July 2016, Issue 163


Alumni News

Announcement: First Alumni Get Together Saarbrücken

On Thursday, September 15, the first ever get together for the RWTH alumni at Langenfeld in Saarbrücken city center at Sankt Johanner Markt. Here you will have the opportunity to meet former fellow students, see old acquaintances, and make new contacts, in the event you recently move to the Saarland region. If you would like to participate, please register by September 1, 2016, by using the online form. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at . Many thanks to RWTH alumnus Nikolas Kuhs for his initiative.

Lousberglauf 2016

The weather at this year's annual Lousberglauf was practically to be expected: cool, rainy, windy, but the rain promptly stopped when the race began. The weather didn't make a different to the runners anyways. The over 50 participants of the alumni team couldn't be scared off and ran the route highly motivated. This was the fifteenth time the RWTH Alumni Team was represented at the Lousberglauf, including with its own placements: the favorite, Fahd Mellouk, crossed the finish line with 20:01 minutes, followed by Helge Heers with 20:06 minutes. Men's third place was taken by Frederik Loraing with 21:59 minutes. Brigitte Krings captured the women's first place for the alumni with 24:29 minutes. Charlotte Stashik took second place with 29:51 minutes and Hildegard Langanke took third with 31:24 minutes.

Report: Alumni Get Together for "Lange Nacht der Industrie" in Berlin

This year RWTH alumni once again got together in Berlin for an industry tour that includes visits to Deutsche Post, Vattenfall, the Berlin City Sanitation Works, and Coriant. RWTH alumnus Roman Katzer visited, for example, pi4 Robotics, which produces special industry robots with so called worker bots. The social get together was held the next evening at Schwarzer Café. Alumni had the opportunity to talk about their experiences during the company tours, see old acquaintances, and make new contacts, reported alumnus Tilo Beck.


Alumni Spotlight

Thomas Muhr Receives Honorary Doctorate from RWTH Aachen

RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg awarded Dr. Thomas Muhr with the honorary doctorate degree in engineering during a ceremonial event. The RWTH alumnus is a managing partner of Muhr and Bender KG in Attendorn, also known as Mubea.

RWTH Doctoral Candidate Receives Willy Korf Award

Bernhard Steenken, doctoral candidate at the RWTH Department of Ferrous Metallurgy, has been honored with the Willy Korf Award for Young Excellence. The award ceremony was part of the AMM & WSD Steel Success Strategies Conference in New York. He received the prize for his outstanding research on the industrial production of so called advanced high strength steels.


Continued Education & Career

RWTH "Business Model Innovation" Certificate Course

Our RWTH certificate course "Business Model Innovation" supports you with the challenge of systematically planning, implementing, and successfully managing business model innovations in a timely manner. You learn how to recognize potential, design business models effectively and efficiently, and to successful implement them in businesses. The following video offers you a live look in 60 seconds.

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Supporting Women on the Path to Management Positions

The TANDEMplus mentoring programs aims to support highly qualified women with a natural science or engineering background along the path to a management position in science or the industry. The program is currently celebrating the end of its sixth successful year of collaboration between RWTH Aachen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Forschungszentrum Jülich.


Science & Business

Ethics as an Asset in Research

A symposium on the topic of "Responsible Research and Innovation" recently served as the kickoff for a discussion in all disciplines at RWTH. The symposium was hosted by Professor Doris Klee, Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development, and Christine Roll, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. An expert in the field, Professor Dominik Groß, Chair of History and Ethics in Medicine, gave a talk on the “Risks and Side Effects of Ethics in Medicine,” discussing ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, wish-fulfilling medicine, new developments in medical engineering, and topics in eHealth. His colleague, Eve-Marie Engels, Professor of Ethics in the Life Sciences at the University of Tübingen, spoke on the genesis of bioethics in philosophical anthropology.

