Institute of Automotive Engineering
The Institute of Automotive Engineering (IFK) is a competence center for all aspects related to vehicle development.
It provides the corresponding resources for the degree programs Automotive Engineering (B. Eng.), Automotive Engineering (M. Sc.) and the interfaculty Master's program Mechatronics (M. Sc.) and thus ensures an excellent preparation for the professional future of its students.
We consider ourselves as a practice-oriented research institute which is valued by our project partners as a reliable and innovative development partner and at which numerous research and development projects are being carried out.
A broad interdisciplinary team of scientists covers all facets of vehicle development, from individual components and assemblies to entire vehicles and integrated mobility concepts.
The team is supported by numerous experienced and qualified employees, who contribute their know-how and expertise to numerous laboratories and technical facilities in various research projects as well as in teaching.
The institute maintains relations with a large number of universities and non-university research institutes at national and international level. Especially in the field of internationalization, we are proud to give our students the possibility to accomplish a double Bachelor's degree in cooperation with the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico. In research, the participation in international collaborative projects guarantees, among other aspects, strong networking within the scientific community.
On the one hand, the transfer into practice takes place through our graduates, who can easily start their professional career in the automotive industry and its suppliers as well as in the field of expert witnessing due to their well-founded education. On the other hand, there are numerous bilateral projects and long-term collaborations with the private industry sector.
Further information about the competences offered at our institute can be found on the numerous websites of our facilities and laboratories.
However, two outstanding, inter-institutional and inter-faculty projects, which are thematically and spatially concentrated at the Institute of Automotive Engineering should be highlighted.
The IFK hosts eMotorsports Cologne, the Formula Student Electric Team of TH Köln and the association FH Köln Motorsport e.V.. Both teams compete in the international competition with vehicles that are classically powered by combustion engines and one electrically powered vehicle.