Monday 28 August 2023

Israeli PR manager visits BME

Projects and External Relations Manager of Technion University Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Shimrit Wagner-Lior had a visit at BME in the framework of Erasmus+, between June 26-29 2023. More

Friday 18 August 2023

Doing research where Oppenheimer did

Hunor Csala, a BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering graduate, is a PhD student at the University of Utah, spends his summer as an intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Unlike Oppenheimer, he uses neural networks and differential equations to model blood flow. More

Monday 19 June 2023

’Everything is possible with great determination’

„The most valuable tool I have learnt at BME is how to research and understand complex problems.” Interview with Omar Taha, mechanical engineer alumni of BME.

Where were you born?

I was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but I am from Sudan. More

Thursday 8 June 2023


​​​​​​​Alon Wolf PhD (on the left), professor of Technion University in Haifa, Israel was awarded a doctor honoris causa of Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

What was the topic of your lecture held at BME?

My lecture was a bit different from a classical academic speech, it was about how to conduct research and entepreneurship. How to go through the process, defining the questions, approaching and testing hypothesis, to get to a dissertation or a final business product. Despite the lecture took a few hours, the tools and the method was just a highlight of the studies we have made. So probably I will come back later this year, because I was asked so by the students to hold an extended workshop.

Tell me about the collaboration with BME’s Department of Mechatronics, Optics and Mechanical Engineering Informatics, in the framework of Erasmus+!

It is important to strengthen our collaboration, going back to more, than 20 years. BME and Technion exchange students, PhD students and scholars as well, and have joint research in the fields of dynamics, control, robotics, material sciences.

The option of Erasmus+ there were some difficulties due to COVID restrictions, but once we managed to launch, the project started to accelerate.

It is fascinating, that BME and Technion is doing research on nearly the same discipline, but on different approach, creating scholars’ and student exchanges serve science, education and the future. The students get an additional perspective, which they have not been exposed at their universities. These are the tools to enable science and research to become global.

Have you been to Budapest before? How do you like our city?

Budapest is beautiful, I have been here several times. I visited the Opera House, the Margit Island Open Theatre, I feel at home each and every time I come to Budapest. It is understandable, as I have roots from Hungary. My grandfather was a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian Army. Once, when I was walking on the street, near the Synagogue, I suddenly felt the smell of my grandmother’s kitchen.

How did you feel when you were awarded at BME?

It is flattering to receive a doctor honoris causa title, standing next to Katalin Karikó, and other colleagues from the MIT and Ohio State University. As I have said in my speech held at the ceremony: ’Being a honorary doctor does not come only with the honour, it also comes with commitment to continue the collaboration and student involvement, it is not just a degree to hang on the wall.’

(László Benesóczky)

Monday 20 February 2023

'I love the delightful professional conversations' - Interview with Hangyu Lu

Hangyu Lu, visiting PhD student (L), with professor
Gábor Stépán (R)
Hangyu Lu, visiting PhD student at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Applied Mechanics (MM) about his research and experiences in Hungary.


How did you decide to come to BME?


It's not my first time here. In 2019 I have stayed here for 5 and half months while attending the first year of my PhD studies. Luckily, I received approximately 8 000 $ in funding from the China Association of Science of Technology (CAST) China, a grant for the international mobility of PhD students. At that time, our research group was researching on non-linear dynamics of shimmy wheels, and we met and cited several papers of professor Gábor Stépán and Dénes Takács, associate professor.


I had an opportunity also to go to UIUC, but I decided to come to BME. I contacted Gábor Stépán and Tamás Insperger. They replied within a day that I was warmly welcome here.

The second time, after two years, we decided to come again, as we have a lot of joint co-operations and publications and a collaborative international project (TÉT-IPARI) with the Hefei University of Technology.


My current visit is funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). I came in July 2022, although my contract was ready even one year before, I could not depart because of COVID restrictions in China. I am here for 12 months.


What is Your research topic?


My topic examines the dynamics and stability of vehicle handling with automated control or human driving control. My other topic is time-delay effects in the control loop of vehicle stability control systems.


How do You like living in Budapest?


