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 . [1]


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.

RWTH and the City of Aachen awarded Professor Berthold Leibinger (second from left) the Aachen Engineering Prize. Lord Mayor Marcel Philipp, Hubert Herpers, Chairman of the Sparkasse Aachen , and RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg (from left) congratulated the award winner.

Award winners

Advisory Board

The winners are selected by an advisory board made up of personalities from science, business, politics and the press.

Current members (September 2018):


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”. [2] 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. " [3]


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Aachen engineering award. In: City of Aachen. Retrieved April 13, 2016 .
  2. ^ Aachen engineering prize for Berthold Leibinger. RWTH Aachen University, September 8, 2014, accessed on April 13, 2016 .
  3. See website Aachen Engineering Prize, 2014 award ceremony ( Memento from April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive )