In our research we focus consistently on fundamental research and applied topics relevant to industry and technology. Our partnerships in industry are a catalyst for our research which is also evident from our rating in the current funding rankings of the German Research Foundation. There is much competition in the research field, but in 2015 we managed to attract over 75 million euros in research funding for engineering projects, achieving third place overall in the current DFG Funding Atlas in the engineering sciences category, although when successful DFG applications per professor are taken into account, we were actually in second place. This means that we are one of Germany’s leading research institutes and have an important role in national research.