November 2014, Issue 143


Alumni News

Goal Line Technology and World Cup Memories at the RWTH Science Night

Goal or no goal? In football, this has been a frequently asked question – often enough, there was no satisfactory answer. A famous example is the 1966 Wembley goal, arguably the best known and most controversial goal in football history. At the 2014 Word Cup finals in Brazil, a new goal-line technology was successfully used for the first time. With the help of the technology, it becomes possible to resolve controversial goal-line calls within seconds. The new system is called 'GoalControl-4D', developed by the company GoalControl, which is based in Würselen, Germany. At the RWTH Aachen Science Night, RWTH alumnus and managing director at GoalControl René Beaujean presented the goal line technology system to a large audience of interested citizens.

55 Years of „Alcuinus“: Welgemeende Felicitaties!

We should enjoy our celebrations as they come. In October, the Dutch Student Association K. A. V. Alcuinus invited current members, alumni, supporters and friends to celebrate its 55th anniversary. Several former and current Alcuinus members accepted the invitation and visited the idyllic Auberge de Rousch, Heerlen, for a festive reception and dinner. Highlights of the evening included a nostalgic retrospection by Frans Kremer and Ike Baaten of “Disput Limburgia” and a donation from the Province of Limburg: The Commissioner for Education, Bert Kesten, presented Alcuinus with a symbolic cheque worth 2,500 Euros.

Scholarship Award Ceremony in the Coronation Hall

Again, RWTH Aachen succeeded in recruiting a large number of companies, private individuals and alumni to contribute to the RWTH Education Fund and provide funding to the National Scholarship program. At the recent scholarship award ceremony in Aachen City Hall, more than 600 scholarship recipients received their certificates. Many of the generous donors took the opportunity to hand out the certificates to the recipients in person. The reception following the event provided an opportunity for donors and recipients to get to know each other.

A short clip on the event is provided by Lokalzeit Aachen: Lokalzeit Kompakt Nov. 21, 2014 (de)

Graduation Ceremony for “Lasers in Dentistry” Graduates

Last month, the eleventh cohort in the Lasers in Dentistry Master’s program, with participating dentists from Germany, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Libya, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, celebrated their graduation. The internationally oriented course of study is offered in cooperation with the Aachen Dental Laser Center and the RWTH International Academy. Since its conception ten years ago, about 150 dentists have completed the specialization in laser therapy. During the commencement ceremony, which was also visited by RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg, Dr. Helmut Dinger, Managing Director of the International Academy, bade farewell to this year’s 15 graduates. In the current academic year, 25 international dentists are enrolled in the program.


Alumni Spotlight

RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg Named President-Elect of CESAER

The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research, CESAER for short, has appointed RWTH Rector Ernst Schachtenberg to its Management Committee. Furthermore, on October 17, 2014, at the organization’s 26th Statutory General Assembly, CESAER President Professor Karel Luyben put forward the Board of Director’s proposal to appoint Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg as President-Elect of the association, which was unanimously endorsed by the General Assembly.

Further information: RWTH Rector Named President-Elect of CESAER

RWTH Alumnus New Head of Aachen City Archive

Starting December 1, Dr. René Rohrkamp will be the new Head of the Aachen City Archive. Recently he received the nomination certificate from the Head of the Department of Culture, Susanne Schwier. René Rohrkamp, born 1977, studied History, Political Science, and Philosophy at RWTH Aachen; he completed his doctorate in 2010. Rohrkamp will succeed Dr. Thomas R. Kraus, who has retired from the position.

Future Researcher at Aachen City Hall

As a public speaker, he is high in demand: In November, the internationally renowned futures researcher and RWTH alumnus Franz Josef Radermacher came to Aachen to give a presentation titled “Cities as Motors of Future Sustainability – From the Moralization of Markets to Sustainable Development: Potentials in the Aachen Region and Beyond.”
About 600 attendees came to Aachen City Hall to listen to the mathematician and economist who is currently a professor for databases and artificial intelligence at the University of Ulm. In his thought provoking talk, Radermacher criticized the lack of farsightedness in politics and society at large: “We have to be concerned with thing that become important in 20 or 30 years time and not only react to current problems.” He considers modern information technology as one of the most significant innovations of our time, and he predicts that it will continue to fundamentally change people’s lives to both good and bad effect. Buzzwords such as Big Data, Industry 4.0, and the “Internet of Things,” said Radermacher, need to be critically analyzed for their substance.

For further information, please refer to this article on Franz Josef Radermacher in "Aachener Zeitung".

Professor Dieter Enders Receives Distinguished Japanese Award

RWTH professor Dieter Enders is to receive the 2014 Ryoji Noyori Prize awarded by the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (SSOCJ). The prize is named after professor Ryoji Noyori, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2001. Upon his appointed to RWTH Aachen in 1985, Enders became Director of the Institute of Organic Chemistry. Today, the renowned chemist is Senior Professor at RWTH Aachen.

Arthur L. Schawlow Award 2014 forr Professor Poprawe

The Laser Institute of America LIA has awarded Professor Reinhart Poprawe, the director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, the 2014 Arthur L. Schawlow Award. The award ceremony took place at the 33rd International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics ICALEO on October 22, 2014 in San Diego, California.