I love Budapest, except in the winter, the weather is a little cold. For me, the time zone difference is also a difficulty. What impresses me most is the Budapest community transportation and traffic systems. The vehicles have a dense schedule and are super convenient, taking you everywhere you want. Budapest is merged by Buda and Pest, divided by the river Danube. I live on the Pest side of Budapest, and every day I come to work by bike across the Danube, enjoying the spectacular scenery. I experience Budapest as a super safe city, where I can go anytime, almost anywhere, without worries.


Do You have any favourite place in the city or Hungary?


I love the scenery of Saint Stephen's Basilica and the story of the king's mummified right hand inside the church. I have even been there three times. I have also been to Esztergom, and Visegrád, Gödöllő; they are beautiful small cities near Budapest, definitely worth visiting. Esztergom has a large cathedral, Visegrád has a beautiful, ruined hilltop fortress and castle, while Gödöllő has one of the royal residences from the times when Hungary was a kingdom.


Do You find life in Hefei and Budapest very different?


Personally, in my daily life, the most significant difference is cooking. In Hefei, I don't cook at all. I only buy food at takeaway kiosks and go to restaurants. When I arrived here, I started to learn cooking because I missed the flavours of my homeland. Daily life, in other manners, is similar. Most people are very nice both in Budapest and Hefei as well. The only difference is that here more people greet each other. For example, when you enter a small shop, you usually say hello to the shop assistant, even in a crowd.

In academic life, there are a lot of differences. As a PhD student in China, you have a lot of administrative work, but you do not have to teach. However, we have to be in charge of project finances, costing a vast amount of time. But now, as a visiting PhD student, I only have a few other tasks, so I can spend my time working on my research topic.


What do you do in your spare time?


I love simulated driving, so I am also connected to my topic in my free time. I love riding a bike at the weekends.


What kind of plans do you have after receiving your PhD?


I want to do the post-doctoral programme. Probably here, at BME.


In some words, please explain what BME has given to You!


Firstly, BME gave me the opportunity to visit and be a PhD student here. China is so large not everyone has the possibility to get grants in foreign countries. I also attended some lectures and seminars operated by BME. Teachers are very dedicated and hard-working. I owe a lot from their courses and also personally.

In this department, researchers are kind and open-minded. It is delightful for me to have professional conversations which give expansions to my research area.


Laszlo Benesoczky

Friday 19 August 2022

'We are exploring sinergies for future collaboration'


From left to right: Frank Lujaji PhD (DSIT), Thomas Kivevele PhD (NMAIT), and Tamás Tábi PhD (BME) at the Polymer Engineering Laboratory at BME

Two researchers from Tanzania, Frank C. Lujaji PhD (Dar-es-Salaam Institute of Technology) and Thomas Kivevele PhD (Nelson Mandela African Institute of Technology) explored the research opportunities at BME at the beginning of July. The visit of the two scholars is supported by ERASMUS+, under the invitation of Ákos Bereczky PhD, associate professor of the BME Department of Energy Engineering. Dr. Lujaji and Dr. Kivevele have already been at BME over ten years as a students of this university. 

Where did you study before, and when did you get to know BME opportunities?

Frank Lujaji: I came from Dar-es-Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), the oldest technical institution in Tanzania. I completed my Master's and PhD degrees in South Africa, and  I considered a great fortune to be invited for four months to BME with the help of a "Tét" project, by Ákos Bereczky, in July 2009. I was working at an engine test lab, where I ran biofuel tests, to investigate engine performance, and I also did characterisations at the laboratories of the BME Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (VBK).

 Currently I am the campus director to start and register new programmes, and I also work as a mechanical engineering lecturer. Today I am here for the second time, but this visit takes only ten days. We hope, that we or our fellow researchers can return soon.

Thomas Kivevele: I work for the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Technology located in Arusha, Tanzania. I obtained my BSc degree at the University of Dar-es-Salaam and I submitted my master's studies in South Africa, but I did my research in India, and Hungary. I spent some time as a postdoctoral researcher at Baylor University in Texas.

I arrived in Budapest in November 2010. I was attending the same laboratories, I was running almost all of the experiments necessary for my thesis about original African biofuels. And I was also exploring characterisations at the chemistry laboratories. 

It was excellent being here. We learnt a professional way of doing research. We could use state-of-the-art equipment. 

