Panel session on an international collaborative course between the University of Pittsburgh and the Technical University of Denmark. This course featured three energy-based challenges which were developed in collaboration with Pitt, DTU, and six industry partners (3 in the US and 3 in Denmark). This panel will be a mix of faculty and students who participated in this collaborative international course over the summer of 2021. In this session, the faculty speakers will present this course, and field questions regarding the logistics and outcomes of such a course. In addition, the student speakers will present their experience and the impact that this course had on their academic careers.
For those interested in: Academia-Industry Connections, Advocacy and Policy, and Broadening Participation in Engineering and Engineering Technology
Dr. Kerestes is an assistant professor in the electrical and computer engineering department and the director of the electrical engineering undergraduate program. His research is balanced between the classroom and the laboratory: engineering education, innovative stem curricula development, power distribution systems, artificial intelligence applications in power systems, mathematical modeling and simulation of physical systems, renewable energy technologies, and smart grid technology. Prior to his appointment as assistant professor in 2016, he was an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Senior Engineer at Emerson Process Management, where he was the project lead for the dynamic simulation of thermal power plants, electrical power systems, and microgrids.
He is a veteran of the United States Navy (Active Duty and Naval Reserve), having served as Third Class Petty Officer, and has published research on medium voltage DC architecture and infrastructure and energy storage systems. He received his bachelor’s degree (2010), master’s degree (2011), and PhD (2014) in electrical engineering from Pitt.
Theis Bo Harild Rasmussen received his PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2019. Prior to that, he also received his MSc (2016), and his BSc (2014) in electrical engineering with specialization on electric power systems, from the DTU. Theis has contributed to innovative research projects with DTU, focusing on distribution system management and integrated electricity and heating systems. In 2021, he completed his educational training in university teaching at DTU and currently holds a Post-Doctoral position at DTU. He focus his course design efforts on integrating, innovation, industry collaboration, and general engineering competences in the Sustainable Energy Design bachelor program. In addition, he teaches MSc students in power grid analysis, including power flows and state estimation.
Patrick Connor is a rising senior undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Electric Power and earning a certificate in Sustainability at the University of Pittsburgh. He works as an undergraduate teaching assistant in both the First-Year engineering and Electrical and Computer engineering departments. His current research interests include optimizing power systems using machine learning, distribution system simulation, and exploring energy policies meant to help modernize the grid.
Maiken Jakobsen is an undergraduate student at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). She was born in Rødovre, Denmark in 1999. She is currently pursuing the B.Sc. degree in sustainable energy design from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Kongens Lyngby. The line of study belongs to the department of electrical engineering. Her research interests are smart technology and improving sustainable energy technologies. She attended the course “Virtual exploration of sustainable & clean energy engineering solutions in Scandinavia and the U.S. 21”.