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Virtual Alumni Meetings
We hosted our very first virtual alumni meeting ever in the end of May - for our alumnae and alumni living in the US. Now there will be more country-specific online get-togethers in the subsequent months. On this tab, you will find an overview of the upcoming events. For more details, please check out the tabs.
- Virtual alumni meeting India: August 7, 2020, time 1:30 pm CET / 5 pm IST
- Virtual alumni meeting Germany: tba
This event is designed for all alumnae and alumni of the University of Stuttgart living in India as well as all Indian alumnae and alumni around the world.
Save the date: August 7, 2020, 1:30-2:30 pm CET / 5:00-6:00 pm IST
- From 4:45 pm IST – Check-In
- 5 pm – Welcome and Introduction round
- 5:20 pm – Strengthening Technology and Indo-German Identity (Alumnus Prof. Dr. Akanshu Sharma, Institute of Construction Materials)
- 5:30 pm – Assessment of Climate Resilient Structures for Sustainable Development in India (WAREM-Alumna Shaheen Wahab)
- 5:40 pm – Questions & Exchange
- 6 pm – Optional additional 30 minutes hangout time
You would like to attend? Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is designed for all alumnae and alumni of the University of Stuttgart living in Germany as well as all German alumnae and alumni around the world.
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Dr. Tim Langen, research group leader at the University of Stuttgart, has been awarded the Rudolf Kaiser Prize 2019. The prize is among the most prestigious and highly endowed research awards for young researchers in Germany. It is awarded annually to a young experimental physicist with extraordinary scientific achievements. Dr. Langen receives the prize in recognition of his work on superfluidity and supersolidity of dipolar quantum gases, in particular the observation of a novel state of matter that combines the crystal order of a solid with the frictionless flow of a superfluid.
Prof. Jörg Wrachtrup, Director of the 3rd Physics Institute at the University of Stuttgart, receives the "Europhysics Prize Award 2020" from the European Physical Society in the category "condensed matter". The world-renowned award recognizes Wrachtrup's pioneering work in the field of quantum coherence in solid-state systems and their applications for sensor technology, especially in the investigation of optical and spin properties of nitrogen vacancies in diamond.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded four scientists the Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize this year. Among the award winners is Prof. Hidenori Takagi, head of the Physics of Novel Quantum Materials group at the Institute for Functional Matter and Quantum Technologies (FMQ) at the University of Stuttgart and material physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. The award, worth 15,000 euros each, honors successful contributions to German-Japanese science exchange as well as cultural exchange between the two countries. The other winners are the chemist Prof. Shigeyoshi Inoue (Technical University of Munich), the Japanese scientist Prof. Regine Mathias (University of Bochum) and the legal scientist Prof. Kanako Takayama (University of Kyoto).
Hidenori Takagi is known both in Germany and Japan for his numerous contributions in the field of material physics. He has published pioneering work on metal-insulator junctions, high-temperature superconductivity and quantum magnetism.
Dr.-Ing. Martin Dazer, Head of Department at the Institute for Machine Components (IMA) at the University of Stuttgart, was awarded the Advancement Award of the employers' association of the metal and electronic industry 2020 ("Südwestmetall-Förderpreis 2020") for his dissertation on "Planning in reliability test taking into account previous knowledge from stochastic lifetime calculations". The Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry Baden-Wurttemberg e. V. (Südwestmetall) promotes and represents the interests of the metal and electrical industry in Baden-Wurttemberg. The award shows that the demand for smart and efficient solutions for reliability assurance is very high in these important industries. Dazer developed and validated a method for a digital reliability forecast for products loaded with structural mechanics.
Prof. Dr. Michael Saliba will be the new head of the Institute for Photovoltaics at the University of Stuttgart from June 1, 2020. With his research on perovskites, a new type of semiconductor, he is aiming for a "solar revolution" in combination with conventional silicon technologies.