You are here now with the Staff Mobility For Training within programme Erasmus+. What are the exact activities during your visit? 

Ákos Bereczky PhD

Frank Lujaji:
 This International Credit Mobility programme was supposed to start with student exchange. So far, only one student could come here from Tanzania, due to COVID restrictions, but he had to travel back to Tanzania. Our current visit is taking place as part of a staff mobility. We explored areas, and we collaborated in the mobility programme, to complete the work of the current project, but also to explore other research areas for future collaborations.

The visited Faculties were the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (GPK), the Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering (KJK), the Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (VBK), the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics (VIK), also two laboratories of BME Centre for University-Industry Cooperation (FIEK), the Faculty of Natural Sciences (TTK) and the Institute of Nuclear Techniques (NTI), and the Training Reactor,  the Faculty of Civil Engineering (ÉMK), the Faculty of Architecture (ÉPK), and the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (GTK).

 Thomas Kivevele: The three-year project had two mobility categories: student mobility for studies and staff mobility for teaching or training. Now we are exploring staff exchange. Our main goal is to meet different staff members, visit different laboratories, and find synergies to make this project sustainable after the the close of the mobility programme as well. Now we got to know, whom we can contact at BME.

 What are the main differences between Tanzania and Hungary?

 Frank Lujaji: In Hungary, academicians are committed to research in their private labs, while in my country, there are rather centralised labs with general access. But we have challenges having access to more specialised equipment.

Thomas Kivevele: We both have similar challenges, access to funds, et cetera. Hungarian people are kind, nothing to complain about so far. Ákos Bereczky is keeping us busy (laughing), and does not let us survive alone. We, Tanzanians are also welcoming, warm-hearted people.

 Ákos Bereczky: What is important to highlight, four years ago we were delighted that there was a possibility to start this cooperation. Unfortunately, there were challenges in making this cooperation finish perfectly. Finally, we are very happy, that one student could also come, despite the travelling difficulties and restrictions. I hope, we could not only improve our cooperation, but I hope, it can be more general cooperation with Tanzanian universities and BME. This is the target at the moment.

 László Benesóczky

(Photo: Ákos Bereczky, János Philip)

Monday 7 February 2022

'I have gained enormous knowledge from my professors and my different soft and technical skills have improved.' - Interview with Mohammad Darwish

'In 2018, I graduated among the top 10 of my class. Afterward, I applied to the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship to pursue my higher education at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.' More

Tuesday 7 December 2021

‘Fair study programme with high requirements: if you study hard, you succeed’

Doaa Nabawy is a student from Egypt, who came here to study architecture at BME in 2018. A little while later she felt more attracted to mechanical engineering than architecture, for that reason she made up her mind to join BME gain but this time as a mechanical engineering student. At the moment she is over her two global exams, and writing her thesis on hydrodynamics systems.

Thursday 30 September 2021

"A rigorous discipline with warm-hearted BME teachers"

A Chengdu Technology University alumna, Yimeng Wang came to BME to study on our mechanical engineering MSc programme. With Yimeng, we had a conversation online about differences between Sichuan and Hungary, favourite places in Budapest, and about academic pressure in mechanical engineering. Interview with Yimeng Wang. More

Thursday 23 September 2021

'Experienced lecturers, international environment in a fascinating and attractive city'- interview with Ghaith Burhani, our PhD student

Ghaith Burhani, PhD student, before coming to BME, graduated in the area of aeronautical and also fluid mechanics engineering at Syrian universities. Now he is a PhD student at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Hydrodynamic Systems.

Monday 12 April 2021

'The staff are friendly and helpful, and they involved me in various domestic and international research projects' - interview with Mohammad Fawaier, our PhD student

 Interview with Mohammad Fawaier, our second-year PhD student. He studies at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Building Services and Process Engineering, with Stipendium Hungaricum Scolarship. Mohammad spoke about his motivations and experiences, and also shared us a funny story about an old Hungarian engineer.

Where and when did you graduate before studying at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering?

I hold a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Jordan since 2017. After graduation, I decided to pursue higher education; therefore, I applied for the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships for an MSc position. More

Tuesday 30 March 2021

I also used machine learning techniques to refine building energy calculations’ – interview with Ábrahám Papp

In the scientific competition organised by the Hungarian National Bank and BME, our Energy Engineering MSc student, Ábrahám Papp, gained the 2nd prize in the ’Engineering and business innovations of green economy’ category.

