November 2013, Issue 131


Alumni News

Important Information for Alumni with RWTH Email Accounts!

The Center for Computing and Communication or RZ reminds everyone that all RWTH email accounts that end with or, will be moved to a new system starting in January 2014. Please be aware that you will not have access to your email account for a brief period during this switch.

The duration of the technical transfer, which depends on the size of the account, will be a matter of minutes. You will have to reset your password for the RWTH service through the user administration after the transfer.

Local software for reading emails such as Outlook or Thunderbird will be need to be reconfigured for further use after the transfer.

The Center for Computing and Communication Service Desk offers detailed information. Please contact the staff there if you have questions. You can reach them Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6pm by telephone or .

Alumni Get-Together in Boston

Mirela Dragan, a RWTH Alumna currently living in the U.S., has suggested organizing a get-together of RWTH Alumni in Boston, hence I am sending this invite to all of you. You are warmly welcome to attend this informal get-together on Tuesday, December 3rd 2013 at 6pm at Legal Seafood, Copley Place, 100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116.

Mirela is looking forward to meet you there. Please confirm your participation to and add your current contact details.

Aachen-Istanbul RWTH Alumni Association Founded

The partnership association Aachen-Sariyer/Istanbul was founded in February, and in July the youngest city partnership was sealed with a certificate in the Coronation Hall by Aachen's mayor, Marcel Philipp, and Şücrü Genҫ, Mayor of Sariyer. Philippp travelled with a delegation in October to the district capital in the northern part of Istanbul on the European side. As a part of this visit, the RWTH alumni association Aachen-Istanbul was founded during an alumni get-together. The chair is Dr. Okan Akin, who has been an academic staff member at RWTH Aachen for many many years.

Numerous RWTH Alumni at Get Together in Shanghai

A visit from a delegation from Aachen in Ningbo and Shanghai was also cause for a RWTH Aachen and FH Aachen alumni getogether in China. More than 70 alumni came together at the Conference Center of Knowledge and Information Community KIC in Shanghai. There they listened to Professor Marcus Baumann, Rector of FH Aachen, and Professor Reinhart Poprawe, RWTH Aachen Rectorate's Delegate for China and Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, talk about current developments and projects at both Aachen universities. In addition to both university representatives, there were also representatives from the City of Aachen, the Industrie- und Handelskammer Aachen, Edgewave GmbH, and AGIT mbh.

First Graduates from the Logistics Master Course of Study at Haus der Technik

The graduation celebration for the first graduates from the Master of Science in Logistics at Haus der Technik in Essen recently took place. The Dean of the School of Business and Economics, Professor Oliver Lorz, attended the celebration. Ten graduations acquired this degree while also working. The Master of Science in Logistics is offered by RWTH Aachen in collaboration with Haus der Technik in Essen. Students come from all over Germany and neighboring countries to Essen for multiple weekends each year to acquire the Master's degree.

RWTH Survey for Graduates from the Class of 2012

How satisfied are graduates with their studies at RWTH Aachen? How good are their prospects in the job market? IN order to get answers to thse questions and more about studies and beginning a career, RWTH Aachen is participating in the national graduate survey of INCHER Kassel. The current survey period just began. All graduates from class of 2012 are being survey, who received their degree in winter semester 2011/2012 or summer semester 2012. As a graduate of this year, you will receive an invitation to participate in the coming weeks. The survey can also be filled out online.


Alumni Spotlight

Stifterverband Fellowship for Professor Daniel Schilberg

Teaching in Cyberspace

One of the fellowships for innovations in university teaching offered by the Joachim Herz Stiftung and Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft has been awarded to Professor Daniel Schilberg from the Chair of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering at the Center for Learning and Knowledge Management. With his development project Pump it up! online game for computer science in mechanical engineering as an example of the production of pump adapter tubes, he garnered the enthusiasm for the expert jury made up of representatives from university pedagogues and students, and was selected for one of the five fellowships nationwide.

