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Welcome to Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE)

Smartphones, laptops, cars, bicycles and smart buildings as well as small and large, real-life and virtual infrastructure systems (such as storage power plants, transport systems, energy networks or the Internet) – these are all things that enable us to live a modern and comfortable life and on which we are highly dependent. The necessary components and systems are researched, developed and built by engineers. Imagine you're not just talking about sustainability, but actively contributing to how the materials, energy systems and technologies of the future are developed.

Connecting technology with sustainability and training engineers to change the world for the better!

With this goal in mind, the University of Freiburg founded the new Institute for Sustainable Systems Engineering (INATECH) at the Faculty of Engineering in October 2015. The study programs Sustainable Systems Engineering provide a new engineering discipline with excellent development opportunities: Elements of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering and material sciences create the foundation for a fundamental understanding of technical systems. Building on this, you will acquire the competencies needed to develop and implement innovative systems that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN).

Compared to traditional systems, sustainable systems

  • protect the environment (environmental sustainability) by replacing polluting substances with recyclable or bio-based substances or by recovering and storing energy from renewable sources rather than finite sources.
  • protect our long-term budget (economic sustainability) by considering the entire life cycle of products and plants and thus also taking the costs of dismantling and scrapping or recycling and upcycling into account.
  • contribute to social justice within and across generations (social sustainability, inter- and intragenerational justice) by considering the implications for today’s world and future generations responsibly.

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