November/December 2018, Issue 184


Alumni News

German and Korean Alumni Day

"However long the path may seem, it is not as difficult when you venture down it together.” Bum-Goo Jong, the Ambassador to South Korea in Berlin, started the tenth Joint German-Korean Conference for the Alumni Network Germany-Korea (ADeKo) in Aachen by quoting this traditional Korean proverb, which perfectly characterizes the relations between the two nations.

Geographically speaking, the two countries are far apart – over 8,000 km, to be more precise. In the decades following the Second World War and the Korean War however, their development has brought them closer together and today the two countries are in fact similar in many ways. "[Both] face common challenges regarding the topics of digitalization, energy, and mobility in the future,” says RWTH Rector Ulrich Rüdiger. The speakers – from research and industry – presented their ideas and approaches to solutions to Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, Future Mobility and Energy for our Future to a good 350 delegates at the Conference.

RWTH Bids Farewell to Mathematics Graduates

Professor Hartmut Führ, department spokesman, and Professor Erhard Cramer, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences, congratulated the mathematics graduates on successfully completing their studies at this year's Department of Mathematics graduation ceremony.

Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg awarded the 2018 Schöneborn Prize for outstanding Bachelor's theses on behalf of the Verein der Freunde und Förderer der RWTH proRWTH. The happy honorees were: David Wilhelm Bartusel, Mariia Anapolska and Joana Lu Rodriguez Plantikow. Professor Doris Klee, Vice Rector for Human Resources Management and Development, congratulated the graduates on behalf of the rectorate and took this opportunity to emphasize the importance of research and applying scientific theory to practice in the job market.

2018 Friedrich Wilhelm Awards Honor Outstanding Achievements

This year, RWTH Aachen University honored 25 students and doctoral candidates with the Friedrich Wilhelm Awards 2018 in recognition of their outstanding achievements. This included twelve Master's theses and thirteen dissertations. The award ceremony took place during a special ceremony at the University.

The Friedrich Wilhelm Award is awarded by the foundation of the same name, which was founded in 1865 by the predecessor of the current Generali Deutschland AG. The Award is intended to promote research and teaching at RWTH, and support both students and researchers.

Four RWTH Graduates Receive 2018 Otto Junker Awards

RWTH graduates Daniel Sialkowski, Veit Langrock, Dominik Büschgens, and Maximilian Rudack have been honored the Otto-Junker Award 2018 for their outstanding academic achievements.

The Otto Junker Award is conferred annually to RWTH students in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering – Division of Materials Science and Engineering.



Membrane Expert Matthias Wessling to Receive 2019 Leibniz Prize

On December 6, 2018, the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced the 2019 research grant recipients in the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Program. RWTH Professor Matthias Wessling – Chair of Process Engineering and member of the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials – is to receive the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize from the German Research Foundation. The prize – worth 2.5 million euros – is the most important research award in Germany.

Alumnus Peter Wasserscheid Nominated for 2018 Deutschen Zukunftspreis

Alumnus Professor Peter Wasserscheid, Professor Wolfgang Arlt from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, and Dr. Daniel Teichmann, Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH, Erlangen, were nominated for this year’s Zukunftspreis for their project Liquid Hydrogen Storage – Paving the Way for a Future Hydrogen Society. They were honored with a certificate, which was presented by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and subsequently inducted into the Circle of the Best. The ceremony was broadcast live on German TV channel ZDF.

The Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2018 was awarded to Professor Helga Rübsamen-Schaeff and Dr Holger Zimmermann from AiCuris Anti-infective Cures GmbH in Wuppertal, in recognition of their work on Protecting Compromised Immune Systems – the Life-Saving Innovation That Fights Dangerous Viruses.

RWTH Professor Hans-Joachim Jürgens Receives Award for Promoting Reading

RWTH Professor Hans-Joachim Jürgens has been awarded a prize by the Deutsche Lesepreis in the category of "Herausragende Leseförderung mit digitalen Medien” in recognition of his efforts for promoting reading with the help of digital media. His internet detective puzzles for children about the "Schlossplatzbande" came in at second place. The Deutsche Lesepreis has been awarded by the Stiftung Lesen and the Commerzbank Foundation in six different categories since 2013.

RWTH Professor Receives VDE Ring of Honor

During the 2018 VDE Tec Summit in Berlin, the German Association of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Information Technology – VDE – honored Professor Jens-Rainer Ohm in recognition of his outstanding research on the efficient compression of digital video signals, including redundancy reduction and irrelevancy reduction.

Ohm’s research on the digital processing and compression of video signals and his contributions to the development of standards such as MPEG-7, AVC, and HEVC were internationally recognized with this accolade. HEVC for example, is a video compression standard specification that enables efficient delivery in ultra-high-definition content over multiple distribution channels, including TV, the Internet, and mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones.

RWTH Professor Sauer Newly Elected to Acatech Executive Board

On October 16, 2018, along with with Professor Ann-Kristin Achleitner and Professor Harald Bolt, Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer was elected to the executive board of the National Academy of Science and Engineering – acatech for short. Sauer is a physicist and Head of the Institute of the Chair of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems at RWTH. He has also been chair and speaker of the project Energy Systems of the Future, since 2017 – thanks to his expertise in battery storage systems and energy systems analysis. Sauer has been a member of acatech since 2015.

RWTH Alumnus is New Head of Düsseldorf Fire Service

RWTH Alumnus David von der Lieth is the new Head of the Düsseldorf Fire Service since Autumn 2018. Von der Lieth was selected for this position over two other colleagues. While studying Aeronautical Engineering and Astronautics at RWTH, he joined the voluntary fire service in Aachen, which opened up new career perspectives to him. Two years after graduating, he started his career at the Düsseldorf Fire Service.


