Student profiles

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

  • Sarah Sternbergh


Sarah Sternbergh, Canada

Sarah Sternbergh moved to Iceland from her home in Canada's Yukon in 2014 to pursue her master's degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering at ISE. She had obtained a bachelor's degree in geological engineering with a focus in mineral exploration from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and worked as an engineer in the hydrogeology field in her home territory. Her decision to join ISE came from wanting further her knowledge of geothermal energy and a keen interest of relocating to Iceland.

During her time at ISE, Sarah primarily focused her studies on geothermal exploration and power plant design and conducted her thesis research on the environmental impacts and effects of the waste-water accumulation on the surface at the Reykjanes power station. The project was successfully defended in late 2015 and Sarah graduated from ISE in January 2016.

Sarah has now returned to Whitehorse, Yukon and is working as a professional engineer in the hydrogeology field. Through her time at ISE, she has obtained the skills to allow her to work on projects surrounding geothermal exploration and utilisation in Canadian Arctic. Moreover, Sarah made valuable international connections and gained a deeper understanding of the energy industry.


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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