Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is made up of four closely integrated departments, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science, and Mechanical and Process Engineering. Together they cover a unique breadth of research themes and provide teaching at the highest level that is closely focused on the main areas of research. The numerous Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes with an international orientation on offer here currently attract some 11,500 young people from around 100 countries. This and approximately 80 departmental chairs combined to make the Faculty one of the largest faculties of engineering in Germany.

Supported by seven affiliated and collaborating institutes, the Faculty quickly and efficiently translates the results of its research with partners in other national and international research institutions and in business and industry into practice. It is not only for this reason that engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen has an excellent reputation worldwide. It occupies leading positions in nanotechnology and in combustion research, conducts top-level research in automotive engineering, energy, environmental process engineering and solid state electronics, as well as in the optimisation of communications, radio and radar systems, energy grids, optoelectronics and interactive media systems. In association with the affiliated institute DST, the Faculty runs one of the largest Ship Technology and Ocean Engineering university institutes of its kind in Germany. Industrial Engineering produces graduates with a multitude of skills at the interface between engineering and management, particularly for the automotive industry, while Civil Engineering holds leading positions in the CHE ranking. Cognitive scientists and psychologists also belong to the Faculty of Engineering at the UDE.  This is because humans control devices and programme machines, and no matter what technical advances are made, human-machine interaction continues to be an important part of research.

Although strong links already exist between the four departments through collaborative projects and central research institutions, such as CENIDE (Center for Nanointegration), detailed discussions have been under way since 2015 regarding how, in the future, the Faculty might be organised across the Faculty’s four main areas of “Tailored Materials”, “Human-centred Cyber-Physical Systems”, “Energy & Resource Engineering” and “Smart Engineering” to achieve a more focused profile.