Continued Education & Career

RWTH Alumni Jobs Portal Online

On our alumni jobs portal, companies can post job offers for management positions or qualified and experienced professionals. This platform is designed for RWTH alumni, as our graduates – in particular those who already have work experience – are highly sought-after in the fields of business, economics, and industry. If your company is interested in posting a job offer, please send our .

International Academy Offer – Reduced Fees for RWTH Alumni Network Members

As a member of RWTH’s alumni network, you can benefit from reductions in course fees when you book a further education course at RWTH International Academy. You pay 10 percent less when you book a course of study and 15 percent when you book a certificate course or seminar. To take advantage of this offer, make sure you use your RWTH email address when you book on RWTH’s Weiterbildungsplattform. This offer cannot be cumulated with other reductions or promotions at RWTH International Academy.

Introduction to Aluminum Technology Seminar

Aluminum is one of the most versatile metals in the production and processing industry. Thanks to its low weight, high strength, and formability, it is an excellent universal material for high-quality products in various different fields.

In the Introduction to Aluminum Technology seminar, you will get a comprehensive theoretical and practical overview of the different process stages involved in the manufacturing and processing of aluminum products. You will also have the opportunity to get to know the different RWTH institutes that are involved in aluminum processing, find out about their research, and discover innovations in the aluminum processing field. The seminar will run from March 11 to 14, 2019.

Fine Blanking Certificate Course

Cost-efficiency and precision are the two primary characteristics of fine blanking. In this fine blanking course, you will master precision cutting trends such as the use of environmentally friendly lubricants or independent agile process changes. This key skill course is specifically designed for experts, executives, and lateral entrants in the metal processing industry – primarily in the fields of precision cutting technology, stamping or bending technology, or general tool construction. The seminar runs from March 26 to 29, 2019.

Please also see WZLforum's page for more information on this seminar.


Science & Business

RWTH Aachen Features Among World's Most Cited Researchers

A great cause for celebration – six RWTH professors feature among the world's most cited researchers thanks to the papers they have published for the University. Chemical scientist Magnus Rueping, as well as the two biologists Joost van Dongen and Björn Usadel were already included in last year's list. In 2018, physicist Laura Baudis, materials scientist Rainer Waser, and chemical scientist Dieter Enders also joined the list in recognition of their many outstanding papers at RWTH.

German-Japanese Symposium

The International Research Training Group Selectivity in Chemo- and Biocatalysis (SeleCa) is a collaborative venture between RWTH and Osaka University. As part of their joint research activities, over 100 delegates came together at RWTH to discuss the fundamental aspects of chemical and biological catalytic processes. The meeting was a highlight in the nine-year collaboration of the Japanese and German researchers.

Leonardo da Vinci and Technology

For ten years, RWTH’s Department of Medieval History has been researching the Madrid Codex I – Leonardo da Vinci's main manuscript on technical subjects.

Professor Dietrich Lohrmann, chair of the department of medieval history until 2002, and Dr. Thomas Kreft recently published the results in their work Leonardo da Vinci, Codex Madrid I, Kommentierte Edition. In this annotated edition, they are the first to explain the 1,700 drawings and substantial texts. "Leonardo delivers to posterity the available technology of his time. By that we can tell what was common knowledge and what was possible," Lohrmann explains the significance of the manuscript. One interesting insight is that Leonardo’s inventions were not conceived out of thin air, but that he developed them based on his observations.

RWTH Scientist at the Forefront of Research in Directed Evolution

Directed evolution allows enzymes (nature's catalysts) – whose function it is to ensure an organisms' survival – to be reprogrammed in such a way that they can be utilized in industrial processes, such as the production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, or artificial flavorings. Directed evolution thus allows us to tap into nature's catalysts.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded American biochemist Frances Arnold from the California Institute of Technology the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in recognition of her work in the directed evolution of enzymes.

One of the top international teams in directed evolution research works at RWTH Aachen and the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, and is headed by Professor Ulrich Schwanenberg from the Chair of Biotechnology. Schwaneberg was mentored by Frances Arnold when he worked as a postdoc at Caltech and they published a paper together.

RWTH Rector Visits Oman

RWTH Rector Professor Ulrich Rüdiger recently visited the German University of Technology (GUtech) in Oman. As Chairman of the Board of Governors, he led the session for the regulatory body for the first time. He then took part in the seventh graduation ceremony, in which 187 graduates from different subject areas where honored. Rüdiger congratulated the graduates together with GUtech Rector Professor Michael Modigell, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs Professor Armin Eberlein, and the Vice-Rector for Financial and Administrative Affairs Dr. Hussain al Salmi.

Collaboration Between Canada and RWTH

The National Research Council (NRC) recently visited RWTH for the third time. It is the Government of Canada's largest research organization and represents one of the most prominent organizations in Canada’s economic policy. The NRC supports industrial research and technology development.

The purpose of the visit, which was organized by RWTH’s International Office, was to develop collaborative programs and expand the existing research partnerships. Researchers of both institutions will be encouraged to further strengthen the communication and exchange of knowledge between them.




Urban Design Colloquium: Regional Strategies

19.01.2019 Einstein's Music Box
24 to 26.01.2019

Collegium Musicum: University Orchestra and Choir

31.01. to 03.02.2019

Music & Motion: Aachener Studentenorchester e.V.

This is just a small selection of the events happening in January. You can find all the planned upcoming events on RWTH Aachen and the city of Aachen.


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