Oktober 2016, Issue 166


Alumni News

Recognition for Research Alumni Strategies

Again, RWTH Aachen has been able to score points with their research alumni strategies: In the Alexander von Humboldt foundation competition for the funding of international alumni work and a research alumni meeting abroad, the university was one of seven German universities out of 35 to win. In October of 2017, thanks to 40.000 Euros, which were awarded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the first research alumni conference can take place in Tokyo, Japan, on the topic of "boundaries between humans and machines."

RWTH Alumni Jobs Portal Now Online

Starting in October 2016, companies have the opportunity to publish job openings for RWTH graduates and RWTH alumni with professional experience on the RWTH Alumni Jobs Portal. The platform is specifically targeted at our alumni, as RWTH graduates are highly sought-after in science, business and industry. Whether you are looking for an entry-level position or already have professional experience – at our RWTH Alumni Jobs Portal you will find interesting job postings. Companies that are interested in publishing their job postings on our portal are welcome to contact Ms. or the for further information.

First RWTH Alumni Meeting in the Saarland

The first ever RWTH Alumnhi get-together in the federal state of Saarland took place this September.The meeting was initiated by alumnus Nikolas Kuhs, who has only moved to the Saarland recently and now wants to connect with other RWTH graduates there. This is how ten interested people from all over the Saarland came together for dinner. They certainly talked about their alma mater and Aachen as their former place to study, but all participants quickly realized that there would be other meetings in the future, which would then focus more on private as well as professional networking. Those interested in activities with the RWTH alumni group in the Saarland, can contact us at or register directly with the alumni network.

RWTH goes BER – Alumni Visited Berlin's Future Airport

On October 5, 2016, 25 RWTH alumni were welcomed by Dr. Karsten Mühlenfeld, Berlin airport company's chairman of the board, at the already completed visitor's centre of the new airport, known as BER. He outlined the history of the overall project from 1996 onwards, of course also giving an overview over the current stage of progress of construction.

In his very honest presentation he also mentioned the fact that transport development, the most important planning parameter in Berlin, had exceeded all forecasts by 86 percent. By now, he said, all essential permits have been granted and the focus can be turned to the final stages of completion.

Alumni Meet-Up in Jakarta, Indonesia

On November 5, 2016, the first RWTH Alumni Get-Together in a very long time will take place in Jakarta. The International Academy of RWTH Aachen University will be presenting RWTH at the European Higher Education Fair (EHEF), Kartika Expo in Jakarta from Saturday, November 5, 2016 to Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 11am to 6pm respectively. Visit the RWTH International Academy booth! Entrance is free for visitors.

The same day, the Get-Together will start at 7pm in the MAC Shutter Bar in the WTC MERCANTILE ATHLETIC CLUB. Our alumni will meet for networking with other alumni, exchanging news and ideas. Ms. Katharina Heck and Ms. Alice-Cathérine Mackenstein are looking forward to welcoming you!

Registration and further information

2016 RWTH Science Night

The RWTH Science Night has been taking place every year now since 2003 in the Kármán Auditorium, on the second Friday in November, and always welcomes numerous guests. The idea behind the Science Night is to present science in an unusual way and at an unusual time.

Our alumni contribute to this event on a regular basis. This year, Dr. Adnan Wahhoud, RWTH alumnus and founder of the “Medical Points“ project for the support of Syria will give a presentation on his activities and experiences in the warzone.

Joint Korean-German Conference Dresden 2016

After seven successful conference events organized by the German-Korean alumni network ADeKo in Seoul, South Korea, this year, the 2016 Joint Korean-German Conference will take place in Germany for the first time, between November 16 and 18 in Dresden. Under the title of "Engineering for Our Future," Korean and German alumni as well as representatives from educational and research institutions will discuss topics such as 5G & Tactile Internet, Digital Products, E-Health, Energy Transition in Micro-/(Nano-)Electronics, Future Electronics, and Robotics. Among others, RWTH rector Ernst Schmachtenberg will give a talk on Germany's transition to renewable energy, titled "A Challenge for Research and Innovation." Furthermore, RWTH Aachen University will present itself as the host of the 2018 ADeKo conference in Germany.


Alumni Spotlight

The Next Generation of Biotechnological Processes

Professor Ulrich Schwaneberg, head of the Institute of Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen, has received the research award Next Generation of Biotechnological Processes – Biotechnology 2020+. The research prize, which is awarded by the Federal Ministry of Ministry of Education and Research, is worth 1.7 million Euros. Schwaneberg was presented with the award for his development of a technology platform which makes it possible to utilize production organisms for the generation of substances in organic solvents. The project is titled “Selective P450 and Whole-Cell Hybrid Catalyst Systems in Synthetic Biofilms.”


