RWTH Aachen Campus - Center for Systems Engineering


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs; Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günther Schuh; Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Bernhard Rumpe


The vision of the Center for Systems Engineering entails the development and validation of necessary key technologies for tomorrow’s product development process (PDP).

The interlinking of individual development steps and implemented tools allows a highly iterative, agile and in part automated product development.

A company’s competitiveness and innovation capabilities will in future depend more than ever before on its ability to master the increasing complexity of products embedded in growing digital networks. Current methods used in the product development of technical systems do not offer the necessary agility to adequately fulfill these requirements. That is why CSE aims to develop a new, highly efficient, digital and seamless product development process (PDP). Current PDP requires a paradigm change, which replaces the currently predominantly document-based product development with visionary, highly performant processes and methods found in model-based product development. The model-based development of technical systems also offers the foundations for comprehensive digitization and automation.

Our objective is the functional and seamless interlinking of all existing information about a product as part of PDP. A standardized system language and architecture form the basis for seamless and transparent data networking across all company divisions, facilitating full transparency regarding the process status at all times during the development process, while mapping possible target conflicts.

Digital shadows form the essential basis. They are partial models that are consistently interlinked, while offering a filtered view of the system model for each stakeholder.

The PDP of tomorrow will contribute significantly to lower development costs, shorter time-to-market and more sustainability.


Campus-Boulevard 79

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Center Manager:
Dr.-Ing. Joerg Berroth
Dr.-Ing. Michael Riesener

Email: info@cse.rwth-aachen.de

  • System
    • System Analysis
      • Technical
      • Economical
      • Ecological
      • Social Science
    • Life Cycle Assessment
    • Innovation and Exnovation in the Transformation of Structures
    • Well to Wheel
    • Acceptance of Critical Infrastructure
    • Technology - based system analysis
  • Resources
    • Renewable Energy
      • Wind
      • Solar
      • Geothermics
      • Biomass
      • Water
    • Materials
      • Water
      • Inorganic Substances
      • CO2
      • Recyling of Polymers
      • Biomass
  • Infrastructure
    • Storage
      • Battery
      • Chemical Storage
      • Thermal Storage
      • Overarching topics
    • Grids & Networks
      • Integration
      • Flexibilization
      • Security
  • Conversion
    • Supply
      • Non-Fossil Carbon Sources
      • Fuel Cells
      • Electrolysis
      • Power Plant Technologies
      • Photochemical, Solarthermal & Electrochemical Processes
      • Energy to Chemicals
    • Consumption
      • Residental Buildings
      • Industry
      • Transport & Agriculture

Profile Area ECPE

The provision of sustainable energy and materials is clearly one of the major global challenges which were identified in the future strategy of RWTH Aachen University. The profile area Energy, Chemical & Process Engineering (ECPE) addresses the two most important pathways to achieve this goal: Improvements in energy and material efficiency and the transition to renewable sources.

More information on the profile area's key topics can be found here.

RWTH Aachen Profile Areas

RWTH Aachen University is convinced that in order to solve today's complex and multi-faceted problems, universities have to develop appropriate, integrated approaches. The Profile Areas are designed to address interdisciplinary topics and thus to enhance the University’s capability to engage in significant research activities and take on large-scale projects.


Are you interested in the Profile Area ECPE? Do you have suggestions? Feel free to contact the Profile Area coordinator Stefan Sterlepper: