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Studying Business and Engineering

What is business and engineering? What will I learn if I study business and engineering? And where will I work later as a business engineer? You will find answers to these questions on this page. We will also tell you why studying business and engineering at ESB Business School is particularly rewarding.

At ESB Business School you can choose between the following degree programmes in business and engineering:

Bachelor programmes:

BSc Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Operations

BSc Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Sustainable Production and Business

Master programmes:

MSc Operations Management

MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering

What exactly is business and engineering?  

A course in business and engineering combines business and engineering content. Technical and scientific subjects, such as digital engineering, manufacturing technology, computer science or mathematics, are merged with business subjects, such as management, investment appraisal and marketing, in one degree programme.

At the interface of business and technology, business engineers gain practical experience in these two worlds during their studies.  

What do business engineers do

Business engineers are equally at home in both business and technology. They are valuable for companies because they are the links and communicators between the two areas. They understand the development and production process of a technical product. At the same time, they have an overview of the economic aspects such as financial planning, cost accounting, sales and marketing. In short, business engineers are technical buffs and managers in one.

What career opportunities do I have as a business engineer?

With a degree in business and engineering, you will be in great demand as a technology specialist and business manager in companies. Almost all manufacturing companies recruit business engineers. And this applies across all sectors, be it the automotive industry, telecommunications, software development or mechanical and plant engineering.  

Many business engineers also embark on a career in management consulting or work in educational and research institutions. 

Business engineers take on a wide variety of responsibilities in companies: As managers, they take on leadership functions at company, business unit or project level. They are in charge of process planning as well as control and optimisation. They are also responsible for procurement, production and logistics – especially with regard to new technologies and innovative solutions.

Business engineers plan and design production facilities and warehouses. They are in charge of quality management and assurance of products and services. Furthermore, they work in technical sales and marketing or in purchasing. And they can also be found in production and project controlling. Or they oversee accounting and finance matters.

When is a business engineering degree programme the right choice for me?

Are you interested in technical subjects and don’t shy away from “harder” subjects such as mathematics? Do you also enjoy looking at technical products and developments through the eyes of a businessman? Asking yourself: What will it cost? Is there a market for it? Is the product sustainable?

If you have two hearts – one for technology/science and one for management – beating in your chest, the business engineering degree programme will be an exciting and fulfilling challenge for you.

Why is studying business and engineering at ESB Business School particularly worthwhile?

A degree programme for doers: Put what you have learned into practice right away at Werk150, the factory on campus.

ESB Business School offers you the opportunity to study at an internationally renowned business school. This gives you a huge range of career opportunities. Studying at ESB Business School does not take place only in the lecture halls. During your studies you will already have the opportunity to establish contacts with companies – be it at company contact fairs on the campus or online, in workshops with companies or during your internship. Our Career Centre will support you with all questions related to career start and career guidance. 

Partner universities in 40 countries worldwide offer you opportunities for study visits and internships abroad.

Which business and engineering degree programme is the right one for me?

At ESB Business School we offer you two bachelor’s programmes in business and engineering. In our picture gallery you will discover which areas of focus the two degree programmes set as well as the opportunities they open up for you.

If you are aiming for a career in management or in the consulting sector, the BSc Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Operations is the right choice for you.

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In the BSc Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Sustainable Production and Business, you accompany your product from the idea to marketing – always with sustainability in mind.

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A semester abroad is firmly integrated in our bachelor’s programmes. The BSc Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Operations also offers you the opportunity to spend an internship abroad.

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Would you like to know what requirements you have to fulfil for our bachelor’s programmes? 

You will find detailed information on the following pages:

Application BSc Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Operations (International Business and Engineering – Operations) degree

Application BSc Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – Sustainable Production and Business

The Most Important Facts about Our Study Programmes

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Dirk Schieborn

Prof. Dr. Dirk SchiebornMathematics, Data Analytics, IT

Office Hours: Tuesday, 11.30 to 12.30

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Focus of Lectures
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Data Analytics
Research Topics
  • Credit Risk Measurement and Machine Learning in the Financial Industry
  • Viscosity Solutions of Hamilton-Jacobi Equations on Branched Spaces
Wolfgang Echelmeyer

Prof Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang EchelmeyerTechnical Logistics

