April 2015, Issue 148


Alumni News

Rector Visits with RWTH Alumni in Beijing and Tokyo

The sixth official RWTH Aachen alumni get together in China took place during a visit to Beijing by a RWTH Aachen delegation, headed by the rector, Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg. Almost 80 guests attended the event, which was organized with the friendly support of the Vereinigung Chinesischer Alumni der RWTH Aachen, VCAA for short, at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, USTB. There, Professor Schmachtenberg and Professor Zhang Xinxin, president of USTB, welcomed the participants. Current RWTH Aachen exchange students in Beijing were among the participants, as well as numerous alumni, Julia Kundermann the science attaché of the German Embassy Beijing, Dr. Thomas Schmidt-Dörr, director of the DAAD office in Beijing.

The trip took the RWTH delegation on to Japan. Right in time for cherry blossom season the first central get together of RWTH alumni in Japan took place in Tokyo. For many alumni this was a surprising, and in part emotional, reunion with former fellow students after many years. Some met each other for the first time or re-established contact with former acquaintances. Dr. Hans Carl von Werthern, German Ambassador in Tokyo, and Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg, rector of RWTH Aachen hosted the reception. With Japan as a strategically selected country of focus for RWTH, strengthened collaborations in research and the recruitment of talented students and researchers are topics of focus within its collaboration with Japan. The ambassador and RWTH rector value the support of alumni, who serve as important intermediaries and multipliers between Germany and Japan.

Networking in London Made Easy

15 RWTH alumni recently met at The Tapster wine bar in Central London for the regular alumni get together: "It was a wonderful evening, not least due to the wine. All attendees appeared to enjoy meeting other former members of RWTH. We had a good mix of old and new alumni, causing a good discussion about experiences," said Rana Ilgaz, coordinator of the RWTH London alumni. If nothing else, the old alumni could offer a few tips on how to get one's footing in England and what behavior is helpful for further success. It is particularly important to present one's personality, one's market value so to speak, and self-confidence well. Many of RWTH's English graduates already have this advantage. The meet up takes place quarterly. There are already some ideas for a joint excursion.

Join the alumni network

Registration for the Lousberglauf 2015!

The Lousberglauf will once again take place on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. The race starts at 7pm. The alumni team is once again offering participation to all graduates enthusiastic about running.

Interested alumni can register by May 28, 2015, 10am. Please include your personal running time for the Lousberg route.

Two important pieces of information:

  • For organizational purposes, later registrations cannot be taken into consideration!
  • By registering, every participant confirms that they are medically cleared to participate. The University Sports Center will not be conducting medical examinations! We recommend that all participants actively prepare and train!

Continued Education & Career

The New RWTH Aachen Mini MBA

With a holistic approach, the RWTH Mini MBA - Management Expert Certificate Program is composed of learning modules that cover specific topics in depth and apply them in practical scenarios. The necessity of the program's approach stems from the need to ever more closely coordinate the technical development of products with marketing and distribution activities. Relevant topics, motivated participants and modern teaching and learning methods ensure stimulating class sessions. Apply now for our next mini MBA on "Finanzkompetenz" from May 4 to 8, 2015, or from "Private Equity & wertorientierte Unternehmensführung" from June 15 to 19, 2015. You can find additional dates online at RWTH International Academy.

Executive MBA at RWTH Aachen

The EMBA Team invites you to attend an info event part of the module "Finanzkomptenz" of the EMBA 11 under the direction of Professor Malte Brettel. The event will take place on May 7, 2015, at 5pm at the RWTH Aachen Logistics Cluster. Use the opportunity to experience the RWTH Executive MBA program live and directly ask students about their experiences and impressions. You also have the possibility to attend a regular class and participate in an exciting visiting lecture afterwards. The EMBA Team can be contacted any time if you have questions or concerns.

RWTH Certificate Course “Business Model Innovation” from October 28 to 30, 2015 & November 23 and 24, 2015

The next round of the successful certificate course Business Model Innovation (BMI) at RWTH Aachen can facilitate the tools, with which business model innovations can be systematically implemented in established companies. The course uses two modules to teach new tools such as the BMI Canvas, business model patter, or the BMI Stage-Gate Process. However it also focuses on the implementation and organizational establishment of the BMI process.


