The purpose of the MSc Track in High-Tech Engineering (HTE) is to educate engineers in the technological knowledge and skills they need to design a new generation of both the products and the required equipment that will enable even greater achievements. Starting from the fundamentals of physics and mechanics, students gain the insights and understanding they will need to push beyond the current limits. The programme includes analysis, design and implementation of solutions, using analytical models, computational methods and experimental work to reach new performance and understanding. With this focus on the ‘ultimate in mechanical engineering’ the program confronts students with the daunting conceptual and design challenges of developing (and utilising) tools for precision mechanical engineering. Although the emphasis is on high-tech equipment and instrumentation, the same knowledge and methodology applies to energy systems, medical equipment, automotive and aerospace design and many other fields of mechanical engineering, enabling these future engineers to address the needs of our modern society.
Next to the HTE obligatory courses students choose a research focus in which they want to deepen their knowledge. Focus Areas within the High-Tech Engineering track are:
Mechatronic System Design (MSD) aims at designing integrated systems of mechanisms, sensors, actuators and control to perform complex tasks while interacting in a multiphysical environment, typically at high speed and high accuracy, at various length scales. Recent trends include distributed motion, as in compliant mechanisms, as well as distributed actuation and sensing, and control techniques based on fractional order calculus and reset strategies.
Engineering Dynamics (ED) studies the time-dependent linear and non-linear motion of mechanical structures to engineer dynamical systems. Material properties, thermodynamic interactions and physical actuation forces are studied for enhanced performance of high-speed devices, using mathematical and experimental methods to elucidate and control their complex motions. Explore the ultimate limits of high-frequency nanoelectromechanical systems of atomic-scale dimensions.
Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE) bridges the gap between the ultimate small and the macro world. Students learn to develop and optimise production and assembly processes and technologies which make use of phenomena at the nanometre level. The primary focus within the Micro and Nano Engineering group is on the production and assembly of precise and small parts and products of micrometer and nanometre scale.
Engineering Mechanics (EM) deals with physics of mechanics and its experimental, mathematical and numerical tools, design procedures and innovative designs. It covers the foundations of mechanical engineering: the theoretical and experimental analysis of the statics and dynamics of structures and mechanical systems. Basic themes covered are Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, Computational Mechanics, Structural design and Optimization.
Opto-Mechatronics (OM) covers the fundamentals of optics in theory and practice as well as understanding and design of high-end optical systems and digital mirror devices. This expertise is combined with mechatronic system design treating dynamics and motion control, adaptive optics and design principles for precision positioning and thermomechanical stability. The focus area OM within the track HTE is currently identical to the new track OM. This gives students more flexibility in choosing electives and liasing with a larger student population.