Education

Next to its research goals, the CCER has the goal to educate young researchers in developing and applying computational methods for energy research. The educational goals of the CCER will be reached in the following ways.

CCER seminar and outreach

To foster an atmosphere of mutual learning and to build the CCER community, regular CCER seminars are organized. The CCER also contributes to the EnergyDays organized by the Eindhoven Energy Institute (EEI).

For Bachelor students

The TU/e Bachelor College offers several courses for specialization in computational science, in particular in the cross-disciplinary coherent packages ‘Multiscale Phenomena and Techniques’ and ‘Computational Science’. These courses provide a solid foundation for the more specifically to energy research related computational courses in the Master. The Bachelor College also offers a cross-disciplinary coherent package ‘Energy’ with a course ‘Physics of New Energy’, focusing mainly on Nuclear Fusion and Solar Energy. Students can already follow this course in the second quarter of their first year. Students will get acquainted with activities of the CCER in this course. Bachelor students will also be able to do their Bachelor End Project in the CCER.

For Master students

The TU/e Graduate School offers a Master’s program ‘Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion’. In this program students can follow a variety of specialized cross-disciplinary computational courses important for Fusion research: ‘Advanced Computational Fluid and Plasma Dynamics’, ‘Computational & Mathematical Physics’ (both Applied Physics), ‘Advanced Computational Continuum Mechanics’, ‘Computational and Experimental Micromechanics’ (both Mechanical Engineering), and ‘Modeling Dynamics’ (Electrical Engineering). Computational methods relevant for energy research have been introduced in the new course ‘Computational & Mathematical Physics’ of the Master’s program of Applied Physics, obligatory for Master students in all tracks. The new elective course ‘Computational Materials Science’ in the NANO track of the Applied Physics Master treats Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Density Functional Theory (DFT) and their application to solar cells, CO2 splitting, and hydrogen storage in metals. The specialization ‘Computational Science and Engineering’ within the Master’s program ‘Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ connects excellently to the research within the CCER.

Students from the different Master’s programs at the TU/e can do their Master Project in the CCER. Also students from other universities in the Netherlands and abroad are welcome to do their Master Project in the CCER.

For PhD students

The CCER regularly organizes specialized workshops to educate PhD students (and interested Bachelor and Master students) in state-of-the-art computational techniques and to train them in hands-on use of software based on these techniques.