The Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics (rbz) is a newly established research and teaching network in which the Bosch Group, Reutlingen University and the University of Stuttgart have joined forces. This unique cooperation is the first of its kind in Germany.
In order to set up and operate the rbz, the Bosch Group, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the universities are to invest a total of more than 30 million Euros over the next ten years for new academic chairs and infrastructure. The Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics has branches in Reutlingen and Stuttgart. At the rbz students can take Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs that focus on power and microelectronics, and can study in Stuttgart or Reutlingen, depending on their chosen program. There is also the possibility of studying for a doctorate. The close cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH provides practical industrial training, which gives students the best possible preparation for the demands of developing the technology of the future. The Network for Power Electronics has a total of six academic chairs. Four of these will be new, three at Reutlingen University and one at the University of Stuttgart. There are already two existing academic chairs at the University of Stuttgart. In addition to the financing of the professorships, totaling 17 million Euros over the next ten years, Bosch will also provide the opportunity for experiments in semiconductor manufacturing, worth an additional two million Euros.
Reutlingen University has its roots as a Weaving School which was jointly founded by the Kingdom of Württemberg and the local textile industry in 1855. Reutlingen is located just 40 km south of Stuttgart, in an attractive location on the edge of the Swabian Alb. The university has more than 5800 students, and possesses a strong international focus. In addition to the Engineering programs, the university offers degrees in Business Studies, Computer Science and Design.
Ever since the founding of the Department of Automation Engineering in 1984, the engineering courses have benefited from the proximity of a major factory of Robert Bosch GmbH; situated a mere 1000 m from the university, this plant develops and produces electronic components for the automotive sector. Teaching staff are particularly interested in joint research projects, whilst for students this proximity offers a good opportunity to gain practical industrial experience while studying.
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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods and building technology, some 270,000 associates generated sales of 38 billion euros in fiscal 2009. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros for research and development, and applies for over 3000 patents worldwide.
The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group. Bosch develops and produces among other things components and systems of power- and microelectronics, that will be incorporated in future automotive drive systems in hybrid and electric vehicles. Over and above that Bosch also designs and develops power electronics for photovoltaic systems for the renewable power generation of the future.
University of Stuttgart - Research University of International Standing
The University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829, at the beginning of the industrial age in Europe. The cooperation between technical, physical and human sciences has always been an advantage of the University of Stuttgart. Its eminent standing as a research university, and the wide spectrum of subjects that it offers, mark the university as an internationally recognized and forward-looking center for science and research. The university focuses its research efforts on the eight interdisciplinary fields of Modelling and Simulation Technologies, New Materials, Complex Systems and Communication, Concepts of Technology and Technology Evaluation, Energy and the Environment, Mobility, Integrated Product Design and Production Organization, and Building and Housing. Behind this lies the vision of undertaking research on the whole life-cycle of a product. This involves not only the technical engineering implementation but also the evaluation of the sustainability of the technical innovations. The motto of the University of Stuttgart is "Technology, Knowledge and Education for Mankind".