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50 Years TN@JKU.

Researching for a Better World

During the academic year 2018/2019, the Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences at the JKU proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary. During the span of half a century, the faculty has successfully conducted ground-breaking research and has helped Upper Austria emerge and thrive as an important location of business. To mark this momentous occasion, the faculty took a look back at an exciting, eventful history as well as took a look forward to a stimulating and thought-provoking future.

The academic areas at the Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences designed a top-class series of scientific events for this purpose, which kicked off with the official ceremony on September 7, 2018.

TN 50th Anniversary

A Success Story

Year Event

1968

The Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences (TN) is constituted

1969

Austria's 1st degree program in Computer Science is created

Studies begin in the field of Technical Mathematics, Teacher Education Studies in Mathematics and Physics, a short program in Computer Technologies

1970

Studies begin in the field of Technical Physics

1977

Studies begin in the field of Chemistry (Teacher Education Studies)

1979

Inter-faculty academic experiment - degree program Industrial Engineering – Technical Chemistry

1987/1989

RISC und RISC@Hagenberg are established

1990

First global degree program in Mechatronics is created

2004

Inter-university degree program Molecular BioSciences is created together with the University of Salzburg

2006 The Master's degree program in Bioinformatics is created

2007

1st inter-university, cross-border Bachelor's degree program in Biological Chemistry is created together with the University of South Bohemia in Budweis

2008

Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology (Elektronics and Information Technology)

2009

Grand Opening of the JKU Science Park 1 (Mechatronics Building)

Bachelor's Degree in Polymer Engineering Technologies

2015

The LIT – Linz Institute of Technology opens its doors

 

The TN Faculty 2018

The JKU's Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences is currently the only school in Austria that combines base-knowledge research with applied research - the Art of Engineering "made in Linz" - under one virtual roof. Divided into five academic areas, the TN works closely with local industry and is well-connected in the international research landscape. Successful TNF graduates are highly sought-after researchers. Many graduates hold many key positions at innovative international corporations in Austria or abroad, and a number of graduates teach at renowned universities around the world.

TN researchers manage and coordinate a number of major projects such as special research areas and national research networks, Christian Doppler laboratories, doctoral colleges and K-Centers, making the TNF the center of internationally competitive research in engineering, technology, and science not only in Upper Austria, but also beyond the region's borders.

Students benefit from the our faculty member's expertise and the close cooperation between the university and real-world economic developments. In addition to outstanding faculty members, students have unique opportunities to complete academic degree programs featuring a hands-on approach and real-world applications. No wonder that JKU TN students and graduates are in high demand - both in business as well as in research.

Top Graduates

Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae (Highest Graduation Distinction)

From over 25,000 graduates in Austria, a dozen fullfil the requirements each year.

At the TN Faculty: 49

Outstanding Researchers Wittgenstein Award Winners and Grant Recipients - the TN and Their Outstanding Faculty Members.

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The TN's Future

A Look Ahead

The JKU's Development Plan for 2019 - 2024 places a strong emphasis on MINT subjects. The Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences is well positioned for the next decade as there is strong focus on current scientific fields that include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Biophysical Engineering and Analysis, Nanostructures and Mechanical Engineering "made in Linz" as well as a revised educational curriculum featuring innovative concepts (NawiTec, Medical Engineering). The Faculty also aims to offer an increasing number of academic degree programs in English (Biological Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Chemistry) featuring joint university and partial cross-border collaboration. A competence center for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning is currently in the works, aimed at driving digital transformation forward. The Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) will quickly implement and support new approaches and interdisciplinary networking.

LIT

Going back to the JKU's founding ideas together with its faculties - even then we understood the importance of interdisciplinary and integrated research.

As a university in an age of radical digitization and facing climate-change challenges and resource constraints, we believe - now more than ever before - in an urgency to think outside of the box and understand the significance of the thought process. We are addressing the pre-requisites and demand by creating the Linz Institute of Technology, an interdisciplinary organizational institute. In addition to project-oriented funding, LIT features permanent research labs. TN researchers form the backbone of the LIT and aim to conduct cutting-edge research in a number of scientifically ground-breaking fields.

The JKU LIT Factory has also developed a new pilot factory designed to develop and test new industrial processes under Industry 4.0 standards. This special facility for learning, teaching and research is not only a lead R&D project in Upper Austria, but also for STEM education and research at the JKU. Together with the LIT Factory, the JKU has also built the LIT Open Innovation Center (LIT OIC).