About Prof. Dr. Michael Saliba:
Michael Saliba, born in Göppingen in 1983, studied mathematics and physics at the University of Stuttgart and received his doctorate in Oxford in 2014 as one of the first scientists ever to study perovskite. He completed his postdoc as Marie-Curie Fellow at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.
With over 100 published articles, Times Higher Education lists Prof. Michael Saliba as the third most influential scientist in his field, and since 2018 he has been ISI Highly Cited, a name for the top 1 percent of the most cited scientists. This year, the German Research Foundation (DFG) honored his work with the renowned Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, and in 2020 he was also accepted into the Young Scientists Group of the World Economic Forum. Saliba also received the Young Scientist Award from the German University Association, the Postdoctoral Award from the Material Research Society (MRS) and the TR35 from MIT Technology Review, which recognizes the world's leading "35 innovators under the age of 35". Michael Saliba is also a member of the Global Young Academy and the Junge Akademie.
Originally, he wanted to stay for a few years at most, Tarek Zaki recalls. "I've been here for more than ten years now", says the 32-year-old electrical engineer. Here, that means above all Stuttgart and its university. Since 2016 he has been living and working in the nearby Reutlingen at the electronics company Bosch Sensortec as a project manager.
The journey from his home country Egypt to Germany began with a stay at the University of Stuttgart for his bachelor's degree project. Afterwards, he liked the university's international master's program INFOTECH so much that he stayed. He had already met Prof. Joachim Burghartz, who heads the Institute for Microelectronics Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS) and at the University of Stuttgart the Institute for Nano- and Microelectronic Systems (INES). Burghartz became his supervisor, also for the doctorate. "This time has a special place in my memory," said Zaki. "Prof. Burghartz was one of the most important mentors of my life, not only academically, but also for my personal development."
Flexible and organic electronics - that is Zaki's focus, for which he received awards and in which he performed best. For example, he was involved in a project in developing the world's fastest and smallest circuits from organic materials. The topic captivated him right from the start: "I was looking for something that was at the forefront when it came to innovation, and at the same time was of benefit to mankind." Flexible electronics is a technology that enables a wide variety of objects - for example glass, packaging or paper - to be coated with new, electrically conductive materials. For example, solar cells can be installed invisibly and space-saving on the window panes in the future. "The applications are endless," enthuses Zaki. "Electronics are everywhere - from smartphones to medical technology. It is not for nothing that we speak of the Internet of Everything today."
This article was first published in "forschung leben" (Issue Januar 2020).
The VDI "Integral Planning" competition takes place annually on a changing topic and is internationally advertised by the VDI Society for Building and Building Technology. This year's competition task included the planning of a wellness and leisure pool, which is to be built on an open space next to an existing all-weather pool at Flinger Broich in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The 2nd prize, endowed with € 3,000, went to Rosa Sophia Hanig (master's degree in architecture) and Maximilian Carlos Schmid (master's degree in civil engineering). Their project scored particularly well with the jury due to its sophisticated architectural and spatial design, as well as its innovative energy concept.
The team of Denise Maier (master's degree in architecture), Lydia Rebbereh (master's degree in architecture), Isabell Röhm (master's degree in architecture) and Marcel Twardon (master's degree in civil engineering) was awarded the 3rd prize and thus € 2,000. The jury was won over by their concept of a particularly friendly and bright bathroom.
In the context of the project "Alumni Management international", the Office of Alumni Relations has intensified its international activities and has established country groups on LinkedIn. The intention is to give alumnae and alumni of the University of Stuttgart the opportunity of a lively exchange online, encouraging get-togethers in reality.
The following links lead directly to the LinkedIn-country groups:
The new issue of ‘forschung leben’ focuses on the vision of "Intelligent Systems for a Sustainable Society" What does the concept involve, what specific issues are being researched, what focus areas, areas of expertise and areas of development does the university have, and what does all this mean for science, business and society?
