Alumni Magazine "keep in touch"

Issue 65, Summer Semester 2018

"I regarded sound like a galaxy"

At the end of his doctoral studies at RWTH Aachen, music was at the foreground. Renzo Vitale celebrated with a concert in the Aachen Citykirche. For Vitale is not only a doctor of engineering in the field of acoustics, he also previously studied electrical engineering and piano in his native country of Italy. Science and music were never two worlds for him. He always unified his fascination for sound from both perspectives. This enthusiasm for sound is now a part of Munich's profile, where he works as a sound designer for BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce. Enormous posters, advertising the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra's new performance dates, and the new performance schedule program include a graphic from Vitale's dissertation written at the RWTH Aachen Institute for Technical Acoustics. He, himself, is the scientific curator of the new season and fellow of the Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwissenschaft des Bundes or the National Cutural and Creative Science Competence Center.

In an interview with keep in touch the pianist, composer, and acoustic engineer discussed his current projects and described his fascination for the differing worlds of sound.

Other Topics:

  • "2017 Aachen Engineering Award for Professor Manfred Weck". RWTH and the city of Aachen have honored a scientist for their outstanding achievements for the fourth time. On September 8, 2017, the Aachen Engineering Award was given to Manfred Weck for his life's work. Weck was head of the Chair of Machine Tools from 1973 to 2004 and was director of the Laboratory for Machine Tools WZL at RWTH.
  • Research Data Management at RWTH Aachen: Research data management – or FDM – encompasses all methods and processes researchers use to secure their data permanently and make it re-usable. In recent years there have been significant advancements in the digitalization of the student life cycle. RWTH is now focusing on research on its digitalization agenda with the data life cycle.
  • Aachen on the Path to Digital Region Number 1: Aachen opened Germany's first co-working space in a church this past summer. There are currently more than 170 members of digitalHUB Aachen e.V. in the so-called digital church, formerly St. Elisabeth Church.
  • and more

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