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Computational Engineering

Summer University Term 3: July 23rd - August 16th


Course price: 1850 Euros

18 hours of class a week, 5 ECTS, max. 24 participants


In this course, participants will learn the theory of mechanics and electromagnetism for computing engineering systems like MEMS (Micro/nano electro Mechanical Systems), which we use daily in several electronic devices.

The course is appropriate for participants with backgrounds in: Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, applied physics, engineering and computer science, computational engineering and biomechanical engineering.

Learning Goals & Syllabus


The emphasis of this course is on a theoretical understanding of problems in continuum mechanics and electromagnetism, as well as their computations. Participants will understand and apply the theory of electromagnetism for deformable bodies by using open-source codes in Python (programming language) and will simulate physical systems using their own laptop.


A syllabus for the course can be found HERE (PDF, 41,5 KB).

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

Course components

Lecture topics:

tensor algebra, continuum mechanics (elasticity, plasticity, electromagnetism), Python Numerical methods: variational formulation, finite element and finite difference method


Students form themselves in groups of 3 and will have assignments to submit, where they solve engineering problems in elasticity, plasticity, electromagnetism, piezoelectricity.

The textbook is published here:

http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007 %2F978-981-10-2444-3It will be (freely) available for participants.


The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.

In addition, participants in this course must have completed at least two of the following courses:

  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical System Design
  • Physics (Mechanics or Electricity & Magnetism)
  • Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra
  • Programming Methodology (worked with any programming language)




Dr. Bilen Emek Abali


Dr. B. E. Abali has been a researcher and lecturer in various institutes around the globe such as Technische Universität Berlin, Technical University of Munich, Turkish-German University and the University of California, Berkeley.

He starting running his own course on Computational Reality at TU Berlin in 2014 and has since published a book of his lecture notes. 


Please direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: . We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.

Brochure & Poster Download

Check out our Brochure (PDF, 1,7 MB) and Poster (PDF, 288,2 KB) for Summer 2018! 

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