Many technical processes are not initially implemented in practice, but rather simulated in computers. For example, in order to find out how long a component can withstand mechanical loads and when it will first start to crack, it is not necessary to perform destructive testing of the actual, often expensive components or machines; instead, the answers being sought can be obtained through models and simulations. Here, technomathematicians take part in intelligent product development, for example by creating and optimizing complex simulations.
The Bachelor's degree program leads to a first professional qualification; it also prepares the graduate to pursue a Master's degree in (Techno)Mathematics. The initial phase of the program imparts the fundamental mathematical content and methods in the areas of analysis and linear algebra and runs parallel to the mathematics program; in addition, the basics of computer science are covered. Beginning in the second year of study, introductory software courses are offered as block courses (1-2 weeks) during the lecture-free periods. Later, elements of numeric and optimization in particular are added to prepare for topics in mathematical model building and scientific computing. Another core activity for professional qualification is the study project "Modeling and Simulation." Here the competences of independent scientific work and project work are integrated, together with the ability to implement technical programs in work groups and make effective presentations. The projects should be closely relevant to problems in science or engineering. The goals of the project are to work out a specific topic in technomathematics, create software in a collaborative group, and sharpen skills in written and oral presentation.
In addition to mathematics, a minor subject related to Technomathematics is studied. Here students familiarize themselves with the basics of another subject and encounter examples of how its problems can be dealt with mathematically. At present, the minor can be chosen from the following subjects:
- Structural Mechanics and Statics
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- Technical Mechanics.
Other application areas in natural sciences and technology may, upon request, be studied as minor subjects.
The Bachelor's program in Technomathematics is aimed at high school graduates who are mathematically talented and have a particular interest in the use of mathematics in the natural sciences and engineering.
In order to be able to better assess your own knowledge of mathematics before starting your studies, you can take an online placement test, for example here.
Those who take such a test early on and thus make an early assessment of their own level of knowledge can, up until the actual start of their studies, work through any problems and gaps revealed by the test, repeat topics, or continue training in the mathematical tools.
It is recommended that students take the preparatory course in mathematics, which repeats material previously covered in school while providing the first experiences with working and living at the university (lectures in the auditorium, accompanying exercises in small groups). The Faculty of Mathematics usually offers such a three-week preparatory course starting at the end of August or early September.
The Bachelor's program is not subject to admission restrictions.
Technomathematicians are employed in industrial and research sectors where development work is carried out by means of computer-aided simulation, which replaces more costly experimental studies. This includes nearly all branches of production (mechanical engineering, the automobile industry, electrical engineering), logistics, and software development. Like other professional mathematicians, they also often work in management consulting, in public service, and at universities and research institutes. The demand for technomathematicians can be described as expansive, making the prospects for employment very good.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.