Aachen engineering award - Aachener Ingenieurpreis
The Aachen Engineering Prize has been awarded annually by RWTH Aachen University and the City of Aachen since 2014 . The award is given to personalities who have made a significant contribution to the positive perception or further development of engineering with their life's work . 
With the Aachen Engineering Prize, RWTH and the City of Aachen want to send out a signal primarily to young people. The lifetime achievement and role model function of the first prize winner is intended to demonstrate to engineering graduates in particular that ambition and esprit are required for success. Against this background, the laureate gives a speech to the graduates at the RWTH Graduate Festival.
- 2014: Berthold Leibinger - The engineer from the Swabian town of Ditzingen has made a significant contribution to establishing and further developing laser technology in Germany .
- 2015: Franz Pischinger - renowned engine researcher and developer
- 2016: Thomas Reiter - astronaut
- 2017: Manfred Weck
- 2018: Emmanuelle Charpentier
- 2019: Hans Peter Stihl
- 2020: Sebastian Thrun
The winners are selected by an advisory board made up of personalities from science, business, politics and the press.
Current members (September 2018):
- Jürgen Kaube , editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
- Elke Lücke, Head of Personnel Development and Talent Strategy, Porsche AG
- Wolfgang Marquardt , CEO of Forschungszentrum Jülich
- Kathrin Menges , Member of the Management Board, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
- Reimund Neugebauer , President of the Fraunhofer Society
- Stefanie Peters, managing partner, NEUMAN & ESSER
- Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen , Minister for Culture and Science NRW
- Marcel Philipp , Lord Mayor of Aachen
- Reiner Priggen , former group chairman of the Green Parliamentary Group in North Rhine-Westphalia
- Ernst Schmachtenberg , former rector of RWTH Aachen
- Udo Ungeheuer , President of the Association of German Engineers
The sculpture “Kreuzende Ellipsen” by the Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball serves as a symbolic prize . For the work of art she was inspired by the collection of mathematical models and instruments at the University of Göttingen .
Sponsors and supporters
Sparkasse Aachen is the sponsor of the prize . She wants to promote the reputation of the city and RWTH as a talent factory for future specialists and company founders. The sculpture is donated by the Association of German Engineers, whose President Udo Ungeheuer described the RWTH as “one of the world's most renowned figureheads for German engineering education”.  For prospective engineers it is “important and right to be aware of their own significant role in society and the increasing image of this profession. The Aachen Engineering Prize should and will also contribute to this. " 
- Aachen engineering award. In: City of Aachen. Retrieved April 13, 2016 .
- Aachen engineering prize for Berthold Leibinger. RWTH Aachen University, September 8, 2014, accessed on April 13, 2016 .
- See website Aachen Engineering Prize, 2014 award ceremony ( Memento from April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive )