TUM San Francisco
In late September 2015, TUM expanded its global network by opening a North America Office. The office is located in the heart of Downtown San Francisco at the German American Chamber of Commerce and is within walking distance to the Goethe-Institut and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
TUM provides top-class facilities for cutting-edge research and unique study opportunities. Therefore, TUM San Francisco’s mission is to promote TUM’s educational, scientific and technological excellence in North America by organizing webinars, networking events and presentations on selected research and innovation themes. The office serves as a hub to connect scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to facilitate research cooperation and knowledge exchange, and it helps to intensify exchange relationships. With its proximity to the entrepreneurial culture of the Silicon Valley and renowned universities, such as Berkeley or Stanford, it informs on developments in science, technology, and education. In addition, TUM San Francisco maintains the relationship between TUM and its alumni across North America.
TUM San Franscisco is one of six liaison offices in addition to Beijing, Brussels, Mumbai, Cairo and São Paulo. Already in 2002, TUM established its own offshore campus TUM Asia in Singapore. The expansion of a global presence is part of the initiative TUM Global, a core piece of TUM’s institutional strategy which was a part of TUM's successful application within the German Excellence Initiative.
Panel Discussion on Climate Change Mitigation: Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Bay Area
On October 27, 2016, TUM San Francisco, in partnership with the German Consulate General, organized a panel discussion on the topic of climate change. One of the panelists was Professor Jia Chen, Professorship of Environmental Sensing and Modeling at TUM; other speakers included Steven C. Wofsy, Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at Harvard University, and Ronald C. Cohen, Professor of Chemistry and of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Berkeley. Moreover, the panel included a representative of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
In their discussion, the speakers addressed new scientific findings as well as current and future challenges that arise when investigating urban greenhouse gas emissions, designing novel sensing and monitoring methodologies, and implementing environmental programs to reduce pollutants that are linked to global climate change.
In support of the event, TUM San Francisco successfully obtained funding in the framework of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge.
- Cultivating TUM’s partnerships in North America, e.g. by facilitating cooperation projects, advertising new programs and representing TUM at campus events
- Linking TUM researchers and staff to local stakeholders in support of their activities in the region
- Supporting TUM’s recruitment efforts in North America, e.g. by attending career fairs and organizing workshops for specific target groups (e.g. PostDocs)
- Knowledge-brokering: Monitoring and analyzing trends in higher education, research and industry, specifically in the San Francisco Bay area / Silicon Valley
- Supporting TUM delegations visiting the San Francisco Bay area / Silicon Valley
January 2017, SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
January 27 - 29, 2017, Los Angeles, California
The TUM student group WARR is one of the 30 teams that will compete in the finals of the "Hyperloop Pod Competition" conducted by SpaceX. TUM San Francisco will also be there to report about the competition.
February 2017, AAAS Annual Meeting
February 16 - 20, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts
TUM San Francisco will participate in the 2017 Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), to be held under the motto "Serving Society through Science Policy".
February 2017, European Career Fair 2017
February 25, 2017, Cambridge, Massachusetts
TUM San Francisco will participate in the 21st annual European Caree Fair (ECF) at MIT. The ECF is an annual recruiting event, organized by the MIT European Club, which connects employers from Europe with the most talented candidates from the United States.
May 2017, NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo
May 28 - June 2, 2017, Los Angeles, California
TUM San Francisco will participate in the 2017 NAFSA (Association of International Educators) annual conference. NAFSA is one of the world's most important conferences in the area of International Higher Education, Student Exchange and Mobility. This year, everything revolves around the topic "Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections".