The HET-event at LTU was well attended and appreciated by the students, teachers and business representatives who came to participate in activities and interesting lectures on the important topic of sustainable energy technologies. The day began with students reading last year of the Sustainable Energy Engineering programme presenting their sharp projects in the Energy Engineering final course. After lunch there was a series of interesting lectures and first out was LTU's headmaster Johan Sterte who talked about the importance of education and the precarious state of the global environment.
– Things are looking bright for you who reads the MSc Programme in Sustainable Energy Engineering. There is hope for Sweden, but the global situation is more worrisome, says Johan Sterte, rector of the university.
Then it was time for the so-called "pre-graduates" at the programme, alumni Jenny Nordstrom (Rejlers) and Niklas Ljungkvist (BDX) who talked about their impressions after working one year as engineers in the field of sustainable energy technology.
– Something that is about the program is that there is always an economic aspect to take into consideration. To enable businesses to invest in sustainable energy solutions, it must be economically viable. In that sense the programme resembles the I-programme (MSc Programme in Industrial Management Engineering), says Niklas Ljungkvist.
A number of companies, including LKAB, Skellefteå Kraft, SSAB and Vattenfall, talked about their businesses and their need for talented engineers. All agreed that there is a great need for expertise in sustainable energy technologies. Professors Marcus Öhman (host of the HET-day) and Staffan Lundström also talked about the need from the university for talented teachers and researchers.
Lars Westerlund, program director for the MSc in Sustainable Energy was very pleased with the arrangement.
– The students have done a great job and shown a tremendous commitment, I am very happy with the event! I really hope we can implement the HET-day as an annual recurring event.
The HET-day ended with a reception and dinner at STUK.