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Be The Face

The Faces of TU Graz 2017/2018

Now we know who the seven winners are who will represent the seven faculties of TU Graz this academic year:

  • Lukas Pointner, 21 | Biomedical Engineering, bachelor
  • Johanna Maierhofer, 19 | Architecture, bachelor
  • Sara Krak, 20 | Electrical Engineering, bachelor
  • Benedict Oguah, 24 | Civil Engineering and Construction Management, bachelor
  • Leonardo Alese, 27 | Doctoral School of Mathematics and Scientific Computing, doctoral student
  • Verena Theußl, 23 | Technical Chemistry, master
  • Lukas Dür, 26 | Mechanical Engineering, master

The campaign

In September 2017 in the third BeTheFace campaign, TU Graz was looking for students from all the faculties to represent their university for one whole year online and offline. More than 80 students from different countries of origin and fields of study applied. The jury was spoilt for choice and focused on authenticity, diversity and uniqueness.

Exciting moments and benefits for students

The seven faces who were chosen will have reason to be happy about the results of the professional photo shoots since they will also receive in recognition additional City of Graz vouchers and a TU Graz hoodie. The faces from the previous campaigns are almost everywhere: in TU Graz’s web presence, in the Intranet TU4U, in print publications such as the TU Graz Annual Report, the information folder, Facts & Figures, study brochures and even on flags and at the new TU Graz exhibition stand.

Do you want to take part, too? At the end of September 2018 there will be another chance to be the face of TU Graz.

Sources: Marija Kanizaj - TU Graz

Photo Shoot with our Faces

The first photo shoot featuring the winners was held in November 2017 in the Alte Technik – the setting, together with a professional photographer and make-up artist, invoked a studio atmosphere within the venerable walls of the University. Portrait photos and group pictures were taken. In the new year, too, joint photo shoots with the seven winners are on the programme

Photo Shoot 2017 – Making Of

Did you know that...

... our faces represent TU Graz online and offline for one year?
... our faces take part in professional photo shoots?
... our faces will receive City of Graz vouchers and TU Graz promotional articles as a small thank-you?
... there will be another chance to be the face of TU Graz at the end of September 2018?


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The Faces 2017/2018

I am studying at TU Graz...

Source: Kanizaj - TU Graz

... because I can make creative decisions as an architect, which have positive effects on many people during their daily lives.

I am highly creative but also interested in technology. In particular, I like the fact that we learn a lot about our craft at the beginning of our studies – that is, how to draw, model and build things. As an architect, I want to affect peoples’ lives in the future, and hopefully in a positive way!

Johanna Maierhofer, 19 | Architecture

Source: Kanizaj - TU Graz

... because sewage disposal, good roads and railway networks benefit people directly, especially in less well-developed areas.

Even when I was still at school, I already knew that I wanted to study civil engineering. I’m particularly interested in the construction of infrastructure – that is, road construction, transportation systems, residential wastewater management and sewage disposal – because I feel that I really can help people.

Benedict Oguah, 24 | Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Source: Kanizaj - TU Graz

... because I can use chemistry to understand the world better.

Experimenting with chemicals while wearing a lab coat is absolutely fantastic... that's what I particularly like about my studies, because I can use practice experience to understand the theories presented in the lectures better. You can describe virtually all the processes that take place in nature with chemistry.

Verena Theußl, 23 | Technical Chemistry

Source: Kanizaj - TU Graz

…because I learn technical things like programming and, at the same time, immerse myself in the world of medicine.

Many people don’t know what I do the first time I tell them what I study. But as soon as the terms hospital technology and medical devices are used, everything becomes clear. What I like most about Biomedical Engineering is the emphasis on the technical side with programming and electrical engineering. At the same time, I can also learn anatomy, biology and chemistry in detail.

Lukas Pointner, 21 | Biomedical Engineering

Source: Kanizaj - TU Graz

... because I want to develop and improve electronic devices and make them work – and what I need to do this is electricity!

Studying electrical engineering just feels right. I am a DIY sort of person. I am very creative, too, and I just love science. You can always find a new way to make something work, improve and invent things with Electrical Engineering. Things that some people can’t even imagine. TU Graz is a really good choice for me, because I feel like I belong here. Even though it’s not my homeland.

Sara Krak, 20 | Electrical Engineering

Source: Kanizaj - TU Graz

... because you discover and don‘t invent. Mathematics makes it easy to understand what’s already there.

Mathematics is the language that we can use to describe reality. It fascinates me, because I can reveal something that’s actually hidden. I'm not inventing something; I'm discovering it. I chose TU Graz because it has a very good reputation – and because the Sporgasse reminds me personally so much of Italy.

Leonardo Alese, 27 | Doctoral School of Mathematics and Scientific Computing

Source: Kanizaj - TU Graz

... because I not only find explanations for machines, but also for many processes that occur in nature and daily life, such as for the rainbow or for autumn leaves that spiral upward.

At school, I had the impression that there was still a lot for me to discover in the world of machines. I especially think that energy technology is a topic that will be important in the future, and I’d like to specialize even more. My programme not only enables me to understand the machines, but also to describe many processes that occur in nature using numbers and letters, such as a rainbow or autumn leaves that fly through the air. When I walk through the world, I see it as being full of mathematical formulas.

Lukas Dür, 26 | Mechanical Engineering