August 2015, Issue 152


Alumni News

Alumni Get Together for Graduates of the “Lasers in Dentistry” Course of Study

WALED is the alumni organization for graduates of the Master's program "Lasers in Dentistry." WALED is short for "Laser Education & Research in Dentistry.“

Members include students and alumni of the Masters of Science (M.Sc.) and Mastership /Fellowship Programmes of RWTH International Academy in collaboration with the Aachen Dental Laser Center (AALZ) in the specialization "Lasers in Dentistry.“ The next WALED Congress will take place November 26 and 27, 2015, in Berlin. You can get more detailed information from Verena Jacoby. Additional information about the Master of Science in Lasers in Dentistry is available on the RWTH International Academy website.


Alumni Spotlight

Professor Tae Jing Kang Brings Industry 4.0 to South Korea

Professor Tae Jin Kang, Seoul National University, was bid farwell on August 10, 2015, after a four-week stay at the Institute of Textile Technology, ITA, at RWTH Aachen. Professor Kang, one of the most renowned professors in textile research in Korea, wants to spread awareness of the topic Industry 4.0 in Korea.

Dr. Christina Büsing Receives Freigeist Fellowship from Volkswagen Foundation

Mathematician Dr. Christina Büsing from RWTH Aachen will funded with the Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation. She won over the international review committee with her project "Robust Planning in Medical Care for a Stable Health System." The foundation is supporting the research project with 864,000 Euros. The project deals with the organizational process improvement of two core problems in our health system: medical care in rural areas and the efficient management of hospitals and similar specialized institutions.


Continued Education & Career

RWTH Mini MBA - Management Expert Certificate Program

With a comprehensive approach, the German-taught RWTH Mini MBA - Management Expert Certificate Program from RWTH International Academy is composed of learning modules that grapple with groups of themes in the utmost detail and which put them to the test practically. The content of the mini MBA program is based on the content of RWTH Aachen's Executive MBA. Apply now for our next mini MBA on "Technology and Innovation" or "Management and Leadership," starting September 21, 2015.

"Industrial B2B Marketing" Certificate Course

RWTH International Academy's Industrial B2B Marketing Certificate Course (November 11 to 13, 2015, and January 21 to 22, 2016) is an established program with excellent speakers from RWTH and from practice. After a lively, dialogue-oriented theory section, you have the possibility to apply what you have learned in a project between the modules, using your company's own examples. The course teaches not only the fundamentals but also the approaches and methods you can directly apply in practice. You will receive the official RWTH certificate upon successful completion of the project presentation and exam.

16th Karrieretag Familienunternehmen | Wild Cards for RWTH Alumni + Engineering Lab

The 16th Karrieretag Familienunternehmen on November 13, 2015, at B. Braun Melsungen AG, Melsungen, offers RWTH alumni the opportunity to meet the owners and top decision-makers for Germany's leading family businesses, such as Bahlsen, Hilti, or Storck. RWTH Aachen alumni receive a wild card, meaning they do not have to go through the official application process, but rather are directly admitted. Please include your alumni status in the application form. Spots are limited. The application deadline is September 28, 2015. In the Engineering Lab you will experience hands on innovative products and technologies of leading family companies in the worldwide market.


Science & Business

Construction of a Unique Large-Scale Battery System Has Started

The official start of construction of the large-scale battery storage M5BAT in Aachen recently took place. It has great potential to become a central component in the turn to sustainable energies due to its ability to stabilize grid operation. Large battery storage systems are particularly interesting as they are highly flexible in their application. The system, the Modular Multimegatt, Multitechnology Medium-Voltage Battery Storage System, is unique in its modular design and planned power class of 5 megawatts, combining different battery technologies for optimal use.

Drinking Lizards Lead to Targeted Transport of Lubricants

The Bionics Working Group at the RWTH Aachen Institute of Biology II is researching the surface structure of Texas horned lizards. The Texas horned lizard has a special ability: To quench its thirst, it doesn't need to look for water sources, but rather can collect liquid on its skin. It collects small amounts of water from the environment, such as moist sand, using capillary channels between its scales. Small capillary channels then transport the water towards the lizard's snout. The Bionics Working Group at the RWTH Aachen Institute of Biology II investigated the geometry of these channels on the skin of moisture-harvesting lizards and successfully transferred it to plastic and metal surfaces.

Observation of Spectacular High-Energy Cosmic Neutrino

Physicists from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory presented the observation of a neutrino with unprecedented high energy at the 34th International Cosmic Ray Conference in The Hague, Netherlands, on August 4, 2015. The collaboration had already published the results of a measurement in the professional journal Science in November 2013. The results were proof of non-terrestrial neutrinos. The RWTH Aachen IceCube Group also focuses on data analysis and detector development.

Production of High-Quality Synthetic Graphene for Industrial Applications Within Reach

Graphene onsists of a single layer of carbon atoms, is highly flexible and mechanically extremely stable. An optically transparent material, it conducts electricity better than any other material. The combination of these properties is unique, and it is expected that the use of the “wonder material” graphene will lead to technological breakthroughs – in touch screen technology or in flexible optoelectronics, for example. So far, the production of graphene was problematic: in 2004, in an unconventional experiment, the British-Russian scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov used adhesive tape in order to separate a single layer of graphene from a piece of natural graphite. This sticky tape method, however, is not suitable for mass production. Now, two early-career researchers, Luca Banszerus and Michael Schmitz, as well as other researchers from RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich, achieved a decisive breakthrough. Production of the material is based on chemical vapor deposition or CVD.



RWTH Comes Out on Top for Equal Opportunities

RWTH Aachen is among the most successful universities in Germany when it comes to equal opportunities for women and men. This was certified by the Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences' current university ranking of equal opportunities aspects. Earning ten of twelve possible points, RWTH, together with FU Berlin and the University of Hildesheim, topped the ranking, which evaluated 65 universities.

Aachen Team Wins Robitics World Competition: Interview with Professor Sabina Jeschke

The Carologistics team won its second championship title in the Logistics League. The finals of the RoboCup robotics competition took place in Hefei, China. In a suspenseful final, the Aachen robots won against those of the Switzerland-based Solidus team. After an initial head-to-head competition, the Aachen team profited from the robustness of its system and was finally able to win the championship title in the RoboCup Logistics League with a score of 46:16. The agent-based high-level organization of the robot team, in combination with its basic capabilities of localization, navigation, and ambient perception, built the basis for a stable interaction between the machines and their adequate adaptation to changing environmental parameters.

Press release
Research alumni interview with Sabina Jeschke



September 12, 2015: RWTH Aachen Graduation Celebration

September 17 and 18, 2015: 19th Business Forum Qualität 2015

September 21 to 25, 2015: RWTH Mini MBA Module - Business Model Innovation & Service

September 22 and 23, 2015: Aachen Body Engineering Days

September 23 to 25, 2015: Conference on History Didactics: History in Interdisciplinary Discourse

September 30, 2015: Seminare Abt. Produktmanagement WZL: Produktkostenoptimierung

October 1 and 2, 2015: 2015 FGE Conference: Challenges and Prospects of Energy Transition

October 5, 2015: Hybrid Day


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