This Tuesday the student council was a guest at the Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering. Professor Schmitt’s invitation was in response to your criticism and displeasure about the module Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering for Mechatronic Systems (GEMS). Among other things, the unexpected change in the focus of the exam, the evaluation process, the supervision of the exercises and homework, but also the behaviour of some students, especially in the social media, were the subject of the discussion.

We would like to thank Professor Schmitt. It is not a given that the student council will be actively invited to participate in any module in the event of criticism. We agree that teaching and examination must be competence-oriented. The demands on students must not be lowered despite the special challenges of the Corona Semester.

However, there was also disagreement on relevant points. In our view, parts of the examination, despite their unusual form, are an answer-choice procedure (“multiple choice”). The change in the focus of the exam was justified by the publication of the old exam, for which a completely “disjunctive” exam had to be set. We did not think this was necessary because there was no good reason to do so and this very publication contributed to the confusion. Any insinuations by the department that the publication of the exam was at the insistence of students are incorrect and led to unjustified blame. We also explained that the teaching did not prepare sufficiently for the exam due to the short-term restructuring of the exam.

At this point, we would like to remind all students once again of their right to receive a copy of their exam: https://www.asta.rwth-aachen.de/einsichtnahmen-aber-richtig/ (cf. §22 (3) ÜPO)
We have pointed out to the chair that the review of the exam should not only be used to check the accuracy of the correction. Students must be able to learn from their mistakes, so that either a sample solution must be provided or the correct solution must be explained. The Chair has promised to pay more attention to this. We recommend that you read the handout “Einsichtnahme” (fsmb.eu/handreichung_einsicht) yourself.

We have pointed this out to the Chair and agree with it that its statements should in no way give the impression that it is morally reprehensible for students to demand their rights.

Unfortunately, some students have made it difficult for us to communicate with the Chair through their statements. Even professors and assistants are only human and deserve to be treated with respect. Polemical and impertinent statements by individual students – even more anonymously – damage the reputation of all students and make it difficult for us to represent your interests. We condemn this behaviour!

We look forward to discussing the feedback from the evaluations and possible improvements of the module in future meetings with the Chair.

If you have any further questions, please send us an email to lehre@fsmb.rwth-aachen.de.

Hey Maschi,

you have a ♥ for freshmen?

Also this year, the student council of mechanical engineering is looking for tutors for the first week of the winter semester 20/21 from 26.10 – 30.10.

So if you would like to help the new freshmen get off to a good start in their studies and accompany a group of new students through the first week as a tutor, then sign up.

Here you can register as a tutor

The competition for the room name for the large multi-purpose room of the student council is over; and we have a worthy winner!

The room will be called B.A.R.D.O.W., as an acronym for “Nonsense Acronym to Reminisce with the Dissipated Ordinary of Thermodynamics”, meaning of course Professor Bardow, former head of the Chair of Technical Thermodynamics, who recently moved to ETH Zurich.

Our fellow student Simon Urban must have racked his brains over this.

If the contribution to this room name was not ingenious enough, Professor Bardow also helped out significantly via Twitter:

Thus the result is also clear, from 489 delivered votes 310 are allotted to B.A.R.D.O.W.!

Of course Simon wins Merch from our current collection and may surely be one of the first who can indulge in memories of Professor Bardow in the B.A.R.D.O.W., as he writes so beautifully in his article:

Akronyme. Menschen mögen Akronyme. Wissenschaftler lieben Akronyme. Das WZL vergöttert Akronyme – und verbringt vermutlich mehr Zeit mit der absurden Benennung ihrer Forschungsprojekte als mit der Forschung selbst (https://www.wzl.rwth-aachen.de/go/id/cenxo).

Auch die Benennung von Gebäuden und Aktivitäten an der RWTH fördert immer wieder kreative und äußerst naheliegende Akronyme zu Tage, wie zum Beispiel C.A.R.L. (Central Auditorium for Research and Learning), KARL (Koordinierte abwechslungsreiche revitalisierende Lernunterbrechung) oder aber auch CARL (Center for Ageing, Reliability and Lifetime Prediction of Electrochemical and Power Electronic Systems).

