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“London calling”

October 23rd, 2013 | by

Vor kurzem traf sich eine Gruppe von Londoner Alumni der RWTH Aachen in lockerer Atmosphäre in „Smithy’s Restaurant & Wine Bar“. RWTH Alumna Rana Ilgaz, die sich schon seit Jahren sehr aktiv für die Londoner Alumniarbeit engagiert, hatte das „Come Together“ organisiert, an dem auch Barbara Schray, Mitarbeiterin des International Office der RWTH, teilnahm. Beide freuten sich insbesondere darüber, dass auch einige neue RWTH Alumni gekommen waren und in das Londoner Netzwerk aufgenommen werden konnten, u. a. auch Maya Wendenburg, die in der aktuellen Ausgabe des Alumnimagazins Keep-in-touch  von ihrer Arbeit bei Google berichtete. Dabei wurden fleißig Kontakte geknüpft und tolle Ideen für weitere Alumniaktivitäten entwickelt!

RWTH Alumni Get-Together in London ©Barbara Schray

RWTH Alumni Get-Together in London ©Barbara Schray

 

Ein herzliches Dankeschön geht an Rana, ohne deren Engagement dieser schöne Abend nicht stattgefunden hätte!

Maya wird übrigens im Januar 2014 über ihre beruflichen Anfangsjahre im Ausland nach ihrem RWTH-Studium  berichten – die Veranstaltung “Design your own career! Eine RWTH Alumna berichtet von Ihrem Einstieg bei Google” organisiert vom RWTH Alumniteam und RWTHextern findet statt am 31.01.2014! Wir freuen uns auf zahlreiche Besucher!

 

Olá São Paulo – Alumni get-together in Brazil

October 22nd, 2013 | by
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©RWTH Alumni

Around 40 guests from Brazil and Germany gathered at the RWTH Alumni meeting in the Brazilian mega-city São Paulo in the end of September. The mixed crowd of alumni, RWTH professors and students enjoyed an afternoon with presentations, network chats and snacks in Club Transatlântico in the City´s business district.

The newly appointed Rector´s Delegate of RWTH Aachen University for Brazil, Prof. Dr. Michael Vorländer, chaired part of the meeting with the alumni of RWTH in Brazil. He spoke about current projects of RWTH Aachen University and its cooperation with partners from industry and academia. Some selected Brazilian-German exchange and mobility programs and the international engagement of RWTH´s global alumni community were presented as well.

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©RWTH Alumni

A group of Master students from RWTH´s Chair of Geotechnical Engineering led by Professor Ziegler travelled the region of Southern Brazil on an excursion around the same time. Good timing indeed! At the alumni meeting they had the chance to meet and exchange with former graduates and exchange students, guest professors and RWTH representatives and to share their interesting experiences in Brazil – for example their prior visit to the Maracaña Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and the inspection of the construction sites for the new metro lines in Rio and São Paulo. See their first report for more information and pictures about their study trip!

Promotion of the event was provided by the initiative “Deutschland-Brasilien 2013-2014 – Wo Ideen sich verbinden “ (Alemanha + Brasil 2013-2014 – “Quando ideias se encontram”) which aims to raise the profile of the partnership between the two countries and to provide impetus for new economic and research cooperation.

Several alumni expressed their interest to strengthen the alumni relations and promote more activities and meetings of alumni of RWTH in Brazil. We look forward to seeing the fruits of these endeavors! If you are interested to learn more about how to engage as alumnus or alumna or have suggestions how to organize  networking events or excursions in your city for at least 10 alumni, please get in touch with alumni@rwth-aachen.de!

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Prof. Ziegler reporting about the Master excursion of Geotechnical Engineering to Brazil ©RWTH Alumni

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Interview: Erinnerungen eines Forscher-Alumnus

July 10th, 2013 | by

“Es war eine sehr schöne Zeit”

Prof. Tim Osswald_Photo: Jeff Miller, UW-Madison, University Communications

So erinnert sich Tim Osswald angesprochen auf seine zweieinhalb Jahre in Aachen. Der Professor an der US-amerikanischen University of Wisconsin-Madison kam im Frühjahr 1987 zusammen mit seiner späteren Ehefrau nach Aachen und begann am Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung, kurz IKV, der RWTH Aachen seinen mehrjährigen Forschungsaufenthalt. Möglich machte dies ein Stipendium der Alexander von Humboldt- Stiftung und die finanzielle Unterstützung durch das Institut. Das IKV hatte sich zu jener Zeit schon zu einem der namhaftesten Forschungsinstitute in der Kunststoffbranche in Europa entwickelt, so dass die Wahl der Universität in Deutschland für Osswald klar war. Großen Anteil an dieser Entwicklung hatte der damalige Institutsleiter Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Menges, ein Pionier der Kunststofftechnik. Der emeritierte Wissenschaftler ist, wie Osswald anmerkt,  in Deutschland auch als „Kunststoffpapst“ bekannt und wurde 2006 für sein Lebenswerk in die „Plastics Hall of Fame“ aufgenommen. Das ist eine der höchsten Auszeichnungen, die man in der Kunststoffbranche erhalten kann.

