Overpopulation, climate change, scarcity of raw materials. We need creative ideas and innovative technologies to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Mechanical engineers are also in demand here. Besides sound technical and scientific knowledge, they are specialists in solving problems. Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences (RWU) is sharpening the profile of its mechanical engineering degree program and offers three new, future-oriented study options in Engineering Design, Mobility Design and International Project Engineering.
Engineering Design, Mobility Design and International Project Engineering
From everyday appliances like coffee machines to automobiles to airplanes, these products need to be engineered and designed in a calculated way. “There will always be a need for experts in design, materials and production,” says Michael Niedermeier, professor of lightweight design and structural materials at RWU. “In order to prepare our students for the technological requirements and markets of the next decades, we have our eyes on the future with the three new offerings.”
In addition to technical fundamentals, the focus of the Engineering Design study option is on teaching basic design principles, such as sketching, product design and aesthetics. In Mobility Design, the focus is on construction and design in vehicle technology. The study variant International Project Engineering aims at international cooperation and is conducted in English. In cooperation with the Penang Skills Development Center and Malaysian companies, students can gain expertise in an international environment.
Mobile with the Wheelmobile
Emily Huber studies mechanical engineering with Engineering Design at RWU and focuses on the limited mobility of people with walking disabilities. “Around 1.4 million Germans rely on a wheelchair,” says the student, “and much of the infrastructure, especially in urban areas, is still not accessible for people with impairments.” As part of her study project in “Product Design and Aesthetics,” Emily developed a solution to this problem: the wheelchair-accessible small vehicle “ROXI.”
Thanks to its slim design, the electrically powered cab on three wheels gets to places that a passenger car can not reach. ROXI also differs from other small vehicles because it has a 3.75-meter ramp. The ramp can be extended if necessary, making it easier for people on wheels to get in.
Combining training and a bachelor’s degree
Besides the traditional seven-semester bachelor’s degree program, RWU also offers a mechanical engineering degree program that integrates training. Within four and a half years, in addition to the academic Bachelor of Engineering, a degree in an IHK (Chamber of Industry and Commerce) training occupation is acquired.
The mechanical engineering program at RWU starts in the summer and winter semesters. The International Project Engineering study variant starts in the summer semester each year.
Text: Vivian Missel