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View into the foyer of the new Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

View into the foyer of the new Electrical Engineering and Information Technology building in Garching: The first phase of the new building was opened on May 10. Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

The first step in the move of Technical University of Munich (TUM) electrical and computer engineering to the Garching campus has been completed: the first construction phase of the new building was officially opened on Tuesday evening, May 10. The highly modern building will be the future home to research in electronics and the specialty areas Quantum Engineering and Electric Power Conversion.

High-tech workshops, a large test facility, laboratories, cleanrooms, work rooms and of course a lecture hall: The opening of the first section of the new building for electrical and computer engineering is a decisive step forward in moving researchers and students from central Munich to Garching.

The new construction was officially opened for occupancy on Tuesday evening, May 10. This first building section will provide 7000 square meters of space for approximately 150 employees and 300 students. It will also be the home of the ZEITlab, a unique "Technology Maker Space" for microelectronics and nanoelectronics, medicine and neuroelectronics, molecular electronics and bioelectronics as well as for quantum electronics.

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The new building was designed by the renowned architectural firm HENN, winner of the 2016 competition for overall planning. Once complete, the entire building complex will provide approximately 45,000 square meters of primary use space.

TUM electrical and computer engineering has an enormous concentration of expertise in its students (approx. 4000, 60% of which international) and scientific talent (3 Leibniz Prizes, 2 Alexander von Humboldt Professorships, 1 top-ranking Bavarian "Spitzenprofessur" professorship, 12 ERC Grants). This makes the faculty by far the best of its kind in Germany and one of the most prestigious addresses worldwide. Just recently the renowned "QS World University Rankings by Subject" ranked TUM electrical engineering 18th worldwide and Number 1 in Germany.

"Our response to the chip shortage: Cutting-edge research and world-class talents! The new building for the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a maker space for the digital hardware of tomorrow," said Bavarian Minister of Science and the Arts Markus Blume.

Bavarian State Minister for Housing, Construction and Transport Christian Bernreiter said: "The department’s buildings in the city center can no longer handle the growing number of students and the related high demands. With the new construction from the architectural firm HENN and led by the State Building Office Munich 2, we are establishing the ideal prerequisites for the research campus to remain an international player in the future. The result is an innovative and architecturally fully developed structure. Both the technical infrastructure and the climate footprint are first-rate. It is a great pleasure to turn this building over to TUM today."

"Our electrical and computer engineering is a true treasure without which the Digital Transformation would be unthinkable. We are taking a historical step in opening this first new section and positioning this department in the midst of the cooperative dynamics of the physical and engineering sciences at the future-oriented Garching campus. Together with numerous leading professorial appointments as part of the Hightech Agenda Bavaria, the new TUM Venture Labs for promoting start-ups in deep tech fields and with our Industry-on-Campus partners SAP and Siemens, we are creating a field of innovative energy for the Digital Transformation, ranging from fundamental research all the way to market-oriented innovation processes," said TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann.

The TUM path to stronger system-integrative approaches is also visible at the organizational level in research and teaching: As part of its TUM AGENDA 2030, TUM is transforming its traditional system of Faculties into an innovation-oriented matrix structure in a far-reaching reform. The integrative dynamic resulting from the location of the new buildings in Garching between their physical neighbors Informatics and Mathematics will be even further reinforced by the consolidation of all three faculties as the new TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology , which will be launched in October 2022.

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