January 2015, Issue 145


Alumni News

RWTH Alumni Get Together in São Paulo on February 25

The next alumni get together for RWTH alumni in Brazil will be held in São Paulo during Carnival on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. As RWTH alumni, consider attending! Professor Michael Vorländer, RWTH Rectorate's Delegate for Brazil, and alumni organizers Dr. Anna Luisa Ayres da Silva and Christoph Albrecht look forward to your attendance to this laidback after work event. For organizational purposes we ask that you register for the get together by February 20. You can find additional information and registration details on the event page.

RWTH Alumni Get Together in China on March 27 and Japan on March 31

For many years RWTH has maintained intensive relationships with partners in China. RWTH enjoys a particular reputation in China as an innovative German location of science and research and as a collaborative partner not least due to active connections to University alumni living there. As a part of his visit in spring 2015 to partner universities in Beijing and Japan, Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg will meet RWTH alumni in both countries.

The get together for alumni in China will take place on Friday, March 27, in Beijing, in collaboration with the Verein Chinesischer Alumni der RWTH Aachen, VCAA. The first official meeting of the central RWTH alumni network in Japan will be held on Tuesday, March 31, during an evening reception at the German Embassy in Tokyo. Registration for both events is open till March 1.

Reminder: Registration Open for the RWTH Alumni Get Together in New Orleans from May 21 to 24

RWTH alumni are cordially invited to participate in the 11th RWTH Alumni America get together from May 21 to 24, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana. You can register till March 21.


Alumni Spotlight

A Builder of Bridge Between the Cultures and Religions

His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Salmi, Minister of Religious Affairs and initiator of the German University of Technology in Oman, GUtech for short, received the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2007, GUtech was established in Muscat with support from RWTH Aachen University. In a festive ceremony, the German Ambassador to Oman, Hans-Christian Freiherr von Reibnitz, presented the honor to His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Salmi in the presence of high-profile guests, including RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg.

ERC Starting Grants for Three RWTH Scientists

RWTH scientists Martin Salinga, Franziska Schoenebeck and Norbert Schuch have been awarded prestigious European Research Council Starting Grants. The researchers succeeded in a competitive two-stage selection process and will now receive project funding in the amount of approximately 1.5 million Euros each over a period of five years.

Honor for Three RWTH Scientists

Dr. John Kettler, Dr. Alexander J. C. Kühne and Dr. Jaan-Willem Simon have been accepted to the “Junges Kolleg“ of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts. The Kolleg, which provides support for outstanding young academics, was established in 2006 with financial support from the Mercator Foundation. Since 2014, the Kolleg has been funded by the Federal State of NRW. Acceptance to the Young College is one of the most meaningful honors for young researchers in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Winners in the Competition "Developing Interdisciplinary Competencies"

RWTH researchers Yves-Simon Gloy from the Institute of Textile Technology and Alexander Mertens from the Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics are among the winners of the competition “Developing Interdisciplinary Competencies: Human-Technology Interaction for Demographic Change.” The competition for post-docs was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF for short.

Heitfeld Awards for Junior Researchers at RWTH Aachen

The Professor Dr. Karl-Heinrich Heitfeld-Stiftung annually awards the Heitfeld Prize to Master's and doctoral graduates from the RWTH Aachen Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering for outstanding achievements. This year's celebration not only included awarding the prize to five graduates for their Master's theses: both the award's 20th anniversary and the founder's 90th birthday were celebrated.


Continued Education

41st Aachen Foundry Colloquium: March 19 to 20, 2015 | Foundry Institut, Aachen

Highlighting current developments in the foundry field – the Aachen Foundry Colloquium will be presenting itself in a new format under this format starting in 2015. The two-day event makes it possible to provide a focused and diverse illustration of a topic of focus with top presentations from the foundry world and neighboring fields. The 41st Aachen Foundry Colloquium in 2015 is characterized by innovative light metal applications. Info and registration on the Aachen Foundry Colloquium homepage.

"Six Sigma Green Belt" Certificate Course

Module 1 from April 22 to 24, Module 2 from September 2 to 4, 2015

The "Six Sigma Green Belt" certificate course is organized by experienced Black Belt speakers at RWTH Aachen and offers professionals and management personnel an extra occupational continued education in quality and process management. After completing Six Sigma Green Belt successful participants will be able to independent implement improvement projects and apply and further share fundamental Six Sigma methods.

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? Through the special composition and faciliation of management-relevant, technological, and business know-how, we turn you into decision makers about your own set of skills and beyond. Apply now for our next RWTH Expert Management Certificate Program on "Production & Logistics“ from February 9 to 13, 2015, in Aachen or "Strategic Management" from February 23 to 27, 2015, in St. Gallen. You can find additional dates on the RWTH International Academy website.


