Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), located in the ancient city of Xi'an, which is featured in aviation, aerospace, marine features. And it is the first to enter the national "211 Project" and "985 Project" key university under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
School of Automation’s origins can be traced back to the 1950s. In 1959, the “ninth department” was founded in Northwestern Polytechnical University, which contains majors of aircraft instrument sensor, aviation gyroscope design, optical Instrument and guidance, air micro-motor design, autopilot and etc. In 1953, the Air Force Engineering, Harbin Military Engineering Institute was established, containing the aircraft autopilot, aircraft electrical equipment, professional aviation fire and sights. And in 1970, it was moved to the “ninth department” of Northwestern Polytechnical University. The School of Automation was established in 2003 (the “ninth school”).
The school has 6 undergraduate: automation, electrical engineering and automation, measurement and control technology and equipment, information engineering, information security (confidentiality direction), transportation equipment and control engineering; Bearer control science and engineering, electrical engineering, transportation engineering, instrument science and technology and so on, which all 7 first disciplines and 17 second disciplines, of which a national key second discipline and a national key (training) discipline, 6 provincial and ministerial second key disciplines.; Including three postdoctoral station, 4 master station. Now, there are almost 1500 undergraduates, 900 master and 400 doctoral graduate students.
The teaching staff is of high level and their age structure and titles are reasonable. There are 143 teachers now, including 113 full-time teachers, 37 professors and 50 associate professors, one foreign academician of the Russian Academy of Astronautics, two Chinese Academy of Engineering (double-employed), two national Outstanding Youth Fund, one China Youth Science and Technology Award, five Program for New Century Excellent Talents, one Defense Science and Technology Innovation Team, two Teachers teaching in Shaanxi Province.
School teaching and research and personnel training have gotten remarkable achievements, including one national quality course, one national Chinese-English education model curriculum, three provincial quality courses; in recent years, won the a national teaching awards, four Shaanxi provincial teaching achievement awards, one national excellent doctoral dissertation, one national excellent doctoral dissertation (nominated). Institute have accumulated trained more than 7000 undergraduates and 5400 graduates, among lots of distinguished alumni who made great contributions in every fields for our country. School formed a plurality of unique research direction, during “Eleventh Five-Year”, College assumed more than 500 scientific research, including National Natural Science Foundation, 863, 973, based on scientific research and national defense and other major projects. Research funding accumulated more than 250 million yuan. The school won 1 the national award, 26 provincial and ministerial awards, more than 50 national patents, has published important papers over 2000 papers.
During “Twelfth Five Year”, the school will adhere to the "prominent aerospace industry advantage, adhere to the service of national defense features, enhance the level of academic disciplines," the "three both" principle, strengthen the "high standard platform, highly integrated research, high-level scientific and technological achievements" of the "three high" technological innovation building. Focus on implementation of the "one sure, two priorities, three steps" of the "123 Project", as soon as possible to achieve the domestic first-class, internationally renowned, high-level research institute of development goals.