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Emma Olsson Månsson LTU 2019

"I want to make a difference for the climate - for real"

Published: 6 March 2019

Name: Emma Olsson Månsson
Age: 26
Hometown: Malmö
Program: Sustainable Process and Chemical Engineering

Why did you choose to study this program?

"I chose this program as it had such a focus on sustainability. It offers two orientations that are central to the climate debate, as they cover the largest and most basic industries: mining and metal, energy, transport and chemicals. Without these, society would not work, while at the same time it is very climate-affecting industries, which means that it is incredibly important to make them more sustainable. With many industrial-linked projects and study visits in the courses as well as a term internship, this felt like a perfect education for me who wants to make a difference for the climate - for real. We learn about how the processes in these industries can be streamlined, how residual products can be recycled or reused, and how it is possible to replace the fossil crude oil with bio-based residues in the forest and agricultural industries. A big plus is all courses in process technology that broaden your job opportunities to so many other industries such as the pharmaceutical or food industry on companies worldwide."

What do you want to work with in the future?

"I want to work with the shift from fossil raw materials to renewable, either in a fuel company to scale up more sustainable fuels for cars / flights, or with bio-based chemicals. It works very hard to enable this shift and that it is confirmed daily in advertising and the news feels very safe like this near the exam. There are plenty of job opportunities to choose from, I know."

What do you do in your spare time?

"In my spare time I like to spend time with friends and work out - preferably at the same time! Since I moved here, I have been testing lots with new ones such as skiing, hiking, kayaking and climbing and are happy to go off on the trips that the student associations STIL Alpina or Frilufts organize for us students. Thanks to the wide variety of students who move here from all over Sweden, I have gained a lot of new interests that I never practiced in Malmö before I moved here, which has really enriched my student life here. In addition to outdoor life, I also like to plant seeds and cores at my kitchen window, travel to discover new places and cook!"

Do you have any advice for future students at Luleå University of Technology?

"Don't let the distance limit your university studies! I am very happy that I moved to the other end of the country because I have been involved with so much new and really grown as a person. Look for courses that provide opportunities for internships, this gives you a great advantage for working life. Once you start I think you should dare to use everything Luleå University of Technology has to offer: exchange studies, student associations and other engagements offer a lot of opportunities to meet friends and learn something new and I strongly recommend it."