Mittlerweile ist Osswald selbst ein etablierter und prämierter Wissenschaftler auf seinem Fachgebiet der Kunststoffverarbeitung. Er hält die Kuo K. and Cindy F. Wang Professur an der University of Wisconsin-Madison und ist dort auch Direktor am Polymer Engineering Center. In seinem Forschungsgebiet, bei dem es  um die Manufaktur und Verarbeitung von Kunststoffteilen geht, liegt sein Schwerpunkt in der Computersimulation von Prozessen der Verarbeitung. Sehr hilfreich ist hier die gute Zusammenarbeit und Kooperation mit Forschungseinrichtungen in Deutschland, weil, wie er sagt, „viele technische Innovationen von dort kommen und eingebracht werden“.  Auch in seiner Lehre behandelt er hauptsächlich das Thema Simulationen zu Kunststoffverarbeitungsprozessen. Neben Forschung und Lehre an seiner Hochschule in den USA ist er außerdem Herausgeber und Redakteur von zwei wissenschaftlichen Fachjournalen und derzeitiger Honorarprofessor an der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Wissenschaftliches Netzwerken

Im Herbst 2012 besuchte der RWTH-Rektor Ernst Schmachtenberg die USA und hielt unter anderem auch an Osswalds Hochschule einen Vortrag über die RWTH Aachen in der Exzellenzinitiative. Die beiden Wissenschaftler sind alte Bekannte und kennen sich schon seit Osswalds Forschungsaufenthalt in Aachen.  „Meine erste Kontaktperson damals im `Bunker´ des IKV war Ernst Schmachtenberg, der damals Abteilungsleiter am IKV war “, erklärt Osswald. Aus der späteren Zusammenarbeit an der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, wo auch Professor Schmachtenberg für lange Zeit tätig war, entwickelte sich eine kollegiale Freundschaft. „Persönliche Kontakte wie diese“, so betont Osswald, „sind es auch, die die gute Zusammenarbeit des IKV mit meinem Fachbereich an der University of Madison erklären“. Ausgehend von seinem Aufenthalt in Aachen als junger Postdoktorand, seiner Honorarprofessur in Deutschland  und seiner Mitgliedschaft im Wissenschaftlichen Arbeitskreis der Universitätsprofessoren der Kunststofftechnik hat Osswald viele Kontakte zu Wissenschaftlern und Wissenschaftlerinnen deutschlandweit knüpfen können, die an den verschiedenen Lehrstühlen für Kunststoffverarbeitung tätig sind. „Das ist für mich gelungenes fachliches Netzwerken“, so Osswald, „und daraus  entwickeln sich dann gemeinsame Forschungsprojekte, erfolgreicher wissenschaftlicher Austausch zwischen verschiedenen Hochschulen und eine verstärke Mobilität von Dozenten und Studierenden“.

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Join the Discussion on “The Neuroscience of Gender”

June 13th, 2013 | by

Do male and female brains function differently? What influence have sex and stress hormones in general on human brains? These and other questions will be posed and discussed in a panel on “The Neuroscience of Gender” at the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) in New York (Monday, June 17, 6.30 – 8.30pm).

Alumni of RWTH Aachen University are cordially invited to attend the event! Please RSVP by June 13  here.

Among the leading neuroscience experts on the panel are Prof. Dr. Bruce McEwen of Rockefeller University, Prof. Dr. Anke Ehrhardt of the Columbia University Medical Center and Prof. Dr. Ute Habel of RWTH Aachen University.

Ute Habel is a leading psychologist and charted psychotherapist at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics at the University Hospital Aachen. Since 2009, she has held a full professorship for neuropsychological gender studies at the RWTH Aachen University. She is also currently the RWTH Rector’s Delegate for North America and a member of the university’s strategy board.

Interested to learn more about the topic? Then see the interview  GCRI has conducted with Ute Habel!

