Solemn handing over of the Rector at Aalen University with the Minister of Science Theresia Bauer, Aalen University – Technology and Economics, press release

During the ceremony, in the presence of about 150 guests from the world of politics, business and science, prof. dr hab. Harald Riegel was officially inaugurated yesterday as Rector of Aalen University. He is the successor of prof. dr. Gerhard Schneider, who retired after two terms at the end of December 2021. The university welcomed the Minister of Science of Baden-Württemberg Theresia Bauer as a special guest, who also gave an evening speech.

In his welcome speech, the Chairman of the University Council and Chairman of the Board of Carl Zeiss AG, Dr. Karl Lamprecht initially remarkable commitment of prof. dr. Gerhard Schneider: “Our sincere thanks go to prof. dr. Knife. Thanks to his great passion and immense commitment, he has been extremely successful in developing and adapting Aalen University. During his tenure, the university achieved a new level thanks to its size, efficiency and international recognition. ” Breakthrough milestones such as the INNO-Z innovation center, explorhino, the graduate campus, the new ZiMATE and ZTN research buildings, and the forest campus are now being built very important with its anticipation and practical operation. “The University of Aalen is extremely attractive and is an important building block in the region and beyond,” emphasized Lamprecht.

Science Minister Theresia Bauer echoed the words of praise made by the president of the university council: “The fact that Aalen University has developed into such an important institution in the university landscape of Baden-Württemberg and Germany over the past decade and a half is not only due to Prof. dr. Knife. Aalen University is extremely important for the state from the point of view of strategic issues of sustainable development and climate protection. An excellent example of this are the research buildings ZiMATE and ZTN. ” Minister Theresia Bauer thanked Schneider, also on behalf of Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann, for his work as rector and on the board of the Baden-Württemberg Universities of Applied Sciences (HAW BW eV): “They looked around, gained lasting merit for the entire university and research center of Baden-Württemberg . Let me say – and it is not an exaggeration – that the era is coming to an end. “

Also prof. dr hab. Dr. In his welcome, Bastian Kaiser referred to the great achievements of Schneider. “He developed the university far beyond the university’s existing tasks. It has become an important center for the condensation of innovation, the development of qualified employees, the transfer of knowledge and a wide range of socio-political impulses for the entire region, ”emphasized the chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Applied Universities. Sciences (HAW) in Baden-Württemberg. The “eastern fringes” used to be detrimental to any form of development, but this has now been turned around with and through the university. “Gerhard Schneider played a big role in that.”

In his farewell speech, prof. dr hab. To Gerhard Schneider for all the words of appreciation and said: “I have to put some things in perspective because it is always a team effort. And we have a strong team that works for the university and is extremely committed. I have had the honor of meeting a lot of people and being able to shape things – I am very grateful for that. ” Schneider, who served as Rector for 14 years, warmly congratulated his successor: “As a longtime vice-chancellor and distinguished scientist, Harald Riegel has already entered Aalen University in recent years and will now play a decisive role as Rector in shaping the future of the university.

The Minister of Science Theresia Bauer wished the new rector and his team a lot of success and always a happy hand: “You already know the university inside out and you certainly don’t have to follow in the footsteps of your predecessor. Cultivate your personal style, go your own way. Now it is in your hands to further develop and expand the excellent position of Aalen University. ” According to Lamprecht, Riegel has already helped extensively to shape and develop many of the things that make the university shine today and pave the way for the future. “The university council is looking forward to continuing its excellent cooperation with him.” HAW board member Kaiser also praised Riegel as “an experienced university lecturer and successful researcher to give new impetus and initiate projects.”

From the beginning of this year, prof. dr hab. Harald Riegel Rector of Aalen University, who has known for a long time. After holding positions in industry in Germany and abroad, PhD in Physics has been a professor at the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering since 2009, has successfully launched the Laser Application Center (LAZ) and has been Vice President for Teaching, Communications and International Relations for seven years. “I am delighted to be responsible now for the fate of Aalen University,” said Riegel in his inaugural speech and thanked his predecessor: “It is a great gift to be able to take over such a well-tilled field.” The last five months he has taken office have been incredibly exciting. “Every hour, so to speak, I learn something new,” smiled Riegel.

The new rector sees the further development of the strengths of Aalen University as one of the main goals of his office. Since only what’s better remains good, Riegel is convinced. In this case, it relies on the joint further development of a strong alliance at city and regional level as well as with businesses in the region. “It is extremely important to develop other attractive fields of study in close cooperation with industry,” stressed Riegel, citing as an example the bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering / Digital Manufacturing, starting this fall, and the planned Master’s course in Sustainable Management.

It is especially important for him to master digitization with the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning methods, and to promote energy-conscious and resource-saving activities. “As one of the strongest research universities in applied sciences, we contribute and conduct research in a variety of areas on these important topics.” It is important to support the transformation processes with application-oriented research and to design an appropriate transfer to the economy. In general, knowledge transfer within a university should be practiced for the whole of society, said Riegel. Referring to explorhino, the student research center and graduate campus, he enthusiastically added: “We are actually a university for life – from early childhood to college to a variety of further education opportunities.”

Riegel, who studied and worked in the USA for several years, pays special attention to the further internationalization of the university. “Stays abroad are of fundamental importance for the development of personality and qualify our graduates as employees of companies operating globally.” He thanked all members of the university for their trust: “I look forward to the continued positive development of our university with many new ideas and collaborators to work with – so that in the future we can continue to have a strong position in the growing national and international competition.”

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