The articles for example shed light on how intelligent systems can make construction more resource-efficient and create space for a new aesthetic. They give information about promising ways of treating cancer patients, and show how international interdisciplinary networking leads to new therapeutic strategies.
From power supply to industry to the Paris climate targets, and from individual sectors to the big picture: With the Ariadne project, a network of leading research institutions is starting to work on an unprecedentedly comprehensive research process for shaping the energy transition now. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) over three years with a total of 30 million euros. The goal is to better understand the impact of various policy instruments in order to develop socially sustainable energy transition strategies. Political decision-makers, business representatives and citizens have been involved from the start through a large-scale dialogue process.
How can companies in Germany and especially in Baden-Wurttemberg benefit from the potential of digitization and networking without becoming dependent on large, international platforms? So-called data cooperatives could be the solution. A pilot project on data cooperatives has now started. The data cooperative creates a space of trust that encourages entrepreneurs to share their own data. The cooperative structure of the cooperation should reduce fears of loss of know-how and bring new potential for value creation.
Flexible robot programming has so far been complex for assembly tasks. The aim of the "Rob-aKademI" research project is to improve this. In this project - which started on July 1, 2020 - the Institute for Industrial Manufacturing and Management IFF of the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer IPA are involved. The technologies used, especially machine learning, are intended to make programming easier and more autonomous.
The University of Stuttgart was already recognized for its mobility concept Mobility Living Lab (MobiLab) in 2019 as part of the idea competition "Mobility concepts for an emission-free campus" by the Ministry of Science, Research and Art (MWK). The project now starts in the lighthouse phase and will be funded by the MWK with a total of 3.54 million euros over a period of two years. During this time, the University of Stuttgart is on the way to implement its demanding mobility-related climate goals. At a kick-off event in the ARENA2036 research factory on June 29, 2020 on the Vaihingen campus, Science Minister Theresia Bauer handed over the funding notification to Rector Prof. Wolfram Ressel.
By establishing and promoting the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), the federal governments and the state governments want to make use of the potential of research data for science in Germany under the umbrella of the Joint Science Conference (GWK). The NFDI is supposed to set standards in data management and, as a digital, regionally distributed and networked knowledge store, sustainably secure and make use of research data. On June 26, 2020, the GWK decided on the funding of NFDI consortia based on a recommendation from the German Research Foundation (DFG). The University of Stuttgart is involved in the application for two future-funded consortia.
Landfills emit greenhouse gases from their surfaces such as methane. A new remote sensing method from the University of Stuttgart now makes it possible to record the concentration of emissions more comprehensively and model their propagation more precisely. The technology consists of a heavy-duty drone and an infrared measuring method known as Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). It can be used for a variety of climate-relevant gases and also in other areas of application, for example in biogas and composting plants, at livestock farms, and even for surveying reservoirs.
In healthcare, computer-aided (in silico) models can help to diagnose diseases more accurately and treat them more individually. However, this potential is still little used because cells and tissues such as muscles and organs have so far mainly been considered in isolation. A new DFG priority program, which was co-initiated by the University of Stuttgart, will now couple the models in order to better understand and predict the complex interactions between the structures and scales as well as their functions.
Greenspaces in our cities are increasingly left as meadows in order to enhance biodiversity. But time and again, residents complain that near-natural urban greenspaces appear "untidy" and limit leisure activities, or they fear ticks or allergies. A research team led by Prof. Leonie Fischer from the University of Stuttgart, Dr. Lena Neuenkamp from the University of Bern, and Dr. Valentin Klaus from the ETH Zurich has now conducted a Europe-wide study to examine what can be done to increase the acceptance of biodiversity-friendly maintenance measures.
The University of Stuttgart takes the call to avoid social contacts in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus very seriously in its public events. Due to the current corona regulations, events may be cancelled or postponed at short notice. Some events will be taking place in digital form and are listed in the events calendar.
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