The Faculty of Foundry Engineering was established in the academic year 1951/1952 by the act of dividing the Faculty of Metallurgy. In line with the faculty’s profile, there were two specialisations: foundry technology, and foundry machines and mechanisation. At present, the faculty is entitled to confer the degree of doctor as well as the postdoctoral qualification, and the title of professor.
The faculty educates specialists in the field of foundry technology, and is the only faculty of this kind and scope of education operating within the structures of the higher education system in Poland and Europe.
Modern foundry technology mainly strives for the improvement of casting production quality, reduced consumption of energy and raw materials (lean processes and lean production), improved processes and product economy, and, last but not least, reducing the harmful effect of the foundry industry on the environment. The idea of constructing and operating a waste-free foundry plant is nowadays the main subject of large-scale international research projects.
In 2011 – with the help of the Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science – a new, interdisciplinary field of study called “Virtotechnology” was introduced. Graduates in this discipline gain knowledge and practical skills with regard to the processing of metals, materials technology, computer science, economics, and ecology. In 2013, a new specialization “Virtualization of Foundry Engineering” was introduced at the postgraduate programme of study within the framework of Virtotechnology. The specialisation programme comprises courses such as technology and its trends of development, computer-aided engineering, modern systems of enterprise management, computer science, and applied mathematics.
Faculty staff maintain relationships with numerous scientific and research centres, universities, research institutes, and industry. A map of the locations of foundries and enterprises with which the Faculty of Foundry Engineering has collaborated covers practically the whole area of Poland.
Graduates of the faculty are well-prepared to face the challenges of modern industry. The faculty maintains close contact with foundry enterprises, organises training courses for students, as well offers postgraduate scholarships to individuals who have successfully completed their studies.
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