December 2016, Issue 168


Alumni News

The latest "keep in touch" issue is now online

Ever since he was a child, Hassan Sawaf has been fascinated by programming and building computers. As Amazon’s Director Artificial Intelligence, he is now an executive at one of the most renowned companies in the world. In an interview for the 62nd issue of “keep in touch,” Sawaf talks about his path from Aachen to the Silicon Valley, the special entrepreneurial culture of the Unites States, and various important aspects of digitalization. You can find the interview as well as many other news and topics surrounding RWTH Aachen and the University’s alumni network in the online edition of our alumni magazine.

Alumni Talk: "Solar Impulse – Flight Around the Globe"

In a contribution from the RWTH Alumni Network to a program of the RWTHextern citizens’ forum, Christoph Schäper will talk about the challenges of the “Solar Impulse” project of the Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard und André Borschberg, who circumnavigated the globe in a solar-driven aircraft. Schäper’s presentation will provide fascinating insights into the 15-month Solar Impulse B mission.


Personal Matters

2016 German Federal Ecodesign Award for Marcella Hansch

The architect and RWTH alumna Marcella Hansch received the 2016 Ecodesign Award in the Young Talent category for her project Pacific Garbage Screening: With the help of a swimming platform, plastic particles can be filtered and gathered from the oceans without endangering marine life: The slowdown of the ocean current in the inside of the platform lends buoyancy to the plastic particles. Moreover, the gathered plastic particles can be used as a source of energy and raw materials.


Continued Education & Career

International Academy Offerings

Reduced Tuition and Participation Fees for Members of the RWTH Alumni Network

Members of the RWTH alumni network receive a 10 percent discount on tuition fees for degree programs and a 15 percent discount on participation fees for certificate courses and seminars. To make use of this special offer, please register for the program or course on the RWTH Continuing Education Platform and enter your e-mail address. The discounts cannot be combined with other RWTH international Academy special offers.

New RWTH Blended Learning Master's Program "Management and Engineering in Technology, Innovation, Marketing and Entrepreneurship" (MME-TIME)

MME-Time is a new English-language M.Sc. degree program offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics, starting in the winter semester of 2017/18. The program, which introduces a new form of digital learning with its Blended Learning format, is targeted at graduates of a STEM degree course who have already gained professional experience. Program participants have the chance to enroll in full-time or part time course, and the program components can be completed either online or in a traditional classroom setting. As part of the curriculum, program participants complete an "Ecosystem Practicum" at Cambridge Digital Innovation, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge (UK).

RWTH Certificate Course "Chief Technology Manager,“ January 23 to 27, 2017, Munich

Product and technology lifecycles are becoming increasingly shorter, global competition is growing, and customer wishes are becoming ever more individualized. These changes require the implementation of successful technology management. The Chief Technology Manager program contains a detailed illustration and exploration of successful approaches from science and industrial practice – from the creation of a consistent technology strategy and the identification of new technologies to the development of business model innovations.

Continuing Education Program: "RWTH Research Manager" begins March 9, 2016

The extra-occupational continuing education program RWTH Research Manager provides you with a broad spectrum of qualifying skills for both research and management. In six modules you will learn to successfully apply strategic management in research institutions, companies, and universities. The program is open to junior researchers increasingly interested in management and leadership skills.


For an overview of the WZL's professional education offerings, please visit the WZL Continuing Education Portal.

RWTH Alumni Jobs Portal Now Online

Since October 2016, companies now 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 or the for further information.


Science & Business

Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials Inaugurated

The Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials, AMIBM, has officially been opened on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen.The AMIBM stands for a new form of collaboration between Maastricht University (UM), RWTH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) in Aachen. The binational institute has moved into a 1500 square metre facility on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, where approximately 50 staff from UM, RWTH and the Fraunhofer IME now work on developing new biomaterials. In these laboratories, sustainable materials are being tested, which, for instance, have been created with the help of deep-sea bacteria on the basis of waste products from mechanically peeled shrimp.

