May 2013, Issue 125



Alumni Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The annual meeting of Canadian and American RWTH Alumni took place from May 2 to 5, in Washington D.C. A colorful and diverse program as well as good weather ensured a great mood among the participants, who travelled from all over North America just to attend. Program highlights included a private tour of the Capitol and the Library of Congress and a city and river tour. A joint visit to a fish restaurant was also a culinary highlight made possible by the German Embassy. Last but not least, the 9th RWTH Alumni America Meeting was a great success thanks to the outstanding organization by Andrea Noske, RWTH Alumnia and Head of Science at the Germany Embassy in Washington.

Launch of T.I.M.E. Label Certificate

The T.I.M.E. Association, Europe's leading network for the training of bi-cultural, bilingual engineers, decided to launch the “T.I.M.E. Label Certificate” for T.I.M.E. Double Degree Alumni, certifying that they have completed their study program under strict quality criteria. Invitations are open to all T.I.M.E. Alumni to apply for the T.I.M.E. Label Certificate. In order to qualify, they must meet the following criteria:

  • They were awarded two Master Degrees in Engineering Sciences or a related field.
  • Both institutions which awarded your degrees were T.I.M.E. members at the time of the awards.
  • They spent at least three semesters of study abroad in your T.I.M.E. host institution.
  • They earned at least 360 ECTS credits or their equivalent.

How to apply? Simple: just complete the attached application form and send it by only, attaching scans of the required supporting documents as mentioned in the application form. Applications received will be processed by the T.I.M.E. Label Committee on a first come, first served basis (the date of receipt is defined as the date when the application is complete) and successful applicants will be awarded the official “T.I.M.E. Label Certificate” by our Association. Further information is available on the T.I.M.E. Association website.


Alumni Spotlight

RWTH Professors Appointed to NRW Academy

The North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts has appointed 18 new members, including three RWTH professors: Jochen Kreusel, Jun Okuda, and Stefanie Reese. Among other responsibilities, Academy members provide advice to the NRW state government on research funding.

Read more in the RWTH Aachen press release.

Award from the Kerntechnische Gesellschaft

Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Havenith from the RWTH Aachen Institute of Nuclear Fuel Cycle, INBK for short is this year’s recipient of the Karl Wirtz Prize from the Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e.V., KTG. The Karl Wirtz Award is endowed to promote advances in science and technology in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy. The KTG awards the prize every three years to young scientists or engineers for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of nuclear technology or related disciplines.

You can find more information in the RWTH Aachen press release.

Award for Two RWTH Graduates

The Stiftung Deutscher Architekten awarded four prizes to graduates from architecture courses of study in North Rhine-Westphalia. Two RWTH Aachen graduates received an award: engineers Andreas Klozoris and Pentti Marttunen were honored for their Diplom theses in Düsseldorf.

Read more in the RWTH Aachen press release.


Science & Business

Panel Discussion: The Neuroscience of Gender

The German Center for Research and Innovation, New York, and RWTH Aachen University cordially invite to a panel discussion on “The Neuroscience of Gender” on Monday, June 17, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at German House, 871 United Nations Plaza, First Ave. at 49th Street, NY. How do sex hormones influence male and female behavior? Gender differences in brain function are apparent in early neurological development and continue into maturity. What role do these differences play in the way males and females respond to different situations? Prof. Dr. Ute Habel from RWTH Aachen University, Prof. Dr. Bruce McEwen from The Rockefeller University, and Prof. Dr. Anke Ehrhardt of the Columbia University Medical Center will discuss the neural and hormonal basis of gender differences in behavior.

More information is available at German Innovation. Registration is required to attend.

IceCube Sees Strong Signs for Cosmic Neutrinos

The neutrino telescope IceCube is the world’s largest particle detector. It encompasses one cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole and is fitted with a large number of digital optical modules. Registering neutrinos from space, these sensors help us understand information about galaxies far far away. Between May 2010 and 2012, the IceCube observatory detected 28 neutrinos with energies of slightly more than 30 teraelectronvolts, including two results with energies of more than a thousand TeV, approximately one billion times more high-energetic than X-rays.

You can find more information on this topic in the RWTH Aachen press release.