Damit nicht in spätestens 10 Jahren jeder Winkel der RWTH mit einer Referenz an den Gottkaiser unserer Kur- und Badestadt benannt ist, gilt es hier ein neues Kapitel der Heldenverehrung anzubrechen und gleichzeitig den rhetorisch-intelektuellen Mega(-abwärts)-Trend der Akronymkultur zu zelebrieren.

Wenn das C.A.R.L. zur Huldigung einer Aachener Maschinenbau-Legende erst mühevoll in Schmachtenburg umgetauft werden musste, sollte die vereinte Maschinenbauerschaft jetzt die Chance ergreifen und den Fachschaftsraum als ihre geistige Zentrale sofort würdig benennen. In liebevoller Erinnerung an einen erst kürzlich abhandengekommenen Lehrmeister kommt daher nur ein einziges Akronym in Frage, das diesem Anspruch gerecht wird und gleichzeitig so naheliegend wie trivial ist:

B.A.R.D.O.W – Blödsinniges Akronym zur Reminiszenz an den Dissipierten Ordinarius der Wärmelehre.

Solange einem Reminiszenz und Ordinarius Fremdworte sind, nicht aber Dissipation und Wärmelehre, hat man automatisch bewiesen, dass man dem ehrwürdigsten aller Studiengänge angehört und in diesen Fachschaftsraum eintreten darf.

In diesem Sinne hoffe ich, dass wir bald nicht nur in Erinnerungen *an*, sondern literarisch *im* BARDOW schwelgen und dieser Raum den entropischen Charakter der FSMB und aller Maschis bestens repräsentiert.

Also on the stairs are the “Machine Room” and “RWDR: Richtig-Gewichtiger-Dings-Raum”.

We are happy that everyone had so much fun naming a room and thank everyone who sent in a room name!

Hey!

Due to the Corona-Crisis, we are more limited and we get more inquiries than usual. To counter this challenge, we have adapted our consultation to be able to answer your questions efficiently and by the correct contact person. Here, you will find the ways you will still be able to contact us:

  • Write us via our contact form or contact the specific contact person for your question (below). For general questions (for example oral exam reports), write us via fsmb@rwth-aachen.de.
    • For oral exam reports, first check here if your report is available.
  • During our consultation hours (Tuesday and Thursday, 1PM to 2PM), you can call us via our regular phone number (+49 241 80 95308). We are able to answer your calls from home.
  • WhatsApp: Because WhatsApp is installed on our tablet and is only processed by one person, processing your messages may take longer than usual. You can reach us at 0241 80 95308. To get a quicker response from the right person, please email us, see above.
  • Instagram Direct: Instagram is mainly processed by one person, so your message may take longer than usual to process. To get a quicker response from the right person, send us an e-mail, see above.

The following ways of communication will not be available:

  • Personal Consultation: The student council ist closed for our active members as well, so you will not be able to meet anyone there.
  • Facebook: To answer your questions efficiently, we will not answer questions via Facebook. You will recieve an automatic response.

We kindly ask you for your understanding of these measures! Stay healthy!

Your Mechanical Engineering Student Council

Hey Maschi, we have something new for you!

Every day we receive great offers for jobs, internships, theses and internships. After the failure of our mailing lists we missed the opportunity to share these offers with you. Therefore we have now launched a new job portal for you.

This job portal does not require mailing lists and is located here on our website. Click on the button to get to the page. Without detours you can also access the job portal via fsmb.eu/jobs.

There you have the possibility to sort the offers for you.

Companies and institutes can independently publish offers on this portal, which are moderated by us.

Of course there are not so many offers online in the beginning, but there will be more soon.

We wish you much fun and success in your job search Your favorite student council