Division

 

Each division at the IT Center focuses on certain key competencies. In this way, the Center is able to offer a broad range of services and to address the challengens of the future.

The division heads are responsible for their respective focus areas. They support the managing directors and report to the Director of the IT Center.

IT Center Divisions

Administration and Organization

The core responsibility of the Administration and Organization Division is to support the areas research, services, and teaching, especially with regard to organizational processes in the fields of finance, resource planning, HR management, and conformance to legal and RWTH-internal requirements.

Further responsibilities of the division are communications and reporting.

Computational Science and Engineering

The Computational Science & Engineering (CSE) Division supports the chairs and research institutes at RWTH Aachen University in their CSE activities. Key areas include high-performance computing, data visualization, and teaching and learning. Apart from providing IT infrastructure and basic services, the division contributes to research and teaching in methods and tools in parallel programming, explorative data analysis, and virtual reality. The division offers vocational training for Mathematical-Technical Software Developers, which is part of the dual degree program "Scientific Programming" offered by FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

IT Process Support Research and Teaching

The department IT Process Support Research and Teaching supports students, faculties and central departments of RWTH Aachen University in process design, requirements analysis, introduction, integration and further development of efficient and sustainable IT solutions for cross-user and cross-institutional business processes at RWTH Aachen University. The process support refers to the areas of Student Life Cycle Management (SLCM), E-Learning, E-Science with a focus on research data management and the RWTHApp. The main task of the department is the management and further development of the central applications for the important business processes of RWTH Aachen University together with the cooperation partners in the Central University Administration (ZHV), the faculties and the University Library (UB).

Service and communication

The Service & Communication department is the IT Center's primary gateway to the outside world. As the Single Point of Contact (SPoC), it is responsible for providing users and customers with first-level support for all IT services provided by the IT Center. A quality management system certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 ensures the implementation and maintenance of support-relevant processes. In addition, the department coordinates all marketing and event activities of the IT Center. To ensure the quality of these services, the department ensures continuous process optimisation and documentation of knowledge - because the responsibility of the Service & Communication department only ends when a satisfactory solution has been provided for the customer.

Networks

The Networks division is responsible for operating the RWTH Aachen University communication infrastructure, including the data core network, a large number of building networks, the WIFI infrastructure, the telephone system, and support in case of problems with telephone sets.

The division provides the relevant infrastructures, including power supplies, cabling technology, selection and procurement of network hardware, and operation and maintenance of the logical network technology.

Furthermore, it maintains the connection to the WiN Science Network and secures the energy-efficient operation of the IT Center facilities and devices.

Systems and Operation

The Systems and Operation division supports the areas services, research, and teaching by operating central hardware and software systems. Its central services, which can be used by staff, students, and other university members, include backup, archiving, high-performance computing, and e-mail services.

Its services in the areas of server virtualization, databases, web hosting, authentication, managed services, and soft- and hardware procurement significantly contribute to the provision of IT infrastructure of RWTH Aachen University.