June 2014, Issue 138


Alumni News

New Issue No. 57 of “keep in touch”

The new issue of the alumni magazine for the summer semester is now avaiable. On the cover: Naoyoshi Yoneyama, RWTH graduate of Master's of European Studies or M.E.S., who as worked at the Japense General Consulate in Düsseldorf as Vice-Counsel and Department Head since August. In an interview in the new issue of the alumni magazine "keep in touch“, he discusses his relationship with Germany, which began in his childhood, and his current professional activities. Furthermore, the new "keep in touch" once again offers a broad spectrum of topics and announcements, for example on the current football World Cup, which is using goal line technology for the first time. This assists referees in uncertain cases in determining if the ball was in the goal or not. FIFA is using the system GoalControl-4D from the company GoalControl in Würselen, founded by employees at PIxargus, a spinoff of RWTH Aachen. The digital tablet version of the magazine shows a video of how the goal line technology works.

10th Annual Get Together of RWTH Alumni in North America

In May 2014, North American RWTH alumni came together for what was their 10th annual get together, this time in El Paso, Texas. Participants from Canada, Germany, and eight US states came to this year's meeting. RWTH Rector's Delegate for Alumni, Professor Peter Russell, also attended. The program included a reception with Dr. Diana Natalicio, President of the University of Texas at El Paso, UTEP, a tour of Fort Bliss, and a visit to the training center for fighter pilots in the German Air Force on Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM.

Berlin Alumni Visit Mies-van-der-Rohe-Haus

Under the expert direction of Dr. Wita Noack from the Nies van der Rohe house, a group of RWTH alumni visited the Berlin house, also known as Villa Lemke, a main attraction for fans of Mies van der Rohe's architecture.

The architect designed the house in the 1930s for the manufacturer couple Lemke before he immigrated to the USA. Aside from a tour of the house, designed in a Bauhaus style, and the stately gardens, the group was given an exclusive look at the newest exhibition in the house – the Mies van der Rohe object collection of the internationally established artist Gerold Miller, who lives in Berlin.

10 Years of the "Freunde der Medizinstudierendenschaft Aachen e.V."

The FdMSA will celebrate its tenth anniversary on July 19: The plenary assembly will take place at 12 noon in the Spiegelsaal of the University Hospital. FdMSA members are meeting at the Elisenbrunnen at 4pm for a city tour, before celebrating the tenth anniversary at Opera, Theaterplatz 7, at 7pm.

Freunde der Medizinstudierendenschaft Aachen e.V.

VDI Memberships 3 Months Free of Charge – be quick, it's worth it!

The Association of German Engineers VDI is offering all RWTH Aachen alumni an exclusive opportunity, to get to know the advantages of a membership for three months free of charge. Aside from numerous opportunities for exchanging experiences and "priceless" contacts in this leading engineering network, VDI members can take advantage of a number of perks, such as: personal career and professional advising with a salary and application check, VDI news for free every Friday (digital or print), free subscription to a selected professional journal, discounted and partially free participation in over 6000 seminars, courses, and workshops. Being quick is worth it: the first ten members to test out the service will receive a black-red-gold football.


Alumni Spotlight

Birthday Colloquium for Professor Klaus Möller

A celebratory colloquium on high voltage technology took place on May 28, 2014, at the IFHT on the occassion of Professor Klaus Möller's 80th birthday. Professor Möller, predecessor of Professor Armin Schnettler, was Director of the RWTH Institute of High Voltage Technology from 1973 to 2001. The 150 guests, including over 60 doctoral candidates, enoyed a short program with technical presentations on energy transition and personal reflections of former academic staff.

Talented junior scientists were at the focus of the event. The HTG Prize, an award endowed with 1000 Euros by the Hochspannungstechnischen Gesellschaft an der RWTH Aachen e.V., the IFHT alumni association, was awarded for the third time. The 2014 award winners are Andre Breidenbach, Mario Bechmann, and Christoph Müller.

Research Award for Speech Therapist

Nina Jacobs, a graduate of the Master's course of study Teaching and Research Logopedics, has been honored with the Research Award of the Deutscher Bundesverband für Logopädie in Berlin. Her Master's thesis "CIAT-COLLOC NK, a Therapy Program for Improving Word Retrieval from Nomina-Komposita in Group vs. Individual Therapeutic Settings", with which she completed her studies at RWTH Aachen in 2013, left an impression.

RWTH Professor Elected Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts

During its annual celebration, the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts welcomed Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. med. Steffen Leonhardt, holder of the Philips Chair of Medical Information Technology at the Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Technology at RWTH, as a new member

You can find additional information in the press release.

2013 Willy Hager Prize Awarded to Claudia Niewersch

Dr. Claudia Niewersch left a lasting impression on the jury from the Water Chemistry Society with her dissertation on retrieval possibilities for phosphorus: the former academic employee of the RWTH Chair of Chemical Process Engineering received the 2013 Willy Hager Prize for her work.

You can find additional information in the press release.

In the Academic Advisory Council of the German Historical Institute in Paris

Professor Harald Müller, Chair of Medieval History, has been appointed to the Academic Advisory Council of the German Historical Institute Paris, DHIP.

You can find additional information in the press release.


