Scholars 2019-2021

Scholarship Recipients 2019-2021

Maren Dietrich

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Maren Dietrich (Photo: private)

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Civil Engineering

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Civil Engineering

Professional and career goals

I would like to contribute to building more sustainable, resource-saving houses, as well as the share of so-called “grey energy”, i.e. of the energy required to manufacture and supply the materials used. I see potential not only in in the research of new possibilities, but also in the further establishment of existing concepts.

Focus and special interests in course of study

I have a special interest and talent for the constructive subjects, i.e. those in which one learns to design supporting structures and to construct a building. At the same time, I find infrastructure planning exciting as well, because you can always see examples of how it can work well or even not so well in everyday life.

What do I especially like about my studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt?

At the TU Darmstadt, I particularly like the wide range of opportunities for consolidation and choice. It also enables you to, for example, get a taste of non-subject areas through the Studium Generale.

What has the scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enabled me to do?

The scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enables me to broaden my horizons in my studies and also to listen to subjects that do not directly belong to my choice of focus, as I am not dependent on a part-time job due to the financial support. In addition it's a chance to get me involved outside the university.

Maximilian Kissel

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Maximilian Kissel (Photo: privat)

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Materials Science

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Materials Science

Professional and career goals

I am currently planning to do a doctorate after my master's degree and then join an international company in the field of research & development. The energy turnaround is (also) a material turnaround, which is why I would like to try to do my part in the future.

Focus and special interests in course of study

There is no classical focus or given specialisation in the English-language Master's programme in Materials Science. Instead, we can specialize in a wide range of subjects on our own. Here I am particularly interested in the material class of ceramics, which plays an important role both as a construction material and as a functional material. In the area of functional materials, I see an even more interesting potential for research and innovation.

What do I especially like about my studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt?

What I particularly like about my materials science course is the strong interdisciplinarity at the interface between engineering and natural sciences. The (further) development of materials enables new technical advances and innovations in a wide variety of areas. The compulsory elective area allows us to take language courses in other subject areas, for example. It should be emphasized that materials science at the TU Darmstadt is based in its own department. There I like the almost familiar atmosphere and the very good contact to the professors, who are always available to answer your questions.

In addition, thanks to the international network of the TU Darmstadt, I was able to complete a semester abroad at Bordeaux INP in France during my bachelor's degree.

What has the scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enabled me to do?

The scholarship supports me in financing my stay abroad in the third master semester. According to the current status, I would like to spend this either in Singapore (NTU) or in South Korea (KAIST). In addition, I had thought about an additional research internship in non-European English-speaking countries, which is now also financially more feasible. In addition, the meetings of the Thomas Weiland Foundation give me the opportunity to get to know other scholarship holders and thus expand my network.

Kevin Riehl

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Kevin Riehl (Photo: Christoph Rau)

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Industrial Engineering with technical specialization in electrical engineering and information technology

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Industrial Engineering with technical specialization in electrical engineering and information technology

Professional and career goals

After completing my master's degree, I would like to help solve the big problems of our time. I see my contribution to this as a doctorate in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a subsequent international career. I am convinced that the increased use of artificial intelligence in all areas of society can solve the great problems of climate change, demography, security policy, urbanization and environmental pollution, and create more security and quality of life for a global world civilization. However, this requires an understanding of the relationships between technologies and their application in the context of a globalised market economy.

Focus and special interests in course of study

In my master studies I will deal in the technical area with automation technology and artificial intelligence, as well as in the economic area with the topics of the discrete optimization of problems from the economy, as well as the interaction of technology and innovation management. Usually it is not the technologies and inventions themselves, but their economic commercialization and exploitation, which have the great influence on social life, which I think should be understood as a responsible and future-oriented industrial engineer.

What do I especially like about my studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt?

What I particularly like about my studies at the TU Darmstadt is, on the one hand, the scientific and academic way of working, which at the same time also deals with very practical problems and provides numerous cooperations with companies. In addition, my course of studies offers me a wide range of courses from a wide variety of fields, and thus allows me to set specific accents in terms of content during my studies.

What has the scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enabled me to do?

The scholarship of the Thomas Weiland Foundation enables me to fully focus on my studies and to gain further, very enriching, practical experience abroad, which will be an advantage for my later career. I also have the opportunity to get in touch with other talented scholarship holders of the Foundation.

Jonas Rikowski

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Jonas Rikowski (Photo: privat)

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Business Informatics

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Computer Science

Professional and career goals

According to my interests, I would like to contribute to the application and further development of automated natural language processing and deep learning in the future. I am also considering a PhD in this field.

Focus and special interests in course of study

In the main subject of my master's degree, I am mainly interested in deep learning in combination with natural language processing. This area of research is already of great importance for intelligent systems today and will, in my opinion, continue to play a central role in the future, since language is still one of the most powerful tools for representing complex facts.

However, the progress of deep learning also raises some socially relevant ethical questions about the explainability and bias of such systems and any resulting privacy and data protection cuts, which I would also like to address.

In addition, I am engaged (especially in my minor subject Economics & Law) in the research field of Operations Research, which is located at the interface between business administration, computer science and mathematics, in order to model and optimize real problems.

What do I especially like about my studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt?

Especially in the field of computer science, the TU Darmstadt is extraordinarily broad and up-to-date, so that you can choose from many different courses to deepen your own interests.

The wide range of language courses on offer and the numerous agreements with international universities, which make it possible for many students to spend semesters abroad, were and are culturally, personally and professionally very enriching for me.

What has the scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enabled me to do?

For me, the scholarship is an important support during my stay abroad in the Master's program. After my return, it will help me in Darmstadt to concentrate on my studies without having to forego further deepening and extracurricular activities such as learning foreign languages.

