The Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) was founded in 1743. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students in five faculties it is the largest university in northern Bavaria.
The Faculty of Engineering (Technische Fakultät) consists of five departments: Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Material Sciences, and Mechancial Engineering. The research fields with a special focus include modeling and simulation, high performance computing, new materials and processes, medical technology, embedded systems, optics, information- and communication-technology.
FAU's strength in patents, successful partnership strategy and high visibility in international research make it one of the most innovative European universities. As such Reuters consistently places FAU among the top universities in its ranking of Europe's Most Innovative Universities. FAU works with its international partners in complex research projects and promotes regular exchange in teaching and knowledge transfer. Especially in the Faculty of Engineering many scientific fields are closely interlinked in interdisciplinary projects and participate with demanding engineering applications in Erlangen’s International Master Program in Computational Engineering. The program offers several specializations:
- Automatic Control
- Computational Optics
- Information Technology
- Thermo-and Fluiddynamics
- Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
- Computational Materials Science
along with a strong foundation in computer science and applied mathematics.
The Faculty is located on its own campus (see picture above) in the southern part of the city of Erlangen, in close proximity to major international companies such as Siemens, Schaeffler and adidas. This high-tech conglomerate is located just 15 km north of the center of the metropolitan area of Nürnberg, which is also near the entrance to Franconian Switzerland, a region of romantic rivers, bizarre rocks, enchanting caves and medieval castles, which offers ideal opportunities for many outdoor activities.