Insights from Alumni


In our career podcast Himanshu Panandikar explains how he mastered entering the German job market.

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On Instagram, the TUM community from all over the world connects with each other. This is where alumni stories and memories of TUM come to life.

Focus on digitalization

The digital age is here. The technological developments of the last few years have been extensive and are changing the way people work, the way they communicate, the way they consume – in short, the way they live. As one of Europe’s leading technical universities, TUM and its alumni are actively shaping this new digital world.

TUM Ambassador Subhasis Chaudhuri

“I have gained both a research partner and a friend“

Subhasis Chaudhuri enjoys being a guest at TUM. Here, the top researcher in the field of image processing has been able to significantly expand the scope of his pioneering work. Thanks to his research, it will probably soon be possible to touch virtual objects.

Gründer Jan Goetz

„Über Nacht tauschte ich meine wissenschaftliche Laufbahn gegen eine Start-up-Karriere“

Weltweit ist ein Wettlauf um die Zukunft des Höchstleistungsrechnens entbrannt. TUM Alumnus Jan Goetz ist ganz vorne mit dabei. In seinem Start-up hat er europaweit das größte und führende Team von Hardware-Experten für Quantencomputer vereint. Sein Studium an der TUM gab ihm das Fachwissen und die nötigen unternehmerischen Fähigkeiten mit auf den Weg.

Computer scientist Javier Enciso

“I’ve made my dreams a reality”

From Colombia to Shanghai to TUM and back: TUM alumnus and entrepreneur Javier Enciso has achieved things many people only dream of doing. He is now applying his expertise in space observation, gained through experience in many countries, in his home country.

TUM Ambassador Muriel Médard

“I am a pathological optimist”

TUM Ambassador Muriel Médard is a world-renowned network coding pioneer. By applying original algorithms, the Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT has solved a fundamental problem in established decoding practice. The developed a chip capable of decoding any code.

Entrepreneur Fabiola Munguia

"Growing from challenges is what I love"

Fabiola Munguia always wanted to set up her own company. In her quest for entrepreneurship, TUM acted as a catalyst and door opener. With her start-up, the TUM Alumna is declaring war on the increase in cybercrime.

Executive Claudia Häpp

“Pioneering work in the energy sector”

TUM Alumna Claudia Häpp is actively shaping the energy supply of the future. At a major power supplier, she is rolling out smart energy solutions such as smart meters and flexible electricity tariffs.

Entrepreneur Tobias Knaup

“We knew that we had a solution that was way ahead of the market”

Even as a teenager, TUM Alumni Tobias Knaup was already programming websites and internet services. After finishing his studies, he started up his own business in Silicon Valley. Its cutting-edge technology and corporate culture is leaving the competition in the dust.

How do you come up with the decisive idea? Three Nobel Prize winners from TUM tell us (Image: Pexels/Nikolai Ulltang).

Research an Creativity
AHA! Effect

Because an apple fell on his head, Isaac Newton discovered the Law of Gravity. At least that’s how legend has it. But how do the scientific innovations that rock the world actually come about?
We asked three TUM Nobel Prize laureates how important creativity is for their work.

Successful around the world

Picture: Smart Dharma.

Insights aus Mumbai

TUM Alumna Snehat Munhol wastes no time in her pursuit of a sustainable future

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Insights aus Brüssel

TUM Alumna Diana Schneider brings Design Thinking to European companies 

Graphics: dietrabanten. Image: Verena Schmöller/TUM.

Alumni Magazine KontakTUM

KontakTUM Magazine is published twice annually and is available in both German and English as a download or in printed form. On about 70 pages, each issue of the alumni magazine is dedicated to a different topic – always focusing on the individual lives and achievements of our TUM Alumni.

Current Issue

Why we love Challenges
The current KontakTUM devotes 68 pages to the topic of challenges.

We portray alumni from the TUM community, each of whom is mastering very different challenges: astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, who is training for her second stay on the ISS, rainforest researcher David Lapola, who is working to protect this important ecosystem, and TUM students who are researching the technology of the future.

TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann visits the founders of the TUM start-up Isar Aerospace, who have developed a very successful company from a student project in a very short time and will soon launch the first German small rocket into space.

David Lapola in the yellow T-shirt talks to a staff member holding a laptop in the jungle.

Picture: João M. Rosa/AmazonFACE.

Uncovering the Secrets of the Rainforest

TUM Ambassador David Lapola conducts research on a unique experiment in the Amazon rainforest.

Picture: Astrid Eckert/TUM.

Out of University and Straight Into Orbit

TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann visits Isar Aerospace, a company founded by TUM alumni.

A man is doing a handstand on a rock.

Picture: Pexels/Sam Kolder.

Do You Like Challenges?

What do you do when faced with new projects or tasks? TUM alumni revealed this to us in a survey.

Portrait image of TUM alumna Samantha Cristoforetti.

Picture: ESA/A. Conigli.

Train for Space

How TUM alumna Samantha Cristoforetti is preparing for her second mission on the International Space Station.

Porträtbild von TUM Alumna Zarah Bruhn.


Zarah Bruhn Helps Refugees

The TUM alumna runs a successful non-profit company and is currently specifically supporting people from Ukraine.

Portrait photos of the alumni in a collage.

Pictures: Magdalena Jooß/TUM (Bartels, Fürst, Tomic), Roland Niepaul (Peterwerth).

How do You do this?

Four alumni tell us about extraordinary situations in their lives and how they dealt with them.

Impressions from the TUM family

Image: Astrid Eckert/TUM.

Where will you get your strength and energy from?

Let yourself be inspired: The Women of TUM Talks on the topic of “Power, Strength and Energy” – now on YouTube!

You can find the portraits of the speakers here>

TUM Magazines

 An issue of the science magazine with a coffee mug.

Faszination Forschung

The magazine “Faszination Forschung” offers interesting insights into the world of research at our university and highlights the latest scientific achievements.

Titelseite TUMcampus 2/22: "Wissenschaft lebt von Verbindungen in die Welt"

University Magazine TUMcampus

The magazine informs about campus life, university policy, teaching and science and the people who are making TUM what it is. 


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(Picture: Magdalena Jooß)

Dr. Sabrina Eisele

KontakTUM Editorial Team

+49 89 289 22563

A portrait picture of Verena Schmöller.

(Picture: Magdalena Jooß/TUM).

Dr. Verena Schmöller

KontakTUM Editorial Team

+49 89 289 22434

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