Marius Engler, 23, Berlin
Regenerative Energy Technology, 2nd semester Master
I live on campus in a 3-person shared flat with an international from Russia, but the biggest culture shock was of course my Bavarian roommate. Living in a shared flat with different cultures is interesting - you always have different conversations, different perspectives and gather new impressions virtually every day. But I also come together with many cultures during sports in my volleyball classes, where I've also been able to learn some proverbs in other languages. It also makes communication easier: if you make a little joke and everyone laughs - perfect! I think the cultural diversity on campus is great because you don't fall back into monotony in the first place. It's always colorful, you get new impulses and never stop learning. We also have many associations, such as we4you or ISWI e.V., which organize many events with and for internationals, which I think is great.
Monika Wolak, 24, Krakau
Applied Media and Communication Studies, 6th semester Bachelor
There are so many different people at the university and you have contact with all the cultures of the world. I think it's great that you can show and live your culture here. I can also highly recommend the sports courses, especially the dance courses. From Salsa to Hip-Hop to Bollywood, here you get a good insight into different cultures. The many events on campus are also great for learning new things: For us Europeans, many things are taken for granted, but then you have to show some people what Christmas is or explain the meaning of Ramadan to us in return - I find this exchange wonderful. At home in Poland, there is not so much cultural diversity, so it was here that I first saw what the world really looks like.
Julius Prenzel, 24, Coburg
Media Technology, 2nd semester MA
In my opinion, the Mensawiese in Ilmenau is the most intercultural spot in Thuringia. Especially in the summer at lunchtime, many people meet outside to collect vitamin B. What I love most is the similar mindset of the people here, even though they are so culturally different. One of the biggest lessons for me was that despite the typical stereotypes, you can't generalize - especially when you meet several from one culture, you realize how individual each person is after all. The cool thing about Ilmenau is that you gain a lot of intercultural experience and make new contacts. My group of friends now consists mainly of internationals. Real friendships have been formed here that are pretty much certain to last beyond the university years.
Anne Zerbst, 30, Leipzig
Biomedical Engineering, 2nd Semester Bachelor
I come into contact with different cultures through my work as a student assistant in health management, especially because we have a requirement to take diversity aspects into account. We are always interested in where the interests of international students lie and don't just want to look at it from a German perspective. I also like the different attitudes that people have here on campus. We as Germans are sometimes a bit uptight or worry a lot about the consequences of our actions. International students are much more relaxed and I find that very pleasant. In my first month at TU, I was walking around campus and in front of one of the dorms there was a dance event with Indian dances. It was really nice to see this huge group dancing for themselves - that was the first time I saw how many cultural influences there are on campus.
Pritish Chowdhury, 29, Kolkata
Communications and Signal Processing, 5. Semester Master
I have been here since 2019 and have visited many cities in Germany since then. Nevertheless, I firmly believe that the greatest cultural diversity can be found in Ilmenau. Most of the time I come into contact with other cultures in front of the Mensa. On Friday nights, there are always a lot of different parties going on there - with one or two drinks, you usually loosen up and get into conversation with others more easily. This cultural diversity on campus helps you broaden your own horizons. You learn how people think and how you have to deal with them individually. The best thing I learned for myself is not to judge too quickly. It's only when you start talking to people that you really get to know them. The people here are very friendly - all in all, I would recommend Ilmenau as a place to study to anyone who wants to come here and gain international experience.
Patricia Nöther, 22, Leipzig
Technical Cybernetics and Systems Theory, 8th semester BA
I come into contact with many cultures mainly through the EWO ("Ersti-Woche"), where I have been part of the management since 2021. We have a cooperation with the ISWI e.V., where we offer an international buffet at the get-to-know-you barbecue during the Ersti-Week. This way, we want to introduce all first-year students to the different cultures. During a closed meeting of the StuRa, we first noticed the hurdles that international students face here. The language barrier is always a huge problem, so there should be much more understanding and more courses should be offered in English. The best thing about the diversity here is to see how colorful the world is. Sooner or later I will come into contact with other cultures anyway - I think it's nice to experience that in Ilmenau already. I am very proud that we are not so isolated. We have the world at home, with all its positive and negative aspects.
Univ.-Prof. Emese Domahidi
Computational Communication Science
Emese Domahidi was appointed University Professor by the President of TU Ilmenau, Prof. Kai-Uwe Sattler, on September 12, 2022. Since October 2017, Emese Domahidi was a junior professor (with tenure-track) responsible for the Computational Communication Science Group at TU Ilmenau. After the positive final evaluation, she was appointed university professor.
