April 2014, Issue 136


Alumni News

One Man and His Car

Many dream of their own sports car. Johannes Peter Paulussen fulfilled this dream himself and built his own sports care, the "Paulussen Beradino", during his mechanical engineering studies. You can read more about it in the current issue No. 56 of the RWTH alumni magazine keep in touch, which is available again as an interactive e-magazine for iPads and Android tablet PCs and contains a full photo gallery for this article.

Alumni Excursion to the DLR

"It's a bit tight in here afterall," thought one or two alumni during the visit to the inside of the Columbus space lab - the European Space Agency's life-size training model and located in the European Astronaut Training Center. Many RWTH alumni from the Cologne-Bonn region were able to visit the model during an exciting tour through the German Aerospace Center or DLR in Cologne-Porz. During the tour they received information about the research fields and testing facilities at the DLR's largest location in Germany and insight into current research and development work. This includes research work at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, which is a collaborative partner in many projects with the Chair of Aviation Medicine at Aachen University Hospital.

Greek-Turkish Alumni Get Together

After the last Greek-Turkish alumni meeting in 2010 in Thessalonica, the next get-together for Greek and Turkish RWTH graduates will take place on May 16 and 17, 2014, in Aachen. Other RWTH alumni who would like to participate are also welcome.

Additional information and program

Registration for the Lousberglauf 2014!

The Lousberglauf is taking place again on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. It begins at 7pm. As in previous years, the Alumni Team offers all graduates interested in running the opportunity to participate with the usual service. Interested alumni can register till May 26, 2014, via email to Be sure to include your personal running time for the Lousberg route.

Two important notes:

  • Late registrations cannot be accepted due to organizational reasons.
  • By registering, each participant confirms that they are in good health. The University Sports Center will not conduct a medical exam! We recommend that all participants actively train and prepare!

Goal or Not? Goal Control Goal Line Technology

When the football world chamipionship begins on June 12 in Brazil, technology from the Aachen region will be present. With he system "Goal Control" from the company of the same name in Würselen, goal line technology will be used for the first time at a football world championship. It provides information about whether or not the ball crossed the goal line. Dirk Broichhause, RWTH alumnus and executive director at Goal Control, will be presenting the system at an event hosted by the RWTHextern Citizens' Forum and the Alumni Team on May 20, 7pm, in the Generali Hall of the SuperC. He will also be participating in a discussion round moderated by Christoph Pauli, Sports Editor of the Aachener Zeitungsverlag. Reiner Plaßhenrich, co-coach and former player for Aachener Alemannia, will also be partcipating in the discussion.

RWTH Alumni Get Together in Berlin with a Visit to the Mies van der Rohe House

We are particularly happy that there will once again be a RWTH alumni get together in Berlin this year! This year's get together includes a visit to the Mies van der Rohe House, also known as Haus Lemke. We invite you to attend on Friday, June 13, 2014! Under the experienced guidance of Dr. Wita Noack from the Mies van der Rohe Haus, there will be an introduction to the work and creativity of the well-known architect as well as a tour through the house and garden. We will also be given a glance at the newest exhibition in the house – "Mies van der Rohe“ object collection of the established artist Gerold Miller, who lives in Berlin. Afterwards we can look forward to an informal get together at a nearby beer garden to casually discuss with former RWTH'ers and make new contacts - use the opportunity to meet alumni in your region and network!

Here is the report.


Alumni Spotlight

Professor Poprawe Receives Honorary Professorship in Beijing

RWTH Aachen and Tsinghua University Beijing have maintained an intensive partnership for many years. Professor Dr. Reinhart Poprawe, Head of the Chair of Laser Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laster Technology ILT as well as Rector's Delegate for China, was recently named honory professor in Beijing. Prof. Dr. Yuan Si, Vice-Rector at Tsinghua University presented the honor.

Additional information available in the press release

New Members of the National Academy of Science and Engineering

RWTH Professors Dirk Abel and Wolfgang Kaysser have been appointed new members of the National Academy of Science and Engineering. The National Academy or acatech advises political and social policymakers about future technologies and innovation. It represents Germany’s scientific and technology communities both nationally and abroad, supports knowledge transfer between academia and industry, and promotes young researchers in technology and engineering.

Additional information available in the press release

Recognition for Two RWTH Graduates

RWTH graduates Dr. Raimondas Sasnauskas and Hossein Shafagh received recognition for their final papers. They wrote their papers at the Chair of Computer Science 4, Communication and Distributed Systems, at RWTH Aachen under the direction of Professor Klaus Wehrle. The Communication and Distributed Systems department at the Gesellschaft für Informatik and the Informationstechnischen Gesellschaft des Verbands der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e.v., VDE for short, annually awards a prize for the best dissertation and best Master's thesis..

Additional information available in the press release

University Medal for Emma Saad

Emma Saad, the long-standing managing director fo the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, has been honored with the RWTH Aachen University Medal. Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg presented her with the honor for "particular services to the university".

