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Images (ccw): Roland Fränkle (Bildstelle der Stadt Karlsruhe), Bildarchiv der KMK/ZKM, Roland Fränkle (Bildstelle der Stadt Karlsruhe), Lothar Neumann (Creative Commons License CC-by-nc-sa-2.5)
Karlsruhe is a medium sized town on the border between Baden and Alsace regions in the tri-national metropolitan area of ​​the Upper Rhine.

It was founded in 1715 as a Baroque city by the Margrave Karl Wilhelm. Because the roads emanating from the castle are fan-shaped like sunbeams, Karlsruhe is nicknamed the fan city.
Baden cuisine and Baden wine are renowned well beyond national borders. The Karlsruhe region offers the highest density of gourmet restaurants in Germany.
Other attractive touristic highlights in close proximity include the Black Forest, Heidelberg, Alsace and Palatine Forest.
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On October 01, 2009, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded by a merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe.

KIT bundles the missions of both precursory institutions: A
university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with teaching and research tasks and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation.

Research
KIT is among the leading engineering research institutions worldwide. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, the largest science organization in Germany, our institution makes major contributions to top national and international research.

Teaching
In 60 study courses, KIT students acquire knowledge and skills for new scientific breakthroughs and the development of viable applications. Combination of the strengths of the University and Research Center is the basis of excellent education and advanced training.

Innovation
Research results are not only intended to be of theoretical use, but to be applied in practice. The KIT Innovation Management Service Unit supports the direct transfer of new findings, innovative ideas, or know-how to industry and society.
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The University of Karlsruhe goes back to the Polytechnic School, founded in 1825. This was one of the first of its kind in the German-speaking countries. After a fundamental reform in 1832 it developed into a sample Institute, which gave the main impetus for the development of polytechnic schools to technical colleges in the German speaking region of Europe.

Today, KIT employs a scientific staff of more than 4.000 researchers and has 24.000 students.
The Institute of Electrical Engineering (ETI) is a member of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (ETIT) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
The ETI was founded in 1894 by Prof. Dr. e.h. Engelbert Arnold with a focus on rotating electric machines. Since the 1960s the emerging areas of power electronics and variable-speed electric drives have been added to the research portfolio. Today, the ETI hosts three professorships:
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Michael Braun (Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.) holds the chair for Electric Drives and Power Electronics. His research interests are new drive topologies and drive control strategies.

Martin Doppelbauer (Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.) holds the chair for Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV). His research interests are electromagnetical and mechanical design of conventional and new electric motors and power drive systems of hybrid and full electric vehicles.

Marc Hiller (Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.) holds the chair for Power Electronic Systems (PES). His research interests are high power drive topologies and drive systems.