Scholarship Recipients 2020

Andreas Höhl

Andreas Höhl

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Professional and career goals

At the moment I plan to do a PhD in the field of control and automation engineering after my master. I have not yet decided on longer-term goals.

Focus and special interests in course of study

In my studies, I am immersing myself in control engineering and automation engineering.

I am particularly interested in the broad and interdisciplinary field that this area offers.

In addition, I am also increasingly involved with machine learning, which offers great opportunities but also poses some difficulties, especially in safety-critical applications.

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

The TU Darmstadt is one of the leading universities in Germany. This is especially true in the field of electrical engineering, which offers a wide range of interesting topics.

This gives you the opportunity to put together your own individual courses and thus gain a lot of insight into a wide variety of topics.

In addition, I also find the social offer of the TU very good. There is a very large range of university sports activities in which I like to participate.

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

The support of the Thomas Weiland Foundation enables me to concentrate fully on my studies and still pursue my sport and the associated commitment in the youth sector.

Tobias Wang

Tobias Wang

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Information Systems Engineering

B.Sc. Mathematics

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Information Systems Engineering

Professional and career goals

After graduation, I would first like to do my doctorate. Afterwards I would like to contribute as an engineer and researcher to the the foundations for progress in communications technology and thus for the the digital future.

Focus and special interests in course of study

In my master's degree program, I am focusing on communications engineering and signal processing. Because I am especially interested in more theoretical aspects in this area, I decided to dedicate myself to the mathematical basics in a structured way. Currently I am working on the phase reconstruction of signals where this information has been lost by an (intensity) measurement.

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

What I like about my master's degree in information systems engineering is the interdisciplinary approach at the interface between electrical engineering and computer science. Apart from the TU Darmstadt, this degree program is only available at three other universities in Germany. This is accompanied by the wide range of specialization options combined with the freedom to specialize individually. During my semester abroad in Singapore, I also benefited from the high standards of teaching in Darmstadt.

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

The scholarship supports me in financing a research internship as soon as the situation allows it again. It also gives me the opportunity to get to know other highly motivated and talented scholarship holders of the foundation and to broaden my own horizons through exchange.

Danny Stark

Danny Stark

Bachelor’s degree course

B.Sc. Chemistry

Master’s degree course

M.Sc. Chemistry

Professional and career goals

After graduation, I plan to pursue a PhD in the field of technical chemistry. I would like to contribute to the raw material and energy transition by investigating new, heterogeneous catalyst systems. Following my doctorate, I intend to continue my research in the chemical industry on the development of new process ideas.

Focus and special interests in course of study

Catalysis and spectroscopy have particularly fascinated me during my studies. The interdisciplinary field of catalysis is not only chemically interesting, but also of central importance in society. Catalysts are a key technology for future challenges in the energy and raw material transition, and moreover, about 20% of the world economy depends, directly or indirectly, on catalytic processes. In order to be able to understand these processes, in my studies I mainly deal with the structural composition of inorganic solids, the application of catalysts in technical processes and various spectroscopic methods to be able to follow processes on a molecular level.

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

Especially the great variety and quality of the courses at the TU Darmstadt push me further. After having gained broad knowledge from different disciplines in the bachelor's program, it is possible to design the master's program according to one's own interests. In addition, the TU Darmstadt is one of the few universities in Germany where it is possible to study with a focus on technical chemistry. In addition, it is possible in the chemistry program to work on your own research-relevant tasks under the guidance of doctoral students during the master's program, which allows you to contribute to current research at an early stage.

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

The funding from the Thomas Weiland Foundation enables me to concentrate on my studies and still allows me enough time for my own interests. Especially at the current time, I am very grateful for this support and look forward to exchanging ideas with other motivated scholarship holders.

Pascal Schwager

Bachelor’s degree course

Chemistry B.Sc. at the TU Darmstadt

Master’s degree course

Chemistry M.Sc. at TU Darmstadt

The first year of my master studies I am studying abroad at the School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.

Professional and career goals

After finishing my Master's degree, I plan to do a PhD because I personally don't want to leave the university environment yet, especially after I could already experience what it is like to do research properly in my Bachelor's thesis. After a PhD, I am currently planning to work on the research and development of new catalysts and techniques that help to solve the big problems of today, such as climate change and energy transition, through chemistry. It is still open whether I will continue to work in academia, an institute or in the chemical industry. My doctorate will give me a better insight into university research. This will help me decide on my career path.