300 Applications for Five New Professorships

The RWTH Faculty of Arts and Humanities is entering uncharted territory with its Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Research. Five professorships are being established and the following disciplines are being picked up: Scientific Theory and Philosophy of Technology, Applied Ethics with a focus on Technology and Environmental Ethics, Methodology and Theory of Computer-Based Humanities and Social Sciences, Technology and Society, and Technology and the Individual. The faculty council was unanimous in its decision to establish the center, located in the HumTec – Human Technology Research project house, which the Faculty will be responsible after the current Excellence Initiative period. Resound approval for the plans came by the box: almost 300 applications were submitted for the five professorships. 27 applicants were invited to the Faculty to present themselves and their ideas to the University as part of a "Week of the Future."

Software Conserves Energy

The research project sOptimo at RWTH Aachen has developed software, which intelligently links and optimizes complex energy systems. This allows for the optimal planning of new industry parks and the improvement of existing energy systems, for example, to reduce costs and CO2. The KlimaExpo.NRW has recently given particular distinction to this innovative solution for conserving energy. Dr. Rebekka Loschen, team head of project management at KlimaExpo.NRW, added the project to the exhibition of State initiatives after reviewing it.

RWTH Participates in POLICE Funding Project

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is funding the project "PrOlonged Life Cycle for Electric Vehicles" or POLICE as part of the "Elektro Power II" program. The aim is to extend the service life of electric vehicles. It is providing 1.5 million Euros over the next three years. RWTH's Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components and the Laboratory for Machine Tools are involved in the research project. The companies StreetScooter GmbH, Futavis GmbH, Stratasys GmbH, and Dekra Automobil GmbH, and the German Aerospace Center are also involved in POLICE.

RWTH Aachen Develops Systems for Fully Automated Shipping

Autonomous systems are the topic of the future in global mobility. Under the direction of RWTH Aachen researchers are now developing systems for fully automated shipping. "Systems that act independently and cooperate with each other and which effectively utilize resources with increased safety are crucial for increasing mobility," explains engineering René Zweigel, academic staff member at the Institute of Automatic Control and head of "Galileo nautic," the joint project that began in July 2016. Scientists from five universities are developing project systems for the maritime sector over the course of two years with 1.6 million Euros of funding provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Effectiveness of TETRACOM

With 50 technology transfer projects transforming cutting-edge research into market-ready innovations across 15 countries, the EU-funded project TETRACOM has demonstrated its effectiveness of as key enabler of the EC’s Digitising European Industry initiative. Matchmaking research centres with industry representatives, standout results so far include 11 new products, five patent applications, seven open-source tools and the creation of 17 new jobs. Professor Rainer Leupers, Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems at RWTH Aachen University: ‘Being a co-founder of several companies myself, I’m particularly glad that our project has also helped European start-ups get off the ground by transferring key technologies that contribute to the core of their product offer… I cordially wish them long-term market success.’



RWTH Self-Assessment Tests Ranked Among the Best Nationally

The self assessment tests offered by RWTH Aachen are among the best online tests nationally. This was determined by a study by the Cologne GEP Gesellschaft für Evaluation und Prognose. The study was commissioned by the Stifterverband association and the "Bildung & Begabung" – Education and Aptitude – talent support center of the federal and state governments. Only three German universities, including RWTH, offer online tests that are able to accurately predict whether a prospective student will succeed in a certain field of study. RWTH developed the first online self assessment for higher education 15 years ago as a pioneer in the field. In the mean time many universities in Germany offer tests that aim to help students select a course of study.

Successful RWTH Rowing Team

The RWTH Aachen rowing team has recorded extraordinary successes in the past weeks: The eight-man team became the German University Champions for the sixth year in a row and also had a strong performance at the European University Games. The team also recently won the regatta during the "Kölner Lichter.“

Blood Drive Dates at the Couvenhalle

80 percent of all Germans will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure the supply of blood for those in need. Students and interested Aachen residents have the possibility to donate blood on the RWTH campus. The University Hospital Aachen is organizing multiple blood drives in the next months at Couvenhalle, Kármánstraße 17 bis 19. The next is on Friday, August 19, 2016, 11:30am to 7pm.



August 12 to 22, 2016 Öcher Sommerbend
August 19, 2016 Blood Drive at the Couvenhalle
August 25, 2016 EU Regional School: Introduction to Nanoscale Thermal Transport

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