience?

IT: I eagerly wanted to participate in the MDE and had also registered for it, but as my 3-week project in DTU extended further, I could not attend it.

UH: What do you think about the future of energy? What do you think is the role of wind energy in that vision?

IT: Energy sector is facing tremendous changes, and the ever increasing demand for energy can be met sustainably only with high integration of renewable energy such as wind and solar. Wind energy plays a major role in transformation from traditional coal-power plant based power system to a more dynamic, autonomous power system.

UH: Do you plan to start your professional life in Europe?

IT: I would be glad to start my professional life in Europe but more importantly, I would go wherever my work (and my passion) takes me.

UH: How do you find people in EWEM and in your track?

IT: The people in EWEM and in my track are really friendly, smart, dedicated to their work and of course, they are crazy about wind energy. They are a great source of motivation for me and also, they are the future change-makers of energy sector!

UH: If you could tell one thing to a prospect student, what would you say?

IT: EWEM is the best wind energy programme across the globe. The combination of 4 universities gives us a unique experience which is rare to find elsewhere. If you are selected, EWEM will change your life for forever, so be prepared for it.

Marcos Jerez interviewSunday, August 7, 2016

We would like to express our gratitude to ASE Aeolus for the collaboration with the interviews. This interview was carried out by Jorge Mendoza – Board member of ASE Aeolus.

Name: Marcos Jerez
Age: 27
Nationality: Chileno
City where you were born: Talca
Background: Aerospace
Track: Rotor Design (Aerodynamics)
University where you studied: Universidad de Concepción

JM: Do you have some working experience previous to the programme?

MJ: Not really. My only working experience comes from the Aerospace Laboratory where I did my bachelor. I worked there for four year as a volunteer constructing and developing UAVs and drones.

JM: What does EWEM mean to you?

MJ: An opportunity to specialize in wind energy and contribute to change the current sources of our electricity.

JM: What were your first impressions when you arrived to Copenhagen?

MJ: Everything looked really expensive (hahaha). No, seriously. I got lost as soon as I arrived, but luckily I meet other lost students and we manage to get to DTU. Copenhaguen is a beautiful city, extremely organized and neat. Everyone is really helpful and have a great will to help you.

JM: How do you remember the beginning of the programme, the introduction week at DTU, meeting new people…?

MJ: That seems like ages ago! A lot has happened ever since. The introduction programme was great, it allows you to meet a lot of people, to get adapted to the new city/university, see all the attractions as a tourist and go out a lot; the Buddy system works really well. We still meet with the people from the first week. Besides it is really cool to go to the library (where you will spend a lot of time) knowing that you will meet friends there.

JM: What are your plans for the future? Working in a big/small company, PhD maybe or entrepreneurship?

MJ: I’m not considering entrepreneurship at the moment. In short term I want to earn some experience in a company or as a researcher. I’m a bit tired of studying after all these years and now that I’m doing an internship I realize that working is really fun.

JM: Where are you doing your internship?

MJ: I’m doing my internship in Enevate, a company/start-up that is developing a kite to produce electricity. I am working in a new concept for the launch and landing of the kite, the idea is to have a reliable and fully automated system.

JM: Do you know where are you going to do your MSc Thesis and what about?

MJ: At the TU Delft. The topic is still under debate, but it will be related with airborne wind energy. Maybe something with the optimization of trajectory of the kite or the aeroelastic behaviour.

JM: Tell me your best memory in the programme.

MJ: When we finished the first semester. I was working like crazy for a month (4 assignments, 4 exams and the last one was an oral examination). I remember the feeling of being free after finishing the first semester, and all the drinking involved as well (hahaha).

JM: Would you recommend to be part of ASE Aeolus? Why?

MJ: Absolutely, and not just be a member but participate in the activities and help in the organization. The programme is good and you learn a lot of technical skills; Aeolus aims to the other side, to the bonding between students, the learning of soft skills, and (a lot of) networking.

JM: Did you participate in the MDE (Multiple Day Excursion)? What are your memories from that experience?

