Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Split
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The fundamental activities of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split (FESB) are higher education teaching, research, developmental and professional work in the fields of Technical Sciences – in the scientific areas of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Computing and Fundamental Technical Sciences, and in the field of Natural Sciences, particularly in the subject areas of Mathematics and Physics.
FESB is one of the largest constituents of the University of Split and largest technical faculty outside of Zagreb, capital of Republic of Croatia.
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Split was established in 1960 as a fully autonomous and independent organization within the University of Zagreb. The Centre for part-time study of Mechanical Engineering in Split was founded in the same year and operated within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Zagreb. In 1965 the Centre for part-time study was replaced by the Mechanical and Technological Department, which was founded at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Split.
In 1968 the Naval Architecture programme of study was established at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 1971 the Faculty was renamed as the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Split (FESB). Since 1974 the Faculty has been a constituent part of the University of Split. The Faculty, as one of the founders of the University, significantly contributed to its establishment. The four-year Mechanical Engineering programme of study with its own curriculum was finally completed in 1976.
The first phase in the construction of the new Faculty building was completed in 1980 at the university campus and the second phase of the large project was completed in 2007. The Faculty now has at its disposal almost 30,000 m2 of space with 19 classrooms, 11 computer laboratories and 95 research and teaching laboratories.
Two new undergraduate study programmes were established in 2002: Computing and Industrial Engineering.
The activities of the Bologna process of the harmonisation of the higher education systems in Europe were intensified at the end of 2004. Within this process, the Faculty introduced new degree programmes at undergraduate and graduate levels in 2005.
Five undergraduate study programmes were established: Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Computing, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture and Industrial Engineering, as well as seven graduate programmes: Control and Systems, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Communications and Information Technology, Computing, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering.
Also, four vocational study programmes were established: Electrical Engineering, Computing, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture.
Furthermore, in 2006 two postgraduate study programmes for obtaining a Doctor of Science degree were established: Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering.
The Faculty has an internal division of organizational units for teaching and scientific research, administrative and technical work. The Department as an academic organizational unit participates in organizing and carrying out teaching, scientific and professional work. Faculty's Departments are:
- Department of Power Engineering,
- Department of Electronics,
- Department of Mathematics and Physics,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture,
- Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology,
- Department of General Courses.
Each year, approximately 2500 students perform their studies at the Faculty and, so far, about 9000 students have successfully completed different study programs. There are around 900 new enrolments per academic year, about 500 at the undergraduate level, 300 at the graduate level and 100 at the vocational studies. About 30 candidates annually enroll in postgraduate study programs.
The projects content and research topics vary from fundamental through applicative to integrative and multidisciplinary ones. Rather wide range of research topics is covered, from IT projects through biomechanics, bioelectromagnetism, renewable and new sources of energy, wireless communications, impact of modern technologies on the environment, monitoring and environment protection system, to various aspects of power engineering and mechanical engineering and cutting-edge research topics such as the search for the Higgs boson or nuclear fusion as a source of energy related research.
The quality of work and the results achieved on these projects are visible through publications referred in the Web of Science (WoS) database (approximately 150 per year).
Researchers from FESB collaborated or were leaders of various either international or bilateral projects such as the Croatian-Slovenian, Croatian-French, FP6 Marie Curie, FP7 as well as: COST, ALIS STATES, CEEPUS, COGITO; CMS and ALICE at CERN, Code development for integrated modelling within EuroFusion Consortium, EGEE II, MAGIC and several TEMPUS projects.