On 23rd and 24th November, former Ph.D. students from the Welding Technology Division gathered at a BAM alumni conference to speak about their personal experiences and career paths after their Ph.D. course. The meeting was also supposed to give current Ph.D. students and BAM staff some perspective on future career options.
Twelve graduates followed up on the Division’s invitation to review the past and to discuss current topics and potential future cooperation.
On the first day of the event, three of the alumni who are working in industry gave short presentations from BMW on material and process analysis (Dr. Christopher Schwenk), material development in additive manufacturing at Siemens (Dr. Christoph Heinze) and challenges in the car industry from LBPS (Dr. Pavel Shcheglov). The programme was enhanced by a presentation on welding simulation by Humboldt Research Award Winner Prof. Suck-Joo Na, who is currently working at the Division.
The professional part of the meeting was followed by an informal get-together in the evening with roast goose, cold drinks and fun atmosphere in Almhütte Loretta restaurant at Lake Wannsee.
The second day of the event was dedicated to presentations by the current Ph.D. student generation and their research topics: laser beam welding, welding simulation and additive manufacturing. A guided tour of the laboratory concluded the successful event, which Head of Division Prof. Michael Rethmeier commented on, saying: "I am pleased that many of the alumni have accepted our invitation to participate in our Division alumni meeting which we will be holding once every three years. The contact with our alumni is very important to us because many of them have remained true to welding or related disciplines. We have a direct network in the industry and besides, it is just fun to get together with our colleagues again."