Germany, Aachen

Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Product Innovation Summer School

when 25 June 2018 - 13 July 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 2800

In this Summer School you will have an introduction in the demanding topics of generating product innovations. You will get introduced into the aspects of mechanical engineering to create and engineer cutting-edge innovative products.

The "Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Product Innovation" Summer School is educationally conceptualized and conducted by the Institute for Engineering Design (IKT), Institute for Theoretical Information technology (TI) and the Institute of mechanism theory and dynamics of Machines (IGM) of the RWTH Aachen University.

The Institute for Engineering Design focuses especially on computer-aided product design and development - the elementary ingredients for innovation and technology leadership. Within their very interdisciplinary team, the IKT provides a practice-oriented education, which is based on distinct cooperation with international industry partners and application-oriented specific research. For decades, the IKT has been training outstanding engineers in the field of systematic product development as a worldwide recognized institution in the field of design methodology and product lifecycle management. In our four competency groups, research is being done on a broad interdisciplinary spectrum of current, future and industry-related issues.

Course leader

The RWTH International Academy works closely together with the International Office, the Language Center and the Institute for Engineering Design (IKT) of the RWTH Aachen University to offer a perfect mix of technical study and cultural experience.

Target group

You are a B.Sc./B.E. student enrolled at a renowned university, have profound knowledge of the English language and are studying mechanical engineering or a related field.

Desirable is the completion of the first year and basic knowledge in the following areas: Solid knowledge and interest in mathematics and basic knowledge in probability theory.

The minimum age to participate is 18 years. Students should have completed the first year of studies.

Please note:

An English language proficiency test is recommended.

Since the programme is taught in English you need to bring sufficient academic English language skills to be able to follow the course.

Course aim

The Summer School of mechatronic systems engineering and product innovation will introduce you to the fundamentals and challenges related to the engineering of mechatronic systems. Mechatronics is a dynamic, multidisciplinary subject combining three engineering fields: mechanical, electrical and software engineering. This complex intermeshing of disciplines requires profound technical expertise.

This highly integrated approach creates smart, inventive and evermore efficient solutions for a wide range of high-tech engineering problems.

Fundamentals of Machine Elements in Mechanical Design
Introduction to Mechatronic and Robotic
Information Theory and Coding
Introduction in Electrical Drives

The engineering of innovative mechatronic systems gain specific challenges which will be addressed in the summer school as well. As product development of mechatronic systems evolve the subsequent generation of products also grows in complexity. You will get introduced in these kind of challenges while working on practical case studies.

An intensive practical part will provide great opportunities to apply all the gained knowledge. The subjects can obviously only be treated with a limited level of detail, but must be detailed enough to apply the concepts on a design project which the students work on in competitive teams in second week. The case study will mainly focus on implementation of specific challenges in the conception of mechatronic systems with stepwise increasing complexity driven by new system objectives as a result of a product innovation process.

Credits info

2, 3 or 4 ECTS credits according to the workload (about 60 hours / 2 weeks, about 90 hours / 3 weeks and about 120 hours / 4 weeks)

Please note:
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Advisor!

Fee info

EUR 2800: The course fees include all lectures, laboratory courses and excursions, social events, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, all meals during social events and a public transport ticket for the respective time.

Early Bird Discount: complete your application until 1 March to get a 10% discount on the total fees - in case of admission!