Division III ‒ Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Division III of the KIT consists of the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology as well as Mechanical Engineering and the corresponding institutes of the University Sector. It also includes the Helmholtz programmes Materials and Technologies for the Energy Transition (MTET), Nuclear Fusion (FUSION) and Nuclear Waste Management, Safety and Radiation Research (NUSAFE) and the institutes IAI, IAM, IHM, ITES, IMT, INE, INR, and ITEP of the Research Sector.

Since January 01, 2014, Professor h.c. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Knebel has been Head of Division III.

Joachim Knebel
Head of Division

Prof. h.c. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Knebel
Tel.: +49 721 608-25511

Contact Team Division 3

Key Innovation and Systems in the Fields of Energy, Mobility, Production, Automation, Man-Machine-Interaction, Information Technology and Medical Engineering.


Sike BehrensKIT
Silke Behrens appointed as KIT professor

07.05.2021: The President of KIT awarded Dr. Silke Behrens (IKFT) the title of "Professor" in recognition of special achievements in research and teaching. Ms. Behrens conducts research at the Institute for Catalysis Research and Technology on nanoscale functional materials in catalysis. Her activities strengthen the subject Power-based Fuels and Chemicals of the Helmholtz program MTET. Ms. Behrens is also a member of the Council for Research and Promotion of Young Scientists (CRYS) at KIT and of the advisory board of the ProcessNet subject group Nano- and Mesoscopic Systems of DECHEMA.

Jana HofmannKIT
Janna Hofmann receives Südwestmetall Award

05.05.2021: In 2021, nine young scientists were awarded the sponsorship prize of the Südwestmetall employers' association. From the Institute of Production Technology (wbk), Dr.-Ing. Janna Hofmann was awarded for her dissertation on "Process modeling of five-axis needle winding for the implementation of a trajectory-based wire tension control".

KIT Faculty Teaching Award ETIT for Ahmet Cagri Ulusoy

28.04.2021: In the context of this year's digitally organized KIT Annual Celebration, the 2021 Faculty Teaching Award of the KIT Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology was awarded to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ahmet Ulusoy, Institute of Highest Frequency Technology and Electronics (IHE), for his outstanding digital courses, in particular "Electronic Circuits" for BA students and "Radio Frequency Electronics" for MA students. The proposal was made by the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Student Council and was very well supported unanimously by the Study Commission and KIT Faculty Council.

Elektrothermischer Speicher Franziska Müller-Trefzer, KIT
On the way to large-scale thermal storage

26.04.2021: High-temperature technologies are enabling electrothermal grid storage systems that can buffer large amounts of energy from renewable sources. In the LIMELISA (Liquid Metal and Liquid Salt Heat Storage System) joint project, scientists at the Institute for Thermal Energy Technology and Safety (ITES) and the Institute for High Power Pulse and Microwave Technology (IHM) at KIT and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are developing the necessary foundations together with the industrial partner KSB. The BMWi is funding the research with 3.8 million euros.

Elektronenstrahlschmelzen bringt sprödes Metall in FormMarkus Breig, KIT
Electron beam melting brings brittle metal into shape

26.04.2021: At 3,422 degrees Celsius, tungsten has the highest melting point of all metals. It is ideal for use where things get really hot, for example for space rocket nozzles, heating elements of high-temperature furnaces or in fusion reactors. However, the metal is also very brittle and therefore difficult to process. Researchers at the Institute of Applied Materials - Materials Science (IAM-WK) of KIT have now found an innovative approach to "soften the brittle": They developed new process parameters for the electron beam melting (EBM) method in order to be able to process tungsten as well. EBM is an additive manufacturing process in which electrons accelerated under vacuum selectively melt metal powders, thus creating a 3D component in lightweight design additively, layer by layer.

Übergabe der UrkundeTRK GmbH
TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe successful with RegioWIN 2030

20.04.2021: On 14 April 2021, the TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe was awarded a prize in the RegioWIN competition of the state of Baden-Württemberg for its competition entry and its regional development strategy up to the year 2030. Particularly noteworthy: The TRK is one of the few regions where all three submitted projects were awarded. As a result, these projects will receive a combined total of 19 million euros in funding.


Image: Handover of RegioWIN 2030 certificate to TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe GmbH by Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut MdL, Minister of Economics, Labor and Housing Baden-Württemberg.

FJOH 2021 Virtual School "High-fidelity Modelling and Simulation of Nuclear Reactors"

19.04.2021: The 2021 Frédéric Joliot & Otto Hahn summer school (FJOH), jointly organized by CEA and KIT will be held in a fully remote format from August 25 to September 03, 2021 on the title of “High-fidelity Modelling and Simulation of Nuclear Reactors: Turning a Promise into Reality”.

Prof. Ehrenberg, Fleischer und Seifert Mitglied im Beirat „Batterieforschung Deutschland“KIT
Prof. Ehrenberg, Fleischer und Seifert Mitglied im Beirat „Batterieforschung Deutschland“

8.4.2021: Um das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) in Fragen der strategischen Forschungsplanung auf dem Gebiet der elektrochemischen Energiespeicher zu beraten, wurde der Beirat „Batterieforschung Deutschland“ gebildet.
Aus dem Bereich 3 wurden Prof. Jürgen Fleischer, Leiter des wbk Instituts für Produktionstechnik, und Prof. Helmut Ehrenberg, Leiter des Instituts für Angewandte Materialien (IAM-ESS) zusammen mit Prof. Hans Jürgen Seifert, Leiter des Instituts für Angewandte Materialien (IAM-AWP) als Mitglied in den Beirat „Batterieforschung Deutschland“ berufen. Aufgabe des Beirates ist u.a. das Entwickeln und Bewerten von Vorschlägen sowie die Formulierung von Empfehlungen zu Förderprogrammen und Themenclustern. In den Beirat werden Persönlichkeiten berufen, die über besondere Erfahrung und Kompetenz im Bereich der Batterietechnologie verfügen. Der Beirat setzt sich aus Vertretern von Hochschulen und außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen sowie aus der Industrie zusammen. Die Mitglieder des Beirates sollen die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette von Batterien abdecken.

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