Five Years of AMS – Embarking on a New Era in Astroparticle Physics

For five years now, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) has been orbiting our planet aboard the International Space Station ISS, 400 kilometres above the Earth's surface. The AMS took about 15 years to construct, weighs over 7 tons, and is valued at about 1.5 billion euros – thus, it is the largest basic research experiment aboard the ISS. The German research institutions participating in the project are RWTH Aachen, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Recently, the spokesperson for the AMS project, Nobel Prize winner Samuel C. C. Ting from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provided a summary of the first five years of the AMS project at the European research center CERN.

Social Responsibility and Innovation

How can innovation and social responsibility successfully be combined, resulting in sustainable, socially accepted products that succedd on the market? 30 students of the IDEA League universities – including Chalmers University of Technology, TU Delft, ETH Zürich, Politecnico di Milano, and RWTH Aachen – participated in a competition surrounding the topic of “Social Responsibility and Innovation.” The students had to solve a task posed by the Adidas Group. To this purpose, the students were familiarized with “Design Thinking” principles. In an iterative process, the students developed a protoype, which they subsequently presented to a group of participating experts.

Securing and Disseminating Digital Knowledge

These days, digital data are a product and a focus of research. RWTH scientists produce them daily in large amounts and great variety. Sustainable securing and archiving these data is a challenge in many ways – strategic, organizational and technological.

RWTH Aachen has accepted this challenge and has formed a special "Research Data Team." Experts from the IT Center, from the University Library and from the administrative Research Funding division have all joined forces to this end.



Delegation from Ethiopia Paid a Visit to RWTH Aachen

RWTH Aachen will support the TVET Institute in Addis Ababa in the education and training of Ethiopiam vocational school teachers. The TVET Institute is the key educational institution for vocational teachers in Ethiopia. The cooperation agreement was signed by RWTH rector Ernst Schmachtenberg, the Ethiopian Minister of State, Teshome Lemma Wodajo, and the Rector of the TVET Institute, Sahle Teka Tedla. Among the delegation of ministers from Ethiopia was also the Minister of Education, Dr. Shiferaw Tekelemariam. The so-called Twinning Program, which focuses on mobility, research, as well as education and training, receives support from the German Society for International Collaboration.

Collegium Musicum Performs in Prague

Members of RWTH's Collegium Musicum performed at the 2016 International Student Day in the capital city of the Czech Republic.Together with musicians from the Academic Orchestra of Czech Technical University, CTU for short, they performed a concert at Bethlehem. In this way, both universities want to continue their collaboration also in the area of music. Being the oldest technical university in Central Europe, CTU is quite renowned. They excel particularly in the areas of civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics and architecture. In 2016, the exchange program between Prague and Aachen was awarded with the Charles IV Culture Award by the Aachen-Prague Cultural Association.



January 11, 2017 The Energy Transition in Chemistry: Optimizing Electricity and Steam Generation – Energiewirtschaftliche Optimierung der Strom- und Dampferzeugung; Speakers: Tobias Küter, Bruno Schröder, Currenta / RWE Generation SE
January 19, 2017 StreetScooter: Efficient Systems Solutions for Electric Cars - Effiziente Systemlösung für Elektrofahrzeuge
January 19, 2017 Symposium „Internet Medicine – Medicine in the Year 2045“
January 21, 2017

Einstein's Music Box
Aachen Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Kazem Abdullah

January 26, 2017 Solar Impulse – Flight Around the Globe
January 27, 2017 Blood Drive at Couvenhalle

Further events in January and other months:

at RWTH Aachen, hosted by the city of Aachen and Aachen Congress


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.


The editors of the Alumni newsletter want to take this opportunity to thank all readers for their attention and loyalty. To all RWTH Aachen University Alumni we here at the Alumni team extend our warmest wishes for a festive holiday season and a successful and peaceful New Year 2017!

Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein Frohes Neues Jahr! - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! - Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année! - Vrolijk Kerstfest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! – Feliz Navidad y Próspero Ano Nuevo


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Editor: Dietrich Hunold
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