Honor Professor Frank Schneider

RWTH Professor Frank Schneider, Director of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics at University Hospital Aachen, and Sigrid Falkenstein from Berlin have received the research award for their work on the role of doctors during National Socialism. Both received the prize, awarded by the Federal Ministry of Health, the German Medical Association, and the Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung, for the book Annas Spuren - Ein Opfer der NS-Euthanasie. The book follows the traces of Sigrid Falkenstein's aunt, who was murdered as part of the national socialism euthanasia program.


Science & Business

Programmed Nanoparticles Organize Highly Complex Structures

Animal and plant cells are prominent examples of how nature constructs larger units in a targeted, pre-programmed manner using smaller elements as building blocks. Nanotechnology researchers take their cue from this 'bottom-up' approach by exploiting the ability of suitably structured nano materials to 'self-assemble' into higher-order architectures. A research group with Dr. Andreas Walther from DWI Interactive Materials Research at RWTH Aachen, Professor Dr. Axel Müller of the University of Bayreuth (now at Mainz University), as well as researchers from the universities of Jena and Helsinki have published a paper in the prestigious scientific journal “Nature” describing a new principle for the self-assembly of patterned nanoparticles.

2013 Computer Science Day

The Tag der Informatik, TdI for short, 2013, will take place on December 6, 2013 at the Computer Science Center, Ahornstraße 55, statt, and will include the introduction of new professors and a presentation by Professor Alan Dix, a specialist for human computer interaction. The day will end with a ceremony for graduates and a dinner and party.

2013 Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Day

This year RWTH Aachen Faculty 6 will once again hold the traditional Tag der Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, on December 13, 2013, in Aula 2, Ahornstraße 55, 52074 Aachen. The public faculty meeting will take place in the morning, during which the faculty will be presented along with its developments and technical presentations from current research fields. The afternoon is dedicated to graduates from the academic year and their celebration. Awards for outstanding academic achievements and theses will also be awarded.

bonding Firmenkontaktmesse 2013

It's that time again: The 26th Firmenkontaktmesse is approaching. Over 330 companies expected young talent and new professionals during the three day fair from December 2 to 4, 2013. Whether internships, placements for final projects and theses, or job offers for graduates- there is something for everyone! bonding offers multiple events and trainings such as an assessment center training and a business etiquette seminar for students to prepare before the fair.

Advising Days for School Students and Prospective Students at RWTH Aachen

Do you already know what you want to study? With this motto, RWTH Aachen presents its courses of study and the framework conditions of studies, to support school students and perspective students with their professional orientation. Visitors can get information in presentations about the courses of study and relevant information during the mornings of January 28, 29, and 30, 2014. There will also be representatives from the departments available for individual conversations. A comprehensive program in the afternoon will be offered including sample lectures, technical presentations, institute visits, and discovery tours around the campus center.



December 3, 2013: Alumni Get-Together in Boston at Legal Seafood, 6pm. Registration via

December 6, 2013: 8th Aachen Surface Colloquium

December 6, 2013: Tag der Informatik

December 12, 2013, 7pm: Presentation 1793 – 2013 | 220 Jahre Revolutionskalender; Dr. Wolf Steinsieck, Gartensaal of the Deutsch-Französischen Kulturinstituts, Theaterstraße 67

December 12, 2013: Eis Hockey Uni-Cup

Decmeber 13, 2013: Tag der Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik

till December 13, 2013: Art of Science – Beauty in Creation, Exihibtion by the artist and physicist, Dr. Michael Hoch in the foyer of the lecture building Professor-Pirlet-Straße 12, Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm


keep in touch Alumni Magazine Available as E-magazine for Tablet PCs for the First Time

The keep in touch is now available as an interactive e-magazine for iPads and Android tablet PCs, starting with the past issue, Issue 55. The issue can be downloaded for free in the Apple Store and in the Google PlayStore.


The Alumni Newsletter is released once a month. The International Office, Fundraising, and Alumni publish the newsletter on behalf of the Rector. The contact person in the editorial office is Dietrich Hunold. Responsibility is assumed by Renate Kinny.