Welcome to the Energy Engineering Unit

    In an article on the 10 challenges facing the world in the 21st century published by Richard Smiley, Nobel laureate in chemistry, energy has been defined as the number one challenge. Energy consumption in the world is constantly increasing, and estimates are that by 2040 the world will consume twice as much energy as it does today. However, the potential of fossil fuels is unclear, and the transition to renewable energy sources is more important than ever.

    The Energy Engineering M.Sc. program trains tomorrow's engineers to meet new and existing challenges of using fossil (coal, oil, gas, nuclear) and renewable (solar, water, wind, biomass) energy sources. The goal of the program is to provide its graduates with a variety of tools for production, conversion, transportation, storage and saving of energy from various sources. In addition, the program places emphasis on energy saving and energy efficiency in construction and industry, designing energy centers and viewing the energy challenge in conjunction with water and food issues. Graduates of the program work in a variety of chemical and petrochemical industries, in planning companies, in government and municipal authorities. Those who continue their studies for a doctoral degree are also integrated into academic and research institutions in Israel and abroad.

    Graduates of the program work as managers and energy supervisors in factories, hospitals, IDF camps, government offices, local authorities, hi-tech companies, hotels, retirement communities and more. In light of the growing demand for geothermal, solar, hydroelectric and wind energy engineers and managers, graduates of the program will be able to integrate into consulting and planning companies in these innovative fields.

    Our M.Sc. classes are taught in Hebrew. We do accept applications for PhD studies from abroad students with degrees in engineering from world-known universities. Ben Gurion University offers a sufficient number of classes in English to chose for an individual PhD program. Prospective research students are encouraged to email directly staff members in charge of projects in which they are especially interested. We are not accepting applications for internships at present.

    The research at the Energy Engineering Unit is associated with the effective generation and use of energy. Much of the work is driven by the need to meet environmental constraints and is targeted towards a cleaner, more sustainable world. Research activities in the unit include Monte Carlo simulations of ionizing radiation, thermoelectric materials, water-energy nexus, composite building materials, and physics of nuclear reactors. ​