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A member of the Division of Welding Technology at University West, Professor Vahid Hosseini’s research interests include materials science, physical metallurgy, welding technology, metallurgy of steels and non-ferrous alloys, additive manufacturing, physical simulation of manufacturing processes and more. 

What makes this Bachelor in International Mechanical Engineering different from other bachelor’s programmes?

Most mechanical engineering programmes are more traditional. In this programme, we are combining different areas of expertise for a more multidisciplinary approach, including robotics, manufacturing, electric vehicles and materials science. Normally bachelor-level engineering students don’t get to explore these areas.

Our programme is also broader and more flexible when it comes to finding jobs. Graduates are qualified in areas such as mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, automation engineering and materials science engineering.  

Why is this programme important?

The future of production has changed. More sustainable production and fabrication is needed. This means that incoming engineers must have complimentary expertise that others might not have. In fact, the industry is currently firing many more traditional engineers because of this changing landscape. It’s further accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis. Traditional engineers will be replaced by those who are more flexible – such as graduates of this programme.

Furthermore, the industrial system in Sweden is highly international. Many multinational companies are based nearby. There is a need for international specialists with multidisciplinary backgrounds. At University West, we now have an entire chain of programmes, from bachelor through PhD and beyond, to support this.

University West’s Production Technology Centre is one of the primary leaders when it comes to these production and manufacturing processes. We want to disseminate the knowledge gained through 20 years of leading research in this area. We are training young engineers with the highest technological and scientific backgrounds.

Things are developing so rapidly within community printing and 3D printing, aerospace industries, robotics and automation, the role of human interaction, fabrication techniques, etc.

What are some interesting projects going on now at University West?

We now have a large amount of funding for research in aerospace manufacturing, with extensive research in welding technology, primarily for aerospace construction. We’re also leading research efforts in the petrochemical industry, working to improve the compatibility of surgical implants via thermal spray and working on welding for electrical cars.

What type of students will find this programme most interesting?

If you have the really big goal to influence the production of the future, globally – if you want to have lots of choice – this programme will interest you.