The Mechanical Engineering Program at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics began in 1863, and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering was established soon afterward, beginning official operations in the 1871/72 academic year. The Faculty is justly proud of its continuous, progressive and more than 140-year history and now offers undergraduate and graduate programs in both Hungarian and English.
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering offers a 7 semester undergraduate BSc degree program in English. Two specializations, 1) Engineering Design and Technology, 2) Process Engineering give the students alternatives from the 5th semester. A new two-year graduate program in English – Mechanical Engineering
Modelling – leading to an MSc degree started in February 2009, and students can start their study either in the fall and in the spring semester. Individual postgraduate academic and research programs, which are usually completed in three to four years, are available for those who already have an MSc degree and wish to pursue a PhD degree.
The undergraduate BSc program of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is designed to continue a tradition of excellence by:
• providing well-grounded and broad knowledge that graduates of this Faculty can apply immediately in their work and also use as the basis for further studies; and
• graduating competent engineers who are not only masters of their profession, but also possess an ethical philosophy of engineering based on accuracy, punctuality and reliability as well as a respect for the human element.
The goals of our MSc and PhD programs are as follows:
• to train creative, inventive mechanical engineers who can apply the engineering skills and the knowledge they have gained from the natural sciences on a state-of-the-art level; and
• to foster the development of leaders in engineering research and development.
The courses in the Mechanical Engineering Modelling MSc-program deal with those time-dependent problems of mechanical engineering, which typically require the efficient modeling of tasks in order to access the continuously developing methods of computational engineering. As the joke says: ‘One designed
by a civil engineer starts moving that is bad, one designed by a mechanical engineer does NOT move that is bad, too.’ Modern computational methods are very popular since they show their easy-to-use interface for engineers. This often causes misunderstanding and disappointment during the naive applications of
engineering software. Computational methods are reliable if they are properly tested and the principles of their applied algorithms and procedures are understood. This is analogous to the modern cartoon industry: the 25 pictures of one second of a cartoon can be drawn by computers if the first and the last picture of that second are designed for them by the artist but the computers will totally fail if they have to draw the cartoon without any reference picture, or based on the first (or last) picture only.
The tasks of mechanical engineers that typically require the modeling of machines in motion and that of time-varying processes are based on solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and electronics. Modeling means the understanding and active application of the related theories, which are supported by differential equations and numerical methods in mathematics. Modeling needs also experimental work during the research-development-innovation process in case engineers do not have enough information about the motions and processes they want to capture by a model. Finally, modeling is also affected by the engineers knowledge in design, technology, and informatics, since the model should not be so complex that the available
software is unable to solve them within reasonable time and for reasonable cost.
The above principles affected the formation of this master course. After the brief summary of the required
fundemental courses (mathematics, mechanics, thermodynamics, electronics, control and informatics), the
students have to choose a major and a minor specialization from the following list of modules:
1. Solid Mechanics 2. Fluid Mechanics 3. Thermal Engineering 4. Design and Technology
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
The possible combinations provide flexibility among more research oriented knowledge (combinations of the first 3 modules), and the development oriented one (major from modules 1-3 and module 4 as minor or vice versa).
This course is running in English only. It is based on the foundations provided by the long-standing positive traditions of some former successful courses
of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at BME.
This course is also compatible to many master courses in mechanical engineering in the European Union (see, for example, U Bristol, U Bath, ENS Cachan, TU Karlsruhe, U Hannover, TU Munich).
Our Faculty offers its engineering education excellence rooted in, and being fully aware of its unique position of training decision makers, and technological leaders of tomorrow. Our aim in the course of the training is to qualify our graduates to perform as competent problem solvers, good communicators, excellent team workers, successful project leaders, and – above all – ethical participants of the world around them – both locally and globally.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Fluid Mechanics
Department of Energy Engineering
Department of Building Service Engineering and Process Engineering
Department of Machine and Industrial Product Design
Department of Manufacturing Science and Engineering
Department of Hydrodynamics Systems
Department of Mechatronics, Optics and Information Engineering
Department of Applied Mechanics
Department of Polymer Engineering
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Mechanical Engineering Program began in 1863, and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering was established soon afterward, beginning official operations in the 1871/72 academic year.3200 Euro / Semester