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Deadline for applications, is April 15th 2012.

The specialized EPFL ME Master of Science in Energy Management and Sustainability started in September 2011. The first students to commence the program are now well on track and ready to commence work on their second semester.  The second call for recruitment is running now with the deadlines for applications January 15th and April 15th, 2012. A selection commission ranks the applications according to different criteria, among them the most important being student excellence.  The total number of applications in 2011 was 72, whereas during the first selection set of 2012, 81 applications have been received. An equally large number of applications are expected in April. The reputation of the new master’s has spread rapidly and exceeded all expectations in terms of the interest it has received. This tremendous interest demonstrates a significant worldwide interest and need in this field amongst prospective students.

The emphasis on the energy management topic is designed to build up a curriculum that matches the Middle East countries in terms of optimization of the energetic increase issues.  The curricula are focusing on multidisciplinary projects monitored by EPFL professors who are selected according to their domain of specialization. Students are working in a team to address these projects. A Middle East industrial internship is also included in order to provide practical experience in a professional setting.  Students on the current program come from ten different countries: Bolivia, China, India, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Taiwan and Turkey. They possess a diverse range of engineering education backgrounds such as physics, mechanics, civil engineering, electrical and electronics as an example.This wide range of students’ background working together on a new concept of project orientated curriculum is dynamic and a real added value to the learning experience.  Currently three state-of-the-art projects are running:

•  Towards Smart Cities: lead by Prof. Maher Kayal (ELAB) with the contribution of a team of seven students. This project is dealing with incoming smart environment of cities where the efficiency of energy management becomes an issue. The impact of this evolution can be applied on a large scale and extended to other resources such as water,

•  Adaptive Building Skins: lead by Prof. Marilyne Andersen (LIPID), with the contribution of a team of five students.  This project is dealing with the development of fully passive components based on sensing and actuation for the automatic management of light and heating in interior spaces as well as its architectural integration.

•  Multi-scale modelling for wind energy and building energetics: lead by Prof. Fernando Porte-Agel (WIRE), with the contribution of a team of eight students about green energy based on wind energy throughout advanced modelling, and validation through wind-tunnel and field experiments.

The first step of these projects has been a resounding success in term of outcomes achieved and the advances in the aforementioned fields.  Click here for more information.