Ann-Kristin Winkens M.Sc.


Ann-Kristin Winkens


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Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Gender und Diversity in den Ingenieurwissenschaften


Building: Gebäude 3010

Room: C149

Kackertstr. 9

52072 Aachen



Ann-Kristin Winkens has been a Research Associate at GDI since 2018. Her research interests are in particular in the areas of systems' resilience, sustainability, engineering education and competence training in engineering. As part of her PhD she is investigating the extent to which resilience-related competencies for designing resilient systems, such as dealing with uncertainty, complexity, adaptability, or systems thinking, are considered and addressed in engineering education.

She is the representative for the quality improvement of teaching and thus takes care of the continuous design of digital and competence-oriented teaching. Together with Frauke Kordtomeikel, she has been running the mentoring seminar "Fit for the Bachelor Thesis" since 2022.  



Ann-Kristin Winkens studied Environmental Engineering at RWTH Aachen University and at the conclusion of her studies began working at GDI. She was also managing director of the interdisciplinary project "Leonardo" at RWTH from 2018 until 2022 and is now pursuing a second Master's degree in Economics at RWTH.



SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education)

Steering Committee SEFI Special Interest Group “Engineering Skills”


Supervised Theses

Master's Theses​


  • Engineering Identity – Influencing factors of engineering identity development and implementation in education using civil engineering as an example (2022)

  • Fostering the transformability of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to strengthen the organizational resilience (2022)

  • Acquiring Competencies in Engineering Studies - The Role of Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e. V. in the Acquisition of Competencies Necessary for Engineers (2021)

  • Coping with the effects of flood events due to climate-change-induced sea level rise – A multi-case-study to design an action guideline to develop coping strategies promoting urban resilience (2021)

  • Assessment of the Resilience Potential of Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in the Context of Climate Change – the Case of Water Management in Cape Town (2021)

  • Resilience and sustainability in urban areas – Analysis of resilience approaches for the risk management of buildings for the development of a corresponding resilience strategy in Medellin, Colombia (2020)

  • Assessment of the resilience potential of strategies in dealing with natural disasters in the context of disaster management using the example of floods in Sri Lanka (2020)

  • Engineering Resilience – An Analysis of chosen study paths in the field of Engineering at RWTH Aachen University with the focus on resilience-oriented contentsz (2019)

Bachelor's Theses


  • Urban resilience regarding heat stress: A case study of the city of Aachen, Germany (2022)

  • The acquisition and relevance of social skills in civil engineering studies from the students' point of view (2022)

  • Acquisition of competencies in digitized engineering education from a student’s perspective (2022)

  • Social competencies in civil engineering studies – a comparison of the current and target state from a student perspective (2022)

  • Advancing digitalization in construction – To what extent does the teaching adapt to this from the student’s point of view? (2021)

  • Resilience in the pandemic – A comparative analysis of the coping skills in selected medical institutions in Germany and the USA (2021)

  • Ready to start your career? Practical competencies from the point of view of civil engineering students at the RWTH compared to the competencies required by companies for a successful career start (2021)

  • Fit for the labour market? — Skills gap between employer expectations and graduate skills of young engineers (2021)

  • The exchange of flat between old and young – A solution for scarcity of living space in times of demographic change? (2021)

  • Sustainable building: The DGNB certification system with regard to the sociocultural aspect and its applicability – using the example of RWTH building 'PPS' (2019)

  • Expectations of potential applicants regarding the social skills of their future leaders in construction companies (2019)




Competencies in the Technical Sciences for Solving Global Challenges (since winter 2019/20)

Resilience and Socio-technical Systems (since summer 2020)




Winkens, Ann-Kristin (2022). Mind the Gap – Students’ Perspective on Relevant Competencies Needed and Gained in Engineering Education. 50th Annual SEFI Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 19–22 September 2022.

Winkens, Ann-Kristin (2022). Problem-based Learning for Future Challenges in Engineering Education. Science Day 22: Built and Lived Environment – Towards a Sustainable and Livable Urban and Regional Future, 30th June 2022.

Winkens, Ann-Kristin (2022). Local Resilience Strategies for COVID-19 – A PBL Engineering Case Study. 18th International CDIO Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, 13–15 June 2022.


Winkens, Ann-Kristin (2021). Resilience as a Key Competence in Engineering Education – Development of a Conceptual Framework. SEFI Annual Conference 2021, Blended Learning in Engineering Education: challenging, enlightening – and lasting?, online, 13–16 September 2021.

Winkens, Ann-Kristin (2021). Interdisciplinary Teaching at RWTH Aachen University: Project “Leonardo”
The 9th European Conference on Education (ECE2021), online, 15–18 July 2021.



Title Author(s)
Chore or desire? Students’ response to online lessons in scientific integrity
Journal Article (2022)
Sira, N. (Corresponding author)
Decker, Marie Christin
Kordtomeikel, Frauke Carole
Winkens, Ann-Kristin
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen
Groß, Dominik
Local Resilience Strategies for COVID19 - A PBL Engineering Case Study
Contribution to a book, Contribution to a conference proceedings (2022)
Winkens, Ann-Kristin
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen
Teaching Topics of Responsibility and Sustainability in Large Engineering Classes
Journal Article (2022)
Decker, Marie Christin
Winkens, Ann-Kristin
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen
Teaching Essential Competencies for Social and Sustainable Engineering Design - Case Study of a Research-Oriented Master's Seminar
Journal Article (2022)
Winkens, Ann-Kristin
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen
Resilience as a Key Competence in Engineering Education - Development of a Conceptual Framework
Contribution to a book, Contribution to a conference proceedings (2021)
Winkens, Ann-Kristin (Corresponding author)
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen
Die Anwendbarkeit der Kompetenzmodellierung des HQR in den Ingenieurwissenschaften aus studentischer Perspektive
Contribution to a book (2021)
Schulz, Philipp
Winkens, Ann-Kristin
Interdisciplinary Teaching at RWTH Aachen University : Project "Leonardo"
Contribution to a conference proceedings (2021)
Winkens, Ann-Kristin
Böschen, Stefan Karl Josef
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen
Flipped Classroom Concept for Initiating a Reflection Process among Engineering Students in Large and Mandatory Courses
Contribution to a conference proceedings (2021)
Decker, Marie Christin
Winkens, Ann-Kristin
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen
Interdisciplinary Teaching at RWTH Aachen University - Project "Leonardo"
Conference Presentation, Multimedia (2021)
Winkens, Ann-Kristin (Corresponding author)
Böschen, Stefan Karl Josef
Leicht-Scholten, Carmen