The Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering

by Lausanne, HEC School of Management February 7th, 2008
Today the need for young engineers in industry is higher than the number of graduates receiving degrees from German universities. As a result there are two perspectives for beginning students: a fully developed department with the best study conditions at an attractive university and numerous job opportunities for its graduates.

Presently there are 19 active research groups in teaching and research. Alongside the 16 professors and 3 junior professors who serve as directors of the research groups, the department has 140 academic and 40 non-academic co-workers. The department offers three diploma degree courses in Mechanical and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Informatics, and Bio- and Environmental Process Engineering, a Bachelor degree course in Mechanical Engineering, four Master degree courses in Mechanical Design & Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering & Fundamentals, Materials Science & Engineering and Process Engineering and additionally a Bachelor/Master study course which ends with a Teaching Certificate for Vocational Schools.

A technical internship, which may be undertaken before or during studies, is mandatory for all study courses.

All diploma degree courses consist of an initial phase and an advanced phase. Final examinations must be taken in both phases. The subjects offered during basic studies provide the students with fundamental principles which are deepened during the advanced phase by focusing on practice-oriented contents. For the diploma degree course with the most number of students, Mechanical and Process Engineering, the following focal points are offered:

Subjects in Mechanical Engineering:

  • Installation Systems Technology
  • Automation and Control Systems Technology
  • Energy Technology
  • Precision and Microtechnology
  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
  • Construction Technology
  • Human Machine Interactions
  • Production Technology
  • Product and Production Planning and Organization
  • Vehicle Engineering
  • Materials Technology (Polymers, Metals, Compound Materials).

Subjects in Process Engineering:

  • Plant Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Particle Technology
  • Process Technology
  • Reaction Technology
  • Thermal Process Technology
  • Environmental Process Technology.

Students with a high degree of competence in French are recommended to undertake an integrated study course with France either with ENIM in Metz or with INSA in Rouen.

During the main studies of the diploma degree course in Bio- and Environmental Process Engineering, the following fields of specializations are available:

  • Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Advanced Process Technology
  • Advanced Environmental Process Technology.

In the Bachelor/Master study course for the Teaching Certificate for Vocational Schools students can deepen their knowledge during the Master course in:

  • Materials and Production
  • Machines and Vehicle Technology
  • Process Engineering.

In addition, there is a minor subject to be chosen (electives are: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, social studies, sports) and the necessary courses in vocational education.

The reforms undertaken in the last years by the department have led to changes in the curriculum. For example, decisively stronger than before, emphasis is placed upon the methodical competence and the ability to work in teams; study abroad is demanded and recognized; and the foreign language education is strongly supported. Further efforts will lead - probably in winter semester 2008/09 - to close the diploma study courses and offer a wider variety of Bachelor and Master degree courses. The content of these study courses will represent partly the content of the current diploma courses partly new developed curricula as, for instance, Commercial Vehicle Technology.

Research in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering concentrates on fundamental questions and practical work in the field. All research groups are concerned with a variety of themes, many of them interdisciplinary. Some research groups participate in the research area fields promoted by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate: "Ambient Intelligence", "Innovative Light Weight Structures", "Materials for Micro- and Nanosystems". Further research activities are undertaken in the "Centre for Production Technology", in the transfer centres for "Innovative Low-Temperature Joining Engineering", the "Interdisciplinary Research Centre Recycling" and the "Centre for Human-Machine-Interaction". The department participates in the Research Training Groups "Engineering Materials on different Scales: Experiment, Modelling and Simulation", "Engineering Materials and Processes", "Visualization of Large and Unstructured Data Sets Applications in Geospatial Planning", "Modelling and Engineering". Through the cooperation of the department with the "Institute for Composite Materials" (Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe - IVW) a number of comprehensive centres of contact for scientific associated projects exist.

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