• 04.23.2018

TUM Electrical and Computer Engineering moves to Garching

New construction for a high-tech department

The beginning of construction for the new Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering building complex coincides with the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The overall project includes 520 million Euros in government investments, making it the largest construction project in the history of TUM. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on April 18, 2018.

The groundbreaking ceremony. From left: Albert Berger, TUM Senior Executive Vice President – Human Resources, Administration and Finance, Dr. Dietmar Gruchmann, mayor of Garching, TUM-President Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Science Minister Prof. Marion Kiechle, architect Prof. Gunter Henn, Dr. Georg Freiherr von Waldenfels, Chair of the TUM University Council, and Prof. Wolfgang Utschick, dean of the department.
The groundbreaking ceremony. From left: Albert Berger, TUM Senior Executive Vice President – Human Resources, Administration and Finance, Dr. Dietmar Gruchmann, mayor of Garching, TUM-President Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Science Minister Prof. Marion Kiechle, architect Prof. Gunter Henn, Dr. Georg Freiherr von Waldenfels, Chair of the TUM University Council, and Prof. Wolfgang Utschick, dean of the department. (image: A. Heddergott / TUM)

The new construction is the first such project for the new Bavarian Minister of Scientific Affairs Prof. Marion Kiechle. The department is considered the largest and best-performing of its kind in Germany; it is extremely well interconnected with the research-driven industry sector, which politically advocated the long overdue new construction. The department is characterized by a high degree of internationality, in terms of both its research and its student body (51% foreign students).

After winning a competition, the proposal by architectural firm Henn & Partner is now being realized. The first part of the building complex, with its total of approximately 45,000 square meters of primary utilizable floor space, will include approximately 7,000 square meters of new space for laboratories, workshops, lecture halls and offices.

Move to Garching expresses interdisciplinary orientation

TUM president Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann and the relevant commercial enterprises regard the impressively dimensioned new construction for the department as a move long overdue. It will stop further isolation of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department from the leading faculties Mechanical Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics in Garching. zu entkoppeln. At the same time interdisciplinary approaches are a priority across department boundaries, as is also the case with the research centers: the FRM II research neutron source reactor, dem Walter Schottky Institute for semiconductor physics, the Centers for Nanotechnologies, Catalysis Research, Protein Research and in the future Quantum Technology (construction will begin in 2019). “The spatially inadequate accommodation of this department on the old main campus in Munich has no future outlook and is beginning to cost us in the competition for the best international minds,” said the president, adding that this meant there was an urgent need for action.

Prof. Herrmann expressed his gratitude to the Bavarian government and State Parliament for the decision to “perform the entire project rapidly and completely” following the initial groundbreaking on April 18. Among others, the precinct representative and Bavarian parliament member Ernst Weidenbusch made a substantial political effort on behalf of the department's relocation. There are currently over 4000 students at the department – with a strong trend towards growth.

Further Information:

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Further information regarding the move to Garching

Contact:

Svenja Erbar
Technical University of Munich
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Tel: +49 (0) 89 289 28356
svenja.erbarspam prevention@tum.de

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