Ann-Kristin Winkens

Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Gender und Diversity in den Ingenieurwissenschaften


Building: Gebäude 3010

Room: C149

Kackertstr. 9

52072 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 90633
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 690630


Ann-Kristin Winkens has been a research associate at GDI since 2018. Her research interests lie particularly in the areas of resilience, sustainability, engineering education, and the teaching of competencies in engineering. As part of her PhD dissertation she investigated the extent to which resilience-related competencies, such as crisis management, adaptability, or systems thinking, are considered and taught as key competencies in engineering.

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)


Supervised Theses

Master's Theses​

  • Acquisition of competencies in digitized engineering education from a student’s perspective (2021)

  • Social competencies in civil engineering studies – a comparison of the current and target state from a student perspective (2021)

  • 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

  • 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)




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

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



Title Author(s)
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