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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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KIT International Excellence Fellow Prof. Natasha Merat at the IFAB

Transport scientist Prof. Natasha Merat from the Institute for Transport Studies at Leeds University has been awarded the KIT International Excellence Fellowship. This will intensify the existing cooperation between the two institutes this year with a research stay of several months by Natasha Merat at IFAB. The ifab is very pleased to welcome Prof. Natasha Merat to the institute this year. Both institutes are already working together to ensure that this stay will be a great success.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert StieglitzKIT-Zentrum Energie
We are mourning for Prof. Dr. Robert Stieglitz

The KIT Department of Mechanical Engineering mourns the loss of Prof. Dr. Robert Stieglitz from the Institute of Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology (INR) and the Institute for Applied Thermofluidics (IATF), who passed away suddenly and far too early on December 6, 2023. With Robert Stieglitz, we are losing a brilliant scientist, institute director and mentor who made a special contribution to the convergence of the university mission and large-scale research at KIT. The faculty will honor his memory. Our thoughts are with his family.

A book of condolence is available in the Dean's Office, in which you are welcome to sign.

Foto des Teams des SFB 1574KIT/ wbk
SFB 1574 is intended to stop serious resource consumption

Until now, remanufacturing, i.e. the refurbishment of used products, has been considered the process with the highest standard in terms of the quality and guarantee of the refurbished products. "It is the only circular process that can compete with a new product in these respects. However, the vision of the CRC 'Circular Factory' goes far beyond this. It is to make integrated linear and circular production of new products with individual refurbishment possible on an industrial scale," says Professor Gisela Lanza, head of the wbk Institute of Production Engineering at KIT and spokesperson of the CRC. The CRC 1574 "Circular Factory for the Perpetual Product" at KIT is funded by the DFG with around 11 million euros. KIT press release

Study information day for students and other interested parties

On Wednesday 22.11.2023, a varied program awaits students of the course levels and prospective students. We will answer your questions and offer guided tours of the South and East Campus. You can already register for the guided tours. Please indicate the time of the tour in your registration. You will find the relevant email addresses in the program.

If you are interested in the Mechanical Engineering, MatWerk, MIT or MEI degree programs, your first port of call should also be our free tea bar in the "old mechanical engineering building" building 10.91 ground floor in front of the Redtenbacher-HS. At the faculty and student council stand, we will help you plan your tailor-made taster day.

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International Afternoon Mechanical Engineering

On November 15, 2023, the traditional International Afternoon of the KIT Faculty of Mechanical Engineering will take place with interesting lectures for all students of our faculty who would like to spend part of their studies abroad. You can expect a comprehensive overview of all the possibilities of a study-related stay abroad. The faculty's own programs as well as general exchange and internship opportunities will be presented.


The detailed program can be found here and, as always, on the ISIM website.

Studierende beim KontruktionswettbewerbKIT Fakultaet Maschinenbau
Freshmen welcome at Europa-Park

This morning, 23.10.2023,  about 350 first semester students of the KIT Faculty of Mechanical Engineering started in buses towards Rust near Freiburg. Again this year, the welcome of our newcomers takes place at Europa-Park, where they can expect a lot of information about studying, insights into technical requirements of construction and operation of amusement rides, and a lot of fun. At the moment, the construction competition might be just entering the final round. Here you can already find some impressions from this morning.

 Up-Date 24.10.2023: Press Release  and Group picture for download and Picture gallerie

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