150 Alumni Stories

  • “This is where I learned to think big”

    Mathematician Rebecca Bürkle

    “This is where I learned to think big”

  • “I want to bring about a global impact”

    TUM Ambassador Gerhard Schenk

    “I want to bring about a global impact”

    TUM Ambassador Gerhard Schenk is an avid researcher and networker. Together with his colleagues at TUM, the enzyme expert is looking to advance the production of bio-based chemicals, a key industry for the future.

  • “Every tree counts”

    TUM Emeritus of Excellence Gerd Wegener

    “Every tree counts”

    For Gerd Wegener, two things have been particularly important in his life: the sustainable use of wood and the education of young people to become responsible architects of our future. To this day, the TUM Emeritus of Excellence is committed to both.

  • “This is meaningful living at its best!”

    Mentor Karl Fordemann

    “This is meaningful living at its best!”

    After more than twenty years as its Managing Director, TUM Alumni Karl Fordemann decided to leave the family brewery. Today, he is managing an academy for self-development. A decision that has not been easy for him. What he has learned from this experience, he is now passing on to his mentees.

  • “Our collaboration is extremely successful”

    TUM Ambassador Kai-feng Pan

    “Our collaboration is extremely successful”

    TUM Ambassador Kai-feng Pan researches at Peking University on how stomach cancer can be prevented. In a joint research laboratory, the two universities can now leverage their expertise in the fight against cancer even more effectively.

  • “Our ambition must be to compete with the very best”

    University Donor Franz-Robert Klingan

    “Our ambition must be to compete with the very best”

    Studying Chemistry at TUM and his doctorate under the later President Wolfgang A. Herrmann are the cornerstones of Franz-Robert Klingan's career. As a university donor, he now helps to ensure that his Alma Mater can continue to confidently face the future.

  • “We want to solve humanity’s biggest problems”

    Entrepreneurs Miguel Molina Romero and Pedro Gómez

    “We want to solve humanity’s biggest problems”

    For TUM Alumni Pedro Gómez and Miguel Molina Romero, no challenge is too daunting and no goal too ambitious. With their innovative AI-driven MRI technology, they want to bring about fundamental transformations in the food and agricultural industries.

  • “Without TUM, our company would not exist.”

    Founder Lukas Wiesmeier, Karl Schulz und Bilal Tariq

    “Without TUM, our company would not exist.”

    An idea on the topic of sustainability gave rise to the multi-award-winning start-up Angsa Robotics. The TUM Alumni had not planned to set up a company. Their goal was simply to contribute to a cleaner environment.

  • “Female participation is of vital importance”

    Gender researcher Alina Gales

    “Female participation is of vital importance”

    Women are not interested in technology? Nonsense, says TUM Alumna and gender researcher Alina Gales. Women are simply less interested in products in whose development they are less represented because they are made by men for men.

  • “Pioneering work in the energy sector”

    Executive Claudia Häpp

    “Pioneering work in the energy sector”

  • “This title bestowed on me by TUM fills me with pride.”

    TUM Emeritus of Excellence Heiner Bubb

    “This title bestowed on me by TUM fills me with pride.”

    Heiner Bubb is one of the most important researchers in the field of Vehicle Ergonomics. He has shaped generations of vehicles with his concepts for human-oriented machine design. This he would never have dreamed of when he was a student at TUM.

  • “I have always wanted to make a positive impact”

    Entrepreneur Artem Kuchukov

    “I have always wanted to make a positive impact”

    By pursuing a second degree, Artem Kuchukov wanted to expand his knowledge of Civil Engineering and gain international experience. But studying at TUM opened several other doors, too. Together with fellow students, the TUM Alumni created a start-up and is now doing what he always wanted to do: making a difference.

  • “I wanted to give back to TUM”

    Mentor Viktoria Leonhard

    “I wanted to give back to TUM”

    TUM Alumna Viktoria Leonhard never misses out on opportunities for further education and is always on the lookout for new projects. She has twice volunteered her experience as a TUM Mentor. Most recently, she started the Alumni Group Stuttgart. And she does all this alongside her management position at Allianz.

  • “Contributing to a better understanding of serious diseases”

    Entrepreneurs Valentin Kahl and Roman Zantl

    “Contributing to a better understanding of serious diseases”

    TUM Alumni Valentin Kahl and Roman Zantl started up their company straight after completing their doctorates. Today, it ranks among the leading providers of systems that allow for the analysis of cells under almost lifelike conditions.

  • „Science must be family-friendly“

    TUM Ambassador Maya Schuldiner

    „Science must be family-friendly“

  • “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”

    As Professor of Building History at TUM, Manfred Schuller directed major large-scale projects. His maxim of carrying out research through field work took the TUM alumnus to many different countries – among them sunny holiday resorts as well as dangerous war zones.

  • ″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.

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