 

 

Webinar “Presentation Training on a Virtual Stage”

May 29th, 2013 | by

After the successful kick-off in March this year, we like to invite you to our second webinar (live online seminar) within the project “Research Alumni of RWTH Aachen University”, awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.

Two 90-minute coaching sessions offer the opportunity to develop and enhance presentation skills in a virtual setting. The webinar will particularly focus on the clarity and structure of the information provided, on communicating the importance of the topic, on anchoring the topic within a vivid narrative context and on tailoring the talk to a virtual audience. This continuing education opportunity is especially intended for our current and former international postdocs and (guest) researchers at RWTH Aachen University.

Register now!

Date: Monday, 10.06.2013/11am (CET) and Monday, 17.06.2013/11am (CET)

Language: English

Number of participants: max. 6-8

Further information and registration online

 

 

 

 

Alumni Meeting in Washington 2013

May 28th, 2013 | by

The 9th annual meeting of Canadian and American RWTH Alumni took place from May 2 to 5, 2013, in Washington D.C.

A colorful and diverse program as well as good weather ensured a great mood among the participants, who travelled from all over North America just to attend. Program highlights included a private tour of the Capitol and the Library of Congress and a city and river tour. A joint visit to a fish restaurant was also a culinary highlight made possible by the German Embassy. Last but not least, the 9th RWTH Alumni America Meeting was a great success thanks to the outstanding organization by Andrea Noske, RWTH Alumnia and Head of Science at the Germany Embassy in Washington. The date and location of the meeting in 2014 are (almost) set!

Photo Gallery of Alumni Meeting in Washington 2013

Forschung publikumsnah vermitteln II – Rückblick

April 23rd, 2013 | by

 

Self-Portrait of Curiosity by Rover’s Arm Camera ©NASA

Das Jahr 2012 hat mit zahlreichen Themen aus Wissenschaft und Forschung Furore gemacht. Zwei Themen haben dabei nicht nur in einschlägigen wissenschaftlichen Kreisen rege Aufmerksamkeit gewonnen, sondern die breite Öffentlichkeit in den Bann gezogen.

Im August 2012 verfolgten Menschen weltweit gespannt via Onlinestream wie der Mars-Rover Curiosity der National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) nach seiner galaktischen Reise heil auf dem Mars aufsetzte. „Curiosity´s seven minutes of terror“ titelte der Guardian und spielte damit auf die heikle Landemission des Transportroboters auf dem roten Planeten an.

Ähnlich spektakulär verfolgte man ein weiteres wissenschaftliches Großereignis im letzten Jahr: wie viele Medien berichteten (z.B. die Süddeutsche), DIE wissenschaftliche Entdeckung des Jahres 2012 – das Higgs-Teilchen. Wobei, so ganz klar ist man sich beim Europäischen Kernforschungszentrum CERN noch immer nicht, ob es sich bei dem in Experimenten mit dem weltweiten größten Protonenbeschleuniger entdeckten Partikel um das sogenannte Higgs-Boson handelt.  Inwieweit Wissenschaftler und Wissenschaftlerinnen der RWTH Aachen an der Entdeckung beteiligt waren, konnte man bei der Veranstaltungsreihe Uni im Rathaus erfahren. Dort standen für Das Higgs Teilchen – Was die Welt im Innersten zusammenhält drei Wissenschaftler der Hochschule, die maßgeblich an den Experimenten des CERN beteiligt waren, dem Publikum Rede und Antwort. Einen kleinen Einblick über die gut besuchte Veranstaltung und die aktiv geführten Diskussionen gibt der Trailer (die komplette Veranstaltung auf Film gibt es übrigens auch auf dem RWTH YouTube Kanal)!

 

Interview: RWTH Research Alumnus explores Aachen with Chilean students

April 12th, 2013 | by

 

In March 2013 our Chilean alumnus Sebastián Fingerhuth visited RWTH Aachen University accompanying a group of students from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile during a study trip to Germany. Here he tells the RWTH Alumni team about this interesting journey.

 

©Fingerhuth

 

RWTH Alumni: Prof. Fingerhuth, you are currently working as professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. What do you do there exactly?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: Yes, since almost three years I am back in Chile. I’m working as a professor at the School of Electrical Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. There I am involved in teaching and research. Mainly I am working in some projects with the civil engineers in measurement and monitoring of civil structures such as bridges or buildings.

