Academic education cannot exist without scientific research, especially at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Research topics at this faculty are both numerous and various. They encompass the complete scope from fundamental long-term research to bilateral research in close cooperation with the industry. An important part of the research happens on an international level: international projects or cooperation with universities or companies abroad.
Research at the faculty exists in a wide variety of engineering disciplines. In each discipline there is room for both fundamental long-term research and concrete problem-solving research.
Research can be divided into seven important groups, being:
- architecture, urban construction and civil engineering;
- mechanics and energy conversion;
- materials engineering and chemistry;
- electronics, photonics, computer science and ICT;
- applied mathematics and physics, system theory;
- biomedical engineering;
- industrial management.
The doctoral programme plays an important role in research activities. A significant amount of research at the faculty is done by Masters of Engineering during their doctoral programme. In the course of the usually four-year doctoral programme, Masters of Engineering become independent researchers, having done innovative research and written a doctoral dissertation.
Research in numbers
- 15 departments;
- about 50 research teams;
- 5 to 30 researchers per research team;
- in all about 400 researchers;
- 100 full-time and 43 part-time professors;
- about 250 supporting members of staff (administration and technical staff);
- 40 to 50 Doctoral Degree’s per year;
- about 700 international publications per year.
Since 2000 the faculty organises a yearly PhD symposium where future Doctors of Engineering propose their research activities. On the one hand the symposium forms a forum where researchers can get in touch with each other, on the other hand it gives outsiders and students a clear picture of the wide variety of research done at the faculty.
The wide variety of research activities at the faculty is possible thanks to an equally wide variety of financial resources.
The most important financial resources are:
- doctoral scholarships;
- projects aimed at fundamental long-term research;
- projects on an industrial or social level, often in cooperation with companies, institutions for higher education, universities;
- bilateral projects with companies;
- projects on an international level;
- international research mobility (Marie Curie programme).