The Faculty of Engineering combines a broad spectrum of technical fields, from Electrical Engineering and Information Technology to Mechanical Engineering, Material Technology and Civil Engineering, under a single roof. The presence of cognitive scientists and social psychologists within the Faculty, particularly in the fields of media and communication, further adds to the study and research potential.
The Faculty of Engineering not only offers a broad range of subjects, but also a number of specializations that are only available at very few universities in Germany. In the city with the world's largest inland port and a high-tech steel industry, courses are available in Ship Technology, Logistics, Foundry, Metallurgy and Metal Forming. These are accompanied by various international engineering courses which attract students from all over the world.
The fact that engineers are quite literally bridge-builders is reflected in the many interdisciplinary research and teaching projects in which they are involved. For example, engineering combines with economics and business administration in courses such as Economic Engineering and Technical Logistics, and with the natural sciences in NanoEngineering. This kind of interdisciplinary collaboration is traditional in the Faculty of Engineering.
The interaction between the natural sciences and engineering along the entire research chain, from the basic principles to technical application, has gained national recognition. This is one of the main reasons behind the successful location of several Collaborative Research Centers at the university.
Engineering is making groundbreaking contributions in many fields, including nanotechnology, the automotive industry, mechatronics and system dynamics, micro and optoelectronics, smart antenna and cable technology. Excellent research work is similarly underway in energy and environmental process engineering, for example in drinking water research or fuel cell technology. Researchers in combustion and gas dynamics are currently on the trail of the engine of the future.
The many special features of the Faculty also include its on-campus laboratories for fire detection and high-voltage engineering. The work at these unique facilities not only includes ongoing optimization of the sensor technology in fire detection systems, but also development of innovative high-performance cable, for example for offshore wind parks. The Faculty has five associated institutes, including IUTA, whose staff of around 160 makes it one of the largest process engineering institutes for energy and environmental technology in Germany. Its work centers on projects for practical application in the fields of aerosols and particulate matter, nanotechnology, functional surfaces, future power supply, and highly toxic substances.