Greta Ruppert

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Greta Ruppert (Photo: Christoph Rau)

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Computational Engineering at the TU Darmstadt with focus on Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Computational Engineering at the TU Darmstadt with focus on Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Professional and career goals

After my studies I would like to do a doctorate in the field of numerical simulation of electromagnetic fields. I am especially interested in the modelling of complex problems.

Focus and special interests in course of study

My main interest during my studies is the modelling and simulation of electromagnetic fields. Accordingly, lectures on applied mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering are the focus of my studies. Since my interest in the simulation of high-voltage arresters was awakened during my bachelor thesis, I would also like to attend lectures in the field of high-voltage engineering.

What do I especially like about my studies at the Darmstadt University of Technology?

What I particularly like about my Computational Engineering course is the variety of specializations and the freedom with which you can design your curriculum. You can set your own priorities and thus develop your interests accordingly. I would also like to emphasize the wide range of subjects at TU Darmstadt, especially in the area of theoretical electrical engineering.

Another positive aspect of TU Darmstadt is its numerous relationships with partner universities all over the world. These relationships enable me to spend a semester abroad in Australia.

What has the scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enabled me to do?

The scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enables me to concentrate fully on my studies. The scholarship is also an enormous relief when it comes to financing my semester abroad in Australia in the second master semester.

Erik Schnaubelt

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Erik Schnaubelt (Photo: Christoph Rau)

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Computational Engineering at the TU Darmstadt with focus on electrical engineering and information technology

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Computational Engineering at the TU Darmstadt with focus on electrical engineering and information technology

Professional and career goals

After my master's degree I would like to do a doctorate in the field of electromagnetic field theory. In particular, I would like to focus on the development of numerical methods for computer-aided field calculation and their application to practical problems, for example in the context of electrical machines or particle accelerators.

Focus and special interests in course of study

In accordance with my doctoral wish, computer-aided modelling and simulation of electromagnetic phenomena is one of the focal points of my studies. In particular, I attend courses on applied mathematics, computer science and electrical engineering in order to do justice to the interdisciplinarity of the research direction. As an application case I am interested in the technique and physics of particle accelerators. In addition, I would like to study control theory and machine learning in the master's program.

What do I especially like about my studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt?

I particularly appreciate the interdisciplinary and future-oriented orientation of the Computational Engineering course, which forms an interface between mathematics, computer science and selected engineering sciences. After a broad basic education in the Bachelor's programme, the curriculum in the Master's programme can be freely designed so that one's own interests and knowledge can easily be incorporated into the study programme. Since the TU Darmstadt is one of the first universities in Europe to offer an independent degree course in Computational Engineering, it is a pioneering representative of this young discipline.

In addition to the interdisciplinarity, I like the international orientation of the TU. For example, the worldwide networking with numerous partner universities offers students the opportunity to finance and successfully complete their studies abroad.

What has the scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enabled me to do?

The scholarship of the Thomas Weiland Foundation enables me to study without financial worries and in particular to finance a semester abroad in North America in the second master semester. The support also gives me the opportunity to get to know like-minded scholarship holders and to gain new perspectives in exchange.

David Schnur

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David Schnur (Photo: privat)

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Chemistry and B.Sc. Biomolecular Engineering

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Chemistry

Professional and career goals

After completing my master's degree, I intend to do my doctorate in the field of technical chemistry. My main focus is on the field of catalysis. This field of chemistry is not only of scientific but also of social importance. So I consider it desirable to look for ways to increase the use of renewable resources in order to reduce dependence on fossil raw materials. I would like to contribute to this within the framework of research and process development.

Focus and special interests in course of study

The topic of catalysis is reflected in the main interests of my studies: In the field of technical chemistry I am engaged in the industrial application of catalysis. In order to penetrate the underlying laws, I also deal intensively with physical chemistry. In addition, I am enthusiastic about biological applications, so that I also attend many biochemical events.

What do I especially like about my studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt?

After the broad Bachelor's program, the Master's program allows you to select the areas of specialization based on your personal preferences. The TU Darmstadt is one of only a few universities in Germany to offer the opportunity to deepen my knowledge in the field of technical chemistry that I prefer.

What has the scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enabled me to do?

The scholarship of the Thomas Weiland Foundation grants me financial freedom. Since it relieves me of the need for a part-time job, I can concentrate fully on my studies. In addition, the scholarship gives me the opportunity to get to know other scholarship holders and thus interesting personalities.

Andreas Zoll

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Andreas Zoll (Photo: Christoph Rau)

Bachelor’s degree course

B. Sc. Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering at the TU Darmstadt

B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech

Master’s degree course

M. Sc. Mechanical Engineering – Mechanical and Process Engineering at the TU Darmstadt

Professional and career goals

My career goal in research and development is to help shape the (individual) mobility of the future. In my opinion, the mobility sector is currently undergoing a major change due to climate change and autonomous mobility concepts. I would like to contribute to mastering these upcoming challenges.

Focus and special interests in course of study

In my master's degree I would like to focus on the topics of energy technology and thermodynamics. Since mechatronic systems have become an indispensable part of mechanical engineering and have found their way into almost all areas of mechanical engineering, I will also be attending some in-depth events in this area.

What do I especially like about my studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt?

At the TU I like the pleasant size of the university, which makes it possible to meet friends and familiar faces in everyday life and at the same time gives me the chance to make new interesting acquaintances. This university size in combination with its interdisciplinary and international orientation makes the TU Darmstadt unique for me. In my opinion, this creates a very pleasant learning atmosphere.

What has the scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enabled me to do?

The scholarship of the Thomas Weiland Foundation gives me financial independence. Therefore, I am not dependent on a part-time job and have time during my studies to deepen my knowledge on topics that are not relevant to the exam.