Science & Business

New Pavilion Made of Textile-Reinforced Concrete

RWTH Aachen can now demonstrate the impressive characteristics and capabilities of an innovative composite material, textile-reinforced concrete (TRC): four large-scale TRC shells form the roof of a glass pavilion, which has now been completed in close proximity to the Civil Engineering Building on Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße. The pavilion will be primarily used as a student learning room.

Researching Optimal Energy Supply

At the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, LTT for short, at RWTH Aachen, a new research project has been started to optimize energy supply systems. sOptimo+: Ganzheitliche Optimierung von Energieversogungssysteme in der Praxis or "Holistic Optimization of Energy Supply Systems in Practice" is continuing the work from the successful preceeding project sOptimo. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy granted new funding for the project. The scientists at LTT are using the funding to develop software and methods for optimizing the structure of energy supply systems. With this work they can determine the efficiency potential and possibilities for saving costs in the energy supply of industrial regions, municipal infrastructure, and residential areas.

German-Chinese Team Presents High-Precision Cancer Diagnosis Tool

The digital image analysis system, MotiCyte-auto, automatically recognizes tumor cells and their malignancy. MotiCyte-auto offers digital cancer diagnoses with unique precision and will be presented for the first time at the Hannover Messe this year. The image analysis system is the first machine in the world that can specifically identify cancer cells from any number of origins using their nuclei. The digital image analysis system was developed by the Chair of Imaging and Computer Vision at RWTH Aachen, the Institute of Pathology at the Krankenhaus Düren, and the Chinese microscope manufacturer, Motic.

DFG Funds Dark Matter Research

The stars and galaxies shine in the cosmos - but astro- and particle physicists are primarily interested in dark matter and dark energy in space. For many years scientists at RWTH Aachen have also been researching different model concepts to contribute to the understanding of dark matter. Their expertise is now contributing to the new DFG-funded research team "New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider," LHC for short, whose speaker, professor Dr. Michael Krämer, is from the RWTH Institute of Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology. The research team will be funded with one million Euros for the next three years. In addition to RWTH Aachen, the Universities of Bonn, Mainz, and Heidelberg are involved.





May 5 and 6, 2015: RWTH Alumni at "Lange Nacht der Industrie“ in Berlin

May 8, 2015: Charlemagne Prize Framework Program: "Europe from Outside"; S.E. Bolor Tsolman, Mongolian Ambassador in the Federal Republic of Germany, 5pm, Fakultätssaal of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, RWTH Aachen, Kármánstraße 17-19

May 11, 2015: The Crisis of the European Union and the Downfall of the Roman Republic –
Reading and Discussion
; Prof. Dr. David Engels, Chair of Roman History, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB); 6:30pm, Generali Hall, SuperC, Templergraben 57

May 11, 2015: Medicine & Ethics Lecture Series: "Das Erbgut von Tumoren“, Prof. Dr. Roman Thomas, Director of the Department of Translational Genomics, University of Cologne; 7:30pm, Hörsaal 1, Aachen University Hospital, Pauwelsstr. 30

May 12, 2015: Nuclear Technology Colloquium:"Elementary Particle Physics at the Large Hadron Collider“, Dr. Andreas Nowack, RWTH Aachen; 6pm, Chair of Reactor Safety, Kackertstraße-Haus C, Kackertstraße 9, Room C301

May 13, 2015: JARA-SOFT Foundation Colloquium; 9am, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Foyer and large lecture hall of the Zentralbibliothek (ZB)

May 13, 2015: 2015 Charlemagne Prize Recipient at RWTH:Martin Schulz; 3pm; Kármán Auditorium, Hörsaal Fo 1 and live transmission in Hörsaal Fo 2

May 19 and 20, 2015: Industry 4.0 – Technological Innovations for German Midsized Companies; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher, WZL at RWTH Aachen;

May 21 and 24, 2015: 11th RWTH Alumni Get Together in New Orleans, Lousiana


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