The Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University is Europe’s leading institute in automotive engineering, directed by Professor Lutz Eckstein. Starting from the idea to innovative concepts for components and systems up to vehicle prototypes we create and design the future vehicle. We therefore work in public-funded as well as bilateral projects for manufacturers and suppliers in automotive context.

The divisions Chassis, Body, Drivetrain, Electrics/Electronics and Automated Driving represent the classic automotive domains and cooperate closely with the cross-divisional departments of Strategy and Consulting, Vehicle Concepts, Acoustics, Thermal Management as well as User Experience in an interdisciplinary manner. This wide range of expertise enables analysing and optimising the vehicle as a whole, while paying attention to the complex interactions between the individual subsystems. The divisions are linked by focusing on the various features of the vehicle; safety, energy efficiency and driving experience.

ika employs more than 135 members of staff and over 200 student assistants. In addition to that more than 200 student research projects, bachelor and master theses are part of our research and development projects.


Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika)
RWTH Aachen University

Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany

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