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New engineering studies to tackle environmental problems

Energy and environmental engineering and management is the focus of a 300-credits program (Energi-miljö-management) which LiU will launch in the 2009 fall semester.

In addition to traditional engineering subjects, students will explore how an entrepreneurial approach to a problem can create commercial opportunity in the thorny issues of energy supply and environmental impact.

"This is a paradigm shift in engineering education," says Matts Karlsson, who conceptualized the new approach to studies. Professor Karlsson chairs the LiU Committee for Mechanical Engineering and Design. His daily workplace is the Department of Managemant and Engineering, where he teaches applied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

Although no other Swedish academic site offers this combination in engineering studies, the concept is recognized and available in the international community of educators, Professor Karlson says.

"We anticipate a fast-growing demand for environment engineers with an entrepreneurial attitude. All nations are challenged to regulate future energy supply and usage, and to control the impact on the climate. The Swedish industrial sector has shown a lot of interest in this program, which bodes well for the graduate's chances on the job market.

Linköping University is well-tailored to be a pioneer as it has so many times before. Matts Karlsson again: "LiUs academic framework supports the thrust of this new program, and we are privileged to have internationally recognized research teams in the fields of energy systems and environmental engineering."

The five-year program will interweave traditional and emerging disciplines specific to environmental engineering proficiency: mathematics, mechanics, chemistry, engineering science, energy systems, resources theory and resources management.

The study program is conducted in the Swedish language.


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Last updated: 2009-06-03