Battery and Memory Device in One

Resistive memory cells, ReRam, are regarded as a promising solution for future generations of computer memories. They will dramatically reduce the energy consumption of modern IT systems while significantly increasing their performance. Unlike the building blocks of conventional hard disk drives and memories, these novel memory cells are not purely passive components but must be regarded as tiny batteries. This has been demonstrated by researchers of Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, JARA for short, whose renowned findings have been published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. The new finding radically revises the current theory and opens up possibilities for further applications.

More on this topic is available in the RWTH Aachen press release.

RWTH and University in Madras Working Together

RWTH Aachen Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg and Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, ITTM for short, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Berlin. As part of the collaboration, a summer school for 20 Indian and German Master and Ph.D. students will be held from July 2 to 13, 2013, in Aachen. The topic is “Sustainable Development of Future Urban Environments – Integrated Approaches for Sustainable Waste and Water Management” in Aachen.

You can read more on this topic in the RWTH Aachen press release.

RWTH Aachen Campus Roadshow Goes on Tour

As part of the RWTH Aachen Campus Roadshow, RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH and the City of Aachen will present the concept and strategy for the University’s new research campus. The event series, which provides information on the possibilities, services, research clusters, and participating businesses, is targeted towards representatives from companies and business-oriented organizations. Currently, six events are planned to take place in Aachen, Düsselfdorf, the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion, Brussels, and at the Hannover Trade Fair.

More information is available in the RWTH Aachen press release.

New Round of the TANDEMplus Mentoring Program Launched

The TANDEMplus mentoring program, a joint project of RWTH Aachen University, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Forschungszentrum Jülich, supports the career development of female early-career researchers in the natural and engineering sciences who seek to attain a leadership position in business and industry. Applications for the current round can be submitted by July 1, 2013.

There is also a RWTH Aachen press release on this topic.

"Strategies & Trends of Redevelopment – Answers to Real Estate Challenges"

The RWTH Aachen University conference Redevelopment "The Second Future“ at RWTH Aachen University on June 12 and 13 at the World Heritage Site Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Compley in Essen offers – together with partners from business and the public sector – a comprehensive overview of the topics city of the future, discovery of potential, and financing redevelopment projects. Renowned interesting experts from science, economics and politics will discuss these topics. Special focuses, controversies, and trends will also be discussed.

You can find more information on the conference page.



  • June 10, 2013, 7:30pm: Forum Medicine & Ethics:Talk "Advance Directives among Individuals with Dementia", Speaker: Dr Martina Schmidhuber, International Research Center for Social and Ethical Questions, Salzburg; University Hospital Aachen, Hörsaal 1, Pauwelsstraße 30
  • June 12, 2013, 5:30pm: Philosophy Colloquium, "Ethical Questions of State Recognition", Prof. Dr. Frank Dietrich, University Düsseldorf, Pausenhalle of the Institute of Philosophy, Eilfschornsteinstraße 16
  • June 17, 2013, 7:30pm: Forum Medicine & Ethics, "Medical Responsibility in Dealing with New Possibilities of Prenatal Diagnostics“, Speaker: Dr. Dagmar Schmitz, Institute of History, Theory, and Ethics in Medicine; University Hospital Aachen, Hörsaal 1, Pauwelsstraße 30
  • June 18 to 20, 2013: 1st International Conference of the Aachen Excellence cluster "Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass"
  • June 19, 2013, 8pm: Privatissimo: "Metaphysics Can Explain Everything“, with Wendelin Haverkamp, Uwe Rössler, his Tiffany Ensemble and a number of elite guests; Couven-Halle, Kármánstraße 17-19; Admission: 15 euros, 10 euros reduced price
  • June 29, 2013, 9am: Rector's Golf Cup; Golfclub Mergelhof. More information available via
  • June 29, 2013, 7:30pm: Collegium Musicum with works by Mozart, J. van Nuffel, H.W. Zimmerman; Jakobskirche, Jakobsplatz 5

The Alumni Newsletter is released once a month. The International Office, Fundraising, and Alumni publish the newsletter on behalf of the Rector. The contact person in the editorial office is Dietrich Hunold. Responsibility is assumed by Dr. Heide Naderer.