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Teaching projects

  • Merck AG (Darmstadt) – Analysis of logistics processes
  • Proctor & Gamble – Themes relevant for the future in strategic logistics for global activities (reference contribution)
  • Streck – Transshipping company Freiburg – Improvement of inbound processes
  • STIHL –Development of a planning method for milk transportation trains (Tuggertrain, Milkrun)
  • HBG –Implementation of management system for a warehouse
Role and Responsibilities
  • Dean BSc Production Management
Focus of Lectures
  • Technical logistics
  • Material flow design
Current Research Projects

Professor Echelmeyer is the coordinator of “RobLog” (EU# 270350), an EU project that develops robot technology which unloads objects from ship containers cognitively and automatically. The project will result in two demonstration robots: one advanced demonstration robot that is fitted with a low controlled hand and that can unload heterogeneous goods in boxes and deformable structures; and one industrial demonstration robot that is able to unload heavy sacks such as goods weighing up to 70 kg. 


Bonini M, Schuhmacher J, Urru A, Wezel JP, Hummel V, Echelmeyer W. Planning of Available Resources Considering Ergonomics Under Deterministic Highly Variable Demand.  2020 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM); 14-17 Dec. 2020. 2020. p. 96-102. DOI: 10.1109/IEEM45057.2020.9309890.

Bonini M, Urru A, Echelmeyer W. The Quality Interaction Function Deployment for lean Human-Robot Interaction.  Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics (MMAR); 26-29 Aug. 2019: IEEE Publishing; 2019. p. 145-151. DOI: 10.1109/MMAR.2019.8864667.

Bonini M, Urru A, Echelmeyer W. Lean Human-Robot Interaction Design for the Material Supply Process.  Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO: SCITEPRESS. ISSN 978-989-758-380-3; 2019. p. 523–529. DOI: 10.5220/0007966705230529.

Urru A, Bonini M, Engel T, Lenhart TT, Pischzan T, Taebel DT, Wezel JP, Wolfangel S, Echelmeyer W. A heuristic method for developing innovative city logistics concepts.  Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies (SpliTech); 18-21 June 2019: IEEE Publishing; 2019. p. 1-6. DOI: 10.23919/SpliTech.2019.8783090.

Urru, Augusto; Bonini, Marco; Echelmeyer, Wolfgang (2018): Fleet-sizing of multi-load autonomous robots for material supply. In: Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics (SOLI 2018). 31 July-2 August 2018, Singapore. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics (SOLI). Singapore, 7/31/2018 - 8/2/2018. IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; SOLI. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, S. 244–249. DOI: 10.1109/SOLI.2018.8476790

Urru, Augusto; Bonini, Marco; Echelmeyer, Wolfgang (2018): Planning of a Milk-Run Systems in High Constrained Industrial Scenarios. In: 2018 IEEE 22nd International Conference on Intelligent Engineering Systems (INES). 2018 IEEE 22nd International Conference on Intelligent Engineering Systems (INES). Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 6/21/2018 - 6/23/2018: IEEE, S. 231–238. DOI: 10.1109/INES.2018.8523926

Bonini, Marco; Urru, Augusto; Steinau, Sebastian; Ceylan, Selcuk; Lutz, Matthias; Schuhmacher, Jan, Halfar, Harry; Hummel, Vera; Echelmeyer, Wolfgang et al. (2018): Automation of Intralogistic Processes through Flexibilisation - A Method for the Flexible Configuration and Evaluation of Systems of Systems. In: Kurosh Madani und Oleg Gusikhin (Hg.): ICINCO 2018. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics : Porto, Portugal, July 29-31, 2018. S. 390–398. DOI: 10.5220/0006878003900398

Bonini, Marco; Echelmeyer, Wolfgang (2018): A Method for the Design of Lean Human-Robot Interaction. In: Adam Bujnowski, Mariusz Kaczmarek und Jacek Rumiński (Hg.): 11th International Conference on Human System Interaction (HSI). Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland, 04-06 July, 2018. S. 457–464. DOI: 10.1109/HSI.2018.8430879

Marco Bonini, Teresa Wesley, Wolfgang Echelmeyer “Risk and quality management in integrated international research projects: the RobLog Plan-Do-Check-Act innovative approach”, extended abstract accepted for presentation to IMRA 2013 (International Management Research Academy)