Tuesday 16 March 2021

'There is a wealth of knowledge here at BME across a very wide range of disciplines' - interview with Josh Davidson PhD, research fellow of our faculty

 Josh Davidson has been doing research at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Hydrodinamics for three years.

 He still likes Hungarian cuisine, and is very enthusiastic about working at the department. Interview.

Wednesday 3 March 2021

’The approach gained at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering enabled me to analyse problems which I have not faced before’

Gábor Erős is a student of the Mechatronics Engineering MA program of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Despite this, he wrote his TDK (Student’s Scientific Association Conference) paper about how exchange rate changes affect the 2008 financial crisis. Although the author studies at a different faculty, the article was awarded the 1st prize in the economic sciences section and the Farkas Heller Special Award for the moral recognition of creating outstanding work. Interview.

Wednesday 27 January 2021

French master student Florent Debonne completes internship at the Department of Building Service and Process Engineering

 Students of French universities have to complete a two-month-long internship abroad before finishing their Masters. Florent Debonne, Master student of Mines ParisTech is participating the energy-engineering programme ISUPFERE. He was particularly interested in building services engineering and building energy and therefore joined the team of the Department of Building Service and Process Engineering at BME. His work is supervised by assistant professor Dr. Balázs Bokor. More

Friday 11 December 2020

‘Doing research is an enjoyable job for me’ – interview with He Haijun

 He Haijun, PhD student of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Polymer Engineering, gained the first prize of the BMe research Grant. Most PhD students aspire for the grant, created to support professionally outstanding researchers.

'People always says that PhD studies are the most challenging part of life. But the PhD study at BME makes me not feel that tough, instead, it gives me the calmness and the balance between work and life when doing my research. It teaches me how to make an enjoyable PhD life. And I also have time to do my hobbies, I am a marathon runner.' More

Thursday 29 October 2020

Aiming high-quality education, with empathy towards students


Dr Szabolcs Berezvai graduated on PhD level in July 2020, and he is already rated as the most excellent lecturer of BME, out of nearly one thousand lecturers, and gained the honours of the Best Lecturer of BME. Interview with Szabolcs Berezvai, the senior lecturer of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Applied Mechanics. More

Monday 26 October 2020

'During planning phase, getting to know the future user is essential'

The thesis of our freshly graduated industrial design MSc student, Boglárka Duray, was published on the Hungarian-language architecture and design portal ’Octogon’. 

Her design was about a product family of office lamps, called Glide. She is not only an outstanding designer but also tried herself in various fields of engineering. Interview with Boglárka Duray. More

Friday 16 October 2020

'I believe in the power of motivation, and the child-like curiosity' - interview with Dr Attila Csobán

 'A man made of gold' 'Absolutely helpful' 'Csobán for president' – and we can read several similar, enthusiastic opinions about him on a popular, lecturer scoring portal. Dr Attila Csobán, senior lecturer of BME Department of Machine and Product Design, who was given the ’Excellent Lecturer of BME’ prize, based on the survey filled by students. 

How did you take this honour? 

Attila Csobán: I became delighted. I am very proud of it. I was having a look at my mailbox, and my eyes fell on a mail sent by Zsombor Pollák, who was the president of the student council at the time, telling me, that I gained this award. It was a warm, pleasant feeling. When lecturers leave academic life without transferring their complete knowledge, it is my most tremendous heartache. It is an honour itself that I can teach. More

Monday 28 September 2020

’It is an honour, that the students apperciate my work’

Ágnes Urbin, assistant lecturer of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of MOGI (Mechatronics, Optics and Mechanical Engineering Informatics) was given the ’Excellent Lecturer of BME’ prize. This decision was made by EHK (Students’ Union of BME). Interview.

You gained the ’Excellent Lecturer of BME’ prize. How did you take this honour?

It surprised me. It was just a few weeks ago, that I received an email from the students’ union of BME, informing about the prize. I felt delighted and pleased that I got the award based on the students’ assessment of lecturers. However, I did not expect it.