RWTH Alumni: You have also studied and worked at RWTH Aachen University. When and where exactly? And why did you actually choose Germany and why RWTH?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: I arrived in Aachen in 2003, with my wife, after having studied in Chile. I arrived as student, with the idea to visit RWTH Aachen for at least one year, attending lectures in acoustics. Why Germany?  Mainly because I have strong bonds with Germany. I speak German and my family originally came from Germany to Chile, more than a hundred years ago. Why Aachen? Because it has a good acoustics institute and because Aachen is not a big city as I was used to live in Santiago de Chile. During this first year I applied for a grant from DAAD to do my PhD at Aachen.

RWTH Alumni: You are currently visiting RWTH Aachen – and you have not come alone. A group of Chilean students from your university has joined you. Could you tell us a bit about your visit here?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: As a Germany-Alumnus I am always looking for possibilities to keep in touch with Germany. Then I found out about the possibility to do a “Studienreise”  (study trip) with support from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst: DAAD). I thought that this is a great opportunity to show German Universities and Germany to students from Chile. I planned a seven-day visit to Aachen and three days in Munich.  Through the contacts I still have with some people in Aachen it was easy to arrange visits to institutes and labs at RWTH and TUM and to some companies near Aachen: HEAD acoustics, RWE’s surface mine and power plant and Lucas-Nuelle. Everybody welcomed us warmly and showed us what they have to offer.

RWTH Alumni: How do you, how do your students rate this possibility to learn more about exchange and research programs at RWTH and to get to know Aachen?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: It was a tremendous trip for the students. For most of them it was their first international trip, their first time of flying on an airplane. After visiting the institutes, labs and research facilities they started to ask about the exchange programs. All the time we were accompanied by Mila, the contact person from the DAAD in charge of the organization of every activity. She handed out information from DAAD and we also received detailed information from the RWTH and from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

RWTH Alumni: You have also volunteered to be one of our international research alumni ambassadors of RWTH – what do you do in this function?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: Yes, as I said before my idea is to help people to get to Germany, to Aachen. We had some activities for latino students that arrive in Aachen while we lived there. Now it is similar, just without being in Aachen but back in Chile. If someone is interested in Germany, we have a local lecturer from DAAD in Valparaíso but I can then also speak about my experience in Engineering at RWTH: I can encourage students to go for one or two semesters to Aachen and hopefully also some researchers. I also try to be present when there are information activities from DAAD at my university. Last time when I was in Aachen, I also visited some research centers that could probably be partners from our school or university.

RWTH Alumni: What do you think will have been the most rewarding experience for you and your students during your stay in Aachen?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: I knew many of the places we visited but I was amazed at how well we were received at each place. We were welcomed by professors, CEO´s and directors. They took the time to show us what they do and to share their experiences.

The students were impressed by the technology, the applications, innovations and products they saw. One student commented to me:  “How do they get all the ideas to do these things?” And they also enjoyed a little bit of the (night)-life of a student in Aachen: the Mensa, visiting a Kneipe and Pontstrasse, walking around in a very cold night, etc.

©Fingerhuth: Exploring Campus Melaten

©Fingerhuth: Exploring Campus Melaten

RWTH Alumni: Returning back to Aachen must stir up some memories – anything in particular?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: It was nice having some time to visit some friends. I also was in my old office and I remembered when I used my bicycle in Aachen to move around… but I hope to be visiting Aachen again at least every few years. RWTH Alumni: Thank you very much!

 

 

Attracting more students and researchers from non-EU countries to Europe

April 5th, 2013 | by

Those following the current global news in the world of higher education might have heard or read about it already: Last week the European Commission hit the headlines with a proposal to make it easier for students and researchers from non-European Union countries to enter and stay in EU member states. Plans for new legislation aim to ease current obstacles for international students and researchers, such as lenghty visa application procedures, limited access to  labour markets or restrictions in academic mobility within the EU. Read more about the EC proposal in the latest issue of University World News – New rules to attract non-EU students, researchers and the official press release of the EC.

At a press conference (see video below) last week featuring two non-EU students sharing their experience in Europe, Cecilia Malmström, member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, also explained the importance of these reforms with regard to the economic future of the EU.

Lecture: Astronomical Dating of Ancient Events

March 19th, 2013 | by

© NASA

Are you a star-gazer? A fan of studying stars, moons, planets and galaxies? Or would you like to get an insight in how astronomy, one of the oldest sciences of mankind, plays a role in dating events narrated in historical Indian literature?

Then join the lecture Ancient Events: Glimpses of Ancient Indian Astronomy“, given by our research alumnus Prof. Amitabha Ghosh, currently visiting RWTH Aachen University.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 6.30pm, Humboldt-Haus (Pontstraße 41), Aachen