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Engineering students toured Germany by train during their faculty-led study-abroad course.

Reliability & Maintainability Engineering in Germany

A class of engineering students spent three weeks this summer studying reliability engineering and business excellence in Stuttgart, Germany, in a faculty-led study-abroad class taught by Klaus Blache, director of the Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC). Students taking the class earned three credits in IE 495.

The visit opened with a guided walking tour of Stuttgart to experience the historic architecture and scenery. They visited the Festo plant and the Mercedes-Benz (plant and museum). They traveled to Strasbourg and Heidelberg for site-seeing—notably the Heidelberg Castle. The itinerary also included the Porsche museum, the University of Stuttgart, and the Kärcher cleaning systems company.

The next RMC study-abroad class will be in Vienna, Austria, in summer 2019.

The RMC is an industry-supported center within the Tickle College of Engineering, drawing support from a diverse range of companies, organizations, and industries.

Discussion in a workshops with the University of Stuttgart student racing team.

Students discussed engineering methods during workshops with the University of Stuttgart student racing team.


A visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum.


UT students met with the University of Stuttgart student racing team that builds cars for two different competitions.


A scenic view of Heidelberg, Germany.


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