February 2014, Issue 134
New Date: Regional Alumni Meeting in Munich
In the last alumni newsletter, the Munich branch of the Haus der Technik mistakenly stated that the 16th RWTH Alumni Get-Together in Munich was February 11. However, it is a month later on March 11, 2014. We would like to once again make all interested RWTH alumni aware of the new date and welcome them to attend. The program includes a visit to Fairma Knorr-Bremse, a worldwide leading manufacturer of break systems for rail and utility vehicles. Start: 5pm Registration and additional information
RWTH Alumni Excursion to the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Cologne
We invite all alumni in the Rhein-Rühr region to visit the German Aerospace Center, DLR, in Colone-Porz, on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 4:15 to 7pm. Our visit to the DLR includes a two and half hour tour. The number of participants is limited, so please send your registration with your first and last name and contact information by March 31, 2014, to Ms Reena James at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here you can find additional information.
Second ERC Grant for RWTH Professor Magnus Rueping
RWTH Professor Dr.rer.nat. Magnus Rueping, Chair of Organic Chemistry, has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council, ERC for short. This is the second time the 41 year old scientist has been honored by the European Research Council: Rueping was first funded with the ERC Starting Grant. The chemist received almost one million euros for his research between 2007 and 2012. The Consolidator Grant is awarded to scientists, who completed their doctoral studies in the past seven to twelve years. Almost two million euros were approved for resarch work in the field of catalysis and technology development. Here you can find additional information.
NRW Innovation Prize 2014
Professor Christian Hopmann, Head of the Institute of Plastics Processing in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen, IKV, has received that NRW Innovation Prize: Congratulations! He was honored in the main category, Innovation, in the field of lightweight construction. The NRW Innovation Prize, endowed with 150000 euros, is the second highest honor of this kind in Germany after the Future Prize of the Federal President. Criteria for allocating the award are great scientific potential, excellent research work, and concrete relevance to practice. The official award ceremony with NRW Minister President Hannelore Kraft is on March 10. The entire article is available in the Aachener Zeitung
Highest Endowed Funding Prize for Junior Researchers Given to RWTH Alumnus
Prof. Dr. Eric Bodden, Computer Science graduate of RWTH and now working in the Department of Software Engineering at TU Darmstadt, received the highest endowed German funding prize for junior researchers, the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize 2014, from the German Research Foundation. Bodden is working on methods, with which software manufacturers can recognize safety holes early on and secure their software products before delivering them to customers. More information
Science & Business
Unique Modular Batttery Mass Storage Developed in Aachen
The E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen, the energy supplier E.ON SE, the battery manufacturer Exide Technologies GmbH with its business unit GNB® Industrial Power, beta-motion GmbH, and inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG will establish the first modular battery mass storage worlwide with a performance capability of five megawatts in Aachen. The project, titled M5BAT – Modular multi-Megawatt multi-Technology Medium Voltage Battery Storage is funded with 6.5 million euros through the energy storage funding initiatve by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The particular feature of M5BAT is the modular construction of the storage, in which different battery technologies are optimally joined with another. Here you can find more information.
RWTH Professor Frank Schneider Initiates Exhibition in German Bundestag
They were forcibly sterilized, used for medical trials, and murdered: sick and disabled people were among those persecuted by National Socialism. Since January 27, 2014, an exhibition in the German Bundestag, initiated by Univ.-Prof. Dr.med. Dr.rer.soc. Frank Schneider, Director of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics at Aachen University Hospital, has reminded us of this. The exhibit was opened by the Vice-President of the German Bundestag, Ulla Schmidt. Here you can get more information.
In 2011 RWTH Aachen Achieved the Highest External Funding Income per Professor
The universities without medical institutions, who received the most external funding in 2011 were RWTH, almost 231 million euros, the Technical University of Munich, about 213 million euros, and the Technical University of Dresden, about 167 million euros. RWTH and the University of Stuttgart received the most external funding per fprofessor with 716900 and 605500 euros respectively. Smaller universities such as the Freiburg University of Mining and Technology with 604300 also managed to come out in the top. Here you can get more information.
New Date: March 11, 2014: Alumni Meeting in Munich
March 11 to 13, 2014: "Sensor-Based Sorting“Symposium 2014
March 19, 2014: IKV Colloquium 2014
March 20, 2014: International Master Classes - hands on particle physics
March 24 to 26, 2014: International Fluid Power Conference
March 24 to 27, 2014: 28th Entrepreneur Training
March 27 to 28, 2014: Aachen Steel Colloquium
March 29, 2014: 9th RWTH Hall Football Cup powered by Sparkasse Aachen
keep in touch Alumni Magazine Available as E-magazine for Tablet PCs for the First Time
The keep in touch is now available as an interactive e-magazine for iPads and Android tablet PCs, starting with the past issue, Issue 55. The issue can be downloaded for free in the Apple Store and in the Google PlayStore.
The Alumni Newsletter is released once a month. The International Office, Fundraising, and Alumni publish the newsletter on behalf of the Rector. The contact person in the editorial office is Dietrich Hunold. Responsibility is assumed by Renate Kinny.