July 19, 2013

Career Spotlight: Karol Galek


Karol Galek

Today in conversation with: Dr. Karol Galek, MSc (Energiepark Bruck/Leitha), Alumnus MSc „Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe“ Class 2006-2008

Why did you choose for the REN master course at the Vienna University of Technology?
As a trained geologist I got a chance, in my second job, to manage also some projects focused on renewable energy. Since this topic was in Slovakia on that time quite new, and nobody from us has a real experience in this field, after conversation with my boss Franz Blochberger we found the MSc course at the TU Vienna which started for the second time, and I decided to undertake it. It was probably the best decision in my life from the professional point of view.

How was the REN master course crucial for your professional development?
I gained a lot of knowledge not only about technological side of renewables, but also their economical parameters, utilization, and also how the information use and present practically. The best confirmation of the course relevance is probably, that I am since graduation still professionally dealing with REN.

What advices would you want to give to new prospective students for the REN master course - what should they know?
Besides the studies, there are a lot of excursions, worthwhile conversations with your colleagues and lectures, and because you will be a student again, also social student life.

What’s the USP of the MSc REN (in comparison with other master programmes)?
The MSc course is very complex, international and on a very high professional level. Because of the international character, you can get a lot of new valuable contacts and experiences.

Have there been useful contacts and tips during your study?
My classmate Michael Hannesschläger after graduation asked me to join the Energiepark Bruck/Leitha to coordinate projects between Slovakia and Austria with regard to energy efficiency and utilization of REN. Right now we are starting a continuation of the primary project, which will last until the end of the year 2014.

Your life device?
“The best things in life aren't things.”

 (Interview dtd. July 18, 2013)


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