Technische Universität Darmstadt Our Origins
We have been an internationally-oriented university ever since our • founding in 1877. Our pioneering achievements and our internationally recognized • scholars have contributed to significant progress in many fields. We are the scientific and cultural heart of Darmstadt and a vital • factor in the prosperity and progress of one of Europe’s most important urban regions. Our Achievements
We have built our worldwide reputation on education, research, • and providing answers to crucial questions of the future. Our focus on technology – from the perspectives of engineering, • the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences – ranges from basic research to applications for day-to-day life. factor in the university’s success is the fact that our students • Aandkeyscientists learn and conduct research together. We provide excellent training to prepare our graduates for the • best opportunities. innovative power has earned the support of business, science, • Our government and society. We collaborate with selected partners in all of these areas. Our Aspirations
Our goal is to be one of the top three universities of technology in • Germany. We strive especially to provide international leadership in the • increasingly important fields of energy and mobility, information and communications, and construction and housing.
At A Glance
We aim to attract continually increasing funding in order to • strengthen our profile and to continue to provide excellent services in the future. Our Approach
Our actions are governed by our sense of social responsibility to • science and education. are an autonomous university. Our responsibility and flexibility • We are the source of creative freedom and enthusiasm.
This is the university that invented the Electrical Engineer. And much more since then.
University Leadership President Prof. Dr. Hans JĂźrgen PrĂśmel University organization and development, appointment of professors, research profile, quality management Chancellor Dr. Manfred Efinger Budget, personnel, immovable property, infrastructure, legal matters Vice President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner Anderl (until December 2010) Vice President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka (starting January 2011) Knowledge and technology transfer, collaborations with industry and scientific institutions, founding companies, patent management, alumni and fund-raising Vice President Prof. Dr. Petra Gehring Academic infrastructure (university library, new media, e-learning, computer center), culture of interdisciplinarity, teacher training Vice President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Heilmaier Research and junior researchers Vice President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Motzko Teaching and learning
(Stadtmitte) • Downtown Lichtwiese • Botanical Gardens • (Botanischer Garten) Stadium • University (Hochschulstadion) Euler Airfield with • August wind tunnel
269 million EUR from the Federal State of Hesse (including funds for construction) (in 2009) 119 million EUR in thirdparty funding (in 2009) 600 acres of property 138 buildings
100 degree programs 13 departments 3 fields of study 21,000 students 272 professorships 4000 staff members
Facts and Figures
5 Collaborative Research Centers
1 Excellence Cluster “Smart Interfaces – Understanding and Designing Fluid Boundaries”
1 Excellence “Graduate School of Computational Engineering – Beyond Traditional Sciences” 3 LOEWE Centers:
of Advanced • Center Security Research
Darmstadt Helmholtz International Center for FAIR Center for Adaptronics – Research, Innovation, Application
of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Management of Uncertainty in Load-bearing Systems in Mechanical Engineering Integral Sheet Metal Design with Higher Order Bifurcations Nuclear Structure, Nuclear Astrophysics and Fundamental Experiments at low Momentum Transfer at the Superconducting Darmstadt Accelerator (S-DALINAC) Electrical Fatigue in Functional Materials Flow and Combustion in Future Gas Turbine Combustion Chambers
7 DFG graduate schools 5 DFG research groups 4 DFG priority programs 13 Emmy Noether research groups TU Darmstadt: Third-party funding in million EUR 2002
119,0 Mio. €
1 LOEWE Focus: Intrinsic Logic of Cities
Allocation of Third-party funding (2009)
2 Leading Edge Clusters of the Federal Republic of Germany: Forum Organic Electronics, Software Innovation
119 million EUR total
26 5 6
German Federation of Industrial Research Associations
Course offerings at TU Darmstadt Bachelor programs Bachelor Angewandte Geowissenschaften Angewandte Mechanik Architektur Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie Biologie Biomolecular Engineering Chemie Computational Engineering Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik Geschichte der Moderne Informationssystemtechnik Informatik Maschinenbau – Mechanical and Process Engineering Materialwissenschaften Mathematik Mechatronik Pädagogik Physik Politikwissenschaft Psychologie Sportwissenschaft und Informatik Umweltingenieurwissenschaften Wirtschaftsinformatik Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen/
