The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) was founded in 1743. With an enrollment of 23,000 students in eleven faculties it is now the second largest university in Bavaria.
The Faculty of Engineering (Technische Fakultät) consists of five departments in Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Material Sciences, and Mechancial Engineering. Research fields of special focus include modelling and simulation, high performance computing, new materials and processes, medical technology, embedded systems, optics, information- and communication technology.
In the highly competitive funding ranking of the German National Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the University Erlangen is continuously in the top ten nationwide. The third-party funding per professorships within the Faculty of Engineering is ranked even in the top five reflecting the highest league of research in Germany. All scientific fields in the faculty are closely interlinked in interdisciplinary projects, and they all participate with demanding engineering applications in Erlangen's International Master Program in Computational Engineering . The program can therefore offer several specializations, including
- Automatic Control
- Computational Optics
- Information Technology
- Thermo-and Fluiddynamics
- Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
- Computational Materials Science
together with a strong foundation in computer science and applied mathematics. Extensions to Computational Physics and Computational Optics are being planned for the near future.
The Faculty is located on its own campus (see picture above) in the southern part of the city of Erlangen, in close neighborhood with many engineering and life-science companies, among which Siemens may be internationally the best known. This high-tech conglomerate is located just 15 km north of the center of the metropolitan area of Nürnberg and just south of the entrance to the Franconian Switzerland, the country of romantic rivers, bizarre rocks, enchanting caves and medieval castles which offers ideal opportunities for many outdoor activities.