Faculty of Mechanical Engineering: a Faculty in Change
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering has a long and very successful tradition and has institutes as members, some of which are older than 100 years. Committed to this tradition, we must not forget that the world, and with it the issues relevant to us, are evolving and that completely new challenges are being faced.
These challenges relate to the content of our research and thus to essential questions of humanity, such as the safe and environmentally compatible production and provision of energy, questions of nutrition and health. This has led to a different approach to research methods, as there is no longer enough expertise in only one discipline to answer them.
In line with the RWTH strategy of the Integrated, Interdisciplinary University, intensive cooperation has developed in recent years with the natural sciences and medicine, among others. This development is reflected in numerous joint research activities with other faculties as well as the many profile areas in which our faculty is involved.
The changes described do not only affect research, but also researchers. New career paths have been opened, e.g. in the form of a tenure track, and the general promotion of young scientists has been strengthened, as documented by the increasing number of professorships and habilitations in the faculty.
This change will continue to accompany us and it is our task to shape it jointly and consciously. The willingness for change and the collaborative action of all colleagues and staff has made our faculty strong and will continue to keep us strong in the future. By implementing our research results, we make a significant contribution to society.