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The Department of Mechanical Engineering is part of KIT's Area 3 "Mechanical and Electrical Engineering" together with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, four Helmholtz programs, and eight institutes of the large-scale research area. The department consists of more than 20 institutes with about 1,000 employees, including about 40 professors, 460 scientific employees, and 200 employees in administration and technology. In addition, there are several hundred tutors and scientific assistants.



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Pentecost exclusion 2024 of the Institute of Internal Combustion Engines

The Institute of Reciprocating Engines (IFKM) is once again offering a Whitsun excursion this year. This time it's off to MTU Friedrichshafen on Tuesday 21.05.24. In addition, the IFKM will visit Audi Formula Racing GmbH in Neuburg an der Donau with the students the following day on 22.05.2024. The participants can look forward to two days of exciting insights into top companies.


The number of participants is limited to 20 students.
To register, please send an email to exkursion@ifkm.kit.edu.
Further organizational information can be found here.

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Südwestmetall sponsorship award for Ali Riza Durmaz

With the Südwestmetall sponsorship awards, the association honors outstanding young academics. The awards are announced annually at all nine state universities and presented at an academic ceremony. The faculties range from business administration and economics to engineering, business mathematics, information science and law. This year, Mr. Ali Riza Durmaz received the Südwestmetall Sponsorship Award at KIT for his dissertation entitled "Experimental and Data-driven workflows for Microstructure-based Damage Prediction". The faculty would like to congratulate Dr. Durmaz.

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Department Teaching Award for Alexander Stroh

With the Department Teaching Awards, the KIT Presidential Board honors individuals, working groups or organizational units of the KIT departments responsible for teaching whose courses are characterized in particular by research- and application-oriented teaching modules as well as new forms of teaching and learning, interdisciplinarity or high topicality of the specialist knowledge imparted. This year's Department Award for Mechanical Engineering goes to Dr. Alexander Stroh from ISTM for his lecture "Introduction to Computational Fluid Mechanics". The students particularly appreciate the highly interactive nature of the course and the intensive support provided by Mr. Stroh and his team. Video


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QS World University Ranking Edition 2024

In the 2024 edition of the "QS World University Rankings by Subject", KIT is ranked 46th worldwide in the field of natural sciences and 48th in engineering sciences. In Germany, KIT ranks 3rd in both subject areas. Overall, KIT is among the top 100 universities worldwide in 15 subjects. In the field of engineering sciences, KIT ranks best in chemical engineering (21st worldwide, 1st in Germany), mechanical engineering (37th worldwide, 3rd in Germany) and petroleum engineering. In this subject, KIT appears in the ranking for the first time and directly achieves 29th place (Germany-wide: 1st place). Press release


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Lecture in heaven: How students become (high) flyers

Theoretical foundations are important and correct. As a research university, KIT is committed to research-oriented teaching and research-based learning in order to promote practical skills.


That's why the Akaflieg University Group and the Institute of Fluid Mechanics (ISTM) have designed a joint lecture that brings both together. The “Aerodynamics” lecture not only gives students a feel for practical work, but also includes a test flight with a glider pilot as a special highlight. Read more in Clickit magazine.

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Pentecost exclusion 2024 of the FAST Mobima

In 2024, FAST Mobima will again be offering a Whitsun excursion. This year it is paying a visit to the DLG test center in Groß-Umstadt, the Linde Material Handling company in Aschaffenburg and the Argo-Hytos company in Kraichtal.


There will be plenty of time, among other things, during a wine tasting to talk to developers from the companies in a relaxed atmosphere. Mobima is looking forward to getting to know the companies better together with the students.


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