Bauingenieurwesen Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen/ E-Technik Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen/ Maschinenbau Bachelor of Education Bautechnik Chemietechnik Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik Informatik Körperpflege Metalltechnik Joint Bachelor Anglistik Germanistik Geschichte Informatik Philosophie Politikwissenschaft Soziologie Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Teaching degrees for ‘Gymnasium’ Biologie Chemie Deutsch Geschichte Informatik Mathematik Philosophie/Ethik Physik Politik und Wirtschaft Sport
Master programs Master Architektur Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie Bauingenieurwesen Biomolecular Engineering Chemie Computational Engineering Electrical Power Engineering Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik Geodäsie und Geoinformation Germanistik Geschichte Geschichte, Umwelt, Stadt
Governance und Public Policy Informatik Information and Communication Engineering Informationssystemtechnik Internationale Studien/ Friedens- und Konfliktforschung International Urban Development Linguistic and Literary Computing Maschinenbau – Mechanical and Process Engineering Mathematik Mechanik Mechatronik Paper Science and Technology Philosophie Physik Politische Theorie Psychologie Technische Physik Technik und Philosophie Traffic and Transport Tropical Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology and Environmental Management Umweltingenieurwissenschaften Wirtschaftsinformatik Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen/ Bauingenieurwesen Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen/ E-Technik Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen/ Maschinenbau Master of Education Deutsch Englisch Ethik Evangelische Theologie Geschichte Informatik Katholische Religion Mathematik Physik Politik und Wirtschaft Sportwissenschaft As of: winter term 2009/2010
Teaching and Study Students 2009 Students
First semester and re-enrolled students
Law and economics
Social studies and history
Materials and geo sciences
Construction engineering and geodesy
Electrical engineering and information technology
Computer science Fields of study
Information systems engineering
Preparatory courses for foreign students
Preparatory German language courses
As of: 11.15.2009 (foreign nationals include those who graduated from a German secondary school)
1836 graduates in 2009
273 doctorates awarded in 2009
The degree program “Business Informatics” was ranked 1st for the 4th consecutive time by the weekly business news magazine “WirtschaftsWoche” on the strength of a survey of more than 500 human resource directors. Many other subjects at TU Darmstadt have also attained top marks in important rankings on studying, research and career opportunities.
5450 new students
19,000 users visited the
university library approx. 600,000 times in 2009. They accessed online media just under one million times.
86 percent of firstsemester students cite TU Darmstadt’s good reputation among the reasons for choosing this university.
I decided to study at TU Darmstadt ...
I’m particularly enthusiastic about... because I wanted to go to Germany and do a double degree, and TU Darmstadt was the university that my home university (KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm) had the best and most established connections with. Germany is quite famous for their good engineers and being here is of course the best way to improve my German.
the town which is really pleasant. And the people are nice. Particularly my colleagues in mechanical engineering are very helpful and friendly. I feel quite at home in Darmstadt. I also like the fact that the lectures are so structured. You have enough time to revise for exams at the end of the semester. Stefanie Goodwin, 23, Dual Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, 1st semester, Virginia Tech
Dennis Menchawi, 23, civil engineering, 7th semester, Sweden
I decided to study at TU Darmstadt ... for several reasons. Firstly, because of the good training TU Darmstadt’s famous for. Then there was the partnership between my university in France, the École Centrale de Lyon, and TU Darmstadt which offers students the option of taking a dual diploma after two years in Germany. Also I wanted to improve my German and discover the cultural differences between my homeland and Germany, which is very important if you’re working in an international context. Finally, I’m convinced that living abroad is really good for you. You become more adaptable and open to the world. Stephanie Schandlong, 23, dual diploma in civil engineering, 7th semester, École Centrale de Lyon
the excellent location of the university in the town centre. Everything you need for life as a student is close by. You can easily get to the university buildings, the library, the canteen and the halls of residence on foot or by bus. The town is very compact. There are good cafes, bookshops and supermarkets. The hall of residence is on the edge of town next to a nice wooded area – ideal for jogging, cycling or taking photos with other students and friends. Tomofumi Sato, 27, exchange student in politics at TU Darmstadt, 2008/2009, Master’s 2010 in International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University, Japan
I’m particularly enthusiastic about ...
