Alumni Magazine "keep in touch"


Issue 72, Winter Semester 2021/2022

"CO2 has become a currency."

By 2045, Germany is to become climate-neutral - this means that no more greenhouse gases are to be released into the atmosphere that are not compensated for elsewhere. This is a very big challenge for the steel industry in particular, but as Martina Merz, CEO of thyssenkrupp AG, said in an interview with stern a few months ago: "There is no alternative to the green transformation." The company has embarked on a long journey with numerous necessary changes and innovations. The Metallurgy Center of Excellence plays an important role in technological development at thyssenkrupp. Its head, Dr. Matthias Weinberg, studied metallurgy and materials technology at RWTH Aachen University from 1987 to 1997 and has now been given what he refers to as a "fantastic task." In the interview in the new issue of "keep in touch", he describes the work and challenges that he has to successfully master with a team of around 120 employees. Of course, the academic training and good contacts to RWTH also come into play. When Dr. Weinberg goes on business trips to China, Brazil or other European countries, it is not unusual for him to meet former fellow students who also studied metallurgy at RWTH.

Further Topics

  • Spectrum: An Invitation to Discourse - The Anniversary Exhibition. 150 Years of RWTH in the City Museum Centre Charlemagne
  • Science & Economy: Raising Awareness of Heavy Rainfall Events - The 2021 Flood - Observations and Experience
  • Life in Aachen: For a World Worth Living in for Future Generations - Signing of the "Circular Cities Declaration"

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