October 2015, Issue 154


Alumni News

"Alumni-Lounge" at RWTH Science Night

The first issue of the RWTH alumni magazine "keep in touch“ was published in1985. That was already 30 years ago. A photo exibit with selected titles and pictures illustrates the magazine's development. The "alumni lounge," created specifically for this purpose, in the foyer of Kármán Auditorium also serves as a meeting place for alumni and the interested public.

RWTH Gala Ball 2015

RWTH Aachen's Gala Ball is an elegant evening, where 800 guests in their finest evening wear dance across the parquet of Eurogress' Europasaal. The ball is the best opportunity to students, employees, alumni, and guests of RWTH Aachen enthusiastic about dance to show their abilities.

Alumni outside of Aachen, who are not able to buy their tickets at the advance sales locations, are able to order tickets online. Please note that a password is required to register. You can request the password from the alumni team at or +49 241-8095585.


Alumni Spotlight

RWTH Professor in Academia Europaea

Professor Leif Kobbelt from the Chair of Computer Graphics, Computer Science at RWTH Aachen has been elected into Academia Europaea. Academia Europaea is one of the most prestigious European academies for researchers from all disciplines who are leaders in their respective fields. The goal of the Academia Europaea is to inform the public about current scientific topics and trends and to provide European research institutions and governments with independent advice on scientific issues.

Jochen M. Schneider Appointed Max Planck Fellow

Professor Jochen M. Schneider, Chair of Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, has been appointed Fellow of the Max Planck Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) in Düsseldorf. Starting from October 2015, he will lead a research group developing self-reporting materials.

Distinction for Professor Hans-Hermann Bock

The International Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS) awarded Professor Hans-Hermann Bock the Medal for Outstanding Research Achievements in Bologna. Professor Bock worked at the RWHT Aachen Applied Statistics Teaching and Research Area from 1978 to 1999 and was Chair of Statistics and Commercial Mathematics from 1999 to 2005. Bock received the award for his significant contributions in the field of cluster analysis and his efforts for establishing classification societies.

Otto Junker Prize for Outstanding Academic Performance

RWTH graduate Melchior Moos, Stefanie Dargel, Monika Kasprzak, and Johannes Sieg received the Otto Junker Prize for Outstanding Academic Performance. The Otto Junger Foundation was founded in 1970 by Dr.-Ing. E.h. Otto Junker and is one of largest individual donors of the University. Every year the Otto Junker Prize is awarded to students from the RWTH Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the Division of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering.

RWTH Doctoral Candidate Wins 2015 Logistics Masters

RWTH doctoral candidate Jan Brinker has won the 2015 Logistics Masters competition. The 29-year old industrial engineer beat the competition of about 1,600 participants from over 160 German-speaking higher education institutions. Brinker, who is completing his doctorate at RWTH and came in second place last year, will receive prize money of 6,000 Euros, awarded by the logistics company Dachser and the specialist journal VerkehrsRundschau.

Association of Friends of ika Honors Best Theses

At the opening of the 24th Aachen Colloquium of Automotive and Engine Technology the best Bachelor's and Master's theses from the Institute of Autmotive Engineering at RWTH Aachen University were honored by the ika-Freundeskreis. The award for best Master's thesis and 1,000 Euros were given to Alexander Kirmas for his thesis "Effizienzsteigerung durch intelligentes Thermomanagement eines Nutzfahrzeugs mit Brennstoffzellen-APU." Michael Linden was distinguished for his outstanding Bachelor's thesis on the topic "Automatisierung eines Prüfstands zur Bestimmung von Reifensteifigkeitseigenschaften“ with an award amounting to 500 Euros.


Continued Education & Career

Executive MBA of RWTH Aachen University

The EMBA Team invites you to attend an information event within the module Company Development & Strategic Management of EMBA 12 under the direction of Prof. Thomas Kittsteiner and Dr. Helmut Dinger. The event will take place on November 19, 2015, at 5pm at the RWTH Aachen Logistics Cluster. Experience Fabian Stöcker, Vice President and Head of Strategic Development of Schott AG, live as he speaks about "Change Management“.

RWTH Mini MBA - Management Expert Certificate Program

The "RWTH Mini MBA - Management Expert Certificate Program" has a unified approach and is composed of learning modules, in which a complex thema is examined in detail and practically tested. The learning content of the Mini MBA Program are based on the foundation of the content of the Executive MBA at RWTH Aachen. Relevant topics, motivated participants, and effective and modern learning methods ensure an exciting agenda and stimulating discussions. Register for our next Mini MBA on Strategic Management, which starts November 16, 2015.

