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Department of Vehicle Engineering
The Department of Vehicle Engineering was formerly the Vehicle Group of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Provincial Taipei Polytechnic Institute, founded in September 1961. It became an independent department when the Institute was renamed National Taipei University of Technology in 1997. Our department established the Master’s program in graduate institute of Vehicle Engineering in 2000, and later in 2001, the graduate institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering recruited the PhD’s students. These graduate programs have been nurturing outstanding vehicle engineers and independent researchers.

Educational Goal:
Our goal is to train the professional talents required by the vehicle industries in coherence with the trends of industry and the society.

Programs of Study:
(1) The PhD’s program of vehicle engineering group in the graduate institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, set by College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering;
(2) The Master’s program, Undergraduate Program (4-year Program), Continuing Education (2-year Program), and On-the-job Continuing Education (2-year Program and Master Program).

Features:
We focus on interdisciplinary education and research that is combined with the vehicle industry includes: (1) Electrical Control: active safety Control, engine control, drive system of electric vehicle, intelligent vehicle dynamics and control, control system of hybrid electric vehicle, driving simulator, suspension control. (2) Design: noise and vibration diagnosis and prevention, noise and vibration measurement, vehicle accident identification, dynamics analysis of motor vehicle, vehicle structure and safety. (3) Thermal and Fluid: engine simulation, advanced combustion (e.g. GDI, HCCI) for internal combustion engine, fuel economy improvement and emission reduction for automobile and motorcycle, hybrid electronic vehicle.

Faculty:
Our department currently has 17 full-time faculties (2 professors, 10 associate professors, 4 assistant professors, and 1 instructors). Their specialties include electrical control, design, and thermal and fluid.

Curriculum:
We focus on multi-field research and teaching, and follow the educational goal, to meet the requirements of students and industry. The curriculum is divided to 3 categories: design and analysis, electric and control, power and energy. The courses contain: (1) Basic courses: Electronics, Circuit Theory, Statics, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Mechanics of Materials, etc. (2) Major courses: Noise and Vibration, Finite Element Analysis, Suspension System, Automatic Transmission, Vehicle Control, Internal Combustion Engine, Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Combustion, Railroad Vehicle System, Digital Control Theory and Application, Intelligent Vehicle Dynamics and Control, Control Theory, System Identification, Engineering Optimization Methods and Applications, Structural Dynamic Testing, etc. (3) Special Projects and Research: Special Projects, Engineering Seminar, Thesis.

Laboratory and Facility:
We have several laboratories, such as: Engine Control Lab., Noise and Vibration Lab., Advanced Vehicle Powertrain Lab., Vehicle Mechanical and Electrical Lab., Advanced Vehicle Safety Lab., Smart Vehicle System Lab., Advanced Vehicle Control Lab., Vehicle Dynamic Analysis and Simulation Lab., Transmission and Manufacturing Analysis Lab., Vehicle Performance Testing Lab. A hybrid electric vehicle test platform and a chassis dynamometer for motorcycle and small size automobile performance testing have been established.

Future Prospect:
Teaching: To use multi-teaching method, and combine with research organizations and industry for interdisciplinary education. Stressing on worldwide education and provide the opportunity of overseas study for the students. The objective is to nurture outstanding vehicle engineers for the industry.
Research: To do the research on smart, light weight, and ecological new technologies of motor vehicle. The objective is to establish a complete and disciplined research team for the industrial research and development.

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