Energy Production Methods in Scandinavia (EE 3940)

Seminar description

Award winning Teaching Professor Paul Imbertson (ECE) has taken several groups of University of Minnesota students to Scandinavia to explore energy production methods, and how culture and beliefs guide our energy policies.

The 2018 seminar will study existing and emerging energy production methods and energy usage in Iceland, Denmark, and Norway. The program will focus on how energy production and usage patterns are linked to specific details of location; and how the issues of production, usage, and environmental concerns have created the current tensions that are driving new energy planning.

Site visits will include research universities, wind turbine manufacturers, geothermal power plants, wind farms, hydro facilities, and solar component manufacturers.

Seminar details

Term: May Session 2018

Tentative travel dates: Tuesday, May 15 to Monday, June 4, 2018

Eligible students: Open to U of M students, non-U of M students. Admission is by application.

Credit: Students will receive three credits for EE 3940.

Language prerequisite: No language prerequisite

Program leader: Professor Paul Imbertson (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Estimated program fee: The final program fee for this seminar will include three credits, round-trip airfare, housing, excursions, international health insurance, and group meals. Costs for this program have not yet been finalized. Past seminars have been approximately $4,900–$5,400.

Apply nowApplication deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

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“I really enjoyed learning about real world applications of the things I’ve been studying for the last three years.  It was great getting to visit real engineering companies and see how all of your knowledge is applied in a day to day situation.”
—Past Participant

Read the Scandinavia 2017 Global Seminar student blog.