The KielMaT Occasionally
|All the news we remember and find time to print||Editor
"First thing we do, let's kill all lawyers", Shakspeare recommended in Henry VI. For various reasons we have not been able to follow this sage advice; so first thing you do is: activate this link, fill out the forms and disclaimers, and e-mail it to us.
did it. The first issue of the KielMat Occasionally is in the Net - free
of charge! While it's not exactly a dream come true, it's something that the
Alumni Club always wanted "us", i.e. the Faculty of Engineering, to
do. While I don't know about the Faculty of Engineering's feelings, I always
wanted to do something along these lines, in full agreement with my colleagues
from the Materials Science group. We decided that we would start as soon as we
could find some time, in other words: never.
The "Institute", forced on us by the university administration, finally made the difference. No excuse helped anymore. An Institute Homepage was needed, and this Homepage would include something for Alumni.
Well - here it goes. You will hear or better read from us at last. However, remember the first law of economics: There is no such thing as a free lunch. We want something from you, too!
Quite a number of you have kept in touch, some have even visited us on occasion, and many, it seems, look back with positive feelings on their time as a Materials Science student in Kiel. Some are outright grateful for what we could offer, others may have different feelings. Some of you have great jobs by now because of what you learned in Kiel, others, maybe, despite of that.
Alumni who feel that their time in Kiel was not entirely wasted form a large (we hope) subgroup of all our Alumni. There are even Alumni who feel grateful for what they have been offered in Kiel. If you belong to either group, you have now a chance to express your feelings by joining our Alumni Club. OK - the Alumni Club may not be a big asset for many of you at this point in time - but remember nucleation theory from your thermodynamics classes: it takes a critical size before things can take off.
Note that we don't ask you (yet) to donate large amounts of money! That, at least, is a reason for all to be grateful - you would never have managed to escape the iron grip of the fund-raising departments of most non-German universities, if you would have studied in most other countries
Well, with the words of Derek Bok (Pres. of Harvard Univ. 1971-1990): "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance". We will continue to educate, German society will pay the price, and we will count on you to support us in this endeavour.
|Institute for Materials Science
Find out what it is, what it means, why it took so long, and more. The link will get you there
|History of Materials Science and the Faculty of
Engineering, Part 1
If you always wondered why things at Materials Science are what they are - check the link.
|The "Kieler Nanolab"
Fact or Fiction? Here is what's happening right now at the serious money spending end of the Institute
What it is and does, and why you should join it.
What's going on there, and how it relates to the bright future we envision.
New Professors and other major personnel changes.
of the next issue of "KielMat Occasionally"
Don't be surprised! You know that after sufficient exposure to professorial ranting, there will always be an exercise.
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