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.

Josef Rampl was the first one in his family to study. “His mother recognized his talent and has always supported him”, Dr. Michael Rieder, one of his sons-in-law, tells us. Josef Rampl is from the area of Landshut and was allowed to attend secondary school in Landshut before opting for a degree at TUM. “Of course this could not be taken for granted”: those were the years of the war, and to study was not easy in those times.

With his family’s support he went to TUM in Munich in 1940, where to begin with he provided assistance to the university. This also showed in the tasks given to the students of Architecture: one assignment for example was to design a brick building made from rubble, that is how the front of today’s Sport Scheck building at Färbergraben in Munich came into being.

In 1949 Josef Rampl completed his diploma. Back then he didn’t think that his family would consist of several TUM alumni one day. Two of his daughters have also married graduates of TUM, and meanwhile even one of his grand-sons has earned a degree from TUM. Yet all TUMlings have studied different subjects: “When we meet at family gatherings we mainly talk about what has changed in academic studies compared to back then”, says Michael Rieder. As a longtime employee of TUM he knows very well how rapidly a university can develop and change. “Back then books were read, things were drawn by hand, today all this is done through computers.”

Once a year Josef Rampl’s family is meeting up in Lower Bavaria. The retired professor of Architecture has bought an old vicarage there. His two sons are in the middle of renovating the four-sided farmstead and converting it into residential buildings. But on the 1st of May every year it turns into the large family’s meeting point: the last bigger celebration was Josef Rampl’s 100th birthday. His wish? “To carry on as before.”

Prof. Josef Rampl

Diploma Architecture 1947

Josef Rampl, born in 1917, has studied Architecture at TUM and graduated in 1949. Based on the recommendation of his fellow student Anneliese Eichberg he became an assistant at the Chair of Design of TUM Professor Abel. He fondly remembers being allowed to heat the professor’s room prior to marking the designs: “In there was a round iron stove, which ran on wood and briquettes, that was my job.” For 35 years Josef Rampl has built residential buildings, schools hospitals and churches with his own architectural office and has taught as a professor at Hochschule München (University of Applied Science in Munich). He still loves using his knowledge to help his kids and grand-kids – and when doing that he still prefers to use a machinist square, paper and pencil to design his ideas.

Dr. Michael Rieder

Diploma Geology 1980, Doctorate 1992

That Michael Rieder studied Geology was rather coincidental: he wanted to know what a geologist does and presented himself to Professor Paul Schmidt-Thomé. He was welcomed at the department so warmly and cordially that he immediately knew: “Studying here must be great.” After his graduation and working in an engineering office he felt an urge to return to TUM, he did a doctorate and remained at the chair, and in 2012 he was appointed Academic Director. The teaching awards tell their own tale: Michael Rieder cares about providing the students with knowledge and academic tools of the trade and about inspiring enthusiasm with his courses.

Robert Schreiter

Diploma Mechanical Engineering 1979

Robert Schreiter already knew his brother-in-law’s brother in school. Then they met again at TUM but had signed up for different subjects. Robert Schreiter studied Mechanical Engineering with a specialisation in Engineering Design and Product Development and worked as technical director and then managing director in factory automation. He always enjoys coming back to TUM, preferably to Vorhoelzer Forum, a “cool location”.

Konstantin Lackner

Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology 2016

The youngest TUM Alumni is Konstantin Lackner who initially did his bachelor’s at TUM and furthermore graduated in Technology Management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM). Meanwhile he lives in Berlin and works as a software engineer at the start-up Kreatize.

 

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