My colleagues at Johns Hopkins University were surprised when I moved to Germany in 1996, after having stayed in the US for almost eight years. I was excited about my new job at the Max Planck Institute, but less sure about the new country and language. But I am so happy that I moved. Germany has been an extremely valuable partner in terms of research cooperation, intellectual growth and student movement. My involvement as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and as the India Chair at the Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering has been so rewarding. I am sure such collaborations will continue to flourish.