Research and Development (R&D) at the Faculty of Engineering rests on the know-how of our scientists. The collective expertise in engineering skills enables the university of applied sciences to do exactly that: apply science. The professional diversity ranges from electrical and mechanical engineering to information technology, energy technology, building technology, and environmental technology. The interlinking disciplines allow students and teachers alike to approach and challenge vital issues of emerging future technologies. Our institutes aim to implement their research and development into projects in cooperation with enterprises and scientific institutions.

This extraordinary synergy spawns innovative solutions for different application areas. These areas include technical systems, procedures and processes such as:
#green Tech | Energy & Environment
#smart Tech | Production & Automation, Mobility, Human-Technology Interaction, Communication
#life Tech | Technology for Humans

In order for society and economy to effectively benefit from our research, the Faculty uses their know-how and newly designed technologies to ensure active transfer of knowledge and technology within and beyond the university.

The Faculty collaborates with schools, offers excursions and organises science competitions like ExperiWatt to inspire young people to learn more about the exciting world of engineering sciences and to become a future scientist by studying at our Faculty of Engineering.

Vice Dean of Research

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Faouzi Derbel
Professorship Smart Diagnostics and Online Monitoring

EET | Institute of Electrical Energy Technology

Phone: +49 (0)341 3076 1148
E-Mail: faouzi(dot)derbel(at)

Research Projects

This is a selection of research and development projects of the Faculty of Engineering. The complete lists of projects are to be found on the respective web pages of our institutes (currently only available in German).

LEO Digital Payload

Digital payload of LEO satellites for the reception of MF-TDMA uplink signals

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marco Krondorf
Funding/Project Partner: Rohde & Schwarz INRADIOS GmbH Dresden
Project Duration: 2020-2023

Never Get Lost

Modulation formats and signal processing for satellite-based IoT systems

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marco Krondorf
Funding: DLR
Project Partner: Rohde & Schwarz INRADIOS Dresden, University of Federal Armed Forces Munich, Prof. Knopp
Project Duration: 2017-2020


Bird observation via International Space Station ISS

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marco Krondorf
Funding: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Project Partner: MPG  Prof. M. Wikelski, Rohde & Schwarz INRADIOS Dresden
Project Duration: 2013-2021


Measuring method for earth fault currents in 110 kV networks by means of complex impedance networks

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Faouzi Derbel
Main goal of the project MENKI is to develop a new procedure, which will facilitate the collection of measurement data in 110-kv networks.

Funding: BMWK | Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Project term: 10/2021 - 09/2024

web page MENKI ↗


COndition DIagnostiC of Earthing Systems

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Faouzi Derbel
Integrated condition diagnostics on distributed grounding systems: The aim is to develop an electrical active measurement procedure which allows the assessment of the corrosion progress and at the same time, the condition of the grounding system. Based on the measurement procedure, the intention is to develop a measurement system that is able to handle data preprocessing and forwarding. A special IoT device (Industry 4.0 component) will be developed and prototypically tested for the generic use of the new solution approach.

Funding: BMBF
Project term: 2020 - 2022

web page CODICES ↗


Multiple integrated bearing vibration sensors on RF-basis for automated gearbox diagnostics

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Faouzi Derbel
Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG) operates several opencast mines in the south of Leipzig with different bucket wheel excavators. These steel giants are driven by powerful motors that transmit their power by means of multi-stage gearboxes. At the centre of this cooperation, MIBRAG modules are being developed for diagnostics and ideal maintenance of the orbital gearboxes‘ rolling bearings.

Project partner: Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (MIBRAG)
Project term: since 2016

web page MIBRAG ↗


H₂-Infrastructure | Efficient and safe operation of hydrogen distribution grids

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Huhn
As part of the research of hydrogen infrastructure and grid-bounded hydrogen supply the team will set up an economic-ecological analysis and a valuation of the hydrogen value chain. Thereby different possible paths of applications in the sectors mobility, household, business and industry will be examined. The surveyed value chain includes all technologies of hydrogen production, hydrogen transportation, hydrogen distribution, hydrogen storage and consumption. All measured data of the infrastructure will be stored in a comprehensive monitoring program. Furthermore, a range of test series will be conducted to examine the system components. With the data evaluation and classification statements for long-term performance of the applied components, the safety technology and the pipeline material can be derived.

Funding:  BMWK - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Project partner:  DBI Gas- und Umwelttechnik GmbH, Mitteldeutsche Netzgesellschaft Gas mbH
Project term:  01/2022 - 12/2024

web page H2-Infra ↗


♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schneider
Sustainable increase of energy efficacy in urban districts (especially in existence) achieved through optimisation of operational management , networking as well as maintenance and repair of production, consumption and storage units based on intelligent, self-learning algorithms which autonomously adapt themnselves due to altering framework conditions.

Project term: 2021
Project partners: KET Kirpal Energietechnik GmbH Anlagenbau & Co.KG, PAL Prozessautomation Leipzig GmbH & Co. KG, Tilia GmbH


Smart Utilities and Sustainable Infrastructure Change

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schneider
Digitization project: The project is divided in subprojects, which are pursuit by Leipzig University and HTWK Leipzig. The subproject of Leipzig University covers the economic modelling of the entire system whereas HTWK Leipzig concentrates on the micro-grid-modelling of selected prototypical system variations. HTWK Leipzig intends to offer real data points of the interconnection. As a result of this linking it is possible to offer specific solution strategies and recommended actions for local and regional energy supply systems.

Funding: SMWK, SAB
Project term: 2020 - 2022
Project partner:  Universität Leipzig↗

web page SUSIC ↗


European recycling and circularity in large composite components

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Robert Böhm
EUReCOMP aims to provide sustainable methods towards recycling and reuse of composite materials, coming from components used in various industries, such as aeronautics and wind energy. The main pathways to achieve circularity will include: i) repairing, repurposing and redesigning parts from end-of-life large scale products and ii) recycling and reclamation of the materials used in such parts; thus, accomplishing reduction of waste and transformation to high-added value products.

Funding: EU Horizon Europe
Project term: 04/2022 - 03/2026

web page EuReCOMP ↗

Deterministic Calculation of Infection Risk for Indoor Spaces

A new simulation model for calculating the viral contamination indoors per person

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Schönfelder
Prof. Stephan Schönfelder and his lab team developed a new simulation model to pinpoint for every place in time the amount of airborne virus concentrations in closed indoor spaces considering the simulated airflow. These new calculation approach regarding airflow-based virus concentrations helps to identify the risk of infection for each person in closed spaces. Therefore, it is an important contribution in the battle against the pandemic.

web page Deterministic Calculation of Infection Risk for Indoor Spaces ↗


High-performance carbon-based composites with smart properties for advanced sensing applications

♢ Project | Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Robert Böhm
The EU project EsSENce aims to develop novel high-performance composite materials using carbon-based nanomaterials (e.g. graphene or carbon nanotubes) for applications in mechanical and automotive engineering, aerospace, civil engineering and medical technology. Particular attention will be paid to structures with intelligent properties using integrated sensor technology. In the EsSENce project, a special focus is placed on the mobility of young scientists in Europe.

Funding: EU Horizon 2020
Project term: 2020 - 2024

web page EsSENce ↗