Ilan Momber completed his pre-university education with an honorary diploma from Centennial High School in Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A., in 2002, and concluded it with the matriculation exam (Abitur), from Askanische Oberschule (Gymnasium), Berlin, Germany in 2004. During his studies, he decided to re-locate to the Rhône-Alpes Region of France, to join the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Genié Industriel (ENSGI), in Grenoble. There, he was given the opportunity to make first contact with power systems, while interning in the production planning department of a Siemens Transmission & Distribution factory, manufacturing 72-145 kV gas-insulated substation equipment.
However, the pivotal experience drawing him into power systems research, was during his Diplomarbeit, on the topic of “Integrating Plug-In Electric Vehicles in Microgrids”, which he developed in cooperation between Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (FhG ISI), Karlsruhe and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California. He was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His research granted him the degree of Business & Industrial Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in 2010 and encouraged him to pursue post-graduate studies in academia within the SETS Joint Doctorate at Universidad Pontificia Comilas (UPCO) in Madrid, Spain, as well as Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Between working in UPCO's Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica (IIT), and KTH's Electric Power Systems Department, he spent half a year at the Department of Statistical Science of University College London (UCL), UK, to deepen his understanding of stochastic optimization and econometrics.
Ilan successfully finished his doctorate with the highest possible grade mentioned: Outstanding.