Tag: Research

Making ZHAW research internationally known

Two energy researchers from the ZHAW School of Engineering travelled to China and New Zealand at the end of November. The purpose of the trip was to present their research activities at several conferences and to get to know the Chinese Tianjin University better. More could soon come out of the newly established relationship.

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Von den Zagros-Bergen in die Alpen – Teil 2: Vorsichtige Roboter

Fatemeh und Maryam forschen in ihrer Heimat Iran auf dem Gebiet der Robotik. Für ein Kooperationsprojekt ihrer Hochschule mit der ZHAW School of Engineering haben sie drei Monate in Winterthur verbracht. Im zweiten Teil unseres Interviews stellen sie ihre Arbeit vor.

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Cincinnati calling – Winter time! Snow men, icy roads and government shutdown…

Hello folks,

Happy new year! I hope you had a good relaxing time over Christmas. Semester has started here at UC last week and everything is back to normal… well almost everything!

As you probably know the country is experiencing the longest “shutdown” of its history. To be honest, we have not noticed anything special here in Cincinnati except that this is the major news on television. Apparently, even the FBI is running short on budget and this might affect the national security… Let’s hope that a solution will be found soon and that everything will go back to normal.

Winter has also arrived here with the first “real” snow falls. 20 to 25 cm of fresh snow. This makes the city more beautiful and also way more dangerous because nobody has winter tires here! Incredible!

The snow makes the city even more beautiful.

I was even told you could ski in Ohio (but more north east from Cleveland which is a bit far away – Ohio alone is almost 3 times Switzerland!).

We had to relocate to another area closer to campus. It is called “Clifton Gaslight” and the street lights actually still run on gas! Let’s hope that there will be enough gas and that the new house furnace will not break down: temperature will drop up to -22 °C in the coming nights…

This is our new home.

What else? UC officially turned 200 years last week. There was a small ceremony with a huge cake and UC president Pinto gave a small talk about the university history. Was nice but to be honest I was more impressed by the 10 years of ZHAW! 🙂

Research is doing fine (I realized this is the first time I talk about my research here in the US). Two papers were recently accepted (but more related to my activities back in Switzerland) and several others are in the pipeline including joined publications Switzerland – USA.

New: I am also co-supervising a visiting student from China on a very interesting topic, but I cannot tell anything: top secret! My host lab has over 100 patents granted, published, or submitted, and has generated the most invention disclosures (more than 150) and patent licenses in UC’s history! IP is a serious business here.

In my opinion, we should take more care about IP at ZHAW and develop a “transfer office” to help ZHAW researchers commercializing their research findings wherever it is in the form of a startup, license, or partnership.

A more personal note: I can’t believe I already reached the middle of my stay in the US. It went so fast! I wish I could stay more. A very unique experience.

See you next time!


*) Mathias Bonmarin is a senior lecturer at the ZHAW School of Engineering. Recently, he was honoured to get a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and therefore he’s at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio for one year as a visiting Professor.

Worldwide aviation programmes join forces

Eleven aviation programmes in Europe and across the globe are now working closely together in the areas of education, research and partnerships with the aviation industry. This collaboration has created a powerful network of like-minded Aviation universities; the ZHAW School of Engineering with its Centre for Aviation being one of them. The new network is called the Air Transport and Aeronautics Education and Research Association (ATAERA). ATAERA officially started with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by all eleven institutions.

Today’s aviation industry is internationally oriented and organized, making it impossible for an individual Aviation institution to cover all aeronautical and air transport developments. Joining forces with similar institutions is therefore necessary to a) create and maintain full knowledge partnerships for the aviation industry and b) to provide the industry with well-trained young professionals. This new network has done just that, with a unique program that places intense focus on an aeronautics and air transport-centred curricula.


The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with representatives of all eleven institutions

Joining forces for international impact

The Memorandum of Understanding has joined participating universities from Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Portugal, Slovakia, the United States, Switzerland and the Netherlands. This international network brings an opportunity for professors and lecturers to increase – and then share – their own international experience. This in turn will help prepare students for international career, giving them experience and training that they can bring with them into a global working environment.

Opportunities for international cooperation

Every participating university brings its own areas of expertise to the table, creating new opportunities for international cooperation.  Faculty members and students will now be able to combine their various strengths to create joint educational programs with a focus on innovative applications, as well as develop and run joint research activities. Exchange programs between the participating programmes will provide extra training for both staff members and students. The institutions will also work together to bring in international funds for research and to develop partnerships with the aviation industry – including aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines, air navigation organizations and aircraft maintenance companies.

Participation from a Bachelor’s Degree and up

The new network is also open to other aviation universities. And instead of the usual Master’s Degree restrictions, this new partnership opens up cooperation to those from a Bachelor’s Degree level and up. The focus of applied research will focus on issues with concrete solutions that can be quickly introduced into the workplace.

ATAERA Participating Institutions
  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • University of Zilina, Zilina (Slovakia)
  • Vives University College, Oostende (Belgium)
  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich (Switzerland)
  • IUBH International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef –School of Business and Management, Bad Honnef (Germany)
  • Aeronautical University on Querétaro, Querétaro (México)
  • Coventry University, Coventry (United Kingdom)
  • Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa (Portugal)
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (United States of America)
  • Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow (Ireland)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, Daytona Beach, Florida (United States of America)

Originally published on the website of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.