The Materials Forum of the RWTH Aachen


  • Prof. Reiner Kopp

    1. Institut für Bildsame Formgebung, Technische Hochschule Aachen Intzestrasse 1, W-5100 Aachen (FRG)
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    • studied mechanical engineering at the University of Technology in Stuttgart gaining his Diploma in 1965 before moving to the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, completing a Doctorate in engineering in 1968. He then spent several years in industry working as Director of Production Technology R & D for Dornier GmbH in Friedrichshafen and Munich. In 1974 he was appointed to the post of Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Metal Forming of the RWTH in Aachen. In 1987 he was elected Vice Rector of the R WTH Aachen for three years. He is now Chairman of the recently formed Materials Forum at the university.


Essay: Interdisciplinary cooperation within a university can lead to imrpoved problem-solving capability, and through this, enhanced interaction with industry. Another major advantage is the broadening of the education which can be offered to students. Progress in this direction at one of the stongest universities for materials science in Germany is described.