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University Of Catania And ST Launch Power Master’s Program

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Focused program looks to educate and expand the pool of professionals in leading edge power semi technologies

The University of Catania (Italy) and semiconductor company STMicroelectronics have announced a focused advanced master's degree program in Power Electronics Devices and Technologies.

Wide Band Gap semiconductor-based technologies are the new frontier of power electronics that guarantee more efficient performance in line with sustainable development. Looking to educate and expand the pool of professionals in the key power technologies for industrial sectors such as automotive, renewable energy, energy conversion and storage, the University of Catania Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering (DIEEI) and ST are launching an advanced master's degree program in ‘Power Electronics Devices and Technologies.'

“Training highly skilled professionals in power electronics is strongly demanded by the market to meet the needs identified by macro-trends in energy efficiency and sustainable development,” said Professor Mario Cacciato, coordinator of the Master's course. “This program offers master's graduates in various scientific disciplines (STEM) the opportunity to direct their education and training towards topics of great interest for research and industry. In addition, this new Advanced Master's degree represents a model of synergy between academia and industry aimed at the professional development and future employment of young talents.”

“Developments in power electronics play a key role in energy efficiency processes and make it possible for modern society to meet the challenge of sustainable development. Rapid changes in power electronics require training specialists with multidisciplinary skills,” said Giuseppe Arena, Program Management Office Director, Power Transistor Sub-Group, STMicroelectronics. “By combining theoretical lectures with experimental activities performed with experts from ST adds major value to the training and development of the next generation of highly skilled professionals.”

The new advanced master's degree offers both theoretical and practical training. Coursework is divided into 7 teaching modules, conducted in English. Lectures will be presented by university professors and professionals from ST, who will also act as mentors in the final internships inside the company's departments and research laboratories. Moreover, some lectures will be held at ST's Catania site. Trainees will also participate in seminars led by experts from several major international companies in the sector.

The advanced program is open to graduates holding a master's degree obtained in the last five years in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Automation Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical Industry Science and Technology. An excellent mastery of English is also required.

The advanced master's degree program will admit a maximum of 30 participants. It awards 60 university credits (CFU) upon completion. Moreover, the program will award a scholarship to ten participants, while other ten students will receive a contribution to cover tuition fees. Applications must be submitted by 19 September 2022. More information is available at st.com/master-power-electronics.

The Scientific Committee is composed of University of Catania professors Mario Cacciato (coordinator), Giuseppe Compagnini, Guglielmo Guido Condorelli, Salvatore Mirabella, Salvatore Pennisi and Antonio Terrasi, along with Giuseppe Arena, Michele Calabretta, Mario Saggio, Rosario Scollo, Filippo Scrimizzi, and Vincenzo Randazzo of STMicroelectronics.

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