The reason could be, perhaps, that I handle students as equal partners. This prize is, although, not only my honour. I give lab courses, where it is much easier to connect and get feedback. It is less rewarding to speak for an hour and a half in front of hundreds of people. More

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Can we use drones as forest fire sensors? How do bullet-proof vests work? Interview with Tamás Kalmár-Nagy

 Tamás Kalmár-Nagy was a researcher of the Ivy League-member Cornell University, also have won a winning a world championship with their robot soccer team. Now, he is an associate professor of the BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Aerodynamics. For him, research is a joyful activity. Interview with Tamás Kalmár-Nagy.

'I research diverse topics, and mechanistic turbulence has aerodynamical relevance, moreover, is an exciting model with a great heritage.' More

Thursday 10 September 2020

Startup - Reducing carbon footstep with minimal compromises

The Respray team started to think about creating refillable aerosol cans and their refilling machines. The team is made up of two students: Andor Réti, mechanical engineer student of BME, and Gergely Zámbó, a finance and accounting student of Corvinus University.

In the 2nd semester of the Startup Campus program, gained a 15 million HUF (49000 USD) subsidy, allowing them to create the prototype of the first self-driven machine and can. The objective of Respray is the cooperation with major firms in the deodorant distribution. Interview.

How did you find the idea of the refillable aerosol cans?

Andor Réti: Our common fields of interest are environmental protection and business; this gave birth to this idea. We believe that environmental protection can only be successful if opportunities for reducing carbon footsteps require only a minimal compromise for the consumer. We focused on aerosol cans, as aerosols have adverse health effects, and also produce waste, is caused by petroleum gases, while our solution uses compressed air. Thus the future users will not inhale hydrocarbons. More

Friday 4 September 2020

'My objective is to do something really relevant for science, having an impact on people's life'

 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do'- says the proverb. Giuesppe Habib attained an Italian top university in Rome, but, because he was mesmerised by Budapest, did his Erasmus scolarship and PhD at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Later, he returned to Hungary as a researcher, and today works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Applied Mechanics of the faculty. Interview.  

You graduated as a mechanical engineer at the La Sapienza University of Rome in 2008. Why did you choose Mechanical Engineering?

Since when I was in high school, I was fascinated by the possibility of predicting the dynamics of physical objects by using mathematics. This made me love physics and in particular mechanics. When I had to choose which university to go to, I was undecided between mechanical engineering and physics, what I knew is that I wanted to deal with mechanics. In the end, I chose mechanical engineering because it gives more job opportunities. More

Wednesday 2 September 2020

‘To solve a difficult medtech problem, I used image processing and AI’

 Aline Faria de Lemos, a PhD student from Brazil, has already studied here in Hungary when she met with the opportunity of the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship. Now she is researching about a MedTech topic as a PhD student at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of MOGI. Interview.

'I have lived in Budapest for a year during my bachelor's degree. I won a scholarship for a sandwich degree, which meant a two semester-long period of my bachelor's in Hungary. To tell the truth, I did not know much about Hungary before, but when I got to Budapest, I saw that it is a beautiful city, with classical buildings and friendly people. After this year, which is a fond memory for me, I returned to Brazil, but I kept thinking about Budapest. 

During my masters in Brazil, I got to know about the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship, and that it is available for PhD as well. That time I have already decided to continue my studies in a PhD programme. I started searching for doctoral programmes for mechanical engineering, that is how I have found the BME and especially the Department of MOGI (Mechatronics, Optics and Mechanical Engineering Informatics). I also had a look at the scientific performance of the professors and lecturers here, seeing, that they are highly qualified and are doing serious research, like my supervisor, Balázs Vince Nagy. Besides, I already had some friends who studied here and were satisfied with the education and the research opportunities.' More

Friday 28 August 2020

Helpful professors and comprehensive equipment at BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering – interview with Gao Min


Gao Min, an alumna of Guangxi University, China, is a PhD student of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering researches retina stimulation opportunities at the Department of Mechatronics, Optics and Mechanical Engineering Informatics.

 We talked not only about her research topic, but also her favourite Hungarian dishes and places in Budapest.