Job Openings & Benefits

Aptar Freyung GmbH is offering a position as project manager (m/w) for Customization Development Food Europe (de). Aptar GmbH develops and produces innovative closure and dosage systems for the areas personal care, household, foodstuffs, and beverages.


Science & Business

RWTH Says Goodbye to Computer Science Graduates

"You now have a highly qualified degree. You will help shape the future of Germany!" With these words, Professor Rudolf Mathar, Vice-Rector for Research and Structure at RWTH Aachen, bid farewell to the University's computer science graduates during the Computer Science Day. Professor Wolfgang Thomas also emphasized the significance of studying computer science: "There is hardly any other subject with as many possibilities." 84 Bachelor's, 54 Master's, and nine doctoral students were honored during the celebration.

Carbon for the Marienturm

The RWTH Institute of Structural Concrete has restored the window of the Marienturm or St. Mary's Tower of Aachen City Hall with a carbon-based textile concrete, while adhering to the strict monument protection requirements. The Marienturm was destroyed during World War II. During reconstruction of the tower, 19 different glass concrete windows were constructed on the western side based on the old masonry of the rubble. In accordance with the technical standards of the time, the thick glass panes were imbedded into the concrete, the gaps were filled with steel-reinforced concrete, and affixed to the wall with a bordering steel frame. Keeping in mind that 2014 was the Year of Charlemagne, these windows were to be restored, since they were badly affected by corrosion. However a prerequisite to this was that the look of the exterior could not changed.

New Study on Potentail for Reducing CO₂ among Personal Vehicles and Light Commerical Vehicles

At the behest of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, BMWi, the Institute of Automotive Engineering at RWTH Aachen University conducted an analysis of the technically feasible and economically attainable CO₂ reduction potential among personal personal vehicles and light commercial vehicles, LNF, by 2025 and 2030. The results have now been published in Brussels. In the study, future technological developments were defined in three potential scenarios (conservative, trend, progressive) and then the effects on the market were investigated based on their profitability.

RWTH Students Design Livestock Buildings in Westmünsterland

Architecture students traditionally design bridges, skyscrapers, or factories. But Axel Timpe, an academic staff member at the Chair of Landscape Architecture at RWTH Aachen, has organized a workshop on "Future Livestock Buildings in Westmünsterland." 21 RWTH students traveled to Westmünsterland for four days at the invitation of the Landwirtschaftskammer Borken und der Regionale 2016. The budding architects met with students from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, pupils from the Fachschule Agrarwirtschaft Borken, and three agriculturalists. They opened their stalls to the students, so that they could get a look at turkey and piglet fattening and milk production.



Japan in Aachen – Politics Met Tradition

RWTH's premiere Japan in Aachen day was met with great approval. Discussions about current problems and athletic snippets offered attendees a diverse look at Japanese culture.

Great Success for Campaign Against Leukemia

2,433 potential donors came to RWTH's typing campaign at the SuperC to get registered in the German Bone Marrow Registry, DKMS for short. This was 633 more than two years prior. "Blood wasn't drawn unlike previously. A baccal swab was sufficient. This helped many to overcome their inhibition, leading to a larger number of donors," states medical student, Nada Abedin. She and her fellow students Johanna Sckaer and Luisa Averdunk supervised the organization of the event.

"Operation Friendship“ – A Football Match in Memory of the Christmas Truce

In memory of the Christmas truce bewteen German and British troops during World War I in 1914, the university teams from RWTH Aachen and British Keele University played each other on Wednesday, December 17. The University Sports center used its international relationships to recognize the 100th anniversary and invited the British football team from Keele University to Aachen. In light rain the team played against the RWTH Aachen University Sports footbal team. Before the game Keith L. Harrison, coach of the English team and a former soldier himself, said a few words in remembrance of the fallen in World War I. The game ended with a tie of 2:2.



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

February 3, 2015: University Sports Show

February 3, 2015: lecture series - 2,000 Years Emperor Augustus: Das goldene Zeitalter. Wie Augustus Rom neu erfand; Jörg Fündling; 6:30pm, SuperC, Ford Hall, 6th floor, Templergraben 57

February 4 and 5, 2015: Aachen Building Materials Day

February 6 and 7, 2015: Collegium Musicum Joint Concert - RWTH University Choir and Orchestra; 7:30pm, Aula 1, RWTH Aachen Main Building, Templergraben 55

February 11, 2015: E.ON Energy Research Center Colloquium: Superconducting DC Transmission and Distribution: Concepts and Applications, Dr. Antonio Morandi, Universität Bologna; 4:30pm, E.ON Energy Research Center, Room 00.24

February 25, 2015: RWTH Alumni Get Together in São Paulo, Brazil


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.