Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • “Space is my passion”

    Aerospace Engineer Maria Grulich

    “Space is my passion”

  • “My family has always been my counterbalance“

    Chairman of the BMW Supervisory Board Norbert Reithofer

    “My family has always been my counterbalance“

    TUM Alumni Norbert Reithofer joined BMW after his doctorate at TUM in a management position and learnt to be a manager 'on the job'. The current Chairman of the Supervisory Board has a clear idea of what makes managers and companies successful.

  • “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.

  • “Continuous learning will always be in demand”

    Mechanical Engineer Claus von Heydebreck

    “Continuous learning will always be in demand”

    After completing his studies at TUM, Claus von Heydebreck worked successfully for major international corporations. Today, the top manager teaches his TUM Mentees the key skills required for this, working from Brazil.

  • “We were a fun bunch”

    IKOM founders Barbara und Thomas Peither

    “We were a fun bunch”

    It’s 30 years since a bold group of dedicated students called to life the firsts IKOM careers fair. TUM Alumnus Thomas Peither and his now wife Barbara were there at the beginning.

  • “The time we spent together at TUM made us strong”

    Researchers Yasmine and Heba Aguib

    “The time we spent together at TUM made us strong”

    There are many stories one can tell about the sisters Yasmine and Heba Aguib, for example, how interdisciplinary works, but also how to live out cultural exchange and bring it into international research projects in a beneficial manner.

  • “We wanted to revolutionize homebrewing”

    Founders Ping Lu, Dominik Guber and Wolfgang Westermeier

    “We wanted to revolutionize homebrewing”

    Because they did not like the beers on sale in the supermarkets, three TUM alumni simply decided to brew their own. This hobby turned into a multi million start-up, which today makes homebrewing possible for customers in Germany, Asia and the USA.

  • “Work hard and pursue your passion”

    TUM Ambassador Amaresh Chakrabarti

    “Work hard and pursue your passion”

    In his native India, Amaresh Chakrabarti grew up in modest circumstances. Today he is one of the pioneers in the field of design research in his country. The TUM Ambassador's recipe for success is a continuous international exchange.

  • “At TUM, I learned what German engineering really means”

    Alumni Donor Daniel Tomic

    “At TUM, I learned what German engineering really means”

    In the year of the global economic crisis, Daniel Tomic completed his doctorate at TUM. As his father's company found itself at a turning point at that time, he joined the company as Managing Director, which had not been part of his plans until then. Since then, the company has grown at a double-digit rate every year.

  • “You can’t gain this kind of experience through reading”

    Mentoring tandem Heinz Voggenreiter and Tim Wittmann

    “You can’t gain this kind of experience through reading”

  • ″I always come up with something new again.″

    BR’s Production and Technical Director Birgit Spanner-Ulmer

    ″I always come up with something new again.″

    Birgit Spanner-Ulmer aims to make the world ″easier“ bit by bit. Since earning her PhD at TUM, she has been dedicating herself to the optimization of products and processes – in the industry, in science and since 2012, in public service broadcasting.

  • „Studying at TUM must be great!“

    Four TUM Alumni in one family

    „Studying at TUM must be great!“

    The entire range of TUM: four TUM Alumni in one family, three generations and each one has studied a different subject. Once a year the family gathers around Professor Josef Rampl, who has celebrated his 100th birthday in May 2017.

  • “Decision-making is something you learn in industry”

    TUM Emeritus of Excellence Udo Lindemann

    “Decision-making is something you learn in industry”

    After gaining his PhD at TUM, Udo Lindemann worked in leading positions at the companies Renk and MAN. Go back to university? Only for the right professorial chair. And then the offer from TUM came.

  • “There is no greater thing than to invest in young people”

    University benefactor Roland Lacher

    “There is no greater thing than to invest in young people”

    Roland Lacher founded his own company at the age of 53 and was thus one of the first stars on the New Market. He managed his company with passion and today he supports young talents from TUM with a passion.

  • “Motion is my main passion”

    Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess

    “Motion is my main passion”

  • “I am inspired by other people’s enthusiasm”

    GE Chief Innovator Carlos Härtel

    “I am inspired by other people’s enthusiasm”

    Carlos Härtel likes to be inspired by others. Several times throughout his career, the innovation expert has started afresh and embarked on new endeavors. As a mentor, he has been passing on his insights to TUM students for the past nine years.

  • „Falling down and getting up again“

    Infineon-Chef Reinhard Ploss

    „Falling down and getting up again“

    Dr. Reinhard Ploss is leading chip manufacturer Infineon with vision and a feeling for future trends in technology. His courage in important decision-making stems from his time studying at TUM.

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