DAHLEM celebrated the company's 80th anniversary - how could it be otherwise if not by the water, right across the street? It was a rainy day, but that did not stop the DAHLEM team from going to the raft race on the Ruhr. The day started with a good breakfast. Energized, we went outside to build the rafts. Southwester hats and rubber boots were announced but nevertheless, defying the weather, it was OK also barefoot. The teams’ creativity in the construction was enormous, the raft had to endure and prove itself when crossing the Ruhr. The day ended slowly, with a closing dinner buffet, and the best rafts were rewarded with a prize.
Since the start of the woman's promotion programme ChanceMINT.NRW of the University of Duisburg-Essen, female students have been visiting DAHLEM Engineering Office. The female students at the Department of Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Energy Systems are preparing for a career path that is highly male influenced. This year seven female students, together with two project coordinators, got an idea of the practical daily work process here. Jana Sommer, who designs sewage engineering systems as an engineer at DAHLEM, looked after the group and talked about her professional work routine. "It brings me great joy to inspire the female students for the versatile and interesting job of an engineer at an engineering office". In October 2013, the University of Duisburg-Essen started the program ChanceMINT.NRW for female students of natural sciences and engineering disciplines. The programme offers them the opportunity to gain networking and future-oriented practical experience in numerous workshops. Corporate advisors allow female students in the first three semesters to prepare for their professional entry and future career. Gregor Dahlem is involved in the programme as a corporate advisor: "Our employees are our most important asset. In order to promote young engineers at an early stage, we are glad to get involved with ChanceMINT.NRW."