Award for Outstanding Academic Performance

RWTH graduates Jan Moritz Eickhoff, Pascal Köhn, Stefan Liebich, and Jan van der Lucht were awarded the 2014 Otto Junker Award for their oustanding academic performance. Dr. Ambros Schindler, Chair of the Otto Junker Foundation, and Dr. Stefan Miskiewicz, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the foundation, handed out the awards. RWTH Vice-Rector Aloys Krieg and Professor Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Bleck, chair of the foundation's advisory committee, congratulated the award winners.

RWTH Honors Outstanding Professors

Professors Wolfgang Bleck, Rik W. De Doncker, Josef Hegger, Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann, Fritz Klocke, Wolfgang Schröder, Christian Trautwein, and Bettina Wiese have been named RWTH Fellows. The RWTH Fellowship is awarded to experienced professors with outstanding research achievements that have significantly contributed to the University's success. The title carries an award of 50,000 Euros, which must be used for research.


Continued Education

Offers from RWTH International Academy:

Management Expert Certificate Program of RWTH Aachen University

Are you a professional in your field and want to advance or expand your knowledge? Or are you an expert in your field and need management skills for further management responsibilities? The content of our six Expert Certificate programs is based on the foundation of RWTH's executive MBA program content. All of our programs are targeted towards qualified experts and professionals. The experts have a topic-specific management focus, which serves to refresh and advance your management skills. It is possible to begin the program at any time.

Executive MBA at RWTH Aachen – Early-Booker Rebate

Those who wish to take advantage of the early-booker rebate for the upcoming RWTH Aachen Executive MBA – beginning September 14, 2015 – have till December 19, 2014, to apply. If we receive your complete application by this date, you will receive a 10 percent discount on your tuition fees (without the semester contribution fee) if you are accepted.


Science & Business

Seoul National University Delegation Visited RWTH Aachen

There has been a long-standing collaboration in research and teaching between both universities. Two joint workshops stemming from this collaboration have already taken place in Aachen and Seoul. Recently, scientists came together at a third workshop, focusing on "Advances in the Science and Engineering of Functional Materials." The workshop was organized by Priv.-Doz. Dr.rer.nat. Michael Schroeder and Priv.-Doz. Dr. phil. Roger A. de Souza from the RWTH Chair of Physical Chemistry I. During the visit, an exisiting cooperative agreement on funding student and reseacher exchange was extended for another five years. A memorandum of understanding was signed by Professor Ki-Bum Kim, Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University and RWTH Vice-Rector Doris Klee in the presence of Professor Manfred Martin.

You can find additional information in the press release.

Imaging as a Challenge for the Future

"Da muss ich mir erst ein Bild von machen“ or "I have to visualize it" - a German idiom patients often encounter in medical practice. With anticipation they wait for the results of X-rays, ultrasounds, or computer tomography, which determine the diagnosis and therapy. Imaging does not just play an important role in the medical field, however. Its importance is evident in other fields such as production, materials science, and quality and process control. RWTH Aachen is currently opening a new collaborative research center for biomedical imaging under the name ACTIVE. The abbreviation stands for Aachen Center for Biomedical Image Analysis, Visualization and Exploration.

Developing the Electrical Networks of the Future

Professor Rik W. De Doncker, Director of the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University and Chair of Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, is delighted with the positive response from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF. "We have successfully completed all preparations, now the first major phase of the “Electrical Networks of the Future” Research Campus, FEN for short, will be launched." Over the next five years and with a budget of at least 20 million Euros, the newly established research consortium will investigate the role of direct current (DC) technology in the necessary extension of power transmission and distribution grids. The development of cost-efficient, widely accepted solutions is considered to be decisive for the success of Germany’s so-called energy transformation, the planned transition an energy portfolio dominated by renewable energy.

Read more in the press release.



RWTH Aachen Student Numbers

Even a year after the double class cohort students continue to flood RWTH Aachen. As of November 5, 2014, 42,300 students are enrolled, almost 2,000 more than in the 2013/2014 winter semester. Females make up 32 percent, while international students are represented witih 17 percent.

You can find more details in the press release.

Tango Virtuosos Perform at RWTH Aachen

In the winter semester, the RWTHextern Citizens' Forum is again hosting a high-profile concert: Juanjo Mosalini (bandoneón) and Vicente Bögeholz (guitar) performed their show "Delta y Mar," inviting the audience to journey into "new worlds of tango" in the Couvenhalle, Kármánstr. 17-19.



December 1 to 3, 2014: bonding Firmenkontaktmesse 2014

December 2, 2014: 4:30pm, Presentation at E.ON Research Energy Center: A Whole New World: Energy Innovation – A Reflection on Trends, Scenarios and Strategies; Bert Stuij, Energy Delta Institute

December 5, 2014: 12pm, Computer Science Day

December 10, 2014: 6:30pm, Lecture "Andreas Vesalius After 500 Years: The Birthdday of the Founder of Modern Anatomy“, SuperC, Ford Hall

December 11, 2014: CKI Conference 2014

December 11, 2014: 6:10pm, Eishockey-Uni Cup

December 12, 2014: Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Day

Till December 23, 2014: Aachen Christmas Market

January 8, 2015: 45th International Symposium on Hydraulic Engineering Aachen (IWASA)


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