TU Darmstadt's Partner Universities – A Selection
in reputation: top international engineering scientists who receive funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation choose TU Darmstadt as their preferred location for a research stay in Germany.
foreign nationals graduate annually
Australia Curtin University Queensland University University of New South Wales
Canada University of British Columbia
China Tongji University Tsinghua University
South Korea Seoul National University
Brazil Pontificia Universidade Católica Universidade de São Paulo
Argentinia Universidad Católica Argentinia
Finland Helsinki University of Technology
Alexander von Humboldt Fellows and
France École Centrale de Lyon École Centrale de Paris École Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPÉLEC) Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble
obtain a doctorate
conducted research at
TU Darmstadt in 2009.
Foreign students at TU Darmstadt– by continents
Sweden Chalmers University of Technology Royal Institute of Technology Switzerland École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Singapore Nanyang University of Technology National University of Singapore Spain Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Thailand Thammasat University
India IIT Madras
Turkey Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Italy Politecnico di Milano Politecnico di Torino
Netherlands Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
United Kingdom Imperial College London
Mongolia Mongolian University of Science and Technology
Japan University of Tokio Keio University Waseda University Nagaoka University of Technology
USA University of California Virginia Tech University of Colorado University at Buffalo University of Illinois
Approximately 50 student groups are engaged in cultural, political, sporting, social or international activities.
1,128 million hot meals
were served by Student Services in the Stadtmitte and Lichtwiese cafeterias in 2009.
coffees were ordered at the newly opened “TUbar” in TU Darmstadt’s central reception building in 2009.
2,454 beds in 13 student residences were rented out by Student Services in 2009.
Honors People with a global impact Günter Behnisch, professor of architecture at TU Darmstadt since 1967, designed the Munich Olympic Stadium, which was built in 1972. In cooperation with TU professor of architecture Werner Durth, he built the Berlin Academy of Arts, which opened in 2005. Jovanka Bontschits became the first female graduate (Diploma) of TH Darmstadt and the first female Master of Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) in Germany in 1913. Franziska Braun was the first female student to enroll at TH Darmstadt in 1908. She majored in architecture. Hans Busch, appointed to TH Darmstadt in 1930, is the father of electron optics. Michael von Dolivo-Dobrowolsky, assistant to Professor Erasmus Kittler from 1885 to 1887, invented the first functional three-phase motor while working at the Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG) in 1888. In 1891, he conducted the world’s first long-haul transmission of electrical energy. Rudolf Goldschmidt, professor at TH Darmstadt from 1911, developed a high-frequency machine which established the first wireless transatlantic radio connection between Germany and the US.
Peter Grünberg, 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics. The highly distinguished professor began his career studying at and obtaining a doctorate from TH Darmstadt. Gerhard Herzberg, 1971 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He studied at TH Darmstadt from 1924 until 1928 and also obtained his doctorate from TH. Banned from working in 1935, he emigrated from Nazi Germany. Wolfgang Hilberg, inventor of the radio-controlled clock, was a professor at TH Darmstadt from 1972. Rolf Isermann was appointed to TH Darmstadt in 1977. A doyen of digital automation technology and mechatronics, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) voted him among the top ten of the world’s most important researchers in emerging technologies in 2003. Erasmus Kittler was appointed to TH Darmstadt in 1882 – to the world’s first professorship for electrical engineering Eugen Kogon, a Christian antifascist, persecuted and deported by the Nazis, was appointed to TH Darmstadt's first professorship for political science in 1951. He is considered one of the masterminds and a moral authority of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as one of the pioneers of the European Union.
Heinrich Kosmahl, who obtained his doctorate in physics from TH Darmstadt in 1949, relocated to the Ballistic Missiles Defense Agency in the US in 1956 and later to NASA. He earned special recognition for developing and patenting the “travelingwave tube”. El Lissitzky, painter, architect, typographer, and co-founder of Constructivism, studied architecture at TH Darmstadt from 1909 until 1914. Winfried Oppelt was appointed to Germany’s first professorship for automatic control engineering in 1957. Robert Piloty was appointed to the professorship for information processing and digital engineering in 1964. He was one of the founding fathers of information technology programs in Germany. Iris Rady became the first female professor for art history at TH Darmstadt as well as the first female professor in this subject in Germany in 1934.
