Graduate Students

Graduate studies in SFU’s Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) are designed to develop advanced theoretical and applied technical knowledge. SFU offers a leading high-tech program supported by world-renowned faculty and outstanding research facilities.

Our SEE programs are delivered in a new state-of-the-art facility at SFU's Surrey campus, located in the fastest growing community in Metro Vancouver. All of our students enjoy the beauty of British Columbia’s mountains and ocean, the mildest climate in Canada, and the amenities of a world-class city combined with affordable living.

Every year, our multicultural research teams welcome new graduate students from around the world. The result is a solid and dynamic training experience assisted by dedicated professors.

SEE is a part of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, which is home to internationally recognized researchers who hold numerous awards and distinctions. Our research programs are supported by several federal and provincial sources, and we maintain a high level of interaction with industry, government and research institutions.

Together, we are changing the world with innovation and technology.

Graduate Programs

Degrees
SEE currently offers the following graduate degree programs:

Research Areas
The program aims to offer a unique ecosystem for advanced research in sustainable energy engineering. Through training in formal coursework and hands-on research, SEE graduates will be capable of working with integrity to invent, improve, design and deploy sustainable clean energy technologies addressing the clean energy needs for now and the future.

Candidates will develop a strong aptitude for research and exceptional quantitative, analytical, and design skills in areas such as sustainable harvesting, conversion, storage, distribution, utilization, transition, and management of energy and environmental resources.

Application Information

Please refer to the resources below when applying to a SEE graduate program.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications for Summer and Fall 2020 semesters are now open (Spring 2020 applications are now closed). The application deadlines are noted in the table below.

Intake Term Applications Close Supporting Documents Deadline
Spring 2020 (January) November 19, 2019 Due 1 week after submitting application.
Summer 2020 (May) March 30, 2020 Due 1 week after submitting application.
Fall 2020 (September) July 8, 2020 Due 1 week after submitting application.

 


HOW TO APPLY

Complete the online application and pay the application fee at least three weeks prior to the application deadline to avoid delays and ensure your references have time to submit their reports. You can upload supporting documentation once you have completed the first part of your application. Your referees can also submit their references for you through the online system.

 

1) REVIEW THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Please ensure you have met the SFU and School of Sustainable Energy Engineering admission requirements. Click on the appropriate links below to learn about the admission requirements for the program you are applying to:

2) IDENTIFY A SENIOR SUPERVISOR

SEE graduate students are required to have identified a Senior Supervisor who has agreed to oversee the student’s research during their degree. Please click here for a list of supervisors who are recruiting students for the SEE graduate programs.

3) SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION

Please submit your application using SFU’s online application system. Here is a video to help you navigate the system: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kns-9n3papI.

4) PAY YOUR NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE

We cannot access your online application until you submit your non-refundable application fee. Payment is accepted by credit card only (MasterCard or Visa).

5) SUBMIT YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

It is your responsibility to submit all supporting documents through the online system, ensuring they are complete and legible.

6) MAIL SEALED OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO SFU

After you have received your offer of admission, you need to submit transcripts for any post-secondary institutions you’ve attended. If you have international credentials from a non-English speaking institution, you must send transcripts in their original language with certified literal English translations AND official degree certificate in the original language with certified literal English translation. More details about sealed official transcripts can be found here.


IDENTIFY A SUPERVISOR

The following faculty members are currently accepting SEE graduate students. Please note: while some of these faculty members are from the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering, they are also supervising students in the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering.

Majid Bahrami
Professor
School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Research Areas Include:

  • Thermal fliuds
  • Sustainable energy storage and management
  • Thermal management of hybrid electric vehicles  and emerging batteries

Learn more about Dr. Bahrami's research

 

Erik Kjeang
Associate Professor
School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Research Areas Include:

  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Mirofluidic and nanofluidic energy conversion devices
  • Fuel cell architectures and materials

Learn more about Dr. Kjeang's research

 

Taco Niet
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

Research Areas Include:

  • Energy systems modelling
  • Sustainable development
  • Wind and solar energy and storage

Dr. Niet is available to co-supervise SEE graduate students. Contact him at taco_niet@sfu.ca

 

Jiacheng (Jason) Wang
Assistant Professor
School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Research Areas Include:

  • Power electronics
  • Alternative energy conversion and integration
  • Plug-in electric vehicle charging

Learn more about Dr. Wang's research

 

