RWTH Aachen Honors Outstanding Graduates, Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs

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RWTH Aachen honored 28 students, doctoral candidates, and post-docs with the 2016 Friedrich Wilhelm Award. The honor is annually awarded to RWTH Aachen graduates and researchers for their outstanding achievements.


This year, fourteen Master's theses, eleven dissertations, and three postdoctoral theses (habilitations) received the award. The award ceremony took place during a celebration event at the University.

The 2016 Friedrich Wilhelm Prize recipients are Fabian Mies, Daniel Neuen, Dr. Markus Brinkmann, Dr. Felix Voigtlaender, PD Dr. Michael Wibmer, Klara Bindl, Maximilian Johannes Schlechtingen, Martin van Laack, Katharina Niggemann, Rebecca Louisa Schulléri, Dr. Wolfgang Dornisch, Linda Gesenhues, Benedikt Weber, Christoph Westerwalbesloh, Dr. Ricardo Brugnara, Dr. Dr. Wilko Rohlfs, Patrick Elison, Dr. Adele Clausen, Dr. Thomas Henke, Marius Geis, Robert Werner Krajewski, Dr. Moritz Beermann, Carolin Pommeranz, Dr. Nikolai Alexander Jäger, PD Dr. Tessa Christina Flatten, Dr. Yannick Berker, Dr. Pardes Habib, and PD Dr. med. Simone Schrading

Promoting Excellent Teaching and Research

The Friedrich Wilhem Award is awarded by the foundation of the same name, which was founded in 1865 by the predecessor of the current Aachener und Münchener Beteiligungsgesellschaft. Its central purpose is to promote research and teaching at RWTH Aachen and to support students and scientists.

The name of the foundation refers to the Prussian crown prince and later Emperor Friedrich Wilhelm III. In 1858 he receive a donation of 5000 thalers from the Aachener und Münchener Feuerversicherungsgesellschaft, in order to start a polytechnical institute in the Rhein province. This donation formed the foundation for the later established Friedrich Wilhelm Foundation, which then created the basis for RWTH Aachen University.

Source: Press and Communications