Visiting the RUB Engineering Faculties
– Ruhr Fellowship Program 2014

On the 18th of June 2014, the RUB and its engineering faculties were visited again by 14 US-American students from the Ivy League universities of Harvard, Princeton and Pennsylvania, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The students of engineering and natural sciences were invited to spend their summer in the Ruhr Area within the Ruhr Fellowship Program of the University Alliance (UA) Ruhr – consisting of the University of Duisburg-Essen, the TU Dortmund University and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum – and the Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH. The program is in its third year now, having started in 2012 with the Technical University Dortmund as its host and the RUB organizing the visit of the Ivy League students in 2013. In June and July, the fellows take part in German classes and an academic and cultural program at the host universities before starting their internships in several well-known companies in the Ruhr Area.

During their one-day visit at the Ruhr-Universität, the students received a warm welcome by the International Office. They were guided over the campus and got to enjoy a beautiful view over the Ruhr Valley while having lunch at the Mensa. In the afternoon, the American guests started off to the engineering faculties, where an exciting technical program was awaiting them. Organized by the project ELLI and the representatives of the faculties of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and Mechanical Engineering, the program contained an introduction to the faculties’ study programs.

A special focus was on their three international master programs in engineering: Computational Engineering is centered on numerical simulations and closely connected to the Collaborative Research Center 837 ‘Interaction Modelling in Mechanized Tunneling’ at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The program Lasers and Photonics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering offers highly interdisciplinary studies in the fields of optics and optical technology, as well as laser technology and photonics. With Materials Science and Simulations, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering provides master students with in-depth knowledge of materials science, physics and numerical methods. All three programs are taught in English and have a share of at least 50% of international students from all over the world.

A guided tour then led the Fellows to the Plasma-Labs of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, where the Trans-regional Collaborative Research Center SFB TR 87 deals with pulsed high power plasmas for the synthesis of nanostructured functional layers. The students not only got a glimpse of the plasma’s glow, but also discussed its medical-technical application with the research associates of the faculty. The next station was the huge experimental hall of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Here, the students were introduced to structural engineering and could witness tests of structural soundness under high loads and multiple load cycles. A special treat was finally offered by the Chair of Solids Process Engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering: During the preparation of ice cream with liquid nitrogen and droplets of fruit-smoothies, everybody was invited to try – the experiment and the ice cream. Several of the US-American students then headed off to the RUBISSIMO Campus Festival, which took place at the same day and offered a successful conclusion for their day at the RUB.

Text and pictures: Natascha Strenger, Daniel Kruse, Project ELLI

Ruhr Fellowship Program 2013

In June and July 2013, 14 students of engineering and natural sciences from the Ivy League universities of Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania spent two months in Bochum and the Ruhr Area.

They were invited within the Ruhr Fellowship Program, an initiative of the three UAMR universities – Ruhr University Bochum, University of Duisburg-Essen, and TU Dortmund University – and the Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH. The program contains an academic and cultural program as well as a one month internship in one of the companies of the Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH: BP Europa SE, Deutsche Bank, Evonik, Hochtief, ista, RAG, Siemens, SMS, Trimet Aluminium and Vaillant.

While staying at this year’s host, the Ruhr- University Bochum, the US-American students took a German language course and visited the three engineering faculties: The Faculty of Civil- and Environmental Engineering, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering…

Anisa's Blog:

One of the Ruhr Fellows, Anisa Li, has written a Blog during the weeks spent in Bochum and surroundings. From the academic and cultural program at RUB, over weekend trips within the Ruhr Area or even to Cologne or Berlin, to their internship in German companies - Anisa gives you an insight into the whole Ruhr Fellows experience. Check it out: Anisa's blog

Ruhr Fellowship Program 2012:

In 2012, the first Ruhr Fellowship was hosted by the Technical University Dortmund. The participating students have captured their memories and experiences in a booklet, which you can find here: Ruhr Fellows Booklet 2012