March 2016, Issue 159


Alumni News

Looking Back: Alumni Get Together at Westfalian Light Specialists

Following the suggestion of Dr. Tobias Wartzek, System Manager in Light Electronics at Hella KG Hueck & Co. in Westfalian Lippstadt, RWTH alumni in the region recently came together for the first time. The occasion for the get together was a tour of the Hella Lichtkanal. 140 meters long and eleven meters wide, it is the largest lab, in which innovative headlights and signaling systems are developed.

Alumni Get Together in Hamburg

The Hanseatic city is once again holding an alumni get-together, to which all RWTH alumni are cordially invited. The program includes a tour of the Hamburger Hochbahn vehicle workshops on Friday, April 22, 2016, at 3:30pm. Register till April 11.

RWTH Alumni Meeting in San Francisco, California

The RWTH Alumni Club North America organizes an alumni meeting in a U.S. city each year. San Francisco will be the next meeting point from May 19 to 22, 2016. All alumni of RWTH are cordially invited to this meeting. The Silicon Valley, the Financial District, the University of Berkeley, and Alcatraz Island will be visited together. Register till April 13.


Alumni Spotlight

NRW Minister Svenja Schulze Meets RWTH Board of Governors

February 25, 2016, experts from schools and universities met at RWTH Aachen to discuss topics such as the academic feasibility of courses of study, offerings such as the new "semester zero" for beginning students, and how to best manage diversity. The event was opened by NRW Minister of Science and Research Svenja Schulze. The workshop “Diversity: Managing the Transition from School to University” focused on relevant information and support programs for both pupils and students.

Alumna Monika Clemens Is New Director of Building Supervision in Aachen

Aachen City Council has unanimously named Monika Clemens the new director of building supervision in Aachen. Monika Clemens was born in Jülich in 1972, studied architecture at RWTH Aachen, and has been the director of building supervision in Düsseldorf since 2010. From 2001 to 2010 she worked at the Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement and served as a department director at the Vermögens- und Hochbauamt Dresden.

New Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Jörg Feldhusen has been elected Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, which has over 12,000 students. In its unanimous decision, the Faculty Council supported the nomination by the selection committee consisting of group representatives of the faculty and members of the central university administration. Feldhusen succeeds former dean Professor Georg Jacobs from the Institute for Machine Elements and Machine Design.

New Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Architecture

Dean Alexander Markschies, accompanied by Professor Wim van den Bergh from the Chair of Residential Construction, named lawyer Frank Siegburg honorary professor on March 9. Since 2003, Frank Siegburg has worked as an instructor at the Chair of Residential Construction, teaching future architects all they need to know about private building law.

RWTH Doctoral Candidate Receives Carl Roth Funding Award

David Fabry was awarded the Carl Roth Funding Award of Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh, on Thursday at the Young Chemists' Forum's spring meeting in Kiel. The 29-year-old, who is conducting his doctoral studies at the RWTH Institute of Organic Chemistry, was honored for his comprehensive and innovative work on photoredox catalysis, particularly the development of an innovative oxidative C-H activation through the use of visible light.

Google Awards Scholarships to RWTH Doctoral Candidates

Eugen Beck and Tamer Alkhouli belong to an exclusive group of 40 graduates from North America, Europe, and the Middle East, whose research will be supported by Google for three years. The American search engine company offers the Google PhD Fellowship to promote outstanding academic research in computer science.


Continued Education & Career

Mini MBA at RWTH Aachen – Flexible Education

RWTH Aachen's Mini MBA meets the market's demand for more flexible education by granting access to the individual module weeks from the Executive MBA through a certificate program. This offers professionals and leaders the possibility to futher educate themselves at the academic level. The next module is Mini MBA "Strategic Management“ on April 11, 2016.

"Industrial B2B-Marketing" RWTH Certificate Course, starting April 27, 2016

In the "Industrial B2B Marketing" Certificate Course participants learn all the necessary steps to diagnose, evaluate, and design marketing and sales strategies. Focus is placed on how to approach target and budget planning, price management, and market communication. The course consists of two modules, which have two and three in-person class days respectively, and an independent study period. The certificate course is targeted towards professionals and leaders who work in marketing or sales for a company in the B2B sector.

New Continuing Education Program "RWTH Research Manager" Begins September 1, 2016

The extraoccupation continuing education program "RWTH Research Manager" teaches you a broad spectrum of qualifying skills, including both research-related and management components. Over a total of six modules you will learn to successfully apply strategic management at research institutions, companies, or universities. You will gain an overview of the instruments and players in research funding, strategies in human resources management, external funding project controlling, methods of quality management and technology transfer, and the success factors of research marketing and strategic partner acquisition. Participation is open to junior researchers, who not only want to be experts in their field but increasingly want to acquire skills in management and leadership.

17th Karrieretag Familienunternehmen

Meet the owners and top decision-makers of Germany's leading family business on June 17, 2016, at Festo AG & Co. KG in Esslingen. Discuss actual job openings, international work opportunities, and future career prospects. Well-known family-own companies such as Hilti, Kärcher, and Würth will be looking for future leaders along with leading world market leaders GEZE, PERI, and WIKA. There will be an opportunity to have a binding discussion with company representatives about how to develop your individual career path. In the "Engineering Lab" you will experience the innovative products and technologies of leading family businesses hands on. Graduates and young professionals from all fields, but especially engineering and industrial engineering are invited to attend. RWTH Aachen alumni receive a wild card, meaning they do not have to go through the official application process, but rather are directly admitted. Make sure to include the keywords Wildcard RWTH Aachen in the application form under "Wie haben Sie von der Veranstaltung erfahren?.“ The application deadline is May 2, 2016.

