Applied Design and Product Development (AKPro)


A Brief Introduction

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Ridiculed just a few years ago, the electrification of mobility continues to advance. This is based, on the one hand, on the integration of electric powertrains into existing vehicle concepts and, on the other hand, on the development of completely new mobility concepts which in turn brings with it an increasing demand for application-oriented solutions.

At the beginning of the semester, the "AKPro" course provides students with some content on design methodology and project management in block lectures. Subsequently, the participants have a good opportunity to apply the imparted knowledge in practice in projects. At the PEM, students are given the task of developing products of an electric vehicle largely independently and under professional guidance. The project tasks are made up of current issues from start-up companies in the electromobility industry.

Compact information about the course of the winter term 2022/2023 is available for download here.

In addition, official instructions for the necessary curriculum change are available online. Current dates and further information can be found at the RWTHonline system.



  • Requirements and design of hairpin electric motors
  • Development of solution approaches based on process requirements
  • Conceptual design of technical solutions
  • Prototype construction
  • Proof of concept through demonstrative construction



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