Virtual Exploration of Sustainable and Clean Engineering solutions in Scandinavia and the US

This virtual 3-credit program will explore clean energy practices and electric power transmission and distribution grid technologies.  The course is taught by Pitt's Dr. Kerestes alongside Dr. Theis Bo Harild Rasmussen at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). 
Check out this video about the program. 

This is a unique opportunity for you to gain experience working with multinational teams of U.S. and Danish students on a consulting project to gain professional and engineering skills.  Companies that will take part in the program include: Eaton, First Energy, Duquesne light, and Siemens, Energinet (transmission), and Frederiksber Komune in Denmark! 
This course can be applied to fulfill a requirement in the Electrical Engineering Power Concentration and to fulfill requirements for the Sustainability Certificate! 
This academic course is open to Pitt and Non-Pitt engineering students!  If you are not attending the University of Pittsburgh, please apply using the link on this page. 
What You'll Accomplish
Through a combination of virtual company visits, virtual panel discussions etc, you will gain an understanding of:
A broad spectrum of power grid technologies and how they are applied in the electrical energy industry
Transmission and distribution systems at the electric utility level and how it relates to clean energy integration
Historic and current energy policies
The ability to successfully work in multinational teams virtually. 
Travel For summer 2022 
In the past we have traveled to Scandinavia. Countries such as Denmark and Sweden have paved the pathway toward making renewable energy sources a large part of their energy usage. Sweden managed to reach its goal of a 50 percent renewable energy share and Denmark reported that 42.1 percent of the country's energy needs in 2015 were met by wind power according to the state-owned energy company. Denmark aims for renewables to cover at least half of the country's total energy consumption by 2030.
Summer 2022 we plan to travel again to Scandinavia.  If you take this virtual course in summer 2021 you will be given preference to the study abroad program in 2022. If you take this virtual course, your application will be given preference for the study abroad program- Clean Energy Grid Engineering for summer 2022. 
The program start date is June 4 and will run through June 25, 2021. 
Schedule: Monday-Thursdays 8:30 am- 10:15 am,  Friday the 4th and 25th from 8 am-Noon and Friday the 11 and 17 from 8 am-3 pm.

Costs of the Program: 

The tuition for the program will be $2,328 for In-state students and $2,528 for out-of-state students. Additional Pitt fees are yet to be finalized, but please consult this website for more details on typical student fees. Refer to the "Part-time per term" fee on this document.  It's published as $304.  

Pitt students can apply for funding: You can apply for funding here. 

Academic Description: 
The updated course syllabus will be available soon. This course can be applied to fulfill a requirement in the Electrical Engineering Power Concentration. The course will cover the application of various grid technologies from power generation through power consumption including transmission networks, grid automation, power electronics systems, communications and control, protection, grid operations, grid connectivity, renewable energy resource integration, cyber security, microgrids, DC technologies, and other emerging areas, as well as a brief introduction to power utility markets, business processes, and policy/regulation. The course will cover the application of various grid technologies in Scandinavia by providing virtual panel discussions, virtual company visits and opportunities to understand how culture impacts energy policy decisions. The course includes a consulting project with a company in Denmark or Sweden. The course includes the potential interaction with students from Denmark Technical University in teams.
Application Instructions: 
  • Admissions Requirements:
    • This program is for students who have taken a Linear Circuit Analysis course and/or ECE 0101
    • Good academic and behavioral standing and in your second year or higher level at a U.S. university at the time of application


SAO Staff: 

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian.  After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad.  For fun I enjoy my two kiddos, yoga and fitness, international films, and travel (of course). Come talk with me about studying abroad! |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall -   |  


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Dr. Robert Kerestes

Dr. Kerestes will be leading the Clean Energy program for Summer 2020! Robert Kerestes received his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. Prior to that he also received his M.S. (2012), and his B.S. (2010) all with a concentration in electric power systems at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his education, Robert served in the United States Navy as an interior communications electrician onboard the USS Constellation from 1998-2002 and then as a construction electrician in the Seabees Navy Construction Battalion from 2002-2006. Following his education, Robert worked at Emerson Automation Solutions (formerly known as Emerson Process Management) where he led the development and implementation of mathematical models for electric power applications related to embedded simulation. In 2016, Robert joined the University of Pittsburgh’s ECE Department where he focuses on the advancement of pedagogy and assessment in the field of electrical engineering, particularly in the areas of electric power distribution systems, distributed energy resources, and electromagnetism. Robert’s research interests are in the development of the next generation of electric power distribution systems and the integration of renewable energy resources into the distribution sector. Robert took on the role of Director of the Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program in the Spring of 2017 and currently serves in that role.

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