Emese Domahidi studied Communication Science, Modern German Literature and Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. She worked as a research assistant in the ERC project "The social fabric of virtual life: A longitudinal study on the social foundations of online gaming (SOFOGA)" with Prof. Dr. Thorsten Quandt first at the University of Hohenheim (2010-2012) and finally at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2012-2015). In September 2015, she received her PhD for her thesis "Online media use and perceived social resources. A meta-analysis" at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. From 2015 to 2017, she worked as a postdoc in the Social Media Research Group with Prof. Dr. Sonja Utz at the Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media in Tübingen.
As head of the Computational Communication Science Group at TU Ilmenau, Emese Domahidi researches digital media content and communication processes and related changes for individuals and society. Her research focuses on biases in digital media, well-being and digital media, and crisis communication via digital media.
In addition to traditional methods of communication science, Emese Domahidi is primarily interested in the development, application, and evaluation of computational methods and pursues these research interests in numerous externally funded projects at TU Ilmenau. In the future, Emese Domahidi will further expand these key research interests and, in particular, also focus on and strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration.
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bachmann
Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bachmann has been appointed university professor and head of the Group of Automotive Engineering at theDepartment of Mechanical Engineering as of January 01, 2022. With this appointment, the fields of competence of the Thuringian Innovation Center Mobility (ThIMo) are once again fully staffed.
After studying mechanical engineering and working for four years as a research assistant at the Group of Automotive Engineering at TU Darmstadt. Thomas Bachmann moved to industry in 1997, where he most recently worked in the BMW Group's Digital Car, Automated Driving development area as vehicle project manager of the fully automated driving pilot fleet. Prior to that, he worked on topics such as vehicle safety, driving dynamics, networking and driver assistance.
Prof. Bachmann will contribute his expertise to the ThIMo core competencies of vehicle technology and drive technology. With the new leadership, the Group has been renamed from "Kraftfahzeugtechnik" to "Fahrzeugtechnik". In addition to research, Prof. Bachmann will also be intensively involved in teaching and training the students of the Automotive Engineering program.
Prof. Bachmann is married and has two children aged 23 and 17.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Yury Person
Large Networks and Random Graphs Group
Yury Person has been University Professor and Head of the Large Networks and Random Graphs Group at the Institute of Mathematics at TU Ilmenau since September 10, 2021.
Previously, he was Endowed Junior Professor of the Carl Zeiss Foundation since May 2018. In his research, he searches for patterns in large discrete structures that appear chaotic. This often involves the interplay of structure and randomness as a tool of proof. This also has application references in computer science, for example in property testing.
Yury Person studied mathematics at the Technical University of Munich and subsequently received his PhD in computer science from the Humboldt University of Berlin (2010). After PostDoc at the Institute of Mathematics at the Free University of Berlin, he became Junior Professor of Discrete Mathematics and its Applications at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (2013 - 2018). From 2014 to 2016, he was a fellow in the Main-Campus-educator program of the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main. In 2017, he was nominated by the students of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at Goethe University for the 1822 University Award for Excellence in Teaching. Yury Person has had several extended research stays at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (Los Angeles), the Hebrew University Jerusalem, and the Universidade de São Paulo.
Yury Person spends his rare free time with his wife and daughter. He loves improvisational theater, musicals, traveling, and good food.
Univ.-Prof. Kathy Lüdge
Department of Theoretical Physics II
Kathy Lüdge studied physics at the Technische Universität in Berlin and received her doctorate there in 2003 in solid state physics in the field of surface analysis. She completed her habilitation on nonlinear carrier dynamics in quantum dot-based lasers in 2011 at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at TU Berlin, for which she received the Karl Scheel Prize of the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin in 2012.
During her scientific career, she was a visiting scientist at the University of Minnesota (USA) in 2002, a visiting professor at Freie Universität in Berlin in 2015, and a Humboldt Feodor-Lynen Fellow at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 2016. From 2016-2021, she worked as a university professor at TU Berlin, where she headed the Department of Nonlinear Laser Dynamics. She is known to the scientific community through more than 100 articles in renowned journals.
At the TU Ilmenau, Prof. Lüdge will investigate the emission properties of semiconductor devices using numerical methods and develop new approaches for their optimization and innovative applications. The focus is on simulations of spatio-temporal dynamics and machine learning methods.
Jun.-Prof. Elena Freisinger
Group Innovation Management
Dr. Elena Freisinger has been a new junior professor at the Department of Economic Science and Media and head of the Innovation Managemen Group since September 1. In her new field of work at the Institute of Business Administration, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Freisinger will research the emergence and impact of innovations on individuals, companies and society.