Focus and special interests in course of study

In my master's program, I specialized in physical, technical and inorganic chemistry. In my opinion, this is the perfect combination to pursue my interest in chemical catalysis. Catalysis is an important aspect of today's chemical industry and is also of utmost importance for future-oriented applications in terms of energy- and resource-saving production processes. I consider the elucidation of the specific mechanisms underlying a wide variety of catalysis systems and their optimization as an interface between physical and technical chemistry. With the synthesis of many heterogeneous catalysts as well as the discovery of new catalysts, I see the overlap with inorganic chemistry on the other side. With my choice of focus, I hope to be well equipped to pursue and deepen my interest in catalysis.

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

I chose the TU Darmstadt for my bachelor's program because the chemistry department in Darmstadt covers many subject areas and the bachelor's program is correspondingly broad. With this broad technical basis from the bachelor's program, there is then the possibility to specialize in an equally broad selection of subjects in the master's program. Thus, chemistry at the TU Darmstadt enabled me to specialize in exactly those subjects that reflect my personal interests. In addition, especially technical chemistry, which is not offered at many universities in Germany, has excellent contacts in the chemical industry, which can facilitate a possible career entry into the chemical industry.

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

The Thomas Weiland Foundation scholarship gives me great financial independence. It means I can do without part-time jobs and thus concentrate entirely on my studies. This also means that I can, for example, deal with topics that go beyond the normal lecture material or that I have enough free time to get involved in the student council. In addition, the financial support is also very helpful, especially during my stay abroad in Finland, as the cost of living here is significantly higher than in Germany.

Marc Zenzius

Marc Zenzius

Bachelor's degree program:

B.Sc. Industrial Engineering – Civil Engineering

Master's degree program:

M.Sc. Industrial Engineering – Civil Engineering

Career goal and career expectations

After completing my studies, I would like to work at the interface between technology and business. I can well imagine making a positive contribution to the further development and modernization of the construction industry.

Main focus and special interests during my studies

During my studies, I developed a special interest in the fields of structural engineering and corporate finance. The field of structural analysis has a wide range of applications and forms the basis for the further development of modern, future-oriented civil engineering. On the one hand, corporate finance helps to understand companies as players on the capital market, acting like a pair of glasses that allows a clear view of a company and its economic activities. On the other hand, it is an exciting field of research that incorporates considerations from other disciplines such as psychology.

What do I particularly like about studying at the TU Darmstadt?

I really appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of my studies. As an industrial engineer, you work with students from a wide variety of disciplines, such as mathematics, engineering, and human sciences so far, in your everyday studies, but also as part of projects. Throughout our studies, we have many opportunities to work in teams in order to acquire new knowledge with and from fellow students. Especially the interdisciplinary projects always require a dynamic work environment and lead to particularly innovative results.

What does the Thomas Weiland Foundation scholarship enable me to do?

The scholarship of the Thomas Weiland Foundation supported me during my semesters abroad. I also feel that the funding is a special honor and encourages me to further deepen my previous research commitment.

Harry Walker

Harry Walker

Bachelor program

B.Sc. Mathematics at the TU Darmstadt

Master's program

M.Sc. Mathematics at the TU Darmstadt

Career goal and career ideas

I imagine a career in the space industry, for example at the European Space Agency ESA.

Main focus and special interests during my studies

My master specializations are analysis and optimization. I also have a great interest in physics and the application of mathematics.

What do I particularly like about studying at the TU Darmstadt?

The wide range of lectures and the in-depth lectures.

What does the Thomas Weiland Foundation scholarship enable me to do?

The scholarship of the Thomas Weiland Foundation supports me to work on a personal research project of orbit determination besides my studies.

Franka Nordmann

Franka Nordmann

Bachelor degree program

B.Sc. Medical Technology

Master's degree program

(M.Sc. Medical Technology)

Career goal and career ideas

Currently, I am also planning to pursue a master's degree in medical engineering after completing my bachelor's degree. After that, I see myself in the research and development of medical devices, especially those that can support the various body functions of humans or even replace them over a period of time or in the long term such as prostheses, pacemakers or even heart-lung pumps. I would like to improve the treatment methods of patients in order to enable them to have as high a standard of living as possible despite physical limitations.

Focus and special interests in my studies

By choosing to study medical engineering, I have already chosen a focus within electrical engineering. Thus, especially the bachelor's program is strongly interdisciplinary due to the attendance of technical and medical modules and offers the possibility to get to know many fields. From the 5th semester onwards, students can set their own technical focus through a wide range of electives. I am particularly interested in the elective area of computer science and electrical engineering.

What do I particularly like about studying at the TU Darmstadt?

