International Joint Graduate Course in Sustainable Energy Conversion and the Environment

The Joint International Graduate Course on Sustainable Energy will be hosted by the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany, from June 25-July 6, 2018.

The 2017 course was hosted at the University of Maryland, with participants from the Technical University of Hamburg (Germany), Korea University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), and Waseda University (Japan).  Learn more.


Download the 2017 syllabus!


Course Objectives

  • Understand technologies for sustainable energy production, conversion and utilization.
  • Understand limitations and opportunities.
  • Gain experience in challenges and opportunities in designing sustainable energy systems.
  • Develop your own vision for a future sustainable energy scenario.


International students were housed in a sorority house near campus. Learn more.


Dr. Reinhard Radermacher is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, U.S.A.  He is an internationally recognized expert in working fluids for energy conversion systems; in particular heat pumps, air-conditioners and refrigeration systems. His work has resulted in more than 200 publications, including three books he co-authored, more than 180invention records and 12 patents. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of ASHRAE's archival journal, Science and Technology for the Built Environment.

Dr. Gerhard Schmitz is Professor for Thermodynamics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Hamburg University of Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and has 30 years of research experience in energy engineering, including 11 years of industrial R&D experience. His research focuses on modeling of complex energy systems with Modelica, air conditioning systems for buildings and vehicles and humidity transport phenomena.

Dr. Hoseong Lee is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Korea University.  He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Ph.D. Degree in 2012, and stayed on as a faculty researcher and then as an assistant research professor before taking up his post at Korea University. His research focuses on improving the efficiency of energy conversion systems including power generation and heat pump systems. Dr. Lee is an expert in the CFD simulation, optimization and experimental test of thermal and fluid systems.

Dr. Kiyoshi Saito is director of the Saito Lab within the Department of Applied Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, Waseda University in Japan.  His research interests are: analysis theory of energy systems, control of energy savings systems, thermal fluid dynamics of micro and nano phenomena, and next generation heat pump technology.

This course is offered in rotation between the University of Maryland, Technical University of Hamburg (Germany), Korea University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 

The course is wonderful. Prof.Schmitz and several invited speakers gave lectures regarding the efforts they made in the renewable energy and storage technology area. These lectures are really impressive.  I have a better understanding of the "energiewende" in Germany.

The assignments and group discussions are also pretty interesting. Moreover, Prof.Schmitz is really passionate when he is giving the lecture. I like that. I wish the course would have more students next year then we can have even more groups with more options. - Xiaojie Lin, University of Maryland graduate student and particpant, 2014

University of Maryland photos.