Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Mechanical engineering is the study, design, construction, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is closely related with other disciplines of engineering such as materials engineering, metallurgical engineering, aerospace engineering, automotive engineering, manufacturing engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering. Because of its very central position within the field of engineering, mechanical engineering has probably the widest representation of any engineering discipline in university. Besides the core subject area of mechanical engineering, the merit of the Department covers as well materials and mechatronic engineering. Mechatronics is a modern area of engineering that integrates, in a synergistic manner, the principles of mechanics, electronics, and informatics. Tetsuro Mori, a senior engineer at the Japanese company Yaskawa Electric Corporation coined the term ‘mechatronics’ in 1969 from the combination of mechanics and electronics. While at the time mechatronics was just considered to be a combination of mechanics and electronics, over the time however the scope of the term has been expanded to cover more technical terms, in particular, informatics. TU-K already prides itself in the successful launch of various undergraduate degree programmes in this field, which are largely technical in nature.