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.