Skills and knowledge in process engineering are essential for any occupation in the processing industries, as well as in all branches of the recycling and waste management industries. These involve traditional sectors such as chemical industry, food processing, and pharmaceutics, as well as modern areas such as biotechnology, research, development, and use of new materials as well as optimisation of recycling concepts. Tasks include the development and design of new processes, the conceptualisation and optimisation of processors and assisting in product design.
The title 'Biotechnology, Environmental- and Process Engineering' refers to the three foci of this degree programme, namely biotechnology and chemical industries and related environmental issues. Principles of sustainability serve as guidelines, this means that maximum resource conservation and minimal environmental burden are priorities for the production of commodities and consumer goods. This requires the ability to assess environmental impact, compare and optimise biotechnology and chemical process engineering.
The degree course aims at equipping students with the fundamentals in process engineering. This enables them to resolve process engineering problems that arise during production operations in an efficient and professional manner. Students will learn how to convey process engineering workflows with mathematical models; based on this, students will be able to independently develop ideas for process optimisation. Aside from the technical aspects, ecological and economical factors will also be considered.
The technical training involves mathematics, natural sciences, computer science and engineering fundamentals, which will be linked to process engineering tasks. For the further course of studies, students chose one focus:
- Process engineering
During an internship, seminars and interdisciplinary projects, small groups of students work on supervised projects and laboratory exercises. This helps them to prepare for the challenges and tasks that they will have to face in the process engineering industry. Moreover, they will enjoy the benefit of teamwork and interconnected thinking. Collaboration with institutes and companies ensure that students can put the acquired know-how into practice and get to know people from the industry. As social competences are becoming increasingly important, the curriculum also includes language and communication studies.