'As a master student, I had a dream to study on PhD level abroad. My husband applied and received the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship. Then we decided to come to Hungary together. It was an easy task to choose BME as an optical engineer, as there is a well-known department focusing on optics at the university (BME MOGI). Here I met my supervisor, Dr. Balázs Vince Nagy, researcher of human vision.' More

Tuesday 25 August 2020

’We have to be realistic about the social-economical aspects of technological development’

Ákos Gyenge
In the competition organised by BME and the Hungarian National Bank (MNB), the students of our faculty won two of four categories. 

 In the first part of the BME Mechanical Engineering Blog interview series, we talked with Ákos Gyenge, and Donát Takács, students of our faculty, as a team won the big gold of the competition with their work in the category ’Smart cities and sustainable lifestyle’. Interview.

'The whole work was a great professional challenge: although I attended a few university lectures regarding urbanism, I have never delved into the topic this deeply before. However, the most challenging aspect was something else: considering the economic and social effects in the long term of novel, exciting solutions. The results of the current, rapid technological development are undoubtedly impressive, but the last decades have proven that  these developments can have unexpected yet significant social and ecological consequences. Moreover, the development of a city has a much larger inertia, than e.g. the smartphone market does: urban developments are hard to reverse and usually have long-term effects.' More


Tuesday 11 August 2020

’I projected tech issues on economic processes, covering business and legal aspects as well’

In the competition organised by BME and the Hungarian National Bank (MNB) the students of our faculty won two of four categories.

In the second part of the BME Mechanical Engineering Blog interview series, we talked with Balázs Riskutia, the winner of the category Platform Economy: AI, robotics and green technologies.


What was the biggest challenge in this project?


Undoubtedly, the biggest challenge was the research through the various types of literature. Platform economy as a topic is discussable from several points of view. I got to the result with the help of legal, technological, IT, economy and business review articles. To be satisfied by an abstract, general platform model is definitely tempting. But we can only see the big picture of the platform economy if we get to know the technological processes that led to its emergence, if recognise its integration in the institutionalised society and if we can follow how the platform economy creates novel business models for companies. On the whole, the challenge was to collect a set of articles with appropriately diverse approaches from which one can still construct a unified view for the reader.  More

Monday 10 August 2020

Startup of BME energy engineering students makes a revolution in the e-mobility

Four of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering students, launched a startup for developing an application for e-mobility navigation. This startup was born as a project not only winning the MVM Edison energy startup contest but also receiving investment from a subsidiary. Interview with Kornél Kálmán, co-founder of Volteum.

 What has inspired you to develop the application?


Kornél Kálmán: In the current Volteum team, four of the founders are contributing, and all started at BME on Energy Engineering BSc programme. We have got to know each other at the Student Association of Energy on BME, where we participated in various projects and also the management of the association. Besides our studies, we were also curious about the challenges and current development directions. We always have wanted to be part of these, so we got into the rapidly growing e-mobility sector. More

Tuesday 28 July 2020

Robot sound research to be tested with a waiter robot

Emotional expression of robots was examined in a recent study participated by BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechatronics, Optics, and Mechanical Engineering Informatics (BME-GPK MOGI). The result was made in international cooperation of researchers, institutes and research groups on robotics and ethology. The examination is going to be tested with a waiter robot. The first author of the paper, published in Scientific Reports, published by the prestigious Nature, was Beáta Korcsok (left), assistant lecturer of the BME-GPK MOGI Department. Interview with professor Péter Korondi (right), a member of the project. More

Thursday 2 July 2020

A forgotten XX. century mechanical engineer from BME, with world sucess

Béla Karlovitz, born in 1904 in Pápa, Hungary, graduated as a mechanical engineer at BME. His brilliance is surpassed by other Hungarian minds, such as Theodor von Kármán , and our nuclear scientists. Nevertheless, he was a prominent figure in combustion science; also, he invented the magnetohydrodynamic generator.
Despite, only a little could be found about him, even in the archives. More

Monday 29 June 2020

Not a pioneer, but a humble, sensible woman - portrait of the first Hungarian female mechanical engineer, Vilma Mahrer

The first Hungarian female mechanical engineer, Vilma Mahrer graduated ninety-five years ago at the BME Faculty (or as it was called that time: Department) of Mechanical Engineering. She was the third woman, who graduated from BME (the first one was a civil engineer, while the second one was an architect). Some newspapers interviewed her, but this humble, young woman did not seek the spotlights. Even the archives tell a very little.