Echelmeyer, Wolfgang, Bonini, Marco, Rohde, Moritz. ”From Manufacturing to Logistics: Development of a Kinematic for Autonomous Unloading of Containers.“ IMEC 2013

Echelmeyer, W.: Roboterbasierte Entladung in der intralogistik. In: Tagungsband Roboter in der Intralogistik: Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung (IPA), Stuttgart (2012)

Marco Bonini, Alice Kirchheim, Wolfgang Echelmeyer, ‘’Challenges in the Application of Autonomous Cognitive Systems within Logistics,’’ in the preceedings of the Robotica conference 2012 – ISBN 978-9729860348

Marco Bonini, Kristina Tishchenko, Alice Kirchheim, Wolfgang Echelmeyer “Application of Cognitive Robotics within Logistics - Approach to the Simplification of Industrial Complexity for the Development of Cognitive Features within Unloading Scenarios”, in the Proceedings of the Austrian Robotic Workshop 2012 – ISBN 978-3851251838

Alice Kirchheim, Wolfgang Echelmeyer, Todor Stoyanov, Athanasia Louloudi, Martin Magnusson, and Achim J. Lilienthal, ‘’Evaluation of 3D Model Accuracy for Automated Unloading of Containers.” RGB-D Workshop on 3D Perception in Robotics at the European Robotics Forum, 2011.

Wolfgang Echelmeyer, Alice Kirchheim, Achim J. Lilienthal, Hülya Akbiyik, and Marco Bonini, “Performance Indicators for Robotics Systems in Logistics Applications.” IROSWorkshop on Metrics and Methodologies for Autonomous Robot Teams in Logistics (MMARTLOG), 2011

Bernd Scholz-Reiter, B., Echelmeyer, W., Halfar, H., Virnich, A.: Automation of logistic processes by means of locating and analysing RFID-transponder data. In: Dynamics in Lostistics: Second International Conference, LDIC 2009, Bremen, Germany, August 2009. Proceedings; Springer Berlin (2011); pp 323 – 327; ISBN-10: 3642119956. Nachweis S. 43

Ann-Katrin Pallasch, Jan Heitkötter, Wolfgang Echelmeyer; Ropeway for marine containers. Innovative transport system for seaport terminals; 2010 annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists, Lisbon 7-9 July (2010)

Kircheim, A, Echelmeyer, W.; Burwinkle, M.: Automation of Logistics Processes by using a universal Control; Solid State Phenomena Vols. 166-167 (2010) pp 241-246; ISBN-13: 978-3-908451-88-4

Kircheim, A; Ahrlich, F., Echelmeyer, W., Scholten, D.: Erkennung von sackförmingen Objekten aus dreidimensionalen Punktewolken, Automation 2009, Baden-Baden (Deutschland), 2009, S.217-221

Lewandowski, M.; Echelmeyer, W.: On the Application of predictive maintenance strategies in logistics: a case study-based procedure model, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on The Modern Information Technology in the Innovation Processes of the Industrial Enterprises, MITIP 2009, Bergamo September 2009

Burwinkel, M.; Echelmeyer, W.; Scholz-Reiter, B.: DEVELOPMENT OF ROBOTICS SYSTEMS FOR SEAPORTS BY MEANS OF MODULAR APPROACHES, Proceedings of the International Conference on Robotics and Applications- IASTED RA 2009 Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, November 2009

Lewandowski, M.; Morales-Kluge, E.; Gorldt, C.; Echelmeyer, W.: Einsatz von Smart Container Tecnologies für nachhaltige Logistik, Tagungsband der 12. IFF-Wissenschaftstage, Magedeburg, Juni 2009

Echelmeyer, W.; Kirchheim, A.: Contribution to a Fully Automatic Container Terminal as Part of the Logistics Factory of the Future, The International Workshop on Harbour, Maritime & Multimodal Logistics Modelling and Simulation, Italien (2008)

Echelmeyer, W.; Kirchheim, A.: Robotics-Logistics: Challenges for Automation of Logistic Processes, IEEE Conference on Automation and Logistics, China (2008)