Additional information available in the press release

Professorin Carmen Leicht-Scholten Visits Stanford University

Through the ERA Visitor Researcher Program "Theodore-von-Kármán-Fellowship“Professor Carmen Leicht-Scholten had the opportunity to present the research and teaching activities of Teaching and Research Area Gender and Diversity in Engineering, GDI for short, to the Faculty of Engineering at Stanford University. In her presentations she showed how gender and diverstiy aspects were integrated into the STEM subjects at RWTH Aachen and how they can be accordingly realized and implemented at Stanford University. The four-week stay paved the way for further collaborations and research projects between the GDI and Standford University.


Science & Business

RWTH and the City of Aachen Award Engineering Prize

Engineers are rising up to the challenges of the modern world: They deliver innovations and develop solutions for questions that are both economically and socially interesting. As an employee or founder of a new company they are indispensable for Germany as a place of innovation. Aachen, like no other city, represents the training of engineers from various disciplines along with RWTH. RWTH Rector, Ernst Schmachtenberg, and Mayor of the City of Aachen , Marcel Philipp, used this as an opportunity for a new honor: the Aachen Engineering Award.

RWTH Aachen Start-Up Wins the Largest Business Plan Competition Worldwide

Researchers from RWTH Aachen won the Rice Business Plan Competition, the largest and ‘richest’ graduate-level student startup competition worldwide, receiving approximately 500000 US dollars. Competing against 1200 applications from other aspiring entrepreneurs, the team from Medical Adhesive Revolution, together with 41 other teams, made it to the final round and was invited to present its business model at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA. There the finalists presented their business ideas in front of an audience of 800 and a jury of over 250 venture-capital and investor judges.

You can find additional information in the press release.

Aldenhoven Testing Center Officially Inaugurated

After a period of intense preparations, the Aldenhoven Testing Center of RWTH Aachen University GmbH, ATC for short, was officially unaugurated . The former site of the Emil Mayrisch mine is now being used for research and development in automotive engineering.

Haydn in the Original

A first-time collaboration between RWTH Aachen and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz makes it possible to experience the world of sound at the time of Haydn. What did Joseph Haydn's work sound like during his lifetime? Professor Wieslaw Woszczyk from McGill University, Canada, pianist Tom Beghin, and producer Martha de Francisco pursued the answer to this questions. Together they have presented one of the most unusual complete recordings of Haydn's work. Woszczyk is currently a visiting researcher at RWTH Aachen, funded by a Theodore von Kármán fellowship. In his lecture, he explains how the original listening experience of the time could be imitated.

Additional information available in the press release

Europe, Where to Go from Here?

The presentation series recapitulates the deciding forces and stages from the history of the European unification project. Particular emphasis is placed on the eastward expansion after the end of Communism. The speakers will also highlight the central aspects of the current state and offer contributions to cause study and diagnosis. Finally, the presentation series searches for ways to renew and continue the European project.

Additional information about the event series and dates

Philosophers on Human Rights and Immorality

The "Philosophy Colloquium" event series, hosted by the RWTH Aachen Institute of Philosophy, has started again. Scholars from European universities and RWTH Aachen wil speaker about the "Borders of Reality," "Time Travels – Reality and Fiction," and the "Intercultural Pluralism of Human Rights" and will discuss the question, whether we can marvel at immorality. All interested individuals are welcome to attend.

Additional Information and Program

Aachen Team Wins RoboCup Logistics League

The "Carologistics" succeded in the final of the RoboCup Logistics League in Magdeburg: the joint team of RWTH and FH Aachen beat the reigning world champion, TU Munich's "BendingUnits," 81-40.

You can find additional information in the press release.

13th Career Day Family Businesses | Engineering Lab + Wild Cards RWTH Alumni

Information about innovative projects and technologies ofglobally leading familiy businesses in the "Engineering Lab" at the 13th Career Day Family Business on June 27, 2014 at PERI GmbH in Weißenhorn bei Ulm. Speak with leading engineerings from departments and discuss thoughts about high-tech made in Germany. RWTH Aachen alumni receive a wild card, meaning you do not have to go through the official application process, but rather are directly admitted! Please make a note of this in the application form. Spaces are limited. The application deadline is May 12, 2014.

You can find additional information on the page Karrieretag-Familienunternehmen.

Master’s College – New Program Helps International Students with Beginning Studies

Together with the RWTH Aachen Department of Physics, RWTH International Academy has developed an innovative program to accompany studies, the Master's College, which helps international students to have successful studies. The primary goal is to optimally prepare international students for Master's studies at RWTH Aachen. Six-week long bridge courses are thus offered before studies. Students also receive technical integration through lab practicals, support aids, and a mentoring program with professors. The program is rounded out by comprehensive extracurricular advising, accompaniment, and supervision for students. The Master's College is looking for interested donors, who would like to support the project.

Additional Information:
Julia Anton, Tel. +49 241 80-23544,




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.


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