Certificate Course "Business Planning - Professional Business Planning in Companies" Starting March 2016 at RWTH Aachen

Are you facing the challenge of tapping into new business potential, renewing existing structures, or realizing a business idea? A structured business plan helps you to analyze your company process and determine factors of success for company development that moves you forward. You will learn the necessary know how for turning a business idea into a business plan during the five-day certificate course Business Planning at RWTH Aachen (March 14 to 18, 2016). After successfully creating and presenting your business plan, you will receive the official certificate "Business Planning“ from RWTH Aachen.

Continuing education opportunities offered by the WZLforum


Science & Business

Nobel Prize in Physics for Measurements on Neutrinos

This year, the Noble Prize in physics was awarded to the particle physicists Takaaki Kajita (56) from Japan and Arthur McDonald (72) from Canada for proving that neutrinos have mass. Neutrinos are subatomic particles that have the ability to pass through matter with negligible interaction. Only vast detectors are able to measure neutrinos. Aachen researchers headed by Dr. Stefan Roth from the Chair of Experimental Physics IIIB contribute to the development of new technologies for particle measurements using the ND280 near detector.

How Intelligent Systems Are Changing the Workplace

Intelligent systems and increasing automation are leading to changes for employees in many fields within the textile industry. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF for short, is supporting the formation of a RWTH working group, which is investigating the interaction between social and technical innovations. The project is under the direction of Dr. Yves-Simon Gloy from the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) and will receive 2.5 million Euros over five years.

Hybrid Day 2015

At the beginning of October over 70 experts attended the ten-year anniversary of the Aachen professional congress Hybrid Day, which takes place every two years. Participants discussed current developments and trends in the field of alternative engines at the RWTH Aachen Institute of Automotive Engineering or ika. A central discussion point was the challenges of electromobility, particularly the continued development of battery and motor technology. A decisive factor for high market penetration is the reduction of the cost of materials and the automization of production processes.

Electromobility Lab Supports Automobile Supply Industry

The Electromobility Lab (eLab) on Campus Melaten has been completed after nine months of construction. 3,600 square meters offer space for offices, a hall for a battery abuse center or BAC, and a machine park. Over 60 experts from science and industry will work in the electromobility lab. "Scientists and industry partners are researching the entire process chain in the eLab from technology development to testing to prototype production and develop these further," said Professor Achim Kampker, head of the Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components, PEM of RWTH at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering at RWTH Aachen and head of the Center for Electromobility Production.

First Aachen "DenkfabrEthik"

Under the patronage of the mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philipp, the first Aachen DenkabrEthik will take place on November 30, 2015, at 5pm. This DenkfabrEthik offers a place for the open discussion of the ethic and social aspects of the integration of technology. Talks given by renowned experts will place priority on the sensitization and sharing of opinions of interested actors in science and industry and among users and the public. Within the framework of the kickoff event, Professor Dominik Groß (RWTH Aachen) and Dr. Constanze Kurz (Chaos Computer Club) will provide stimulating remarks on society and digital change. Please register by November 23, 2015, at www.tech4age.de.



October 26 to 11, 2015: Exhibit: A World in Transition

November 4 to 25, 2015: Exhibit: Sabbioneta – An Ideal City During the Renaissance

November 7, 2015: Understanding Physics: Modern Optics – New Possibilities Resulting from Materials from Nano Components with Professor Thomas Taubner and Professor Gero von Plessen, Ist Institute of Physics A

November 11 and 12, 2015: 15th International Colloquium "Tool Construction with a Future" and Award Ceremony "Tool Construction of the Year 2015"

November 12, 2015: Uni at City Hall: Energy Transition – On the right path? - Panel Discussion

November 19 and 20, 2015: 50th Aachen Building Materials Day

November 20, 2015: Aachen Pedagogy Day 2015

November 24, 2015: JARA-FAME: Searching for Antimatter Professor Henning Gast, Chair of Experimental Physics I B and Institute of Physics I, Junior Professor of Experimental Astroparticle Physics, and
Professor Andreas Lehrach, Institute of Nuclear Physics IKP-4, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Natural Sciences

November 26 and 27, 2015: 9th Aachen-Dresden Textile Conference 2015

November 28, 2015: RWTH Gala Ball

November 30, 2015: Engine Technology Seminar WS 2015/2016: Answers to the Planned Emission Level V from Haus DEUTZ Dr. Ing. Markus Schwaderlapp, DEITZ AG, Köln


Additional Alumni Service

Alumn Magazine "keep in touch" also available as e-magazine for tablets

The "keep in touch“ is now also available as an interactive e-magazine for iPads and Android tablets. Download it for free in the Apple Store and Google PlayStore.


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Editor: Dietrich Hunold
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