January 2016, Issue 157


Alumni News

New Issue of "keep in touch" in New RWTH Design

RWTH Aachen's new Corporate Design was introduced in November 2013. Since then RWTH has implemented the new graphic image step by step in its institutes and institutions. With its most recent and sixtieth issue, the alumni magazine keep in touch has also completed the optical change. There is also a new RWTH Rector's Delegate for Alumni Work: Professor Bernd Markert, head of the Institute of General Mechanics, who introduces himself in the foreword. The Rectorate named Markert the new Rector's Delegate for Alumni Affairs in September. He is the successor to Professor Peter Russell, who is now at TU Delft.

Gracing the cover of our current issue is Professor Axel Stepken, chair of TÜV SÜD, who speaks on the particular challenges of his company during a time of fast technological changes.

Review: Aachen and Münster Alumni in Berkeley

Alumni from RWTH Aachen and WWU Münster met on January 7, 2016, at the Institute of European Studies, IES, at the University of California in Berkeley. The event began with a reception at the IES. After a few words of welcome by IES director, Jeoren Dewulf, participants introduced themselves. During a tour of the campus the guests gathered additional impressions of the University of Berkeley. At the closing dinner at the Faculty Club, the participants agreed to hold this alumni get-together in the future.

Get Together of the DAAD-Freundeskreis

The DAAD-Freundeskreis e.V. has around 1,300 members, primarily former DAAD scholarship holders, who form small groups and are responsible for mentoring foreign DAAD scholarship recipients in Germany. Due to personnel changes among other reasons, the Aachen group is currently inactive and desparately needs reinforcement. The Freundeskreis is searching for former DAAD scholarship recipients, that is DAAD alumni, who are interested in helping to re-found the Aachen Freundeskreis group. An information and get-to-know-you event with Dr. Christian Bode, chair of the Freundeskreis and former DAAD general secretary, will be held on February 15, 2016, from 6 to 8pm, in the Super C, Templergraben 57, room 1.29/1.30.

Please register by January 31, 2016, or phone at +49 228 882 857.


Alumni Spotlight

ERC Starting Grants for Three Aachen Researchers

Professor Hendrik Bluhm, Chair of Quantum Technology at RWTH Aachen, Dr. Andreas Walther from the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, and Dr. Rafael Kramann from University Hospital Aachen have been awarded prestigious European Research Council Starting Grants. These starting grants fund young researchers with up to 1.5 million Euros each. They are considered one of the most prestigious funding instruments in Europe.

Antons Martincuks Receives DAAD Award

This year, the DAAD Award for "Outstanding Achievements and Extraordinary Volunteer Involvement of International Students" was awarded to Antons Martincuks. The native Latvian is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at RWTH Aachen. The award, which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, is worth 1,000 Euros. The selection commission was not only impressed by his outstanding academic achievement, but also by his social and intercultural engagement.

RWTH Rector Accompanies Research Minister Wanka on Her Visit to Beijing and Shanghai

RWTH rector Ernst Schmachtenberg is currently accompanying the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, during her visit to China. Key topics of the program include the future of industry, sustainable development through clean water, electric mobility, and the development of a modern vocational training system.

RWTH Researchers Among the Most Highly Cited Scholars

The recently published international citation ranking "Highly Cited Researchers 2015“ lists scientists who have great influence worldwide in their field of research. For the first time, six RWTH scientists are represented in the annual publication: The 2015 analysis report lists professors Carsten Bolm, Dieter Enders, Ralph Panstruga, Magnus Rueping, Björn Usadel, and Rainer Waser. The ranking, published by the Thomson Reuters media group, was created based on the citation database “Web of Science." The ranking identified more than 3,000 researchers worldwide who are in the top one percent of most cited researchers and are thus, according to Thomson Reuters, "among the most influential researchers of our time.”


Continued Education & Career

Doctor of Business Administration at RWTH Aachen

The current digital transformation of enterprises and the economy place increasing demands on the qualification of employees. If simple administrative and decision-making activities will be increasingly carried out by algorithms in the future, managers must take on even more demanding and creative tasks than before. RWTH Aachen has decided to offer a program that is unique in German higher education: a four-year Doctor of Business Administration program, which is open to experienced professionals with a Diplom, Master’s, or MBA degree. The program, which is offered in collaboration with the Maastricht School of Management, forges new paths in involving companies in the education and training of doctoral candidates.

Continuing education courses offered by the WZLforum


Science & Business

Support Program for Battery Storage Systems

In May 2013, the German federal government and the KfW bank initiated a support program for the development of battery storage elements for grid-connected photovoltaic systems. The program is supervised by the Chair of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, which is headed by Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer and part of the RWTH Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, ISEA. According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, a total of 12,363 electric vehicles were newly registered in Germany in 2015. At the same time, according to a projection by RWTH researchers, about 20,000 privately operated solar power storage tanks were installed. Decentralized solar power storage systems based on lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries make it possible to use the solar energy not consumed during the day in the evening or at night.

Opening Celebration for the Electric Mobility Lab with NRW Minister Garrelt Duin

On the occasion of the inauguration of the Electric Mobility Lab, eLab for short, a panel disucssion took place on Campus Melaten. The panel discussion was titled "Electromobility Made in NRW." The panelists were Garrelt Duin, Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia; Marcel Phillip, Mayor of the city of Aachen, RWTH rector Ernst Schmachtenberg; Professor Achim Kampker, Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components at RWTH Aachen; Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer, Chair of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems; and Professor Günther Schuh, managing director of RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH. More than 140 guests from politics and business as well as university representatives took part in the inauguration celebrations and participated in a guided tour of the new facilities.

Big Bang and Ghost Particles

The German Research Foundation DFG has established new Research Units involving researchers from two RWTH Aachen institutes. Professor Achim Stahl from the Chair of Experimental Physics III B is spokesperson for the Research Unit, which seeks to unravel the secrets of neutrinos, the most mysterious of the elementary particles. Professors Michael Krämer and Robert Harlander, both from the Institute of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology, will investigate philosophical questions surrounding the experiments at the “world machine,” the large hadron collider at CERN in Geneva.



February 2, 2016: Lecture Series: Human-Animal Ethics in Interdisciplinary Discourse: Poets, Philosophers, and Animals, Maike Weißpflug, Aachen. Zur Tierethik von Martha Nussbaum, Wulf Kellerwessel, Aachen

February 8 to 12, 2016: RWTH Mini MBA Module - Production Management & Logistics

February 11, 2016: Ringvorlesung Elektromobilität: Die Entstehung des BMW i3 und i8, Dr. Dirk Abendroth, BMW

February 14, 2016: Collegium Musicum – RWTH University Choir Concert. Musical direction: Ernst von Marschall

February 24 and 25, 2016: IKV Colloquium 2016: Recruiting. Networking. Innovating – IKV presents its latest research projects


Additional Alumni Service

Alumn Magazine "keep in touch" also available as e-magazine for tablets

The "keep in touch“ is now also available as an interactive e-magazine for iPads and Android tablets. Download it for free in the Apple Store and Google PlayStore.


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Editor: Dietrich Hunold
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