May 2017, Issue 173


Alumni News

Burn Rubber! RWTH Alumni Visit ContiTech AG in Hamburg Harburg

This year's RWTH alumni get together in the north was held on April 21 in Hamburg-Harburg. The program included a tour of ContiTech AG, organized by alumnus Winfried Sturm. Alumnus Andreas Köhler and his colleagues warmly welcomed our 16-person group and talked about the entire company in great detail. The tour took us through the company's spaces, including the technical center The technical center is the core of the development department – here all of the prototypes for hose systems are made, tested, and optimized by hand. Out of more than 2000 products particular focus is placed on cable and wiring connections in automotive engineering. Every medium, whether gas, oil, water, air, urea, etc. necessitates different requirements and thus individual product properties. Our alumnus, Dr. Maximillian Schöngart, briefed the former Öchers about current developments at RWTH, as they only recently moved from the IKV to ContiTech AG. Traditionally the RWTH alumni get together ends with a meal at a restaurant. The group chatted over pizza and pasta, sharing memories of Aachen and ideas for the next get together in Hamburg.

Many thanks to Mr. Sturm and Mr. Köhler and his colleagues, who made the topic understandable and interesting for our lay participants.

Munich's RWTH Alumni are Pesuaded by "Tested Safety" at TÜV SÜD

Following their social in March, Munich's RWTH alumni recently visited another renowned company, namely TÜV SÜD in Garching. Professor Axel Stepken, TÜV- SÜD AG Chief Executive and RWTH graduate in electrical engineering was proud to personally greet the alumni and present his company to them.

The subsequent visits to TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH and TÜV SÜD Battery Testing GmbH offered the alumni glimpses into diverse the diverse activities and testing responsibility of TÜV. The social gathering at the “Neuwirth” in Garching at the conclusion of the event was another perfect opportunity for the alumni to chat with one another or have a conversation with Professor Axel Stepken. We are very grateful to him for his dedication and his presence, which made the visit to TÜV SÜD a special event for Munich's alumni group.

First Alumni Social in Karlsruhe

Let's see if we can't meet up with a couple of RWTH alumni in Karlsruhe. That was the alumni team's motto on the occasion of this year's annual conference of the “” parent organization in the Baden metropolis for inviting former graduates living there to attend a first meet-up.

On the eve of the conference, Dietrich Hunold from the alumni team was able to personally welcome 12 alumni at the “Carls Wirtshaus.” The RWTH alumni now living in Karlsruhe showed great interest in what has been happening at their alma mater. What is going on now with the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering, the WZL, after one of the machine halls was destroyed in a fire last year? How is the Campus Melaten coming along? Is the new lecture hall complex in operation? Two younger graduates still fondly remembered the Graduation Celebration at the Aachen Dressage Stadium with its great atmosphere. Needless to say, there was a lot to talk about. At the end, every one was on the same page that this meet-up should not just be a one-time event. Thus, a second meeting of RWTH alumni is already being planned for the coming fall.

Department of Computer Science Summer Fest

Alumni from the Department of Computer Science are welcome to attend this year's Computer Science Summer Fest, which will take place on Friday, June 23, at the Informatikzentrum per usual.

The fest begins at 12 noon with a career fair. The stage program, which includes an award ceremony, the diploma awarding ceremony, and speaker Professor Alex Smola (Amazon, Palo Alto), begins at 3:40pm in Aula 2. Please register via by June 18. You can find further information at


Alumni Spotlight

Professor Manfred Weck to Receive Aachen Engineering Award

For 31 years, he has been the director of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Thus, for decades, Professor Manfred Weck has decisively contributed to the development of machine tools. ”As RWTH Rector Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg explains, “in his research, he has investigated the mechanisms and functions of the machine tool down to its finest details.”

On Friday, September 8, 2017, to honor his life’s work, Manfred Weck will be presented with the Aachen Engineering Award in a celebration event in the Coronation Hall of Aachen City Hall. Professor Weck is the first RWTH alumnus to be honored with the Aachen Engineering Award.

Professor Lutz Eckstein Near Chair of VDI-FVT Starting 2018

The chair/advisory board of the Association of German Engineers VDI-FVT met on Friday, May 12, 2017 for its annual spring session at the VDI-Haus in Düsseldorf. One of the main agend items was the nomination of Professor Lutz Eckstein as new chair of the committee and thus the entire VDI-FVT. He will take office January 1, 2018.

Award for Dr. Tobias Beck

Dr. Tobias Beck from the RWTH Institute of Inorganic Chemistry was awarded with the 2017 Industrie-Club Science Award on May 3, 2017. The award is offered in conjunction with the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts and is awarded annually to young scientists for research that merits application in industrial manufacturing or in the optimization of manufacturing processes. The award is endowed with 20,000 euros.


Continued Education & Career

RWTH Alumni Job Portal Online

Companies have the opportunity to post job openings for management positions or employees with experience on our "Stellenportal RWTH Alumni." This platform is also specifically oriented towards alumni, as RWTH graduates, particularly those with experience, are greatly sought after in science, business, and industry. You can find interesting offers here. If you would like to publish a job posting, please contact or .

International Academy Offers: Reduced Participation Fees for Members of the RWTH Alumni Network

As a member of the RWTH Alumni Network you receive a discount for continuing education courses at RWTH International Academy. When booking a course of study, you receive a 10 percent discount, and for certificate courses and seminars at 15 percent discount. You can book your course with the discount by using your RWTH email address on the RWTH Weiterbildungsplattform. This discount cannot be combined with other offers from RWTH International Academy.