After studying International Business Law at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, she earned her PhD in Innovation Management at EBS University of Business and Law in 2019. In her dissertation, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Freisinger researched business model innovations and their impact on individuals and organizations. During her doctorate, she completed research stays as a visiting scholar at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Elena Freisinger was most recently a researcher at the Nuremberg Institute for Market Decisions (NIM) in the Behavioral Sciences and Future & Trends research groups and a research associate at the Strascheg Institute for Innovation, Transformation and Entrepreneurship (SITE) at the EBS University of Economics and Law in Oestrich-Winkel/Hesse. Elena Freisinger gained practical experience as an executive assistant at the industrial and automotive supplier Schaeffler in Herzogenaurach.
Univ.-Prof. Albrecht Gensior
Group Power electronics
Dr.-Ing. Albrecht Gensior was appointed university professor at Technische Universität Ilmenau as of September 1, 2021. He heads the Group of Power Electronics and Controls in Electrical Power Engineering at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, succeeding Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jürgen Petzoldt.
Albrecht Gensior studied electrical engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden and then worked as a research assistant at the Power Electronics Professorship at the TU Dresden.
In 2008, he completed his doctorate at TU Dresden in the field of flatness-based control for power electronic systems, where he established the independently funded research group "Modeling and Nonlinear Control of Power Electronic Systems" in 2013. The research focus of this group, funded by grants from the DFG and industrial funds, was primarily on the use of nonlinear design methods in control engineering for power electronic applications.
In 2019, he undertook a research and teaching visit to the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile. Albrecht Gensior is known to the scientific community for more than 40 journal and conference papers and patent applications.
Niko Kron has been the new student consul at TU Ilmenau since the beginning of the summer semester on April 1, 2022. He succeeds Jan Lemmen in office and will form an important link between university management, student body and the numerous university and student committees in the coming months of his term.
As a student on the bachelor's degree program in mechatronics, Niko Krohn was already active in the university's student council (StuRa) before taking up his post as consul and is therefore close to the issues and interests of the students: "I consider good representation of these interests at the university to be extremely important and am looking forward to taking on some non-technical work after completing my bachelor's degree as consul," says the 24-year-old, explaining his motivation for the post.
In the first few weeks of his six-month term of office, a lot of information has already poured in on the new student representative: "As student consul, I am allowed to take part in many committee meetings of the university as an advisory member, pass on information to improve the exchange between the members of the various committees, and am in direct contact with the presidium every week. This way, I can bring the concerns of the student body to the presidium and, conversely, inform the StuRa about news from the presidium."
Niko Kron is particularly concerned about the interests of the numerous international students in Ilmenau: "As a representative of a university with a high proportion of international students, it is important to me to include their interests and to integrate them well in the committee work." At the same time, Niko Kron would also like to support the volunteers in the committees: "The student committees at the TU Ilmenau are almost exclusively made up of volunteers. There are a lot of administrative tasks involved, and it's important that I can take on at least some of these tasks so that the volunteers can better concentrate on the substantive work."
Advisor to the Vice President for Academic Affairs
On 01.08.2021 Sebastian Hübner started his position as an advisor for the Vice President for Studies and Teaching.
The native of Thuringia studied mechanical engineering at the TU Dresden. During his studies he gained a wealth of experience in the field of student and academic self-administration. Among other things, he was a senator at the TU Dresden and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Center for Quality Analysis. He acquired the necessary expertise in the course of his multiple expert activities in programme accreditation procedures at home and abroad. For his commitment, TU Dresden awarded him the Lohrmann Medal in 2018. With this award, the university honors its best graduates for their outstanding achievements.
After successfully completing his diploma, Sebastian Hübner began a scientific career at TU Dresden at the Chair of Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Technology. In 2020, he moved to TU Ilmenau to the Department of Quality Assurance and Industrial Image Processing.
He now wants to use his experience in both scientific and administrative areas of the university profitably for the entire TU Ilmenau.
Since the beginning of the summer semester Jan Lemmen is the new student consul and succeeds Mr. Jan Angerer, who was consul for the previous semester. The student of the Bachelor of Computer and Systems Engineering already brings experience from the student body of the Student Council for Computer Science and Automation to his office.
Jan Lemmen's term of office was and is particularly marked by the pandemic. In combination with the quality management, which is in a state of upheaval, and the revision of all study programmes, there are great challenges. As a link between the university management, the student body and the university and student committees, the consul has the task of ensuring the flow of communication and steering it on the student side. Especially due to the good and constructive cooperation on all levels of the university, this is currently succeeding in the face of the pandemic.
If you have any questions, please contact Jan Lemmen at email@example.com or send a message on Telegram to @KonsulTUI.