Additional Research Projects

ENGINE: Engineering goes international

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In order to prepare for diverse labour markets and to recruit international students, the offer of foreign language (especially English) higher education with an international profile becomes increasingly important. The project ENGINE project addresses this need with several measures.

Together with international partners, ENGINE develops an engineering case study in mixed international teams. This also enables students with limited physical mobility (e.g., due to professional obligations) to make virtual experiences abroad. Case-development is based on extensive previous experience from interdisciplinary workshops and case studies. The student teams have to solve several technical and non-technical, country-specific tasks. Solutions are presented online to world-wide distributed lecturers. In order to ensure a sound practical orientation, the case study scenarios are based on real-world companies use cases. The small (20%) research part of the project develops country-specific parameterizable demonstrators for the teaching case study (for example a 3D-printed robot vehicle).

In the course of the case studies, ENGINE expands the existing international university network and defines 1-3 focus partners for the FHTW study programs in mechatronics/ robotics, mechanical engineering and international business engineering, with whom a particularly intensive co-operation should be set up (e.g., joint degree, joint curriculum development, research projects).

In order to make UAS Technikum Wien courses sustainably attractive in an international context (establishing the university as an adequate academic partner), ENGINE examines the areas in which foreign-language engineering courses could be created in cooperation with the international partners, and defines respective internationalization measures in the curricula (learning content, learning targets, methods, lecturers, literature and also mobility windows). In terms of content, ENGINE identifies country-specific differentiation requirements for teaching in the engineering environment (e.g., due to different technical standards, intercultural peculiarities, deviating financial/ legal systems). Teachers may be supported with training courses. Also important are gender/ diversity goals (e.g., taking into account the heterogeneous professional experiences of engineers who work in fundamentally similar engineering projects worldwide).

UAS Technikum Wien students benefit from this offer in many ways: They are able to actively apply their expertise in the international science language. They are better prepared for the international labour market, and already have own intercultural experiences, even in case, their personal situation (e.g., occupation, care obligation, salary, health restriction) does not permit a stay abroad. As a synergy effect ENGINE strengthens the possibilities for student mobility and enables international encounters with incoming students "at home" by expanding the worldwide network of partners.

Well-chosen dissemination measures stimulate university-internal multi-use and external accessi-bility to the project results for Viennese (higher) schools, companies and the population.

Zeitraum

November, 2017 to October, 2020

Fördergeber

Stadt Wien

Institut

Advanced Engineering Technologies

Projektteam

FH-Prof. Dr. Corinna Engelhardt-Nowitzki

Program Director

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Biokunststoffe - vom Wissen zur Anwendung

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A tailor-made seminar on bioplastics and their application is carried out for 10 Austrian companies. Motivation: ""Bioplastics"" are materials made from renewable resources and/or biodegradable. Well-known examples are thermoplastic starch (TPS) and polylactic acid (PLA); Bioplastics are characterized by a higher sustainability than fossil plastics (e.g. resource conservation, climate change, microplastics in the sea). However, they are also more expensive than fossil plastics and have a narrower processing window. Today, bioplastics have a market share of 2%, and their distribution is steadily increasing. In practice companies struggle with unknown characteristics and processing difficulties of bioplastics, as well as with questions of positioning.  Among the 10 companies, there is a high level of knowledge about conventional plastics. However, bioplastics require special knowledge, which is not common. This knowledge is typically built up by the manufacturers individually, and there is no wide educational offer with regard to bioplastics. This was confirmed by a research in the German-speaking world in July 2017.

Qualification objectives: The participating companies have experience with conventional plastics; The knowledge about bioplastics is still very limited. The aim is to increase the level of knowledge of bioplastics to that of conventional plastics. The seminar aims at specific applications (1 product per affiliate company). Within the framework of this project, production-safe and market-oriented bioplastics products and their positioning are discussed. In advance, there was a joint preparatory workshop (1/2 day on June 9, 2017) to detail the needs of the companies. The measure ""BioKSem"" consists of a 5-day training. After the training, there is an individual follow-up with the participants (one day each) to ensure the transfer into practice (outside project budget and scope, provided by the organizers). The focus of the qualification measures is based on the practical feasibility.

 

Zeitraum

October, 2017 to March, 2018

Fördergeber

FFG

Institut

Advanced Engineering Technologies

Projektteam

PD DI Dr. Maximilian Lackner , MBA

Teaching

+43 1 333 40 77 - 491
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DI Gudrun Kinz

Deputy Program Director

+43 1 333 40 77 -716
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IoCEST - Internationalisation of the Curricula in Engineering, Environmental, Smart Cities and Sport Technologies

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IoCEST („Internationalization of the Curricula in Engineering, Environmental, Smart Cities and Sport Technologies“) is a project dedicated to establishing structural and curricular frameworks in the context of internationalization of teaching/teacher training/didactics. Its aim is to provide all students at FH Technikum with the opportunity to obtain a variety of intercultural and international competencies which serve as beneficial and profitable key skills for the national and international employment markets.