Echelmeyer, W.; Wellbrock, E.; Rohde, M.: Development and Optimization of a Robot-based System for Automated Unloading of Packages out of Transport Units and Containers, 6th CIRP ICME '08, Italien (2008)

Scholz-Reiter, B.; Kirchheim, A.; Burwinkel, M.; Echelmeyer, W.; Rohde, M.; Schmidt, K.: „Konzept zur automatischen Entladung von Stückgütern durch ein kognitives Robotersystem“: Industrie-Management 26 (2008) 

Kirchheim, A.; Burwinkel, M.; Echelmeyer, W.: Automatic Unloading of Heavy Sacks from Containers, IEEE Conference on Automation and Logistics, China (2008)

Echelmeyer, W.: Entwicklung einer Hightech-Lösung. In: Hebezeuge und Fördermittel 1-2 (2008) S.36-38

Scholz-Reiter, B.; Echelmeyer, W.; Wellbrock, E.: Development of a robot-based system for automated unloading of variable packages out of transport units and containers, IEEE Conference on Automation and Logistics, China (2008) 
Tank, S.; Echelmeyer, W.: Roboterrevolution im Paketzentrum. In: Logistik Jahrbuch (2006)


Urru, A.; Bonini, M.; Echelmeyer, W. (2018): Planning and dimensioning of a milkrun transportation system considering the actual line consumption. In: IFACPapersOnLine 51 (9), S. 404–409. DOI: 10.1016/j.ifacol.2018.07.066

Current patents, application for patents :
Erfindung: Verfahren und Anordnung zum Aufnehmen von quaderförmigem Stückgut aus einem Container und zur Ablage des Stückgutes; Anmeldung als deutsches Patent 103 49 021 A1 am 13.10.2003; Anmeldung als europäisches Patent EP 1 524 216 A1 am 12.10.2004; Patent erteilt

Erfindung: Verfahren zum selbststeuernden Transport von Stückgütern zum Zwecke der automatisierten Materialflusssteuerung -Kurztitel: selbststeuernder Transport; Anmeldung als deutsches Patent 102005033112.2 am 15.07.2005; Patent erteilt

Erfindung: Pneumatisch betriebenes Greifsystem zur Handhabung logistischer Stückgüter, die nur von einer Seite greifbar sind (Greifer Unigripper D 10500 ) Anmeldung als deutsches Patent Nr. 10 2006 022 278.4 am 11.05.06; Anmeldung liegt beim Patentamt vor

Erfindung: Roboter und Vorrichtung zum Be- und/oder Entladen von Stückgütern und Vorrichtung zum Ein- und Auslagern von Stückgütern mit denselben (Portalroboter D 10463 ); Anmeldung als deutsches Patent 102005047644.9-15 am 23.09.05; Patent erteilt

Erfindung: Vorrichtung zur automatisierten Be- und Entladung eines von wenigstens einer Seite horizontal zugänglichen Transportbehälters (Antriebsloses Fahrgestell D 10295); Anmeldung als deutsches Patent 102004026190.22 am 28.05.04 Anmeldung als europäisches Patent 05008691.7 innerhalb der Prioritätsfrist; Patent erteilt

Erfindung: Be- und Entladehilfe für die manuell Entladung von Stückgütern in Containern und Wechselbrücken (Ladehilfe D 10503); Anmeldung als deutsches Patent 2006025640.9 am 01.06.06;Patent erteilt

Erfindung: RFID basierte vollautomatische Sortier-und Kommissionierung - Kurztitel: "automatische Kommissionierung"; Anmeldung als deutsches Patent Nr. 10 2007 038 837.5-27; Anmeldung liegt beim Patentamt vor

Erfindung: Vorrichtung zum Vereinzeln und lesegerechtem Herrichten von Packstücken auf einer Förderstrecke - Kurztitel: Reading Singulator; Anmeldung als deutsches Patent Nr. 10 2007 038 834.0-27; Anmeldung liegt beim Patentamt vor

Erfindung: Vollautomatische Depalettieranlage - Kurztitel: Roboterzelle light; Anmeldung als deutsches Patent Nr. 10 2006 062 528.5-22 am 29.12.2006; Anmeldung liegt beim Patentamt vor