December 2014, Issue 144


Alumni News

2015 North America Alumni Get Together in New Orleans

Alumni, (exchange) students, and friends of RWTH are welcome to participate in the 11th RWTH Alumni America Get Together from May 21 to 24, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana! The program includes visits to the US Army Corps of Engineers and the well-known neighborhood 9th Ward. Nine years after the devastating Hurricane Katrina, find out how New Orleans' levee system was changed and reinforced and how the reconstruction measures on site are coming along. Please register via to Gerd Schroth by March 21, 2015.

Japan in Aachen

As Naoyoshi Yoneyama, a graduate of the RWTH European Studies Master's program, returned to RWTH at the beginning of the year as the Vice-Counsel of the Japanese General Consulate in Düsseldorf for an initial conversation, he expressed his desire to increase his home country's visibility in Aachen. On January 23, 2015, from 3:30 to 6pm, Aula I in the RWTH Main Building will be filled with Japanese culture and information. Performances of traditional sword fighting, drums, and a kimono presentation will provide special impressions of traditional Japanese culture. Short presentations and conversations on Japan's economic and energy policy will offer current information, which also relate to corresponding developments in Germany.

Japanese General Consulate Düsseldorf

A Career with the EU?

How do you become an EU civil servant? What are possible career paths? What knowledge and skills do you have to have and what type of work can you expect at the EU? Dr. Carl-Christian Buhr, cabinet member of EU commissioner, Phil Hogan, and alumnus of RWTH Aachen will be speaking on Monday, January 26, 2015, 6pm in Hörsaal FoE, Kármán-Forum, about his personal career, reasons to work for the European Union, and life and work in Brussels. The European institutions offer interested and qualified applicants from all courses of study the possibility to pursue a career in Europe.


Alumni Spotlight

Thomas Bretz Receives Gustav Hertz Prize

Thomas Bretz, Junior Professor for Experimental Astroparticle Physics at RWTH Aachen, received the Gustav Hertz Prize awarded by the German Physical Society or DPG for new camera technology that enables the observation of cosmic rays. The prize is worth 7,500 Euros.

Outstanding Students, Doctoral Students, and Postdocs

RWTH Aachen honored 28 students, doctoral candidates, and post-docs with the 2014 Friedrich Wilhem Prize. The honor is annually awarded to RWTH Aachen students and researchers for their outstanding achievements. The award ceremony took place during a celebration event at the University. The Friedrich Wilhem Prize is awarded by the foundation of the same name, which was founded in 1865 by the predecessor of the current Aachener und Münchener Beteiligungsgesellschaft. Its central purpose is to promote research and teaching at RWTH Aachen and to support students and scientists.

Award for Young Production Technology Experts

This year, the Young Researchers Award, an honor conferred by the Excellence Cluster "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries,” was presented to the interdisciplinary research project “Individualized Production in Tool-based Manufacturing Processes Using Numerical Optimization.” The project members have developed solutions to reduce the very time- and cost-intensive production of tools with the help of virtual design and process optimization methods. At the Advances in Production Technology conference in November 2014, Professor Christan Brecher from the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) presented the award to the early-career researchers Dr. Stefanie Elgeti, Roland Siegbert and Markus Frings from the Chair of Computer-based Analysis of Technical Systems, CATS; Frank Schmidt, Uwe Vroomen and Yann Quedeville from the Foundry Institute, GI; and Christian Windeck and Nafi Yesildag from the Institute of Plastics Processing, IKV.

Russian Economist Receives Federal Chancellor Scholarship to Research at RWTH Aachen

Liudmila Prisiazhnaia has joined the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) at RWTH Aachen as a recipient of the Federal Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The researcher from Russia has decided to complete the funded one-year research stay at RWTH Aachen. Prisiazhnaia received her Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Economics and Finance in St. Petersburg. Subsequently she worked for seven years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Russia and completed her doctoral degree. Under the supervision of Professor Uwe Sauer, at the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, she will analyze the development of electromobility in Germany.


Continued Education

Offers from RWTH International Academy:

Management Expert Certificate Program at 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? Only companies, which orient consistently orient their behavior towards internal and external customers, are able to remain competitive in the future. The challenges of these changes can be achieved with the help of different approaches. Apply now for our next RWTH Expert Management Certificate Program on "Production & Logistics" from February 9 to 13, 2015, or May 4 to 8, 2015, on "Controlling & Finances."