Despite the fact that internationalization works as a strategic and defining factor at FH Technikum, only a number of students is able to profit from the ideal parameters of its diverse programs, which is, in part, due to the diversity of the student body. In order to fulfill our role as an institution of higher education, to meet economic as well as societal expectations, and to prepare all students for the job market to the best of our abilities, this project pursues three main objectives: First, IoCEST is invested in internationalizing the curricula of 13 selected degree programs at FH Technikum in order to embed the acquisition of key competencies and skills within the respective courses.

The formulation/verbalization of “international learning outcomes” forms the basis of this objective; within this frame, measures with the regard to the internationalization of the respective programs can be taken. In collaboration with 9 strategic international partner institutions, this project seeks to create synergies within the frame of FH Technikum’s curricula as well as student and staff mobility in order to support and foster research cooperation and carve out the additional benefits of teamwork for all involved parties. Second, the project intends to develop and implement a “Certificate for Cross-Cultural Competences for Engineers.” In the context of program modules, all students at FH Technikum will be given the extracurricular opportunity to obtain this intercultural certificate and thereby make their international and intercultural skills visible and marketable. The third objective concerns the development and realization of a study module in the context of “Industrial Engineering.”

This program, which uses English as its medium of instruction, comprises courses in the fields of mechanical engineering, renewable energy, smart cities, mechatronics, sports technologies, as well as gender and diversity, and is mainly offered to incoming international students. This module will be interconnected with the “Certificate for Engineers” and thereby made available to all students as a type of “internationalization at home.” IoCEST is predicated on the diversity of the study body and is set on joining internationalization with the unique qualities of the individual subject disciplines. In this way, students devoted to technical modules and programs receive optimal preparation for the national and international employment markets.  FH Technikum’s international orientation as well as its investment in domains such as Industry 4.0, Renewable Energies, Smart Cities, and Sport Technologies innervate its status as a high-value, forward-looking tertiary institution, both in Vienna and on an international level. On a larger scale, FH Technikum strengthens Vienna as a business and industry site in this way.

Zeitraum

September, 2017 to August, 2020

Fördergeber

Stadt Wien

Institut

Social Competence & Management Methods

Projektteam

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Thomas Wala, MBA

Program Director Innovation and Technology Management

+43 1 333 40 77-628
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Mag. Florian Ellinger

Coordinator Incoming Students

+43 1 333 40 77-641
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FH-Prof. DI Peter Franz

International Coordinator Renewable Energy

+43 1 333 40 77-570
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Ing. Momir Tabakovic, MSc

+43 1 333 40 77-573
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DI (FH) Patricia Kafka

Deputy Program Director MSc Sports Equipment Technology

+43 1 333 40 77-364
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DI (FH) Stefan Litzenberger, MSc

Deputy Program Director BSc Sports Equipment Technology

+43 1 333 40 77-377
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FH-Prof. DI Dr.techn. Harald Wahl

PD Transport & Environment, PD Integrative

+43 1 333 40 77-236
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Mag. Nicolai Sawczynski, MAS

Department Coordination

+43 1 333 40 77-275
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Nicole Sagmeister, MA

Rector's Assistent

+43 1 333 40 77-261
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eLearning Endowment Professorship

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By implementing a sustainable eLearning strategy for the university as a whole , the eLearning Endowment Professorship aims to make an essential contribution to the flexibilization of vocational studies. eDidactic methods and eLearning tools are going to be systematized. Subsequently these methods and tools are going to be enrolled to all types of study degrees at UAS Technikum Wien. The implementation of new Blended Learning study types additionally contributes to the flexibilisation of vocational studies. Trainings about eDidactic methods and eLearning tools as well as Gender Mainstreaming trainings and Diversity Management activities are going to secure and increase the quality of the employees‘ competences. The efficiency of these trainings is going to be verified by the qualification program „eQUAL“, which will also be developed during the eLearning endowment professorship. Furthermore, the Professorship‘s online platform will support continuous information and knowledge transfer.

Zeitraum

September, 2015 to August, 2019

Fördergeber

City of Vienna

Institut

Management, Business & Law

Photonics - Foundations and industrial applications

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The project is focused on the implementation and extension of student courses and laboratory sessions in step with actual practice. The connection to practical applications will be established by experiments that are suitable for use in lectures and laboratory sessions. Experiments are planned from the fields of quantum cryptography, imaging systems, light-emitting-diodes and foundations of optics. The experiments are planned in high reproduction to ensure small student groups and efficient learning and gender equality. In project sessions students will work with colour- and brightness-controll-units. Photonical concepts of sensorics, instrumentation and optomechatronics will be studied and the use of photonical technologies from traffic and intelligent transport systems for image processing, augmented reality will be used in laboratory and project sessions.

Zeitraum

September, 2014 to August, 2019

Fördergeber

Stadt Wien

Institut

Advanced Engineering Technologies
Elektronik und Telekommunikation
Embedded Systems

Projektteam

Ing. Mag. Dr. Gerd Krizek

Coordination warm-up courses and advanced courses

+43 1 333 40 77-511
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FH-Prof. Dr. Wilfried Kubinger

Automation & Robotics

+43 1 333 40 77-493
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FH-Prof. DI Dr. Christian Kollmitzer

Vice Rector

+43 1 333 40 77-270
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FH-Prof. DI Mag. Emil Simeonov

Program Director Intelligent Transport Systems

+43 1 333 40 77-380
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