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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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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.

 

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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!

 

 

Lecture: Astronomical Dating of Ancient Events

March 19th, 2013 | by

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Webinar for Research Alumni

March 14th, 2013 | by
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Writing has become an essential part of any researcher’s life. Successfully pursuing an academic  or professional career largely depends on writing well – at least well enough to get published and read. Yet to many researchers, writing seems difficult and frustrating, a necessary evil rather than an enjoyable part of the research itself.

Next week on Friday (March 22, 2013) we will stage our first live online seminar (webinar) for international researchers within the project “Research Alumni of RWTH Aachen University”, awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. This webinar will address the most common difficulties in the writing process. Its goal is to develop an idea of what “writing well” really means and to show that writing in English for an international readership is a skill that can be acquired and improved continuously.

This continuing education opportunity is open to current and former international postdocs and guest professors of RWTH Aachen University. Places are limited!

Further information and registration online

 

Get involved – Become a Research Alumni Ambassador

February 5th, 2013 | by

“Based on my very positive experience, I had recommended the RWTH Aachen to an associate professor who fulfilled his research fellowship and to a student who successfully applied for PhD study at Aachen University.” (RWTH Research Alumnus from China)

Does this sound familiar to you? Have you been approached by students or researchers who were interested in a stay at the RWTH because they knew you have stayed here in Aachen before? Would you like to make others aware of the opportunities and benefits of a research stay at RWTH Aachen University? Or are you yourself considering a renewed stay at our University? We provide our research alumni with updated information kits to help them keep in touch and stay informed.

But you can also get more actively involved! Become a research alumni ambassador and share your research experience at RWTH Aachen University in your academic networks! Spread the word and help us to inform others who might be interested in study or research experience at RWTH Aachen University! You can find more information here: www.rwth-aachen.de/alumni-ambassador.

Welcome to our new blog!

January 14th, 2013 | by

 

With the start of 2013 we would like to present to your our newest addition to the services for alumni of RWTH Aachen University – the alumni blog!  Our alumni network expands continuously in social media like XING and LinkedIn, numerous alumni follow us already on Twitter. Now we look forward to the new possibilities that the blogosphere opens to communicate and interact with our alumni worldwide within our project Research Alumni.

The alumni blog will inform you about alumni activities and services – the national and international meetings, interviews, films and events in Aachen you might have taken part in already! We would like to keep you informed about what is going on the in RWTH alumni community. It will also provide additional information about the latest research projects at our university, about the possibilities to cooperate or to build up research networks.

But furthermore, we would like  the alumni blog to be a platform for our alumni to present themselves – i.e. to speak about their research topics and interests to a wider public, to share their experience at RWTH and also to document their involvement as alumni ambassadors informing others about opportunities at our university.

We are keen to make this blog interesting to all graduates, researchers and friends of RWTH Aachen! We count on the bloggers in our community to share their posts with us and we look forward to your comments and suggestions.   For further information you may contact the project and editorial team, Ms. Reena James and Mrs. Ana de la Varga.

Thanks, enjoy and keep in touch!

Your RWTH Alumni Team