I particularly like the interdisciplinary orientation of the program, which was made possible by the cooperation with the Goethe University in Frankfurt. You get a broad insight into both electrical engineering and medicine. In addition, numerous internships are included in the study program, which allow first points of contact in application.

The Studium Generale also offers the opportunity to get a taste of other courses of study.

What does the Thomas Weiland Foundation scholarship enable me to do?

The scholarship from the Thomas Weiland Foundation allows me to fully dedicate myself to my studies without worrying about my financial situation. Especially in Corona times I appreciate this aspect very much, since many part-time jobs are cancelled in view of the lockdown.

In addition, the exchange with other scholarship holders opens up new perspectives for me.

Christian Eyring

Christian Eyring

Bachelor course of studies

Currently I study Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the TU Darmstadt

Master's program

In my master's degree program, I would like to remain faithful to electrical engineering.

Career goal and career ideas

My goal is to develop technologies and robots that keep the environment clean and support people in their everyday life. That's why I'm currently in the process of building up a start-up that aims to make environmental protection economically viable!

Main focus and special interests during my studies

I am especially interested in the specialization sensors, actuators and electronics. But I also find mechanical engineering and mechanics very interesting.

What do I particularly like about studying at the TU Darmstadt?

In particular, I like the possibility to freely design my studies, so that everyone can find their own way at the TU Darmstadt, no matter what prerequisites and interests they have. The TU not only offers insights into a wide range of disciplines, but also has a large network to offer.

What does the Thomas Weiland Foundation scholarship enable me to do?

The scholarship allows me to fully concentrate on my studies and my start-up. This is not only a great relief, but also a great motivation to reach my goal.

Peter Rudolph

Peter Rudolph

Bachelor's degree program:

B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Master's degree program:

-

Career goal and career ideas:

I would like to plan and implement technical projects in a team later on. I am particularly interested in projects involving regenerative energy generation, process automation and artificial intelligence.

I would like to use the knowledge I have gained through my studies in the automotive industry. Many new and exciting technologies are currently being developed there, and I would like to be involved in their further development and improvement. These range from the development of new drive technologies to autonomous driving.

Areas of focus and special interests in my studies:

Since I have just finished my first semester, I cannot yet answer this question comprehensively. I found the subject of logical design particularly interesting last semester. At the moment, I could imagine choosing data technology or sensor technology as a specialization.

What do I particularly like about studying at the TU Darmstadt?

In the first semester, I was very impressed by the professional competence of the professors and tutors. Questions and uncertainties were quickly cleared up.

In addition, I am very grateful that the TU Darmstadt gave us a good start to our studies despite the Corona pandemic. Both the orientation week and the well-organized group exercises and discussion forums encouraged and facilitated active exchange with my fellow students. Thus, I was already able to make some friends despite distance learning.

Another reason why I chose the TU Darmstadt is that there are many connections to international universities here and I am definitely planning a semester abroad.

What does the Thomas Weiland Foundation scholarship enable me to do?

The Thomas Weiland Foundation scholarship allows me to be financially independent so that I can concentrate fully on my studies. I don't have to take on a part-time job, and after Corona I may be able to pursue my hobby of competitive swimming again.

Furthermore, I hope for a lively exchange with other scholarship holders, e.g. also with those from the master's programs, in order to get tips and suggestions.

Tom Lorenz

Tom Lorenz

Bachelor's degree program

B.Sc. Mechatronics

Master's degree program

-

Career goal and career expectations

After my bachelor's degree, I plan to pursue a master's degree in mechatronics with a specialization in aerospace mechatronics. Afterwards, I would like to work in development or research in the aerospace field.

Main focus and special interests in my studies

In the mechatronics program, it is not possible for me to choose a specialization. Nevertheless, I can expand my knowledge in other areas such as economics or languages, for example, through the Studium Generale.

In later semesters, I could deepen certain topics through electives. As already mentioned in the previous question, I will focus on the field of astronautics or related fields.

What do I particularly like about studying at the TU Darmstadt?

What I like about the TU Darmstadt with regard to my course of study is that there is a high level of disciplinarity here and you can therefore learn a lot from several areas.

In addition, there is also very good support during the online semesters, which can serve as assistance.

What does the scholarship of the Thomas Weiland Foundation enable me to do?

The scholarship of the Thomas Weiland Foundation gives me the chance to fully concentrate on my studies, as I do not have to worry about a part-time job.

It also allows me to familiarize myself with other topics that are of interest to me.

Since I also plan to spend a semester abroad, the scholarship is a very good support for this.