Achim Richter was appointed professor of physics at the university in 1974. He laid the groundwork for the functioning of modern particle accelerators. His research in the areas of experimental nuclear physics, accelerator physics and the investigation of quantum chaos has been recognized at the highest level around the globe. Harald Rose was professor of applied physics at TU Darmstadt until 2000. Thanks to his basic research, atoms were made visible for the first time, and electron microscopy became one of the key tools in modern natural sciences. Theo Schultes, who obtained his doctorate at TH Darmstadt in 1934, developed the world’s first radar early warning system the following year. Gerhard Sessler developed the electret microphone in the US together with James Edward West; it is still produced by the billion today. He was appointed to TH Darmstadt in 1975. In the 1980s, he invented the first silicon condenser microphones. In 1999, he was inducted into the US “National Inventors Hall of Fame”.
Eminent alumni Frank Rainer Asbeck, director of the EU Satellite Center (mathematics and physics) until 2009 Olaf Bartsch, CEO of Miele & Cie. KG (industrial engineering) Wolfgang Bauer, CEO of Dyckerhoff AG (industrial engineering) Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Daimler AG board of management (industrial engineering) Dagmar Bollin-Flade, managing partner at Christian Bollin Armaturenfabrik GmbH (mechanical engineering) Dr. Werner Brandt, financial director at SAP AG (business administration) Prof. Dr. Ernst-Otto Czempiel, co-founder and former director of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt Dr. Kurt H. Debus, former director of the Kennedy Space Center Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, deputy director and chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, professor for Economics of Climate Change at TU Berlin (economics)
23 Christoph Franz, deputy CEO of Lufthansa (industrial engineering) Prof. Dr. Ines Geipel, author and professor of dramatic verse at the School of Dramatic Arts “Ernst Busch” in Berlin, co-founder of the “Archive of persecuted literature in the GDR” (philosophy and sociology) Frank Gerstenschläger, board member of Deutsche Börse Gruppe (industrial engineering) Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. mult. Ernst Dieter Gilles, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems (electrical engineering) Prof. Dr. Salomon Korn, vicepresident of the Central Council of Jews in Germany (architecture and sociology) Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Krupp, president of Frankfurt University from 1975–1979, long-time president of the German Institute for Economic Research, former senator and deputy mayor in Hamburg, former board member of the German Central Bank (economics) Dr. Rolf Kunisch, member of the supervisory board of Beiersdorf AG, chairman of the executive board until 2005 (industrial engineering) Dr. Katharina Landfester, director of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz (chemistry)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner, chairman of the supervisory board of Deutsche Telekom, until 2008 partner and CEO of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA (industrial engineering and mechanical engineering) Dr. Ulrich Middelmann, deputy chairman of the executive board of ThyssenKrupp (mechanical engineering) Hans Dieter Pötsch, director of finances and controlling at Volkswagen AG (industrial engineering) Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, director of passenger transportation at DB Mobility Logistics (industrial engineering) Prof. Dr. Hermann Requardt, board member at Siemens AG (physics) Peter Schnell, co-founder of Software AG and founder of the Software AG Foundation (mathematics) Prof. Dr. Udo Steffens, president of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (political science) Chaim Weizmann, first Israeli president (chemistry) Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johann Dietrich Wörner, president of TU Darmstadt from 1995 until 2007, since then CEO of the German Aerospace Center (construction engineering) Prof. Dr. Klaus L. Wübbenhorst, CEO of the GfK group (industrial engineering)
At the heart of Darmstadt, city of science ... with more than 30 research and other academic institutions: • European Space Agency ESA /ESOC • Weather satellite organization Eumetsat • GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research • German Institute for Polymers (DKI) • three Fraunhofer Institutes ... with corporations of global importance: • Merck (liquid crystals) • Wella (cosmetics) • Software AG (IT business solutions) • Deutsche Telekom AG (communications) ... with culture: • The Mathildenhöhe is an icon of building history and a center of Art Nouveau. • The Darmstadt-based German Academy for Language and Poetry confers the annual Georg Büchner Award, Germany’s most important literary prize.
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