New Studies for Senior Citizens Program Available

The new course schedule for RWTH Aachen Studies for Senior Citizens is now available. It contains a colorful array of topics and activities for the 2016 summer semester. The focus is the regular courses from all the faculties that are open to senior citizen students. With this program, RWTH Aachen is actively promoting the dialogue between young and older people from which both sides can profit. Additionally, there are events and courses offered by teachers at the University open exclusively to senior citizen students.

Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars

Each year the Faculty of Arts and Humanities collaborates with the Aachen Federal Employment Agency to offer the lecture series "Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars.“ This is a public event particularly targeted towards individuals interested in studying humanities or the social sciences.
The aim of the event is to present a broad spectrum of possible careers to school pupils. Speakers offer a look into their work and their individual career path from university studies to their current profession.

WZLforum at RWTH Aachen

Please make note of the continuing education offers from the WZLforum.


Science & Business

RWTH Best German University for Minerals & Mining

With confirmation once again from the international sphere RWTH Aachen is once again a top leader in many subjects, according to the QS Rankings by Subject 2016 published on March 22. The best universities around the world for each subject have been determined annually since 2011 based on the university's reputation and citations, which are evidence of scientific performance. In 2016, RWTH managed to emerge in the ranking of the strongest universities in 22 subjects, ranging from architecture to industrial engineering. For the first time it placed in the fields of linguistics, education, and ecnomics and econometrics. RWTH's result for the first-time ranking of the category minerals and mining was particularly gratifying. It placed 26th in the world. No other German university placed better in this category.

RWTH Team Receives 2016 Kaiserpfalz Award

Endowed with 50,000 Euros the prize was awarded for the fifth time during the Metallurgy Day at Kaiserpfalz, the Imperial Palace of Goslar. The award recipient is a team from the Institute of Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling at RWTH Aachen, IME for short. It received the award for its research project "Process Innovation for Affordable Production of Titanium Alloys from Primary and Secondary Raw Materials."

Bioplastic Produced by Bacteria

Germany alone faces millions of tons of plastic waste annually; most of this waste is incinerated. An innovative project is currently running at RWTH under the coordination of the Aachen biologists: microbes are coaxed to transform components of crude oil-based plastics into bioplastic. It is the first RWTH-coordinated collaborative project under Horizon 2020, the EU's framework program for research and innovation.

Drugs in the Water

Thanks to medical advances and treatment through medication, the quality of life and average age in Germany have significantly increased. As a result, approximately 8,000 tons of human medications with around 1,200 different active agents are used. Residue from medication enters waste water through human excretion. It also enters water through the inappropriate disposal of unused medication down toilets or drains. Animal medication lands on fields and pastures through liquid manure. It can also enter the water cycle through rain. Efforts are being made at all levels to reduce the pollution. The RWTH Institute for Urban Water Management, ISA for short, is investigating processes and combinations of processes from the laboratory scale to the industrial scale to accomplish this goal.

Annual Exhibition of the Faculty of Architecture

During its 2016 Annual Exhibition the RWTH Aachen Faculty of Architecture will open its doors to the public from April 21 to 24, 2016. Student work from Bachelor and Master's studies and research results from the previous academic year will be shown in the Reiff Museum. Open studios, the Best of Masters and MIGRATION exhibitions and a framework program with expert talks, lectures, tours, and music all aim for lively discussion. The exhibition is once again accompanied by an alumni day with brief lectures from former students reporting on their current work.



April 6 and 7, 2016 WZLforum: "Maschinenuntersuchung und -beurteilung“

April 10 to August 7, 2016

Exhibition: "Mies und das Erbe der Moderne“; Schunck-Glaspaleis Heerlen
April 14, 2016 Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars: Job Market for Humanities Scholars and Social Scientists; Lothar Dröge und Heinz Miseré, Federal Employment Agency, Marianne Weyrauch, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Career and Internship Service
April 16, 2016 WDR Bigband – John Clayton: Personal Selection
April 20, 2016 Aachen Building Materials Days
April 21, 2016 Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars: Career Field: Culture Management; Rick Takvorian, Event Manager, Kulturbetrieb Stadt Aachen
April 21 to 24, 2016 Faculty of Architecture Annual Exhibition
April 25, 2016 Medicine & Ethics Forum: Doctors in the Militaryr: "Doctor versus Soldier"; Dr. T. Holsträter, doctor and career soldier
April 27, 2016 At the focus: The Excellence Initiative at RWTH Aachen: "Der Verbrennungsmotor in neuem Licht – sauber und effizient mit maßgeschneiderten Kraftstoffen“; Benedikt Heuser, Tailormade Fuels from Biomass (TMFB)
April 28, 2016

Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars:
Career Field: Media and the Public; Christoph Classen, journalist at the Aachener Zeitung, and Robert Flader, public relations speaker for the StädteRegion Aachen

Till May 8, 2016 Exhibition "Palmyra – What remains?" Wallraf-Richartz-Museum Köln

Additional events in April and the following months:

at RWTH Aachen, offered by Stadt Aachen, and from Aachen Congress


Additional Alumni Service

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Editor: Dietrich Hunold
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