A global consensus on the urgency to enact measures to mitigate climate change has emerged in recent years, culminating in December 2015 with the Paris Agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21). 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, global climate deal to limit to 2°C the rise in global temperatures. The agreement also states its aim of limiting the increase to 1.5°C, which would significantly reduce the risk of climate change for ecosystems and human populations. The future of energy production and particularly renewable energy generation capacities lies at the heart of efforts to reach these new goals.
The transformation in energy production is generally known as the “energy transition.” This shift away from fossil fuels and towards more sustainable alternatives has become not only a political and environmental imperative but also an economic one. The technologies and business models of this changing energy landscape call for increasingly sophisticated expertise.
Even if several renewable energy sources (wind, solar, biomass, hydro and marine power) are highly promising, there are still challenges involved with managing their intermittency and making accurate, reliable power generation forecasts. This, in turn, makes it difficult to determine their financial viability.
Finally, the capacity to manage environmental resources and to study the interactions between the geophysical environment, energy production, and consumption will continue to grow more important. Corporations, research teams, and public bodies alike will need experts that combine cutting-edge technical know-how, a complete understanding of the interactions between energy and the environment, and a strong entrepreneurial streak to carry projects forward in this new landscape.
This is precisely the kind of rich, multidisciplinary training for which École Polytechnique is world-renowned. Treating energy and the environment as two equal parts that will determine our climate future, the Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM) Graduate Degree provides a sophisticated understanding of energy in the 21st century. Based on a foundation of engineering and applied sciences training, the STEEM program offers graduates the tools to understand the socioeconomic context of climate change and to master the evolutions of our relationship with energy.
At École Polytechnique, we are committed to delivering programs that emphasize excellence in the applied sciences while providing a complete understanding of their industrial, economic, and social context.
The Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM) Graduate Degree offers you real-world technical expertise on environmental issues and renewable energy sources, along with an in-depth understanding of the economic, social, and geopolitical challenges to their development.
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Our holistic approach includes a strong management component, taught by professors from our partner business school HEC, to ensure you are ready to tackle the business and organizational challenges of this rapidly evolving sector. Part of your technical training will also be delivered by ENSTA ParisTech professors researching cutting-edge energy engineering solutions.
Alongside your coursework and research, you will receive expert insight via a series of masterclasses, where leading industry and regulatory figures will outline their strategy for navigating the energy landscape in the 21st century.
The STEEM program emphasizes hands-on, experimental learning by inviting you into with the worlds of research and industry, notably through four to six-month internships. To begin with, each student will be assigned to one of our degree professors involved in high-level research in order to benefit from their one-on-one mentoring.
On the École Polytechnique campus and within the Plateau de Saclay business and research cluster, you will have access to an exceptional concentration of high-level research facilities, including:
Paris-Region Photovoltaic Institute, a partnership between École Polytechnique, the CNRS, and global industry leaders including Total and EDF.
Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL) environmental science research network, with strong ties to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and its on-site Sirta observatory.
École Polytechnique and Paris-Saclay campus research laboratories, startups, business incubators, fablab, and experimental facilities.
Upcoming EDF R&D research center, a unique research environment on renewable energy sources, intermittency, and smart grid management.
The professional orientation of the STEEM program is strengthened by our industrial partners, such as Total, EDF, Saint-Gobain, Air Liquide, Schneider and many more. These partnerships present a wide range of opportunities, including scholarships, high-value internships, and Ph.D. funding.
Finally, our program is part of the European KIC InnoEnergy Consortium and its Renewable Energy program. Therefore, candidates may also apply via this European Master's Program and spend one year at Ecole Polytechnique and another one at a partner university.
Comprising high-value industrial partnerships, internships, and international academic exchanges, the Energy Environment: Science Technology and Management (STEEM) Graduate Degree is designed to ensure you are ready for a new professional world upon graduation.
As evidenced by the considerable amount of industry support for this degree, the skills you will acquire are increasingly in high demand across corporate, research, and public sectors. The COP21 alone resulted in commitments from 195 countries to submit an assessment of their renewable energy capacities, along with a timeline for their transition to a low-carbon or carbon-free society.
Our graduates will be ideally suited to meet the needs of both technical know-how and managerial expertise to implement energy and environmental policies for leading manufacturers, innovative start-ups, and public organizations.
During the two-year program, you will have a wide range of opportunities to build relationships with École Polytechnique’s local and international industrial and research partners. The management skills you acquire will be a significant asset in your career progression.
The STEEM program is also a gateway to a research career, with our proximity to numerous research institutions providing an ideal platform to pursue a Ph.D. with funding from our industrial or academic partners.
For the internationally focused, the perspectives offered by the STEEM Graduate Degree naturally carry over to career opportunities around the world. Our international partnerships in energy, environment, industry, and research sectors provide you with the perfect platform from which to launch your global career.
Applicants must hold or expect to hold a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering or Physics, or "Diplôme d'ingénieur" prior to the beginning of the program.
For more information on the admission criteria and procedure, please visit our website.
Student life at École Polytechnique extends far beyond academic courses. Sports, performing arts, student clubs and activities not only enrich students’ time on campus, but also offer wonderful opportunities for learning, networking and developing important skills outside of the classroom.
École Polytechnique is pleased to provide accommodation on campus for all graduate degree students given that they request it within the given timeframe.