Student profiles

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

  • Sven


Sven Scholtysik, Germany

Sven joined ISE in July of 2013 after having completed a 4 year selective study business and economics programme with BP and working as Business Analyst for the downstream midterm planning department. His decision to join ISE was founded on the nature of the programme, as it combined engineering and economics into a truly interdisciplinary approach to sustainable energy.

During his time in Reykjavík, Sven focussed on the role of uncertainty for modelling and optimization of low temperature geothermal resources. This manifested itself in his final thesis project Sven wrote on that topic in cooperation with ÌSOR. He also was one of the founders of the Future Arctic Energy Network , a research centre set up under the umbrella of ISE, focussing on promotion of non-partisan, non-biased research on Arctic energy matters and the enabling of young professionals in the field.

After graduating ISE in July 2015, Sven moved to Canada to work as a project manager for the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association and was responsible for leading one of their major projects in 2015/2016. He also contributed to IEA and REN21 publications. In the fall of 2016 he returned to academia and started as a PhD researcher within the 2060 project at the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria. Through energy system modelling and optimization he explores the interdependencies of technology, policy, economics and society regarding the decarbonisation of Canada's electrical sector.

His time here at ISE, Sven states, prepared him very well for his current job. Being able to understand, analyze and discuss both, the economic and the technical aspects of energy systems is a great asset. He utilizes the tools and knowledge that obtained at ISE daily. Furhermore, ISE provided Sven with the opportunity to gain more technical knowledge about energy systems and apply his knowledge in real life projects while working in intercultural teams.


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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