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Keeping people at the center of technological systems

Faculty V Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems

3D Cave im Fraunhofer Institut.
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By purposefully combining the fields of mechanical engineering, transport systems and psycho-logy, Faculty V offers a unique research platform for knowledge and engineering sciences. At the center of our scientific work: the examination and characteriz-ation of complex systems with their interacting technical, social, ecological and economic components. This is also the basis for the Faculty’s leitmotif:
Keeping people at the center of technological systems.
The core competencies of Faculty V include the following topics:
– Evolution of technical systems
– Mobility and energy-efficient traffic systems
– Interaction between humans and technology

The diversity of our Faculty chairs provides broad expertise in the engineering sciences and beyond. Efficient and sustainable products and processes are important components of our research and development activities. Building on the knowledge gained in the Faculty’s core disciplines of mechanics, design and acoustics, all kinds of resource-efficient vehicles for surface and air transport systems can be developed. One example of these activities is the research cluster ‘E-Mobility’, with its around 20 TU Berlin chairs and in which Faculty V plays a pivotal role.

Beyond these product-focused competencies, the planning aspects required to improve the efficiency of ground and air transportation carriers are also considered. Moreover, the production processes required to meet application and usage demands can be optimized directly within the Faculty.

To emphasize the importance of a human-centered technological world, our engineers cooperate closely with psychologists in the key interdisciplin-ary research field of human-machine systems. It is important to guarantee the safety and security of such systems, in as much as incalculable risks can arise whenever collaboration between man and machine breaks down, whether during surgeries or in air traffic control towers. Research and academic activities in this subject area are explicitly and intentionally linked with our interdisciplin-ary Master’s program “Human Factors”, the only one of its kind across Germany.

Our students benefit greatly from such close linkage between research and academic instruction at both the basic and application-oriented levels; our students have excellent prospects in terms of finding employment upon completion of their studies. The broad appeal of Faculty V’s Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs turn our graduates to highly qualified specialists who are in high demand in both Germany and abroad. The three core Bachelor’s programs “Transport Systems”, “Mechanical Engineering” and “Physical Engineering Science” are augmented by the advanced Master’s programs such as “Aeronautics and Astronautics”, “Transportation Planning and Operation”, “Production Engineering” and “Biomedical Engineering”. All our degree courses are accredited by ASIIN e.V.

All this gives students and doctoral candidates the options they need to specialize in the areas of basic or applied research. We have set up a dedicated platform for networking with our students. This network gives students the opportunity to make contacts with specialist fields at other TU Berlin faculties, with on-campus and extramural research institutions as well as with spin-off companies and private industry. Faculty V has also earned the “Seal of Quality” from the “Faculty Association Process Technology and Mechanical Engineering” (FTMV).

In addition to significant financial support from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the European Union and German Federal Ministries, we also profit greatly from broad cooperation with industry. The strength of Faculty V is also characterized by close networking and the ability to adapt to the needs of the society and a consistent strategic vision. We participate in numerous important collaborative research projects including Transregio and technology transfer programs, a DFG graduate school as well as four interdisciplinary research networks and several intra-university research areas. Faculty V serves as the host institution for the DFG Collaborative Research Center “Sustainable Manufacturing – Shaping Global Value Creation”. Important components of the Collaborative Research Center “Substantial efficiency increase in gas turbines through direct use of coupled unsteady combustion and flow dynamics” (TurbIn) are covered by chairs of Faculty V as well.

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