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NETME Centre - New Technologies for Mechanical Engineering

NETME Centre – in full name New Technologies for Mechanical Engineering – is designed as a regional research and development centre based on a high-quality scientific and research background of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. 

The project was financed in the period 2010-2013 by the EU and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports within the scope of the Research and Development for Innovations Operational Programme, Priority Axis 2 - Regional R&D centers with subsidies of 768 million CZK (funding granted by the the EU - 652 mil. CZK, funding granted from the Czech state - 116 million CZK). In the period 2014-2018 the project is financed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports within the scope of the National Sustainability Programme I (NSP) with eligible project costs 606 million CZK (funding granted from the Czech budget 277 million CZK, cofinancing 329 million CZK)

Centre activities are designed to develop cooperation with the application and business sphere and to strengthen the competitiveness of the region to participate in developing the economy knowledge of the region and to allow flexible access of private subjects to the latest research results on contract basis, to ensure maximal application potential. The Centre also aims to employ young scientific workers and to provide development for their scientific potential. The project is based upon many years of scientific and research activity of FME BUT as well as on industrial tradition of Brno and the whole South Moravian region.

NETME Centre is designed as a mutually interconnected body consisting of 5 divisions:

  • Division PPE – Division of Power, Process and Environmental Engineering
  • Division AAT – Division of Aircraft and Automotive Technology
  • Division M – Division of Mechatronics
  • Division VMDT - Division of Virtual Machine Design and Testing
  • Division AMM - Division of Advanced Metal Materials

The project was officially launched on January 1st 2010.


Head of division: prof. Ing. Jaroslav Horský, CSc.

Division of Power, Process and Environmental Engineering is focused on applied and basic research and development in the field of environmental protection, power facilities and process technologies. Division basic activities are development of research activities with application potential and industrial cooperation.

In addition to its own projects, participation on the issues of other divisions is expected as well as active collaboration with key industrial partners in the form of implementation of new and innovative technologies and equipment, customized activities, expertise and joint projects. The facilities will be equipped with unique technologies, such as model of energy-intensive process.


Head of division: doc. Ing. Jaroslav Juračka, Ph.D.

Division of Aircraft and Automotive Technology is focused on applied research and development in the field of transport technology with the main scope in the higher effectiveness and safety, reducing the impact on the environment and utilization of brand new technologies.


Head of division: prof. RNDr. Ing. Tomáš Březina, CSc.

Division of Mechatronics is focused on applied research and development of unique technical solutions for intelligent electromechanical systems. Activities are mainly based on developing long-term success and seeking topics of assigned workplaces FME BUT participating in the division with the possibility of using new division facilities, collaboration with other divisions and cooperation with industry.


Head of division: prof. Ing. Martin Hartl, Ph.D.

Division activities are focused on research, education and provision of comprehensive services in the field of new products development using the latest knowledge of basic and applied sciences and integration of computer, information and communication technologies into the design process. Research activities are focused mainly on the use of universal design and technology of computer numerical simulation (Virtual Prototyping and Virtual Testing) and the real test in the development of new products.


Head of division: prof. Ing. Ivo Dlouhý, CSc.

Division of Advanced Metallic Materials is focused on applied and basic research on selected groups of promising metallic materials, respectively procedures of their preparation, as well as it is focused on the education of highly specialized experts in the field of material sciences and engineering.

More information at www.netme.cz.

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