June 2017, Issue 174


Alumni News

RWTH Alumni Meeting in Munich

Another regular's table social gather for all RWTH alumni in Munich and surrounding areas will take place at the Parkcafé, Sophienstraße 7, 80333 Munich, on July 12, 2017. We are looking forward to a fun evening with many attendees. Please register by July 8, 2017.

WDR Editor-in-Chief Visits RWTH

Together with Spiegel editor-in-chief Klaus Brinkbäumer, she is the only journalist to have been allowed an interview with Barack Obama on his last trip to Germany as US President. RWTH alumna Sonia Seymour Mikich, born July 13, 1951 in Oxford and raised in London, is one of the most renowned reporters in all of Germany – and her professional career began in Aachen. She is a guest at a public lecture on July 12, 6pm in Aula 1 of the Main Building on Templergraben.


Alumni Spotlight

Wil van der Aalst to Become Humboldt Professor at RWTH

Starting January 1, 2018, Dutch professor Wil van der Aalst will be appointed professor at RWTH Aachen. The University attracted the computer science from Eindhoven University of Technology with a Alexander von Humboldt professorship. The 51 year-old Dutch computer scientist is an acknowledged expert in the fields of process mining, business process management, workflow management systems, and data science. One of the most widely cited researchers in his areas of expertise, Professor van der Aalst has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals, authored or edited 20 books, and contributed to 500 book publications and conference proceedings.


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.

Continuing education offers from WZLforum.


Science & Business

Spiderwebs Made of Nanofibers

Cribellate spiders are those, which in contrast to most other spiders, do not use glue on their threads but rather are capable of turning their silk into complex structures. This takes place by linking up to 40,000 nanofibers. The fiber is completely dry, yet still sticky. This ability to arrange nanofibers is unique both in the animal kingdom and in technical development processes. Within the framework of the project "Cribellate Spiders," the Developmental Animal Biology and Morphology working group at RWTH's Institute of Biology II (Zoology) collaborated with Johannes Kepler University Linz and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz to publish a study on the biological function of cribellate threads.

RWTH Interested in Purchasing Campus West Property

RWTH Aachen is interested in the acquisition of the Campus West property to further develop RWTH Aachen Campus. The NRW Construction and Real Estate Agency, BLB for short, supports this plan and is reviewing the sale of the property to RWTH. "The purchase of the property not only ensures the scientific purpose of Campus West long term but also enables maximum efficiency in the development of RWTH Aachen Campus," says RWTH Chancellor Manfred Nettekoven.



July 5 Lousberglauf
July 7

Blood Drive Dates in Couvenhalle

July 8 and 9

Collegium Musicum RWTH Choir and Orchestra Concert
Conductor: Ernst von Marschall

July 10 Medicine & Ethics: Ärztliche Empathie – Wir müssen reden!
July 12

At the Focus: What do you do? Sonia Seymour Mikich (WDR editor-in-chief and RWTH alumna)

July 12

RWTH Alumni Get Together in Munich

July 13 and 16

Aachener Studentenorchester e. V. Concert
Conductor: Reiner Schuhenn

July 15 3rd RWTH Motor Day
July 17 CHARLEMAGNE DISTINGUISHED LECTURE – Energy Transition - Opportunities for Systems Modelling and Optimization
July 19

Film Showing: Marie Curie

This is just a small selection of events. Further events in July 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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