The time, when the contemporary newspaper-reading public got to know her, was when the daily newspaper Az Ujság interviewed with her in the apartment of her parents, one day after her graduation.

Why did you decide to be an engineer? – asked the Az Ujság. Her childhood friends were ambitious girls, ’all of them planned to be a professional’, Mahrer replied, ’to study to be a teacher, a doctor, an industrial artist, or a painter.’ Although her parents would have liked her rather stay at home, Vilma had a passionate interest in science, technology and engineering, and she did not imagine herself as a girl ’waiting for the fianceé at home.’ The fact that she would be the first female mechanical engineer inspired her even more. More

Thursday 11 June 2020

'Studying at BME was one of the best decisions ever made in my life'

Viktor Zichó, energy engineer, alumni of our faculty, rode a recumbent (a bicycle, which places the rider in a laid-back reclining position) to the tomb in Darjeeling of Sándor Csoma de Kőrös, early-19th century Hungarian orientalist. Viktor Zichó rode his bike following the path of Csoma.

'Attending BME was one of the best things that ever happened in my life. I made good friends in the dorm, I could live a vibrant social life, and I could study, which attracted me the most: energetics. The university taught me autonomy and opened my eyes. I realised my attitude towards work and career. On a ’Building services systems’ lesson, the lecturer advertised a project: the measurement of the heating system of the Széchenyi Spa in Budapest. That was the first time when I had the opportunity to work independently, without external pressure. Afterwards, I participated in several measurement projects brought by the industrial relations of the university. There I could implement the knowledge gained at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. I was outstandingly well-paid, with a part-time commitment. Primarily, I could finance my bike tours and equipment.' More

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Advanced tools and software serving research and education at the Department of Applied Mechanics

Advanced software and tools serve research on human balancing and on machine tool vibrations at the BME Department of Applied Mechanics.

The Department of Applied Mechanics purchased such a high-performance high-speed camera, which can record even 750 000 frames per second. The camera has been being used for machine tool vibrations at cutting processes, but several theses and publications were written thanks to the camera’s recordings. More

'A prestigious university with talented lecturers in a fascinating destination'

Alper Uzun, who studied at the Trakya University in Turkey, chose BME as a location of his master studies. In Budapest, he loves not only the historical background, but also the view from the Gellert hill.  But you have to perform, no easy grades, he adds. Interview. 

'I have heard a lot about Budapest from my friends came here for their Erasmus semesters. I knew that it is a fascinating city with lots of possibilities for culture and fun.  However, it is really different to experience something from first hand and I was also afraid of what was waiting for me since I was in a different country with its different language. I was so lucky, due to my Hungarian mentor Balazs Bokor was there to pick me up from the airport, and he showed me around the city. When I was on top of the Gellert hill for the first time, I was truly impressed! I felt suddenly so excited to spend two full years in this city.' More

Thursday 4 June 2020

'I enjoyed every single moment of FameLab' – interview with Lilla Asztalos, domestic winner of the 2019 contest

Lilla Asztalos, Ph.D. student of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Material Science and Technology, won the Hungarian final of FameLab, science communication contest, having an opportunity to appear on the Cheltenham world final.
'On FameLab, you need to perform with two different speeches in the final and the semi-final. The international final is held in a British town, Cheltenham, at the Science Festival, where you also have two speeches. The audience is usually local, including many school classes – this event aims, that young people should meet science and researchers. The reason, why a finalist should prepare with two speeches because the as many faces of science should be shown as we can – repeating is disliked just as on tv. A lot of attitudes on science can be found at the event, which is another virtue. Visionary innovators, and researchers peeling off clickbait, are also included.' More

Tuesday 2 June 2020

'When I'll return to my country, I would like to implement the research tradition, scientific knowledge, and skills I gained at BME'

 After his bachelors made in Turkey, Yahya Kara graduated on BME as an MSc mechanical engineer.  He pursued his studies on PhD level, at the Department of Polymer Technology. Interview about education quality, Budapest life, and his experiences as an international student.

