150 Alumni Stories

  • “We had to fly high up to avoid being shot at”

    TUM Emeritus of Excellence Manfred Schuller

    “We had to fly high up to avoid being shot at”

  • ″I am grateful for my life″

    TUM Honorary Senator Robert Schmucker

    ″I am grateful for my life″

    Robert Schmucker is one of the very few rocket experts in the world who has worked with so many different types of rockets. Precisely this wide range is what is important to him. Professionally, he has always been demanding, but privately in contrast, he is rather modest. This makes his commitment all the greater.

  • “I want to develop solutions with people”

    Consultant and Mentor Kai-Olaf Dammenhain

    “I want to develop solutions with people”

    To achieve what he wants, TUM Alumnus Kai-Olaf Dammenhain is emphasizing self-initiative. For years the management consultant has been passing on his recipe for success as a TUM mentor. For his commitment he was honored with the golden TUM pin.

  • “Money is not an end in itself”

    Financial planner Tatjana Rosendorfer

    “Money is not an end in itself”

    She solves precarious debt situations and plans efficient asset growth. TUM alumna Tatjana Rosendorfer's life revolves around money. She encourages women to break out of old role patterns and take charge of securing their own future.

  • “We are a space taxi service”

    Entrepreneur Daniel Metzler

    “We are a space taxi service”

    TUM Alumni Daniel Metzler is making space more accessible. He has developed a small rocket that allows small satellites to be transported into orbit at low cost.

  • “I didn’t want a secret curiosity shop“

    Mikrobiologe Karl-Otto Stetter

    “I didn’t want a secret curiosity shop“

    Karl-Otto Stetter gilt als Pionier in der Erforschung urzeitlichen Lebens. Sein ungebremster Entdeckergeist führte ihn in die entlegensten Regionen. Ob rare und neuartige Mikroben oder seltene Orchideen, stets teilt der TUM Alumnus seine Funde mit der Welt.

  • “We knew that we had a solution that was way ahead of the market”

    Gründer Tobias Knaup

    “We knew that we had a solution that was way ahead of the market”

    Schon als Teenager programmierte TUM Alumnus Tobias Knaup Webseiten und Internetdienste. Nach dem Studium gründete er im Silicon Valley ein Start-up. Dessen Spitzentechnologie und Unternehmenskultur lassen die Konkurrenz alt aussehen.

  • “We are automating Artificial Intelligence!”

    Entrepreneur Adam Probst

    “We are automating Artificial Intelligence!”

    TUM Alumni Adam Probst wants to take the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence to the next level. To this end, he developed a tool that helps companies utilize Artificial Intelligence even more efficiently.

  • “I love simple solutions”

    Manager for Digitalization Katsiaryna Apalkova

    “I love simple solutions”

    TUM Alumna Katsiaryna Apalkova is supporting companies in their efforts to become competitive for the future. Alongside digital solutions, corporate culture also plays a decisive role in this transformation process.

  • “An outside perspective is incredibly helpful”

    Mentoring Tandem Nora Els and Friederike Ott

    “An outside perspective is incredibly helpful”

  • “True strength lies within ourselves“

    Member of the Executive Board Sabrina von Nessen

    “True strength lies within ourselves“

    TUM Alumna Sabrina von Nessen is a dedicated executive with 20 years of professional experience in the Finance and IT industry. In her lectures she stresses the importance of emotional intelligence and female empowerment.

  • “You just have to give it a go”

    Sport Psychologist Vanessa Wergin

    “You just have to give it a go”

    There is no challenge too daunting for TUM Alumna Vanessa Wergin. As a former competitive athlete she has learnt how to deal with victory and defeat. Her research findings help athletes to stay calm in situations of pressure.

  • “I want to understand how our brains work”

    TUM Professor Ilona C. Grunwald Kadow

    “I want to understand how our brains work”

    In her role as TUM Professor of Neurobiology, Ilona Grunwald Kadow researches the brains of fruit flies. Her interest is not limited to the evolution of neural circuits. She also wants to change the conditions for women in higher education.

  • “I was able to decide for myself what I wanted to do”

    Computer Scientist Lachana Hada

    “I was able to decide for myself what I wanted to do”

    In Germany, TUM Alumna Lachana Hada is a software engineer in a start-up. In Nepal she teaches women how to programme. In both countries she wants to prove that gender has nothing to do with what you can and cannot do.

  • “At TUM I was able to learn and grow”

    Coach Valentina Luspai

    “At TUM I was able to learn and grow”

  • “Deep down in my heart, I am a scientist”

    Entrepreneur Robin Sommer

    “Deep down in my heart, I am a scientist”

    Computers and informatics have been fascinating TUM Alumni Robin Sommer since he was a teenager. Today he is the co-founder of a highly successful software company that helps to uncover security vulnerabilities and prevent hacker attacks.

  • “We want to solve one of the biggest environmental problems”

    Entrepreneur Eleonore Eisath

    “We want to solve one of the biggest environmental problems”

    Since 1950 people have produced around 8.3 billion tons of plastic, which now pollute the planet. With plastic-eating organisms, nature offers a solution to the problem. With their help, TUM Alumna Eleonore Eisath intends to start a recycling revolution.

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