Student profiles

A few of ISE's students answer some questions about their study experience and living in Iceland.


Almar Barja, Iceland

Almar joined ISE in 2014, attracted by the interdisciplinary approach to the energy sector. 

Born and raised in Iceland and having studied geology at the University of Iceland for his undergraduate degree, he was not unfamiliar with geothermal energy. Driven by his belief that combining economics, engineering and science yields the best overall results, he sought to further expand his knowledge of the sector at Iceland School of Energy.

During his time at ISE, Almar's studies were enhanced by the insights he gained during activities, but offered by the programme, that went beyond the regular curriculum such as the internships, and field and science trips.

Almar's final thesis research was written in cooperation with Iceland GeoSurvey. Almar reviewed mineral scaling in Hveragerði district heating system, and graduated in 2015. After a brief period of working for Reykjavik University and coordinating multiple graduate programmes, Almar now works at a consulting firm based in London. He reviews energy policy, regulation and provides economic advice for governments and international agencies, actively utilising the tools and knowledge gained during his time at Iceland School of Energy.

About Iceland School of Energy

By bringing together the best from industry and academia, Iceland School of Energy provides a unique, and comprehensive training for its students. A wide range of courses taught by the very best in their field open a broad spectrum of possibilities for students and allow for individual study designs. Focus is put on close collaboration with industry experts while maintaining high academic quality of the work.

Iceland School of Energy is part of and accredited by the School of Science and Engineering at Reykjavik University in Iceland.

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