What is Electrical Engineering?


Old science — highly modern

Since ancient times, people have known phenomena that we now call electricity. Everyone knows the experiment with the rubber rod and the cat skin to generate static electricity from school. Since the 18th century, first for the amusement of upscale circles, and since about the middle of the 19th century, electricity has also been used practically. Because with the discovery of the electrodynamic principle by Werner von Siemens, it was possible to produce electrical energy in large quantities.

Without electrical engineering, today's world would be unthinkable

Today, everyone in the industrialized nations and in the emerging markets is surrounded by electrical engineering at all times. so much so that it is no longer even noticed. In practically all areas, life without electrical engineering would no longer be conceivable. Just imagine what it would be like if researchers and engineers like Alessandro Volta, André Marie Ampère or Werner von Siemens had not worked out the fundamentals of electrical engineering.

By the way, the capacitor was almost invented in Duisburg! In case its inventor Pieter van Musschenbroek had not left the old University of Duisburg for Leiden beforehand. Otherwise, the "Leiden bottle" would probably be called the "Duisburg bottle" today.


Warum Elektrotechnik studieren?

Electrical engineering is a tremendously broad field. From materials research in nano dimensions to the transport of electrical energy over distances of hundreds of kilometers or information networks spanning the entire world, electrical engineering covers an area like almost no other technical field does. Therefore, anyone interested in a technical degree will find a field of activity that matches his or her areas of interest.

 The fields of activity of electrical engineers in their profession are as broad as the applications of electrical engineering. Far from being complete, here is a list of the most common fields of work:

  •     Research and Development
  •     Design/Planning
  •     Production
  •     Sales
  •     Service
  •     Programming
  •     Test labs
  •     Marketing
  •     Training/Teaching

There should be something for everyone!

What can I expect during my studies?

Studying electrical engineering at a university is quite challenging. Therefore, you should have an affinity for the MINT (STEM) subjects mathematics and physics, because they are the base for all engineering sciences.

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