150 Alumni Stories

  • “Learning has to be fun“

    Chemist Fun Man Fung

    “Learning has to be fun“

  • “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained”

    Mentoring Tandem Thomas Briegel and Paul Kaiser

    “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained”

    Mentor and TUM Alumni Thomas Briegel and student and mentee Paul Kaiser are both bursting with energy and willingness to take risks. Both successfully run their own companies. In the mentorship they talk shop on equal terms.

  • “As a data scientist, I can realize my full potential.”

    Data Scientist Laura-Luisa Velikonja

    “As a data scientist, I can realize my full potential.”

    Data Science is more than just programming - it is a dream job for TUM Alumna Laura-Luisa Velikonja. With know-how and an enormous versatility the mathematician conquers the Big Data world and is an inspiring role model for her profession.

  • “My goal is to make robots more human”

    Robotics Expert Alona Kharchenko

    “My goal is to make robots more human”

    Robots are cold, inanimate machines? No, says TUM Alumna Alona Kharchenko. She is conducting research on a robot that acts and feels like a human being. The place where she gained the necessary know-how for this visionary task is TUM.

  • “I want to shape the future of coding and cryptography”

    Coding Expert Antonia Wachter-Zeh

    “I want to shape the future of coding and cryptography”

    With Antonia Wachter-Zeh, TUM has brought in an exceptional talent. The young professor develops algorithms that make communications engineering safer. Internationally, she is one of the experts in her field.

  • “Our buildings are medicinal”

    Architects Christine Nickl-Weller and Hans Nickl

    “Our buildings are medicinal”

    The TUM Alumni Christine Nickl-Weller and Hans Nickl are considered revolutionaries of hospital architecture. With a multifunctional research building at the TUM Campus Garching, they have now also created the best conditions for top-level research.

  • “Doing my doctorate at TUM was an unforgettable time“

    Professor Ying Zhang

    “Doing my doctorate at TUM was an unforgettable time“

    For her doctorate, Ying Zhang went all the way from China to Munich. Her experiences related to this intercultural exchange enriched her so much that she initiated the Women of TUM Network together with other female TUM Alumni.

  • „I am a Woman of Movement“

    Physical Education and Dance Teacher Gertrude Krombholz

    „I am a Woman of Movement“

    TUM Alumna Gertrude Krombholz was a physical education teacher trainer at TUM, specialised in many areas of sports and dance, and took part in three Olympic and 16 Paralympic Games. To promote her passion, she donated an award to TUM.

  • “I was so curious about an unknown country”

    Creative Generalist and Traveller Michael Bartels

    “I was so curious about an unknown country”

    As a student and Alumni of TUM, Michael Bartels learnt Japanese, studied and worked in Tokyo. His many years of experience in Japan have had a decisive influence on his life and were an important milestone in his professional career.

  • “Thanks to TUM I was able to turn my hobby into my job”

    Performance Analyst Michael Fuchs

    “Thanks to TUM I was able to turn my hobby into my job”

  • “I am saving buildings and people”

    Architect Katrin Kredel

    “I am saving buildings and people”

    In her studies TUM Alumna Katrin Kredel learnt how important professional teamwork and friendliness at the workplace are. Today, these competencies are the central formula for success for the freelance consultant and TUM mentor.

  • “I was a total lateral entrant”

    Mayor Franz Rasp

    “I was a total lateral entrant”

    TUM Alumni and mayor Franz Rasp had never been interested in politics. But he wanted to stand up for the people. During his studies, the civil engineer learnt a lot which would help him master his wide range of tasks.

  • “TUM has always been my first choice”

    Computer Scientist Mariana Avezum

    “TUM has always been my first choice”

    TUM Alumna Mariana Avezum has lived on four continents and speaks three languages. For her master's thesis she set up an interdisciplinary team at TUM in order to make the Hyperloop high-speed train even faster.

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

    Professor für Datenverarbeitung Klaus Diepold

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

    For ten years TUM Alumni Klaus Diepold worked as a specialist in the video industry. Then an offer brought him back to his alma mater. With great enthusiasm he now strives for the promotion of students here and is an ambassador of 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”

  • “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.

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