June 2015, Issue 150


Alumni News

Talk: "The Sacred Mountains of Nepal"

Twelve. That's how many expeditions RWTH alumnus Dr. Damien Francois has gone on to the Himalayan peaks since 2005. His book "Die Heilige Berge von Nepal" is based on his travels. In his talk on Friday, July 10, 7pm, in the Generali Hall of the SuperC the author and cultural anthropologist will not only show impressive photos but also address the incorrect clichés – especially in the West – about this mountainous region. He will also discuss the most recent earthquake catastrophe from April, which he personally experience at the Mount Everest base camp.

Alumni Tour of the Köhlbrandhöft Sewage Treatment Plant in Hamburg

Lively alumni network in Hamburg: 15 alumni from the Hamburg region took some time for themselves on Friday in March and met at the Hafentor landing pier not far from the St. Pauli Piers. After a short harbor tour the alumni were brought to other side of the Elb to the Köhlbrandhöft landing pier, where they were greeted by the head of sewage treatment plants at Hamburg Wasser, Hartmut Schenk, who is also a RWTH Aachen alumnus. Schenk led them on a tour of the plant. They spent the evening enjoying Portuguese wine and delicious fish at Beira Rio.

Read the complete report about the get together.


Alumni Spotlight

Victorius Alumni at the RWTH Classic Cars Rally

RWTH Aachen and innovative developments in mobility are unseparable. With this in mind, the 1st RWTH Motor Day was recently held in front of the Main Building and SuperC. In addition to a family fair, there was also a classic car rally with various classes. RWTH alumnus Professor Udo Ossendoth and his passenger Dr. Gabriele Trost, also a RWTH alumna, took home first place.


Continued Education & Career

RWTH Mini MBA - Management Expert Certificate Program

With a comprehensive approach, the RWTH Mini MBA - Management Expert Certificate Program is composed of learning modules that grapple with groups of themes in the utmost detail and which put them to the test practically. The content of the mini MBA program is based on the content of RWTH Aachen's Executive MBA. Relevant topics, motivated participants, and effective and modern learning methods ensure an exciting agenda and inspiring discussions. Apply now for our next mini MBA on "Technology and Innovation" or "Production and Logistics," starting August 17, 2015.

You can find additional information on the RWTH International Academy webpages.

"Innovation Controlling" Certificate Course

In collaboration with the Chair of Controlling at RWTH Aachen, the RWTH International Academy is offer the extra-occupational certificate course Innovation Controlling for the first time. This continued education offer will take place from September 21 to 25 and is oriented towards individuals from R&D controlling, innovation managers, project heads, and professionals and executives in strategic management.


Science & Business

Extending the Lifetime of Steel Components

The Department of Ferrous Metallurgy at RWTH Aachen University received the 2015 Steel Innovation Prize in the category “Research and Development” for the collaborative project HiPerComp (High Performance Components). Margarita Bambach, research assistant at the Department of Ferrous Metallurgy, received the prize on behalf of the HiPerComp project, which was realized in collaboration with the Gear Research Centre at Technical University Munich, the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering at TU Kaiserslautern, and the Foundation Institute of Materials Science IPW, Bremen. The award is endowed with 7,000 Euros.

22 Million Euros for Supercomputer in Aachen

The Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and States has spoken in favor of funding a supercomputer at RWTH Aachen. The University is to receive almost 22 million Euros for the installation of a supercomputer for the Cluster Aix-la-Chapelle, Claix for short.

Reducing the University's Energy Consumption

As part of the EnEff:Campus – RoadMap RWTH Aachen project, a feasibility study is being conducted with the aim to reduce the University's primary energy consumption by 50 percent by 2025. "We aim for the University to save more over time than the small initial investment," emphasizes Professor Dirk Müller from the E.ON ERC’s Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate.

RWTH Aachen and Immofinanz Group Celebrate Construction Progress of the Production Technology Cluster Building

RWTH Aachen and Immofinanz Group, investor of the Production Technology cluster on RWTH Aachen’s research campus, celebrated construction progress of the first building complex on Campus Boulevard. More than 140 representatives from business, academia and politics attended the event, including the NRW Minister of Finance, Norbert Walter-Borjans.

Walt Disney Method for Optimizing Teamwork

Applying the Disney method has only indirectly do with the animated movies we associate with the name of Walt Disney: The American cartoonist and entrepreneur is said to have used the method for idea generation and project planning purposes. Professor Martin Baumann and Christoph Gordalla from the Institute of Applied Medical Engineering have now published a book that describes the method as well as about 60 other well-tried team work techniques. These methods are to support team building activities, idea generation, concept development, and knowledge acquisition at the crossroads of the life and natural sciences and engineering.

Methanol, Small Alcohol, Great Potential

Interdisciplinarity is the mission statement of large projects, present and future. The International Genetically Engineered Machine, iGEM, competition enables students in all disciplines to experience interdisciplinary work in a self-organized team project. Within the framework of this year's participation, a RWTH student team implemented methanol into biotechnological processes. Methanol serves as an affordable alternative to vegetable starch, thus uncoupling this industry from agricultural products. Thy are working on the establishment of new metabolic pathways as well as the development of miniature bioreactors including their own analytics and software.

Every year student teams plan and implement independent projects in order to find solutions for pressing problems of our time. This year more than 250 teams from about 40 different countries participants. Last year, in 2014, the Aachen team was named best newcomer with its modular biosensor for detecting pathogenic agents and affordable lab measurement instruments. The iGEM team is currently looking for partners, sponsors, and donors to support the current project on various levels.

You can find further information on the iGEM Team Aachen website.



July 2, 2015: Poetry Slam of the Communication Sciences Student Representative Council: "Sag’s durch die Blume.“: 6pm, Forum Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Jülicher Str. 97-109, 52070 Aachen

July 8, 2015: Lousberglauf 2015

July 8, 2015: Psychiatric, Psychotherapeutic, and Psychosomatic Colloquium: "Immunological Aspects of Depression and its Therapy“, Prof. Dr. Hubertus Himmerich, Head of the Working Groups for Neurobiology of Affective Disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Leipzig University Hospital; 5pm; Aachen University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics
Department Library, elevator A 5, 3rd floor, hall 11, room 1

July 9 and 11, 2015: Aachen Student Orchestra Concert; 7:30pm, Aula 1, Main Building, Templergraben 55

July 10, 2015: Talk: The Sacred Mountains of Nepal“, Dr. Damien Francois, 7pm, Generali Hall, SuperC

July 10, 17, and 18, 2015: Collegium Musicum Summer Concerts under the direction of Ernst von Marschall; 7:30pm, Aula 1, Main Building, Templergraben 55

July 14, 2015: Colloquium: Selected Aerospace Questions

July 17, 2015: "Patho“-Fete at the Patho pond behind the university hospital


Additional Alumni Service

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