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Energy professional sees Energy Systems degree as means to broaden knowledge


Susan Mumm

Energy professional sees Energy Systems degree as means to broaden knowledge

Taber Scholar Emmanuel Fadahunsi is an excellent example of an energy-focused professional who sees an opportunity to broaden his knowledge and impact by pursuing the Master of Engineering in Energy Systems degree.

“I decided to pursue this program because I felt the need to acquire vanguard knowledge and skills in the field of energy systems from one of the foremost engineering research institutions, so as to become a seasoned energy professional who is able to proffer solutions to various energy problems confronting our world today,” Fadahunsi said. “Furthermore, I believe the program will put me on track to become one of the future energy leaders who will shape the global sustainable energy future.”

Fadahunsi enrolled in Spring 2018 in the program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, choosing it over a comparable program at the University of Michigan. “I chose Illinois because of the flexibility of its curriculum and the relatively shorter time to complete the program, which implies a lower cost.”

While Fadahunsi found the Michigan program would take 2 to 2 ½ years to complete, Energy Systems at Illinois is designed to be completed in 2-3 semesters. Fadahunsi also was chosen as a Taber Scholar. Brad Radl, a 1980 alumnus of Illinois Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering and President and Chief Technology Officer of Taber International, established the Taber International, LLC Scholarship Fund to support Energy Systems graduate students.

Fadahunsi’s educational and work background makes him an outstanding candidate for the degree.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 2011. The Institute of Energy Professionals awarded him certification as a professional energy manager after he completed the Schneider Electric energy management course. Fadahunsi has spent about 5 years working as a design/production engineer at a diesel generator manufacturing company and later as an operations engineer at a thermal power plant.

He said that, upon completing the Energy Systems degree, “I hope to go back to industry and serve as an energy consultant or manager. I hope to use the expertise I’m developing in the field of energy and sustainability to help governments, corporations, businesses, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and homes to meet their energy and sustainability goals.”