August 2014, Issue 140


Alumni News

First RWTH Aachen Graduation Celebration

On September 6 at 1:30pm, the premiere of the RWTH Aachen Graduation Celebration, the celebratory farewell of an entire graduating class, will take place at the Dressage Stadium in Aachen Soers. Almost 1000 graduates have registered with their parents and friends to attend this special event. RWTH Rector, Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg, NRW Minister of Science, and Aachen mayor, Marcel Philipp will also welcome honorary guests from industry and science as well as a number of silver and golden doctoral jubilarians. A speech given by Professor Berthold Leibinger, who will receive the first ever Aachen Engineering Award the day before, is certain to be a highlight.

You can find all the information about the Graduation Celebration on the page Graduation Celebration

Network Get Togethers for RWTH Alumni in South Korea and Switzerland

Quite a few international get togethers and networking events are taking place in October, which former RWTH Aachen students and (visiting) researchers are welcome to attend:

  • TU9 Alumni Get Together in Seoul, South Korea: The Germany Embassy in Seoul and ADeKO or Alumninetzwerk Deutschland Korean invite alumni from the TU9 Universities to a joint alumni reception on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the evening before the Joint Korean-German Conference on Future and Technology. RWTH alumni are welcome to attend. Please register by September 15, 2014.
  • IDEA League Alumni Get Together in Zürich, Switzerland: On Thursday, October 9, 2014, alumni from TU Delft, ETH Zürich, RWTH Aachen, and Chalmers University will meet as part of the IDEA League's second joint alumni get together with a networking reception in Zürich. Additional information about registration for RWTH alumni will be available in September 2014.
  • 55-Year Anniversary of K.A.V. Alcuinus: The Association for Dutch Students in Aachen or "Alcuinus“ is celebrating its 55-year anniversary on October 25, 2014, with a reception at 5:30pm at Auberge de Rousch, Kloosterkensweg 17, in Heerlen. Former Dutch students and fellow students are welcome to attend. Please register via .
  • Lille, France: Once a year the T.I.M.E. Alumni Association organizes an alumni meeting to increase the alumni network's activities. RWTH students and graduates of the T.I.M.E., Top Industrial Managers Europe, dual degree program can participate in the second joint T.I.M.E. alumni meeting on Saturday, October 25, 2014, which will be held at the École Centrale de Lille in France. You will receive additional information and an official invitation after registering with the T.I.M.E. Alumni Assocation.

Science & Business

Sustainable Deep Sea Mining

The deep sea is a vast repository of raw materials. Whether rare-earth metals, copper, cobalt or nickel: the seabed is rich in resources that are essential in the production of e.g. smartphones, computers, and high-tech medical devices. For this reason, expert teams from 19 European industry and research organizations joined forces to launch the “Blue Mining” research project, which seeks to develop new cost-effective environmentally-friendly deep-sea mining solutions. The RWTH Institute of Mining Engineering I and the RWTH Institute of Geology and Paleontology are partners in this project, providing expertise in the areas of exploratory methods, deposit modeling, sustainable mining methods and technologies, georesources management, and economic feasibility assessment.

You can find additional information on this topic in the related press release.

Aachen Students Win Marketing Competition

“Team Aachen,” a joint team of students from RWTH and FH Aachen, won the first prize in the “GWA Junior Agency” competition. The university competition in the field of marketing communication is considered highly demanding, placing emphasis on both strategic and creative solutions. It was initiated by GWA, the Association of Communications Agencies in Germany, with the aim of promoting young researchers and their interdisciplinary collaboration as well as the exchange with agencies. For the duration of one semester, students from marketing and design courses of study join forces to develop communication solutions for real-world cases. GWA agencies are responsible for briefing and coaching the participating teams.

World Champions in Brazil

Just like the German football players: With a confident performance Team Carologistics from RWTH and FH Aachen won the 2014 world championship in the RoboCup Logistics League Joáo Pessoa, Brazil. The Carologistics Team is made up of students and scientists from the institute cluster IMA/ZLW & IfU (Professor Jeschke, Mechanical Enginering, RWTH) with the Teaching and Research Area for Knowledge-Based Systems at RWTH (Professor Lakemeyer, Computer Science) and the Robotics Work Group from the Department of Electrical Engineering at FH Aachen (A. Ferrein, Electrical Engineering).

Wild Tomatoes More Stress-Tolerant

In an international collaborative large-scale project, researchers from RWTH Aachen and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, succesfully deciphered the genome of the wild tomatoe species Solanum pennellii. The research results of the project, which provide the basis for future tomato breeds, have now been published in the international high-profile journal “Nature Genetics.

Successful Premiere of the Aluminium Summer School

The international Aluminium Summer School was held for the first time at RWTH Aachen from July 28 to August 1, 2014. The director of the Foundry Institute and host, Professor Andreas Bührig-Polaczek welcomed a total of 74 guests from 14 countries. Topics during the conference included the manufacturing techniques of light-weight metal components, the manipulation of light-metal alloys, simulation, recycling, heat treatment, and moulding, die casting, and continuous casting. Concrete examples of application in industry companies during presentations rounded out the academic content and ensured a diverse program.

MOOC@TU9: Discover Excellence in Engineering and the Natural Sciences - Made in Germany

The alliance of leading Institutes of Technology in Germany, TU9, is launching a free, English-language online lecture series on October 20, 2014. The course is catered towards anyone from Germany and abroad interested in a postgraduate engineering program in Germay and who would like in-depth information about degree programs and curricula. At the beginning of each course week, renowned professors from the TU9 universities present their subject areas and their universities in live videos. Afterwarrds, participants work on complementary tasks and discuss with other participants in the forum. The tasks provide insight into the requirements and content of the degree program in question.




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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