Prof. Arno Smets
My own field of research is solar energy and I like to stimulate our Sustainable Energy Technology students to look for a topic of their thesis that combines their knowledge of different fields.
I studied Mechanical Engineering in my bachelor’s in India and found my interest in sustainable energy there. There aren’t many universities in the world that offer a master degree in this specific field, and TU Delft was the best university I was accepted into, as well as one of the very best in the world.
I did my bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. I then went on to work in the Oil industry in Saudi Arabia. I was really fascinated by the Energy field, but I wanted a career away from Oil and Gas, and therefore I started to search for master programmes abroad.
After the completion of my bachelor study in Aerospace Engineering here at the TU Delft, I decided to change my path towards sustainability. I feel there is a real need towards improved technology to tackle one of the major problems on Earth, global warming.
In my last year of my chemical engineering bachelor’s programme at the University of Connecticut, I was inspired to pursue a master’s degree by a passionate professor. This professor stressed the responsibility we bear as students in science/engineering at this pivotal moment in time in tackling global issues such as climate change.