Press Release 028/2011

Students Give Impetus to Industry

Close-to-Practice Education Is in the Focus of “Integrated Product Development” at KIT: Students Present Their Waste Paper Treatment Ideas
Ideenpool: KIT-Studierende entwickeln Lösungen für Unternehmen (Foto: IPEK)
Pool of ideas: KIT students develop solutions for enterprises. (Photo: IPEK)

Implementing the contents of studies in two close-to-reality projects: An example of close-to-practice education at KIT is the seminar “Integrated Product Development” at the Institute of Product Engineering (IPEK). In the current semester, 42 students focused on the topic “Innovative Materials Processing – From Waste Paper to the Chest”. The partly spectacular prototypes will be presented by the young engineers at the final event on Friday, February 18, 14.00 hrs, at the Tulla Hörsaal of KIT. Rep-resentatives of the media are cordially invited.

“Holistic and target-oriented proceeding when developing products in the enterprise environment, this is in the focus of our seminar concept,” says Professor Albert Albers, Head of IPEK. Training covers process models, scenario and creativity methods as well as project management. Parallel to the seminar, an innovation project is conducted. Under the direction of IPEK staff members, the students apply their knowledge to a real development problem. The project partner in the 2010/2011 winter semester is Voith Paper, Ravensburg. The 42 IPEK students developed solutions concerning the topic “Innovative Materials Processing – From Waste Paper to the Chest.”

In total, 395 product ideas were developed, 112 of them were elaborated further to product concepts. Seven solutions were finally implemented in a prototype and validated. These solutions will be presented by the future engineers at the final event on Friday, February 18, 14.00 hrs, at the Tulla Hörsaal on the KIT Campus South (Englerstrasse 11, building 10.40). This event will be followed by a get-together at about 16.00 hrs with a visit of the product engineering center (IPEK, Kaiserstrasse 10, building 10.23, fourth floor). Journalists are kindly ask to register using the form attached.


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,600 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 23,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

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