"RWTH Research Manager" - Extraoccupational Continuing Education at the RWTH Business School

The extraoccupational continuing education program "RWTH Research Manager" teaches you a broad spectrum of qualifying skills, including both research-related and management components. Over a total of six modules you will learn to successfully apply strategic management at research institutions, companies, or universities. You will gain an overview of the instruments and players in research funding, strategies in human resources management, external funding project controlling, methods of quality management and technology transfer, and the success factors of research marketing and strategic partner acquisition. Participation is open to junior researchers, who not only want to be experts in their field but increasingly want to acquire skills in management and leadership.

Improve the Product Life Cycle in Your Company!

How can environmental effects be considered during the entire life cycle and how can companies – taking all processes along the value added chain into account – be sustainably profitable? The continuing education course "Life Cycle Assessment" from September 4 to 8, 2017, will address these and other questions.

the infromation you gain can be used in practice for a comprehensive, ecological evaluation. In collaboration with the RWTH Aachen Chair of Technical Thermodynamics, LTT for short, the certificate course is being conducted under the scientific direction of Professor André Bardow. You can find detailed information and the registration on the RWTH Continuing Education Platform.

"Communication in Modern Production Systems" – Practical Expert Knowledge for the Fourth Revolution

RWTH International Academy gGmbH is collaborating with the Cybernetics Lab to offer an extraoccupational course for experienced technical experts and engineers, who would like to practically implement their professional experience and be trained in the field of cyber-physical systems.

The certificate course Communication in Modern Production Systems will take place September 4 to 8, 2017, under the scientific direction of Professor Tobias Meisen at RWTH Aachen.

Over five days you will become more familiar with the opportunities for digitalized and networked production as well as cover fundamental communication technologies in modern production facilities. This basic module can easily be combined with the continuing modules in Industry 4.0 and Intelligent Robotics, with which you can pursue expert training.

Continuing education offers from WZLforum


Science & Business

Designetz – What are the Tools Needed for Energy Transition?

Designetz is the name of the project slated to run for four years, which is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy within the framework of the SINTEG program, the so-called “Schaufenster intelligente Energie” - digital agenda for energy transition. In total, funds of 30 million euros are being made available for “Designetz.” 46 partners in research and development, energy economy, and industry want to develop an efficient, secure, and flexible overall system from various individual solutions for power production and supply. The Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics, IAEW, at RWTH, where Professor Dr.-Ing. Albert Moser is chair, will assume the direction of the scientific component of the work package. Their aim is to model and simulate the energy system of 2035.

DFG Grant Renewal for "Oxyflame"

The DFG Grant Committee has approved to extend the funding period of the SFB/Transregio “Oxyflame – Development of Methods and Models to Describe the Reaction of Solid Fuels in an Oxy-Fuel Atmosphere“ for another four-year period.

Knowledge of the Raw-Material Cycle

The RWTH Aachen Division of Mineral Resources and Raw Materials Engineering welcomed 15 pupils from the MINT-EC Network to the four-day MINT-EC camp "Sustainability in Resource Engineering – the Path from Extraction to Recycling." In collaboration with the Student Advice Centre and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering focus was placed on topics related to the raw material cycle.

When the Fan Breaks, Helps Comes via Smart Glasses

First the challenge was for the team to build the tallest free-standing tower out of 20 spaghetti noodles, a meter of tape, and a meter of string with a marshmallow as the top of the tower in 20 minutes. A targeted way to promote agility: try out ideas, and if successful, cultivate them. If not, toss them and try out the next idea. Then the 2ndTechathon at RWTH Aachen in collaboration with the BMW Group was three days long and focused on digitilization in production. Within the framework of the partnership between RWTH and the BMW Group, which began at the beginning of the year, 20 RWTH students, with the motto "data4us", developed strategies to solve problems that occur during production - or, even better, predict them so they don't even arise.

RWTH Receives 8.8 Million Euros for Two New Research Training Groups

The two Research Training Groups study the uncertainty of data and nonlinear partial differential equations. The German Research Foundation, DFG, has granted two of RWTH Aachen's proposals. The University will establish the research training groups "UnRAVeL – Uncertainty and Randomness in Algorithms, Verification, and Logic" and "Energy, Entropy, and Dissipative Dynamics" in October 2017. The purpose of a Research Training Group is to promote particularly qualified doctoral candidates in their research. RWTH will receive a total of 8.8 million euros in the next four and a half years.

Iranian Delegation Visited RWTH

There's a definite spirit of academic optimism in Iran as of late – Internationalisation is a core topic and Germany a welcome partner. According to the Iranian Deputy Minister for higher education policy, Professor Hossein Salar Amoli, Germany is even considered their number one choice as strategic partner. This is also the reason for his visit to RWTH Aachen University together with a delegation of sixteen representatives from Iran's leading Universities. Travel arrangements were made by the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD for short.



June 8, 2014 Lecture: HItler's Mein Kampf“ – A Critical Edition
June 9, 2017 Helmholtz Symposium Aachen 2017
June 9 and 11, 2017 Bläserphilharmonie Aachen e. V.
June 15 to 18, 2017 Annual Get Together for Alumni in North America
June 20 to 22, 2017 Aachener ERP Days 2017
June 22, 2017 Was ist eine wissenschaftliche Beobachtung? Epistemologische Bemerkungen zu Darwins Reise auf der Beagle
June 27, 2017 Uni iat City Hall: Zero Waste – Is it possible to live without a waste?
June 29, 2017 Music Lab: Summer Rhapsody

This is just a small selection of events. Further events in May as well as in the subsequent months can be found on the webpages of RWTH Aachen, of the city of Aachen (de) and at Aachen Congress (de).


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