Woo Soo Kim
Associate Professor
School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Research Areas Include:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • 3D printed sensors
  • Stretchable Electronics

Learn more about Dr. Kim's research

 

Gordon McTaggart-Cowan
Associate Professor
School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

Research Areas Include:

  • Clean transportation
  • Engine, vehicle and fuel system performance
  • Alternative and gaseous fuels

Contact Dr. McTaggart-Cowan at gmctagga@sfu.ca

 

Patrick Palmer
Professor
School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

Research Areas Include:

  • Sustainable energy generation
  • High power applications
  • PEM fuel cell applications

Learn more about Dr. Palmer's research


RESOURCE LINKS

For full details about the application process, admission requirements, tuition fees and scholarships, please visit the SFU Graduate Studies website: www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future.html.

Here are some useful links to help you get started:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the SEE graduate degree options and where can I find the admission requirements?

SEE currently offers Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree options. Admission requirements for SFU’s graduate programs can be found here: www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/fees-and-regulations/grad-regulation.html#1.3

Additional admission requirements for the SEE graduate programs can found using the links below:

Is my previous Bachelor’s Degree considered a “related field”?

Degrees obtained outside of an engineering specific field may be considered for admission. Your previous degrees should provide sufficient background to be successful in taking and completing all required coursework (including specific engineering / technical courses as identified in the SEE program description), and to contribute effectively to your supervisor’s research program. Prospective supervisors will assess this when reviewing applications. A list of SEE graduate supervisors can be found here.

What are the research areas in the SEE graduate program?

The program aims to offer a unique ecosystem for advanced research in sustainable energy engineering. Through training in formal coursework and hands-on research, SEE graduates will be capable of working with integrity to invent, improve, design and deploy sustainable clean energy technologies addressing the clean energy needs for now and the future. Candidates will develop a strong aptitude for research and exceptional quantitative, analytical, and design skills in areas such as sustainable harvesting, conversion, storage, distribution, utilization, transition, and management of energy and environmental resources.

Do I need to identify a supervisor prior to applying?

Yes, applicants must have identified a Senior Supervisor who has agreed to consider your application in order to be reviewed for admission to the program. Your application will not be considered until you have identified a potential Senior Supervisor. A list of SEE graduate supervisors can be found here.

What is the English requirement for the SEE graduate program?

When do I submit my supporting documents? What is the deadline?

After you have submitted you application (which includes paying your application fee), you will have one week to submit your supporting documents.

When will I hear back regarding the admission decision?

We try to process applications as they come in. Depending on when your application is submitted, applications may take longer than usual. After applications close, it may take a few weeks for applications to be reviewed.

International applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to ensure adequate time to obtain study permits and make travel arrangements. In some countries, it can take months to obtain a study permit, especially if a medical exam is required. Please contact International Services for Students with your questions regarding study permits. They also provide important information regarding immigration documents, health insurance, finding housing, and planning your arrival. Additional information for international applicants can be found here: www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future/international-applicants.html

I'm an international applicant. How long will it take for me to obtain a study permit, etc.?

International applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to ensure adequate time to obtain study permits and make travel arrangements. In some countries, it can take months to obtain a study permit, especially if a medical exam is required. Please contact International Services for Students with your questions regarding study permits. They also provide important information regarding immigration documents, health insurance, finding housing, and planning your arrival. Additional information for international applicants can be found here: www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future/international-applicants.html

What kind of funding will be given/available to students?

As with other programs at SFU, funding will be established upon mutual agreement between the student and supervisor.  Details regarding funding levels would be communicated by the supervisor as part of the offer of admission.  If detailed information is required sooner than this, it may be advisable to consider applying for a different program or a subsequent intake of the SEE program.

I have questions about the online application system. Who should I contact?

For your questions specific to the online application system, please contact SFU's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office: www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/contact.html

You can also watch this video to help you navigate the system: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kns-9n3papI.

What is a “sealed official transcript”? Who do I mail it to and when?

When you receive your official transcript from your former post-secondary institution, it will be sealed to indicate authenticity. Please do not open the envelope, and please ensure that it is sent to SFU in its original state. In most cases, your former post-secondary institution will mail it directly to SFU. After you have received an offer of admission, please ensure that your sealed official transcripts are sent to SFU's School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the application process). Sealed official transcripts must be received before the student begins their program. Please note that admission will be conditional on receiving official transcripts.