10th Annual RWTH Alumni Get Together in North America

24/06/2014

For many years the RWTH alumni association in North American has traditionally organized a multi-day get together in the spring for alumni in the region. The North American RWTH alumni most recently met from May 1 to 4, 2014, for their 10th annual get together, in El Paso, Texas.

  Group photo in front of plane Copyright: Gerd Schroth RWTH alumni stand in front of "Tornado" from the German Air Force at Holloman Air Force Base in Texas, El Paso

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 event was once again an entertaining and interesting get together for alumni – thank you to all the active members from the regional alumni association for the professional organization.

Alumnus Dr. Gerd Schroth reports:

"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. UTEP is a commuter university, not only for American students, but also for many Mexican students, who cross the border daily to attend lectures. Fort Bliss is one of the largest military bases in the USA – 4400 square kilometers, and as we learned from Garrison Commander, Colonel Brant Dailey, comparable to a city with approximately 100000 residents. All Tornado pilots in the German Air Force train on Holloman Air Force Base. The deputy commander, Lieutenant Colonel Graves, gave us a look at the professional and private life of the German contingent, including a German school and supermarket. We were also able to actually touch a Tornado, climb onto it, and admire the cockpit.

Furthermore, we toured the White Sands Missile Range, from which about 60 V2 rockets launched and were further developed after the end of World War II with the help of the German development team. Afterwards we had the opportunity to climb the white sand dunes in White Sands National Monument and enjoy the local cuisine."