Executive MBA at RWTH Aachen University

The EMBA team invites you to our information event within the EMBA 11 module "Controlling" under the direction of Prof. Dr. Peter Letmathe. The event will take place on January 20, 2015, at 5pm, at the RWTH Aachen Logistics Cluster. Use this opportunity to experience the RWTH Executive MBA program live and to directly ask students about their experiences and impressions. You will have the possibility to attend a standard course and then participate in an exciting guest lecture. Experience Dr. Ketteniß, as he speaks about "Cash Flow Controlling.“ We, the EMBA team, will of course be available for questions and comments.


Science & Business

45th International Symposium on Hydraulic Engineering Aachen - IWASA

Over the last centuries, a large number of Germany’s water bodies have been partly obstructed by man-made in-river structures, such as weirs, hydropower plants, dams, and other facilities. This has led to a number of environmental problems, in addition to negatively affecting aquatic organisms. The aim of the 45th IWASA conference is to highlight and discuss the challenges of “open waters” from several perspectives, such as water management, hydraulic energy, and nature conservation.



More Dutch Students Choosing RWTH

In recent years, more and more young men and women from the Province of Limburg, the Netherlands, have decided to come to Aachen for the purpose of study. In 2011, only six students from the Netherlands were enrolled at one of the Aachen universities. This year, 75 young people from the Netherlands started their studies in Aachen. A further increase to about 300 new students per year is expected.



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

January 10, 2015: Einstein's Music Box – Aachen Symphony Orchestra at RWTH Aachen; Starts at 8pm, Aula 1 RWTH Main Building, Templergraben 55

January 12, 2015: Lecture Series - WeltMachtKirche: "From Eurocentric Arrogance to an Intercultural, Brotherly and Sisterly Church/Von der Euro-Arroganz zu einer Kirche der Interkulturalität und Geschwisterlichkeit“, Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Martha Zechmeister, member of a religious order in El Salvador; 6pm, Aula 1 RWTH Main Building, Templergraben 55

January 15, 2015: Electromobility Lecture Series: Electromobility Production; Prof. Dr. Achim Kampker; 6:15pm, Hörsaal Fo5, Kármán-Auditorium, Eilfschornsteinstr.15

January 16, 2015: IFAS Industrial Colloquium

January 19, 2015: Medicine & Ethics Forum: "Encounters with Dying and Death – Patient Autonomy and Medical Treatment“; Prof. Dr. Frank Elsner, Deputy Department Director of the Department of Palliative Medicine, Aachen University Hospital, 7:30pm, Hörsaal 1, Aachen University Hospital, Pauwelsstraße 30

January 21, 2015: 2,000 Years of Emperor Augustus: „Antike ohne Ende – Augusteische Kunst als ‚role model’”; Prof. Dr. Alexander Markschies, Chair and Institute of Art History, RWTH Aachen; 6:30pm; SuperC, Ford Hall, 6th floor, Templergraben 57

January 22, 2015: Geotechnology Forum - (Tunnel) Drilling Technologies for the Implementation of Demanding Energy Projects; 6pm; Faculty of Civil Engineering, Hörsaal BS II

January 26, 2015: Medicine & Ethics Forum: "Conflicts of Interest in Medicine –Influence of Pharmaceutical Companies and Ethical Research Standards: A Comparison Between Germany and India“; Dr. Christiane Fischer, Executive Director of the BUKO Pharmaceutical Campagne, Executive Director of MEZIS e.V.
7:30pm, Hörsaal 1, Aachen University Hospital, Pauwelsstraße 30

January 26, 2015: Lecture Series - WeltMachtKirche: Panel Discussion; Dr. Johannes Bündgens, Suffragan Bishop of Aachen; Dr. Christiane Florin, Editor in Chief at Christ & Welt/Die Zeit; and RWTH students. Moderator: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lüke, Chair of Systematic Theology at RWTH Aachen, 6pm, Aula I, Main Building, Templergraben 55

January 27 to 29, 2015: RWTH Advising Days: Do you already know what you want to study?

January 29 and 31, 2015: Aachener Studentenorchester e. V. with works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Arnold Bax, and Edward Elgar; 7:30pm, Aula 1 RWTH Main Building, Templergraben 55


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.


Happy Holidays!

The alumni newsletter editorial team thanks all of its readers for their attention and loyalty. The team wishes all RWTH Aachen alumni happy holidays and a successful and peaceful 2015!

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