150 Alumni Stories

  • “There are so many young, talented people at TUM”

    Professor für Datenverarbeitung Klaus Diepold

    “There are so many young, talented people at TUM”

  • “My doctorate from TUM was a door opener wherever I went”

    Entrepreneur Victor Sandoval

    “My doctorate from TUM was a door opener wherever I went”

    In order to be able to do his doctorate at TUM, Victor Sandoval received a scholarship. The doctoral title made it easier for him to set up five companies in the Philippines. Today, it is him who supports the young scientists of his country.

  • “Some things work before you know why”

    TUM Emeritus of Excellence Joachim Heinzl

    “Some things work before you know why”

    Joachim Heinzl originally wanted to become an architect. But he decided to study Mechanical Engineering at TUM. His groundbreaking research led to the worldwide introduction of inkjet printers.

  • “If you want to start a business, do it with a purpose!”

    Start-up professional Dr. Tina Ruseva

    “If you want to start a business, do it with a purpose!”

    Dr. Tina Ruseva always wanted to set up her own company, to be the one who “does stuff” and not just “consumes”. After spending several years in the start-up world, she says it’s not about doing things right, but doing the right thing.

  • “TUM is characterised by a culture of support”

    Entrepreneur Catharina van Delden

    “TUM is characterised by a culture of support”

    TUM Alumna Catharina van Delden has founded a company that today is one of the leading providers of software for Agile Innovation. At TUM, she has gained confidence in her abilities.

  • “Back then it really was a struggle”

    Recycling expert Michael Heyde

    “Back then it really was a struggle”

    In the beginning, TUM Alumni Michael Heyde was less than enthusiastic about studying Mechanical Engineering. But his professors showed him which exciting research pathways the discipline offers. Today, he is an expert in the field of plastics recycling.

  • “We just never stopped”

    Mentoring Tandem Daniela Krahmer and Tatjana Diebold

    “We just never stopped”

    TUM student Tatjana Diebold was a bit nervous to meet her mentor for the first time. But there was chemistry between them right from the start. They have been meeting to discuss both professional and private matters for over five years.

  • “I had a lot of freedom in my research“

    TUM Emeritus of Excellence Franz Mayinger

    “I had a lot of freedom in my research“

    At TUM, Franz Mayinger received the education to become a specialist for Thermofluid Dynamics. As a highly esteemed expert for reactor design and safety, among other things, he was active in industry, research and as the chairman of the Federal Major Accidents Commission.

  • “Follow your heart”

    Management Consultant Jana Knode

    “Follow your heart”

    Since her school days TUM Alumna Jana Knode unswervingly followed her many interests. As a result her curriculum vitae is not exactly straightforward. The fact that her wide-ranging expertise is indeed a decisive advantage and not a flaw is something she learnt at TUM.

  • “My work is an ongoing expedition”

    Photographer Bernhard Edmaier

    “My work is an ongoing expedition”

  • “My dream came true”

    Head of Fire Service Christian Schwarz

    “My dream came true”

    Christian Schwarz joined the voluntary fire service when he was an adolescent, and today he runs Germany’s second-biggest Fire Service. The foundations for his ambitious path to the top of Hamburg’s Fire Service were laid during his studies in Chemistry at TUM.

  • “I want to develop cars that are always safe”

    Automotive expert Felix Naser

    “I want to develop cars that are always safe”

    TUM Alumni Felix Naser founded as a student together with MIT professors a million-euro company of his own. Today he researches intelligent vehicles in the field of urban mobility at BMW.

  • “At TUM Asia I have learnt for life”

    Semiconductor Expert Gunjot Kaur

    “At TUM Asia I have learnt for life”

    Studying at TUM's Singapore branch has had a significant impact on Gunjot Kaur's path in life. Today, she is confidently holding her ground in a male-dominated industry on an international level.

  • “I draw the best from different cultures”

    Top Manager Elisabetta Castiglioni

    “I draw the best from different cultures”

    After her doctorate at TUM , TUM Alumna Elisabetta Castiglioni decided against a habilitation and for a career in business. Today, the sought-after expert for digitisation has an unparalleled international career in top management.

  • “Continuous learning will always be in demand”

    Mechanical Engineer Claus von Heydebreck

    “Continuous learning will always be in demand”

  • “Natural sciences and management are an excellent combination”

    Manager Karin Thelen

    “Natural sciences and management are an excellent combination”

    TUM Alumni Karin Thelen is uniting the best of both worlds. With her scientific expertise she is driving development and innovation and she decisively contributes to the economic success of her company.

  • “Medicine is our passion”

    Medical couple Inas Abdelaziz and Hossam Sherif

    “Medicine is our passion”

    Inas Abdelaziz and Hossam Sherif were able to advance their research work at TUM thanks to a postdoc scholarship. Despite great cultural differences, they and their German colleagues had a common goal in mind: to help people.

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