EIT InnoEnergy Master School alumnus Yifeng Zhong is taking his expertise and experience from his European education to land his dream job. He goes from working with one big industry player (ABB) to another – Huawei! Yifeng shares how he went from aircraft design to renewable energy, a journey that’s taken him to new countries and then back home again with an excellent job opportunity.
So, how did he end up in Europe? He explains, “I travelled to Europe as an undergrad exchange student, which was amazing. I loved Europe’s relaxed learning environment and cultural diversity. When it was time for my Master’s, I looked at EIT InnoEnergy! Their dual degree options allowed me to study in two countries and experience both cultures. And the Master’s in Renewable Energy programme’s focus on developing and utilising renewable energy technologies was a perfect fit.”
Yifeng shares how he landed his first job at ABB: “The Renewable Energy programme gives lots of connections to companies and institutes, and ABB has developed many graduate thesis positions in collaboration with KTH. With some guidance from alumni who have also worked there, I started my thesis on “Hydrogen Fuel Cell Degradation Simulation,” – reinforcing my dream to become a renewable energy business development engineer back home. ABB is an excellent company with a great reputation, and the experience was an important step in my career. And since ABB partnered with Huawei, it also benefited my job search! You can see how all these strings connect.”
Excited about his new position at Huawei Digital Energy, which integrates digital and power electronics technologies to develop clean energy, enable energy digitisation, and promote the energy revolution – he shares, “I work as a solar business development engineer where I’m responsible for major customer development, market opportunity insights, solar PV and energy storage solution design, project operations, and partner ecosystem construction. I often deal with PV manufacturers, PV project developers, and design institutes. It’s a challenging job, and I’m learning a lot!
After more than two years in Europe, Yifeng’s adopted a fresh perspective. He explains, “I developed a mindset of inclusion, diversity and sustainability, which is essential for my career development. Many destabilising factors exist in today’s world, but sustainable development and energy transition are inevitable trends. My advice for other students thinking of making the same European leap is to remember that boats that stay in the harbour may be safe, but that’s not what boats were built for. Stay open to trying new things and dare to challenge yourself. EIT InnoEnergy has much to offer – you just need to take advantage!”
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