Science & Business

RWTH Aachen Once Again Receives Top Grades from Industry

Wirtschaftswoche's university ranking from June 23, 2014, once again certified RWTH Aachen's top reputation among German companies. Every year the Wirtschaftswoche surveys around 500 human resources representatives from large and medium-sized German companies, asking which universities the best trained graduates come from. The survey places particular emphasis on practical-orientation. RWTH Aachen maintains the top position among German universities in the fields electrical engineering and natural science. In computer science, mechanical engineering, and industrial engineering RWTH Aachen received second place.

New Insights into Crystallography

With the help of POLI, a single-crystal diffractometer developed by RWTH Aachen and jointly operated with Forschungszentrum Jülich, Dr. Vladimir Hutanu succeeded in measuring the magnetic parameters of the multiferroic compound Ba2CoGe2O7 by using a new method. The investigations conducted at the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Zentrum in Garching led to valuable results which are expected to contribute to the development of novel data storage solutions.

Read more in the press release

BCT Software Joins RWTH

"The signatures on the cooperative agreement indicate the beginning of a new era," states BCT Germany Executive Manager Eva Bischoff, enthusiastic about the future collaboration with various companies and research institutions in the Logistics Cluster on RWTH Aachen Campus. And for good reason:The joining of the software and service company, which develops solutions for users from mid-sized companies, international enterprises, and public institutions, is very promising.

You can find more information and pictures in the BCT announcement.

The Next Generation of Electrically Powered Delivery Vehicles

The EU project DELIVER recently presented its drivable prototype of a fully electric delivery vehicle at the FISITA World Automotive Congree in Dutch Maastricht. The goal of DELIVER, a European joint project started in November 2011, was to reduce the environmental burden in cities by 40 percent through the development of a concept for electrically powered delivery vehicles in innercity delivery traffic. The project result is a lightweight commercial vehicle with an admissable total weight of 2200 kilograms and maximum loading capacity of 700 kilograms, many innovative extras for the driver, and 18 percent additional charge capacity compared to current delivery vehicles with the same wheel base.

You can find additional information in the press release from the RWTH Aachen Institute of Automotive Engineering (pdf)

Continuing Education Opportunities from RWTH International Academy:

Certificate Course “Design for Six Sigma Green Belt”

As a method of proactive quality management Design for Six Sigma enables quality managers and project heads to develop redesigned or new products, services, and processes to gain new markets and increase margins. In collaboration with the Research Area of Metrology and Quality Management at the RWTH Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering, RWTH International Academy is offering the certificate course "Design for Six Sigma Green Belt" September 16 to 19, and November 4 to 7, 2014.

Additional information and registration

RWTH Certificate Course “Industrial B2B Marketing“

The certificate course is oriented towards professionals and managers, who work in marketing or sales for companies in the B2B sector, and who would like a solid foundation of knowledge about current concepts, methods, and tools for market-related strategy findings. This course is also ideal for individuals who work in controlling or production planning as providers within the company of important information regarding the development of such strategies.

Additional information and registration

Aachen at the Beginning of the War in 1914

How did Aacheners experience the beginning of the war in 1914? Was this city a stage for nationalistically blinded enthusiasm for the war or did fright and skepticism shape the mood? The exhibition Shock – Fear – Euphoria provides answers. Exhibits are displayed that reflect everyday life in Aachen in the summer of 1914 and a glance at the relationship between military, technical university, and civil society. The exhibition, a collaboration between the RWTHextern Citizens' Forum and the RWTH Aachen Institute of History, is open to July 18, 2014, in the RWTH Main Building, Templergraben 55, Room 130, on the same floor as the Aula.

Additional information can be found in the press release



July 1, 2014: 16th Aachen Polluted Area and Surface Damage Colloquium (ABK): New Developments in Fracking

July 1, 2014: Regenerative Energies Colloquium: Combined Heat and Power Stations: In the Context of Power-Heat Coupling; Dipl.-Ök. Charles E. Habermann, Energy Solutions AG

July 1, 2014: Biofuels from Plants
Guest lecture by Theodore von Kármán Fellow Professor Markus Pauly, University of California, Berkeley.

July 2, 2014: Lousberglauf 2014

July 2, 2014: Privatissimo: MetaPhysics Can Explain Everything
Entertaining exercises for reviewing the strange sciences; with Wendelin Haverkamp; Admission 15 Euros/10 Euros discount price;

July 3, 2014: Lecture Series: What Is "Society?"
Lecture by Professor Klaus Freitag on the topic "From community to society? Positioning of ancient history in modern humanistic discourses“

July 7, 2014: Motor-Technical Seminar: The Powertrain Challenge of Growing from a Premium Car Division to a Globally Acting OEM
Vortrag von Ron Lee, Director, Powertrain Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

July 9, 2014: Collegium Musicum: RWTH University Choir & Imperial College Union Choir

July 10, 2014: Lecture Series: What is "Society?"
Lecture by Professor Ralph Rotte on the topic " International society - community of states - world society:
The society concept from the viewpoint of the International Relations“

July 14, 2014: Motor-Technical Seminar: Natural Gas as Fuel for Large Motors
Lecture by Dr. Andreas M. Lippert, Engineering Leader, GE Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG

July 17 and 19, 2014: Two concerts for the 25-year anniversary of the Aachener Studentenorchester e.V

July 18, 2014: Patho-Fete

July 19, 2014: 10 Years "Freunde der Medizinstudierendenschaft Aachen e.V.“

July 28 to August 1, 2014: International Aluminium Summer School 2014 at the RWTH Aachen Foundry Institute


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 persons in the editorial office are Dietrich Hunold and Reena James. Responsibility is assumed by Markus Schulte.


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