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Contact Information
Russian Program Director

Ayrat Abdullin

German Program Director

Prof.Valentin Ivanov

Program coordinator

Marina Nikandrova
Associate professor
+7 843 231 01 83, mvnikandrova@kai.ru

GRIAT officer

Aysha Sled
Admission Officer
+7 903 061 40 22, AASled@kai.ru

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Automotive Engineering

Program description

The program is aimed at training specialists for the automotive industry. It provides students with a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge in many different engineering disciplines. Students also can deepen their knowledge in their professional expertise, studying special disciplines in the field of modern developments of engines, vehicles, ecology and safety. As a student of this program, you will gain important knowledge and skills in the creation, maintenance, monitoring and repairing of vehicles.

Currently, the Automotive Engineering-program is conducted only at KNRTU-KAI in Kazan without the possibility to study at TU Ilmenau during the third semester.

0 - budget places
5 - contract places
2 diplomas
English-taught program

1st, 2nd and 4th semesters
3rd semester
Admission requirements
Main subjects

  • Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Vehicle dynamic control and assistant systems
  • Methodology of Scientific Research
  • Project Management
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Modeling in Matlab
  • Vehicle theory
  • Theory and design of vehicles
  • Basics of automatic control
  • Car electrical systems
  • Alternative propulsion systems
  • Brake systems
  • Automotive Simulation and development tools
  • Intelligent transport systems
  • Educational training
  • Research work
  • Technical English

Master Thesis topics

  • Electric vehicle stability control using Sliding Mode methods
  • An approach for model-based closed-loop testing of vehicle chassis
  • Investigation of the effect the volume of the Common Rail fuel system on the fuel supply process
  • Development of a reliable approach for the one-board estimation of the pad-disc contact temperature
  • Investigation of the impact of high-speed operation of the engine on the Common Rail fuel supply system
  • Implementation of Recurrent Neural Networks for the prediction of brake-related PM emissions.
  • Development of a frame with high strength and rigidity characteristics for a truck
  • Development of a suspension for an ultralight agricultural tractor
  • Optimization of a flow channel for the visualization of non-exhaust emission characteristics
  • Development of a high level battery electric vehicle Simulink model for longitudinal dynamics investigation
  • Development and construction of a universal usable test bench for the determination of tire stiffnesses and characterization of the footprint
  • Different characteristics of dampler for semi-active suspensions
  • Active electro-mechanical suspension as part of vehicle dynamics control

Russian curriculum
Flying faculty


Places of employment

Factories and enterprises:

  • ООО Ульяновский автомобильный завод
  • Нижний Новгород – ГАЗ, завод сложной автоспецтехники Чайка-Сервис
  • Тольятти – АвтоВАЗ, GM-AVTOVAZ
  • Набережные Челны - завод грузовых автомобилей и военной техники КАМАЗ, KAMAZ PTC
  • Нефтекамск - завод производства автобусов и спецтехники НефАЗ, NEFAZ
  • Малые Вязёмы - завод производства сельскохозяйственной техники ГолАЗ
  • Миасс- завод производства грузовых автомобилей УралАЗ, URAL

Research and engineering centers:

  • Центральный Научно-Исследовательский Автомобильный и Автомоторный Институт (НАМИ ГНЦ РФ) / State Research Center of the Russian Federation FSUE NAMI 
  • Экспериментальный Научно-Исследовательский Институт Автомобильной Электроники и Электрооборудования (НИИАЭ) / Federal State Unitary Enterprise NIAE

Engineering centers and design bureaus with teams involved in motorsport:

  • КАМАЗ-мастер/Kamaz-master, ГАЗ Рейд Спорт