July 2014, Issue 139


Alumni News

RWTH Success for Sustainable Research Alumni Strategies

In 2011, RWTH was among the prize recipients of the idea competition "Research Alumni at German Universities," awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. RWTH's research alumni work has now been honored for its sustainability as part of the competition. The continual integration and inclusion of research alumni in existing university activities and structures will be funded with 30000 Euros by the Federal Ministry of Research.

"Rector’s Cup 2014" with Rain Showers

For the first time ever a strong shower forced the event for alumni, professors, and friends and donors of RWTH Aachen to take a long break. Then the ball got rolling again, literally. The RWTH golf tournament took place for the twelfth time at the Mergelhof Golf Club in Gemmenich. Successful participants were in a particularly good mood during the award ceremony in the evening: the winners for the gross evaluation were Thomas Ebert, Prof. Dr. Reinhart Poprawe, Karola Haag, and Illa Lax-Feuerborn. Dr. Peter Ehrentraut, Annelie Gras, and Sabine Egry won in the net category.

There were also two honorable mentions: Among the women, Heike Charlotte Müller won for "Longest Drive“ and Johannes Käppler among the men. For the "Nearest to the Pin“ award, Rosy Geiser won, representing the women, and Bodo Dauvermann-Abel for the men.

The Rector’s Cup isn't just about athletic enjoyment. With the financial support of selected projects and measures of RWTH, the golfers also maintain a positive attitude towards benefitting the university. Four additional Germany Scholarships could be funded as a result of this year's event. A big thank you to the donors!

You can find additional information in the press release and in a photo gallery.

RWTH Alumni at the Lousberglauf Once Again

The Lousberglauf, the largest running event in the Aachen region, took place for the 25th time at the beginning of July in collaboration with the University Sports Center or HSZ, the Sportreferat of the Aachen Universities, and the residents of the residential towers on Rütscherstraße. Two favorites pushed through among the alumni: Philipp Nawrocki won with 19:49 minutes just before Fahd Mellouk with 19:51 minutes. Last year's winner, Helge Heers, came in third with a time of 20:21 minutes. Among the alumnae, Annika Önning came out on top with 27:40 minutes. Katharina Apfel and Angela Poth took second and third places with times of 28:04 and 28:28 minutes, respectively.


Alumni Spotlight

New RWTH Rectorate

RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg assumed office for the second time on August 1, 2014. Together with the three current Vice-Rectors, Malte Brettel, Doris Klee, and Aloys Krieg, and Chancellor Manfred Nettekoven, he will continue to head the university for the next four years. Univ-Prof. Dr. Rudolf Mathar will be joining the Rectorate, also effective August 1, 2014. The Chair of Theoretical Information Technology will serve as Vice-Rector for Research and Structure, succeeding Univ.-Prof. Dr.med. Rolf Rossaint.

Berthold Leibinger Receives Aachen Engineering Award

On September 5, 2014, the engineer, entrepreneur and foundation founder Berthold Leibinger of Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG, Ditzingen, will be presented with the Aachen Engineering Award. The honor is jointly awarded by RWTH Aachen University and the City of Aachen.

Professor Fritz Klocke Receives High Honor from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Professor Fritz Klocke, Chairholder at the RWTH Aachen Laboratory of Machine Tools and Production Engineering and Head of the Fraunhofer Institute of Production Technology IPT, received the Eli Whitney Productivity Award der Society of Manufacturing Engineers , SME, on June 9, 2014. He received the award as recognition for his outstanding achievements in production technology.

Double Honors for Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl Zilles

The Organization for Human Brain Mapping, OHBM, has honored the renowned neuroscientist with the Glass Brain Award 2014 and elected him president of the organization. His expeditions go into the deepest part of the brain: Professor Karl Zilles has spent decades researching the structure and function of the human control center. The neuroscientist maps the cerebral cortex, among other things, and uses this data to create a three dimensional brain atlas.

You can find additional information about Professor Zilles' research work in the "keep in touch“ No. 56 on page 18.


Science & Business

Drivers Beware!

"Drivers beware – a wrong-way driver is approaching!" Around 2000 such warnings are broadcase every year on the radio. Drivers heading in the wrong direction cause serious accidents again and again. "Three percent of the cases are fatal, and often their consequences are typically much more severe than those of other types of crashes," reports Dr. Dirk Kemper. The 40-year-old is chief engineer at the RWTH Institute of Highways Engineering, isac for short. He and his colleague, Tobias Volkenhoff, have been conducting research on this problem area, which is consistently gaining interest by the public. which to address the problem of so-called wrong-way driving.

Groundbreaking for Photonics Cluster on the RWTH Aachen Campus

Over the course of a Europe-wide selelction process, investor ante4C GmbH, a project company with substantial involvement from Landmarken AG, Aachen, and the architecture office KPF - Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, New York - received the acceptance to begin the first phase of construction on the Photonics Cluster on RWTH Aachen Campus, Campus Melaten. The construction work on the building project began in June 2014. The complex is located directly next to the Chair of Laser Technology LLT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology on the Campus Boulevard. Work is scheduled to be finished near the end of 2015. The investment volume encompasses approximately 13 million Euros.

Aachener Technology and Innovation Managers Found Invention Center on RWTH Aachen Campus

On a floor space of about 1000 square meters, the Invention Center will be dedicated to technological trends and innovations. The new center will give companies the opportunity to obtain qualifications in technology and innovation management and develop solutions to particular challenges.

Competence Center for Sign Language and Gesture Opens at RWTH

For over 20 years now, the SignGes team has been conducting research at the Institute of Linguistics and Communication Science and at University Hospital Aachen. Its work significantly contributes to improving the inclusion of individuals with impaired hearing. The SignGes team consists of researchers with normal and impaired hearing. At the end of 2013, the team joined forces with the RWTH gesture research group at HumTec, led by Professor Irene Mittelberg, to launch the SignGes Competence Center. In June 2014, the new center was officially inaugurated.


Around RWTH

Arab Ambassadors Visit RWTH

Chancellor Manfred Nettekoven and Professor Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Rector's Delegate for Arab Countries, welcomed a delegation from Arab states to RWTH Aachen.

You can find additional information in the press release.




keep in touch Alumni Magazine Available as E-magazine for Tablet PCs for the First Time

The keep in touch is now available as an interactive e-magazine for iPads and Android tablet PCs, starting with the past issue, Issue 55. The issue can be downloaded for free in the Apple Store and in the Google PlayStore.


The Alumni Newsletter is released once a month. The International Office, Fundraising, and Alumni publish the newsletter on behalf of the Rector. The contact persons in the editorial office are Dietrich Hunold and Reena James. Responsibility is assumed by Markus Schulte.


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