It has improved me in almost every employable measure
Jacob Dalton, Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems
Name of Programme:
Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Jacob Dalton, MSc SELECT student, can now take all his passions – travel, creating synergistic connections and being part of the change needed for a sustainable tomorrow – and focus them in one direction: to help move our society as a whole towards holistic sustainability. His highly motivated personality is perfect for this exciting quest.
Why did you choose the MSc SELECT programme?
I did a lot of research – and this was a standout programme that offered me input from an immense range of areas, not purely on technical aspects but also on broader social, economical and environmental concepts. This is right inline with my belief that modern day problems will only be solved with a viewpoint that considers the complexity of the issues – and the connections between multiple dimensions.
Why are you interested in sustainable energy? Do you have a specific passion within this field?
I believe climate change is the most critical issue faced by humanity, but it’s a direct consequence of broader issues that highlight how our current system is broken. I see the advancement of renewable energy as not only the cornerstone for tackling climate change, but also a catalyst to the advancement of our society towards holistic sustainability as a whole… and I want to be part of the transition!
Are there any special projects or a degree thesis that you are working on at the moment?
I am currently working part time as the Community officer assistant in the InnoEnergy CommUnity – whose aim is to become the most impactful sustainable energy community through innovation and entrepreneurship. One of the tools is a platform – a customised one for sustainable energy – to create events, connect people and the industry that all have the same goals, to create these synergies and allow these connections to flourish.
What is your best memory from your time with the Master’s School so far?
My best memories have come from my opportunities to travel during the programme, experience vibrant new places and meet fascinating people. I mean, yeah… I’ve travelled a fair bit in my life, but I’ve never been exposed to so many people that have the same values and goals. It has really been a highpoint!
How would you like to contribute to a sustainable future?
By empowering the less fortunate people through access to sustainable energy technologies and improved policies. While also improving the currently short-sighted and disconnected practices ubiquitous throughout our society. Not only in terms of our energy generation practices, but also our systems – which are currently founded on consumption and infinite growth… on a finite planet. This is not sustainable in the long-term.
How do you find the integration of business and entrepreneurship in the programme?
I have thoroughly enjoyed this integration. We must operate within the paradigm of the current situation where much is founded on economics – hence requiring “business” integration. However, we also identify the flaws in the how the status quo operates – hence the need for innovation and entrepreneurship, to push the boundaries of what is considered standard practice.
In what way do you believe your 2 years at InnoEnergy Master’s School will contribute to your professional career?
It has improved me in almost every employable measure – from technical foundations and business/entrepreneurship training to improving my professional and multicultural relationship skills – just to name a few. Not to mention direct exposure to the vast array of contacts within the InnoEnergy ecosystem. I feel that I’m really growing as a person – and ready to face real-world energy challenges and the marketplace itself head-on!