A delegation of seven representatives from HSB met with UAH and city stakeholders to strengthen Bremen-Alabama relations and expand internship opportunities.

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Last week, a delegation of seven representatives from Hochschule Bremen City University of Applied Sciences (HSB) spent two days with faculty, researchers, and staff from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and other city stakeholders in an effort to strengthen the Bremen-Alabama relationship and to expand internship opportunities available to students from both institutions.

"We were very excited to have our HSB colleagues visit UAH," says Dr. D. Brian Landrum, an associate professor in UAH's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. "Like Huntsville, Bremen is a high-tech, aerospace-focused city, and like UAH, it shares a commitment to encourage students to have a global viewpoint. This exciting international collaboration has already benefited both our UAH and HSB students. I look forward to expanding this relationship with additional student exchanges, new internship opportunities, and faculty exchanges."

The two organizations' relationship dates back to the spring of 2015, when an academic exchange was established between UAH and HSB. The following fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters, UAH aerospace engineering major Nathanial Long attended classes at HSB and interned with the HSB Institute of Aerospace Technology. He then spent the summer working in the Bremen branch office of Huntsville-based RadioBro Corporation, a startup cofounded by UAH alumni that specializes in miniature electronic systems.

This fall, two HSB students - Daniel Siemer and Léonard Buchaillot - are taking aerospace engineering courses at UAH and working on their practical semester projects with two of the university's most high-tech facilities: the Propulsion Research Center and the Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center.

Last week's delegation, whose visit was intended to further these endeavors, comprised the following:

  • Dr. Heike Tauerschmidt, Mrs. Sandra Conrad-Juhls, and Mrs. Birgit Averbeck from HSB's International Programs Office
  • Dr. Ing. Uwe Apel, an aerospace engineer with the Institute of Aerospace Technology
  • Dr. Ing. Jürgen Trittin, an electronics engineer with the Institute of Automation Technology
  • Dr. Ing. Sören Peik, an electronics engineer Satellite Communications
  • Dr. Ing. Jasminka Matevska, a systems engineer with MPE Airbus

Over the course of the two days, the group met with representatives from UAH's Office of International Engagement, School of Graduate Studies, College of Engineering, Office of Study Abroad, and Office for the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. They also toured UAH's Propulsion Research Center, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and downtown Huntsville.

Now, the delegation will pair applications gathered during the visit with stakeholders in Bremen - efforts that they hope will be matched on the UAH and Huntsville side. "We have already had a great experience aligning study projects and hands-on work at RadioBro Corporation," says Dr. Tauerschmidt. "This could be repeated on a similar scale working together with Bremen industry partners. If all goes well, we can exchange young potential interns on both sides from November this year to September next year."


Dr. D. Brian Landrum

Dr. Heike Tauerschmidt
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