M.S. or PhD funded student positions available – Mechanical Engineering – Interdisciplinary topics in energy, water, and climate change


Seeking motivated students interested in applying engineering skills to solve interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary questions related to energy systems. Topics include renewable energy, energy efficiency, grid integration, energy-water-climate nexus, and energy transitions in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. Dr. Dyreson’s lab is in the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. We collaborate with the Great Lakes Research Center, Keweenaw Energy Transitions Laboratory, Advanced Power Systems Laboratory, and departments across campus including Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Social Sciences. Applicants should therefore bring a strong fundamental mechanical engineering background along with interest in energy systems and interdisciplinary work.

Required Background:
• B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related field
• TOEFL > 90 iBT or IELTS > 7.0 overall band score (international students)

Desired background: Candidates should demonstrate at least one of the following strengths:
• Research or industry experience related to thermal power plants, renewable energy, hydropower, or electricity grid operations
• Research or industry experience in energy efficiency, demand side management, or building HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning)
• Research or industry experience on interdisciplinary teams including energy, water, or climate change topics.
• Experience with accessing and using climate data (general circulation models) or knowledge of climate science
• Solid programming skill
• Optimization
• Artificial Intelligence

Michigan Technological University is located in Houghton, Michigan. This is a small rural town with abundant, year-round outdoor activities, access to National Parks and historic sites, and cultural activities centered on campus.
We seek students that want to be part of and promote an inclusive workplace. For more information on research activities in Dr Dyreson’s lab see the faculty directory and faculty website.

To Apply: Submit a C.V. and letter of interest to Dr Dyreson at adyreson at mtu.edu. The letter of interest should address one or more of the items listed under “Desired Background” above. Note that the department’s preferred deadline is March 1 for fall semester, though applications to the department as well as to this position may be submitted at any time. Students may apply to the department before or after applying to this position.

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