August 2017, Issue 176


Alumni News

First Alumni Meetup in Erlangen

The first ever RWTH alumni meetup for those RWTH alumni now living in the wider Nürnberg-Erlangen area will take place on October 18, 2017 at 6pm at the Kitzmann Bräuschänke in Erlangen. The number of participants is limited to 25 individuals for now, so those of you who are interested in attending should contact us as soon as possible via E-mail at .

RWTH Alumni Topic of Interest Event in Munich

The act of selling has had a bad reputation in our culture for centuries.

Do you find that you have to constantly present your achievements in the proper light in order to convince colleagues and customers of your expertise, your services and your products even in your role as expert in your profession?

In a 45 minute long presentation on the topic of “Sales” on October 11 at 6pm at the Marktstüberl at Restaurant Laurin, located right at the Viktualienmarkt at Heiliggeiststraße 6, 80331 München, RWTH alumna Stefanie Marek will explore together with Christiane Jung where the bad image in our society comes from and they will furthermore offer alternative ways to sell services or products. The opportunity to subsequently exchange experiences during dinner will also allow you to take a new look at the topic of sales – making the experience of selling more gratifying while also giving you a sense of quality. This event is aimed at those who are interested in the topic of sales in their capacity as professional experts, but also at experienced salespersons who are simply grateful for new ideas. Please commit to attending by September 15, 2017 via our online application form. The number of participants is limited to 20 individuals.

Looking back at Lousberglauf 2017: Results Achieved by Alumni

The winners from among the group of alumni who participated in this year's Lousberglauf in July were counted as favorites from the start. Helge Heers has regularly been placing in the top spots among the Alumni runners for years. This year he again managed to clinch the men's competition with his time of 20:07 minutes. Second among the alumni men was Ernst Wawra, while Kevin Schulte reached third place. Anne-Therese Körtgen dominated the women's alumni competition with 24:10 minutes, while Anke Seifert and Charlotte Stashik followed in second and third place. This was the 16th time already for a runner's team comprised of RWTH alumni to participate in this cult run in Aachen. The lists of results provide detailed information for specific runners.


Alumni Spotlight

Mathematical Formula for Success

“In both sports and science, competition is essential for one's personal development, whether in the form of a good opponent during a match or an excellent scientific partner in a joint project, explained Professor Wolfgang Dahmen vom Lehrstuhl für Mathematik. The mathematician was honored for his professional activities during an international conference hosted by the AICES graduate school, Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science. "At RWTH I was lucky to meet impressive researchers in other disciplines. My theoretical fundamental research particularly profited from numerous collaborations with colleagues from engineering and the natural sciences – and vice versa,“ says Dahmen, reflecting on his time in Aachen. He will move to the USA to continue his research after his retirement from RWTH.


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.

MOOCs offered by RWTH on edX Online Learning Platform

Massive Open Online Courses, MOOCs for short, are becoming an increasingly important part of university teaching. For two years now, RWTH Aachen has been partnering with the MOOC-platform edX, originally founded by MIT and Harvard. Interested individuals from all over the world may take the courses offered by RWTH in a variety of different topics completely free of charge also having the opportunity to receive a certificate at the end, albeit at a cost. This year, the first RWTH MicroMaster also went online, namely on the topic of „Managing Technology & Innovation: How to deal with disruptive change.“ Other courses are also being planned.

20. Karrieretag Familienunternehmen – Secure your Wild Card now

On November 10, 2017, the next Karrieretag Familienunternehmen will take place at Schüco International KG in Bielefeld. This anual event is being hosted by owners and top decision-makers of Germany's leading family businesses, such as Hilti, Miele or Storck, and receives support by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Graduates and young professionals from all fields, but especially engineering and industrial engineering are invited to attend. RWTH Aachen alumni receive a wild card, meaning they do not have to go through the official application process, but rather are directly admitted. Make sure to include the keywords Wildcard RWTH Aachen in the application form under "Wie haben Sie von der Veranstaltung erfahren?.“ The application deadline is September 25, 2017.

Continuing education offers from WZLforum.


Science & Business

The World's Thinnest Material

Graphene, a two-dimensional layer of carbon atoms, is characterized by a number of unique electronic, optical and mechanical properties. It is highly flexible while being mechanically extremely stable. Optically transparent, it is capable of conducting electric current better than any other material. The newly established Aachen Graphene & 2D Materials Center, a joint research center between RWTH and AMO GmbH, brings together the activities of several working groups in the areas of physics, materials science, and electrical engineering. It seeks to facilitate the quick transfer from fundamental research into applications.

Digitalization in Mining

The RWTH Institute of Advanced Mining Technologies, AMT for short, receives 1.3 million euros in funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 program for its SIMS project. SIMS is the first mining demonstrator project at RWTH Aachen to receive external funding. The aim of SIMS, which stands for Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems, is to demonstrate the functionality of technologies which are soon to be introduced to the mining market. Furthermore, its responsibilities include communication between the mining sector and the general population, which is to result in a so-called “social license to operate.” The idea is to promote a better understanding of mining and its necessity in the general public.

What's Next on the Energy Transition Agenda?

It has been six years already since the disaster in Fukushima shook the world and Germany subsequently decided to initiate a nuclear phase-out. Within the next five years, the last nuclear power plants will have been taken off the grid. Renewable energy sources already had a share of just under 32 percent in electricity generation in 2016 and have thus become the most important primary energy carrier in the electricity sector. The foreseeable challenges of power generation are increasingly being discussed and remain controversial: How can a safe operation of the transmission and distribution networks be guaranteed in the future? How can renewable energy sources and flexible consumers be better integrated into markets and networks? What is the role of digitalisation and sectoral coupling? The FGE conference on September 28 and 29, 2017, at the Quellenhof in Aachen, adresses precisely these questions. Expert representatives from state authorities, energy industry and science will give their individual take on these topics and will likely stimulate a lively discussion among conference attendees.

Funding Priority Workshop – Tools and Applications for Innovative Operational Competence Management

A total of 31 joint projects nationwide are researching the topic of “Operational Competence Management in Times of Demographic Change” with a diverse group of partners in industry. The objective of the Funding Priority Workshop at RWTH Aachen University (de) is to inform participants about the approaches, methods, and central results of the funding priority and to allow industry representatives to discuss with one another. Furthermore, the event should help intensify networks between research institutions and industry representatives and practitioners and thus to guide the transfer of research results into real practice. On the first day of the event, on October 4, central results of the funding priority will be presented in talks. The second day, October 5, is dedicated to practice.



4. September Panel discussion “In Focus: The Language of Politicians in Times of Election Campaigns”
14.-17. September

Aachen SeptemberSpecial 2017(de)

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