Student research groups

Many students at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are investing their varied talents and creative ideas into research projects – in groups like AkaModell, TUfast, Hummingbird and WARR. The projects range from building the fastest Hyperloop pods through getting concrete to float to developing and launching innovative gliders. These groups always welcome new recruits with a passion for research.

Taking to the skies in self-built aircraft: AkaFlieg has been designing and building gliders since 1924. And when the results are air-worthy, students get to pilot their own aircraft. Akaflieg München e.V.

The art of model aircraft: The members of AkaModell design and build remote-controlled model aircraft. The best part is seeing the finished masterpiece take to the skies. AkaModell München

Concrete canoe: Students are building a functioning canoe from heavy concrete. The key is get­ting the shape right. Every two years, stu­dents take part in the German concrete canoe regatta. Studinews article about TUM's concrete canoe team

Intelligent airship: The long-term aim of daedalus project is to develop an “intelligent” navigation system for medium-sized airships using a sensor platform. Project deadalus

Mini e-car: Building and refining an electric vehicle – it’s a long journey from project management to road worthiness. Project eCARus

At globalDrive, TUM students collaborate with students from other international universities to advance automotive technologies. globalDrive

Whiz kid: A team of students is developing a drone to solve logistical problems. The third prototype SILENCIO Gamma is a combination of glider and mutlicopter and will be used not only for urban but also for rural areas and hard-to-reach places. HORYZN

Gas turbines that hum: The team de­vel­ops, tests and optimizes gas turbines in its own design atelier, looking at factors like the drive system and acoustics. Hummingbird

For tackling everyday issues by synthetic biology, student groups compete annually at the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, initated at MIT in Boston. iGEM Team Munich

On the way to space: Students construct cube-shaped satellites. "First-MOVE" was launched in 2012. Currently the group is working on the follow-up "MOVE-II". MOVE

Student racing team: The teams that make up the TUfast project build new Formula Student racing cars every year. They take on teams from all over the world in Formula Student races. TUfast e.V.

The students at work on Artificial Intelligence. They visit workshops, exchange with peers and carry out projects both independently and in cooperation with companies.


Aiming to build the world’s fastest tunnel boring machine: TUM Boring – Innovation in Tunneling is an initiative of 60 students from Munich innovating in underground transportation and competing in Elon Musk's Not-a-Boring Competition with their tunnel boring machine. TUM Boring – Innovation in Tunneling e.V. i.Gr.

High-speed capsule: The team from TUM has won the Hyperloop Pod Competition organized by Elon Musk multiple times. Their capsules are prototypes for a futuristic train designed to travel through vacuumized tubes at almost the speed of sound. TUM Hyperloop

Practical robotics: The TUM Phoenix Robotics group is dedicated to planning, developing and building robotic systems. Their main projects are multifunctional robotic vehicles and multicopters.TUM Phoenix Robotics

Reaching for the stars: From cube satellites to a space elevator – this scientific workgroup for rocket science and space travel focuses on practical space-related projects. WARR