RWTH Aachen Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

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The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is one of the nine faculties at the RWTH Aachen University and is widely recognized as one of the foremosts of such a faculty in Europe and the world.[1][2] It was established in 1880 and has produced several notable individuals including Wendelin Wiedeking, Hugo Junkers, and Jesco von Puttkamer. Theodore von Kármán, a pioneer of modern Aerodynamics, accepted a position as director of the Aeronautical Institute in 1912. Several projects are assisted by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the European Union. Approximately 7,100 students are enrolled in the faculty. The faculty received a high amount of funds granted by third-party donors in the last years.

The faculty is closely affiliated with the German Universities Excellence Initiative as all the three lines of funding, including the institutional strategy, one graduate school, and three clusters of excellence, involve chairs and institutes from the faculty. No other similar faculties in Germany obtain such a distinction. This fact underlines the prominent quality of the faculty in research and education vis-à-vis other similar faculties in Germany.

The faculty is divided in about 50 chairs and institutes. There are cooperations with the Jülich Research Centre and the four Fraunhofer Institutes in Aachen. The research activities of the faculty are organized according to the following several fields:

Rankings and Degrees awarded[edit]

The university was ranked 17th by QS World University Rankings and 23rd by US News in 2013 for mechanical engineering.[3][4]

The following Degrees are awarded in mechanical engineering:


  1. ^ Wagner, Philipp. (2009-04-29) Ranking: Best universities in Germany – RWTH scores high | RWTH TIM Group Blog. Retrieved on 2013-09-18.
  2. ^ [1] Archived December 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ QS Rankings
  4. ^ US News Ranking

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