A particular strength of the Department of Engineering Design and Production is the strong co-operation with industry. Long-term scientific research culture with solid know-how of mechanical engineering forms the basics for research and teaching.
The research and education activities in the Department of Engineering Design and Production must react to the challenges and changes in the operating environment. The main drivers in the field of technology industries are digitalisation and globalisation. Traditional manufacturing industries are changing into ICT-powered service and product suppliers. The importance of advanced manufacturing processes (like additive manufacturing) and adaptive and smart manufacturing systems will increase.
Based on the challenges of the future, the Department of Engineering Design and Production envisages becoming a pioneer in applying the possibilities of ICT in mechanical engineering and becoming an internationally-significant unit of education and research in its research focus areas by the year 2020. Education will be research-based at the M.Sc. level also.
On the project course, 54 student teams generated ideas for a functional university campus, inventions for everyday life and innovative buildings.
'This is just the start of new type of learning,' says Tuula Teeri, President of Aalto University, at the opening ceremony for Design Factory Korea.