Continued Education & Career

"Sigma Six" Certificate Courses – Continuing Education for Professionals

In collaboration with the RWTH Aachen Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering, the RWTH International Academy is offering extraoccupational continuing education to enhance quality management in production. Participants will learn fundamental knowledge and information targeted towards the industry's requirements regarding quality management and process design in both certificate courses, Six Sigma Green Belt and Six Sigma Black Belt. The course offering is targeted at professionals from all industry sectors.

Certificate Course "Innovation Controlling" | Continuing Education for Professionals in Controlling und Innovationsmanagement

The Innovation Controlling certificate course teaches methods with which the innovation process and innovation success in one's own company can be planned, directed, and optimized in a targeted manner. The success potential of innovations will be analyzed from a holistic perspective and made operationalizable. With the help of the acquired controlling instruments, the financial resources necessary for an innovation project and additional R&D efforts can be implemented in a targeted manner.

"Industry 4.0 in Production" – New RWTH Certificate Course Starts in November 2016

The five-day continuing education course Industry 4.0 in Production (de) at RWTH Aachen is targeted towards professionals and managers and department and project heads, who implement industry 4.0 applications in their work, work at the cross-section of production and IT, or develop industry 4.0 strategies for companies. The certificate course encompasses an advanced skill build-up for analyzing, designing and optimizing production processes in intelligent and networked factory systems. Participants will learn to make industry 4.0 introductory and investment decisions and to realize the entire product life cycle through optimal value added chains.


You can find the the WZLforum's professional education offerings at: Continuing Education Events of the WZLforum (de).


Science & Business

A Smart Assistant that Fits in the Trunk

Three RWTH departments are involved in the development process for the electric pedestrian assistant Ford Carr-E. It is slim, round, has four wheels, and looks a bit like an automatic lawn mower: The Carr-E is an electrically driven vehicle that is capable of transporting persons or objects such as luggage or heavy shopping bags. With a weight of about 10 kilograms and a width of about 50 centimeters, the Carr-E easily fits into the trunk of a car. The small vehicle is especially useful when traveling, for example to assist with luggage between the parking lot and the airport terminal.

How Landscapes React to Climate Change

In a study recently published by the scientific journal Science Advances, researchers from the California Institute of Technology, RWTH Aachen, and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences demonstrate that the detected rise in erosion in glaciated landscapes is just a statistical effect. Measurements of erosion rates of landscapes dominated by river incision, by contrast, allow for a direct comparison between past conditions and conditions today. To detect and quantify the erosion behaviors of landscapes is important for adaptation to changing climate conditions.



Christening of the New RWTH Rowing Eight at Wildenhof

The flagship board of the Aachen rowing team has been christened: Under the name of Theodore von Kármán, the rowing eight will participate in competitions in Germany and all over Europe. The christening ceremony was performed by RWTH Vice-Rector Doris Klee and the Rector's Delegate for Athletics, Professor Dirk Abel.

Music LAB Concert Series at RWTH

On November 3, 2016, the Aachen Symphony Orchestra will play in the machine hall of the RWTH Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering, WZL. The Year of Science 2016 is an opportunity to further the collaboration between the Aachen Symphony Orchestra and RWTH with a new event series. The result is Music LAB, a concert series in which the symphony orchestra, conducted by Kazem Abdullah, will perform in the machine hall of various institutes. On Thursday, November 3, the series will be continued with a concert at Manfred-Weck-Haus, WZL, Steinbachstraße 29. Admission is 7.50 Euros for students, general admission is 30 Euros.



November 03, 2016

What Turns People into Criminals – Discussion with the actor, prison doctor, and writer Joe Bausch

November 05, 2016 RWTH Alumni Meeting in Jakarta
November 05, 2016

New Beginnings in Europe: With Dedication and Passion. Lecture by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament:

November 09, 2016 Challenges of the Energy Transition Professor Gerd Jäger, RWE AG
November, 2016 At the Focus: US Election Party
November 11, 2016 RWTH Science Night 2016
November 18, 2016 2016 Aachen Pedagogy Day
November 21 to 23, 2016 2016 AAC Aachen Acoustics Colloquium
November 24, 2016 29th Aachen Colloquium for Waste and Resource Management
November 25 to 26, 2016

2016 Aachen Road Construction and Transport Days

November 26 and 27, 2016 Concerts of the Philharmonic Wind Instruments Orchestra Aachen
November 26, 2016 RWTH Aachen Gala Ball

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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