'Both in MSc and PhD studies, I was able to enhance my skills with engineering courses taught by distinguished professors in the field. Balancing practical implementation and theory-based education is the key to improve the skills of engineering candidates. BME professors provide valuable learning tools that meet the highest standards in teaching a blend of laboratory, workshop, and lecture. Besides, students can take active participation in the research projects no matter the level of study. Up to now, I had the chance to participate actively in various domestic and international research projects with a multidisciplinary working group. As an MSc alumnus and current PhD fellow, I can say the candidate can either contribute high quality and internationally recognizable science work by using research infrastructures in BME.' More

Tuesday 26 May 2020

'Our hemodynamic research promote avoiding brain haemorrhages'

Benjamin Csippa, PhD student of the Department of Hydrodynamic Systems, works in a research group supported by the National Brain Research Program 2.0.

'What we can assume based on our current understanding, and can be valid for all types of aneurysm, is that irregular time-dependent flow patterns can come into existence, which modifies the structure of the vessel wall, initiating and eventually growing an aneurysm. In the process, this local irregular flow mechanically disproportionately stresses the endothelium. The endothelium – in effect – translates this mechanical signal into a biochemical one, which promotes a set of biological processes, to form an aneurysm.

The study of aneurysm formation mechanisms is a bit closer to what we can call basic research. Its clinical significance is, probably, that the doctors can have more in-depth knowledge with such information, about the natural course of the illness. Yet, our research findings can have practical impacts as well.' 

Thursday 21 May 2020

‘An excellent environment for education and research’

The renovation of our faculty’s 150 square meter lab hall in Building G was finished in the middle of April 2020. For this occasion, we had a review of the investments of the last few years. About the lab renovation, we interviewed Márton Takács, associate professor, deputy head of the Department of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. More

Monday 18 May 2020

Three cathegories were won by BME-GPK teams in pneumobile competition

Contest of 2019
BME's mechanical engineering students won three from four cathegories at Emerson XIII. International Aventics Pneumobile 2020 contest. In the contest, participants had to design and develop a pneumatic vehicle. 

The first prize in the 'Most innovative vehicle' and 'Best technical documentation' cathegories were gained by the team BME Műszakik AiR-115, of our faculty. The team's tutor was Dr. Zsolt Farkas, the senior lecturer of BME-GPK (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering), Department of Machine and Product Design.
The other team of our faculty, Löködönc Green Thunder gained prize for the best control system, with the tutorship of András Czmerk, senior lecturer of BME-GPK MOGI (Department of Mechatronics, Optics, and Mechanical Engineering Informatics). Both teams gain podiums since years, certain teams of Műszakik gained the prize for the 'best pneumobile' in 2019, 2016 and 2015. But BME-GPK student teams won the contest in 2011, 2013, and 2014, and gained podium in several categories.
Due to the emergent situation, this year, for the first time, the event was organized online, without a live round, only with the judgement of technical documentation and CAD designs. The founders of the contest, firstly organized in 2008 was, to create an engineering event, where future engineers have the opportunity to get glimpse into pneumatics. The teamworks were helped by Tibor Szabó, the master lecturer of MOGI.
LB/TSZ/IO   Photo: Emerson

Tuesday 5 May 2020

'The mathematic models we use enable us to analyse various complex networks'

Tamás Huzsvár and Richárd Wéber, PhD students of BME Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Hydrodynamic Systems examine the network theory and energy emission aspects of potable water networks. Their lecture was awarded a special award and a Public Choice Award on the potable water- and sewage system technology-related Dulovics Junior Symposium. Interview. 

What do you study in your PhD researches? 

Richárd Wéber: We both would like to build up and precise mathematical models of potable water networks, and draw overall conclusions about their operation. Our aim is that potable water should be transferred in proper quantity, most efficiently and inexpensively, to the consumers. We work based on the 1D hydraulic model of potable water networks, using mathematical tools of network theory.

What challenges can reduce the efficiency of these networks?

Richárd Wéber: For instance, there are vast quantities of leakages, due to the erosion of the pipes. It is pumped into the network, but no one pays for it, it is called non-invoiced water. There are methods to estimate the locations and how to reduce this loss. It is otherwise not necessarily secure, because these elements are located 1-2 meters underground, so it is costly and uncomfortable. More