BUDAPEST MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

BUDAPEST MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

BUDAPEST MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

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PARTNER DESCRIPTION
The Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), with a history of more than 220 years, is the largest and best known of Hungary’s technical universities. The university has more than 800 full-time academic staff and about 20.000 students (including the BSc, MSc, PhD and postgraduate students).

The Department of Polymer Engineering has a long history of achievements and belongs to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, one of the most prestigious faculties of university. The name of the department expresses our determination to promote the use of polymer structural materials in technology as widely as possible. Our state-of-the-art laboratory’s area is more than 1000 m2 and plays an important role in the high-quality education and training of engineering students. We strive to keep our polymer-processing machines and materials testing equipment up-to-date by continuously modernising and upgrading them. For almost 20 years our department has been certified by TÜV Rheinland for the ISO 9001 and 14001 quality assurance system. Our test laboratory has been accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board since 2004, which guarantees that our tests and test reports are recognized internationally. At the department we have 50 full-time staff, 31 PhD student and more than 100 BSc and MSc students who specialized for polymer engineering. We provide for the students not only deep theoretical education in polymer science but also practical training for example in injection molding, extrusion, welding, rapid prototyping, simulations and composite technologies.

Our strategic goals in education are to continuously improve the content of the subjects and the e-learning platform to meet the new demands of a rapidly changing world. We continuously renew our bachelor and master courses and the syllabuses. Moreover, we started to develop new e-learning methods for our students with special ICT tools. Our staff is very motivated to implement new approaches and methods because our students should be prepared for the challenges of the future in a rapidly changing world.

ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCE OF THE ORGANISATION IN THE AREAS RELEVANT FOR THIS PROJECT

Our department main activities are the teaching, fundamental research, and industrial research and development. Education is offered at BSc, MSc and PhD levels. The youthful enthusiasm of the staff of the department, the expertise of our experienced teachers, the dedication of our many young doctoral candidates and the work of the graduates choosing the department all contribute to our successes. The department has strong ties with numerous foreign universities. It cooperates with numerous institutes abroad in R&D and teaching. Thanks to our intensive research activities, we can involve the students into our projects to develop their innovation skills. Besides teaching and R&D, close cooperation with industrial partners has always played an important role in our department. As a result of many industrial cooperation we have a comprehensive knowledge about their expectations and we can targeted teach the young engineers.

The key persons who will be involved in the projects are mainly young tutors/scientists and their mentors. They have deep knowledge in the polymeric science and also in the practical training hence they can connect the theoretical background to the polymer processing technologies and the measurement techniques. As they are young, they can easily use and further develop the new ICT tools to make the study more efficient.

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KEY PERSONS INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT

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Dr. József Gábor Kovács
Dr. József Gábor Kovács is an associate professor and the deputy head of the Department of Polymer Engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).

He is one of the best lecturers at BME; he was among the top 100 lecturers of the university numerous times. He has received several awards in the last few years: excellent teacher of the faculty award; honors from the Rector; Honors from the Dean; Hungarian Cross of Merit and Master Teacher Gold Medal Award. He is a lecturer in injection molding of polymers. He is the author of more than 133 publications with more than 770 independent citations, has an impact factor of 86 and an h-index of 15. He has participated in many national and international R&D projects. He is excellent at coordinating projects and has outstanding communication and presentation skills. Dr. Gábor Szebényi received his PhD from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in 2011. His main research topic is the interlaminar failure of continuous fiber reinforced composites, improving their ductility through interface engineering for controlled delamination, and the development of non-destructive testing methods for the localization and characterization of delamination in composite structures. He is also the head of the materials testing laboratory of the Department of Polymer Engineering at BME and board member of the Association of the Manufacturers of Reinforced Plastic Materials in Hungary. He is the author of more than 50 publications with more than 200 independent citations, has an impact factor of 50 and an h-index of 7. He has excellent communication, presentation and ICT skills.
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Dr. András Suplicz
Dr. András Suplicz is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Polymer Engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). He received his mechanical engineering master’s degree in 2011 and his PhD in 2015 from BME. His main research topics are the development and investigation of innovative injection moldable electrically and thermally conductive composite materials, and rapid tooling for injection molding. He is a lecturer in the designing of polymer parts. He is responsible for the training of industry partners. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of Fiber and Composite Technology of the Hungarian Academy of Science and the Hungarian Society of Material Science. He is the author of more than 29 publications with nearly 90 independent citations, has an impact factor of 25 and an h-index of 7.