MJ: Yes, in one sentence: it was amazing. Each day you go to a different company that will show you what they do and how, so you can form a pretty good idea of how the company works and compare them. Besides, you spend a week with a lot of people 24/7, some of them you know them really well, others not so much, and some you have barely see, but in one week you become friends with everybody. It was an awesome experience.

JM: What do you think about the future of energy? What do you think is the role of wind energy in that vision?

MJ: The role of wind energy is to supply, in a sustainable way and along with other renewable energies, the electric necessities of modern life. This means, for wind energy, going further, higher and lighter; like wind turbines in offshore support structures or kites that can harvest the wind at high altitudes.

JM: Do you plan to start your professional life in Europe?

MJ: Yes, at least for now; yes.

JM: If you could tell one thing to a prospect student, what would you say?

MJ: Ah, I don’t know right now and this is important (hahaha). There are many masters in wind energy, but this one is quite unique; for the universities, the people involved and the knowledge you acquire. You will experience, not only the two universities you go to (in my case), but also 4 tracks that have completely different people. You will learn many hard and soft skills that will help you a lot in your professional life and you will have a lot of fun while doing it.

Nikos Frouzakis interviewMonday, August 1, 2016

We would like to express our gratitude to ASE Aeolus for the collaboration with the interviews. This interview was carried out by Irene Rivera – Board member of ASE Aeolus.

Name: Nikos Frouzakis

Age: 26

Nationality: Greek

City where you were born: Thessaloniki

Background: Electrical engineering

University where you studied: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Track in EWEM: Wind Physics

 

IR: Do you have some working experience previous to the programme?

NF: Yes. WindSim in Norway. This was the key to get accepted to the master. It was a great experience, during which I had the opportunity of acquiring experience in the field of wind farm layout optimization (where to place the wind turbines), and obtaining experience with mesoscale data concept. It was a small office, where everything could be discussed, learning from people in the field (not only about technical aspects, but also ways of tackling the problem itself).

IR: What does EWEM mean to you?

NF: European Wind Energy Master (hahaha). Being always where wind happens.

IR: What were your first impressions when you arrived to Copenhagen?

NF: Great impressions (campus, intro week, courses). DTU is great, they are doing a really good work in wind.

IR: How do you remember the beginning of the programme, the introduction week at DTU, meeting new people?

NF: It was really fruitful, helped to feel comfortable in a new place, get to know people in your same situation. The day when courses started you didn’t feel you were in a complete strange environment, thanks to this introduction week.

IR: What are your plans for the future? Working in a big/small company, PhD maybe or entrepreneurship?

NF: I want to be in the business, developing projects, implementing the knowledge in daily innovative engineering problems.

IR: Do you know where are you going to do your MSc Thesis and what about?

NF: I would like to deal with offshore, wakes, CFD. There are very good options to have them combined.

IR: Tell me your best memory in the programme.

NF: That’s hard to say. MDE (Multiple Day Excursion) is probably the nicest memory that comes to my head right now. Choosing Offshore Wind Energy course was also a really nice choice as well, that reported me many good and at the same time, suffered, moments.

IR: Would you recommend to be part of ASE Aeolus? Why?

NF: Yes, definitely. I would have been involved anyway in an association like this as a member.

IR: Did you participate in the Multiple Day Excursion MDE? What are your memories from that experience?

NF: I met people that had never seen. I think it was a really fruitful experience that not only gave a very important academic component, but a personal one: getting together at the end of the day in such a nice house was one of the best points. So if I have to keep two memories from this trip: the house, and, definitely, the car I had to share with Roberto, Mareen, Maria and Irene.

IR: What do you think about the future of energy?

NF: There is a movement towards renewables, towards a transition, but I am sceptic about how sincere this movement is. I do not know if people want to turn into renewables. What do you think is the role of wind energy in that vision? Together with solar they are the most promising ones. Hopefully its role in this transition will be as big as possible.

IR: Do you plan to start your professional life in Europe?

NF: Yes.

IR: If you could tell one thing to a prospect student, what would you say?

NF: Choose the track depending on what you like, and not depending on the universities where it’s taught. Go for the track you like the most.