Fifth Raumedic prize goes to graduate materials engineer

Helmbrechts/Hof – Jointly with Raumedic AG, Helmbrechts, the Hof University of Applied Sciences again honored the best bachelor’s thesis of the Faculty of Engineering on April 5. This year, the 1000 euro award sponsored by polymer specialist Raumedic went to Ilona Wohner. In her thesis, the graduate researched the behavior of sealing materials at very low temperatures.

The Raumedic prize was awarded for the fifth time already. Human Resources Manager Christina Hechtfischer is particularly proud of this first anniversary: “Our award has already made a name for itself in our region which is proven by the record attendance at this year’s Engineering Colloquium. We are also happy that this year, for the first time, a woman has taken home the award.”


Co-op degree program was decisive factor

The 23-year-old winner was very pleased about her recognition. She had opted for the Hof campus primarily because of its co-op degree programs. “The opportunity to combine a practical apprenticeship as a lab assistant with a materials technology degree program attracted me,” the young woman from Waldershof explained her choice and added: “And also, I wanted to study in the region.”


2nd and 3rd prizes awarded for the first time

In addition to the main prize, for the first time Raumedic also sponsored two more cash prizes of 100 euros each for the second and third best bachelor’s thesis. The winner of the second prize, Thorsten Lenz, explored the influence of detergents on white plastic window profiles. Andreas Preisinger, third  prize winner, focused on the optimization of construction and production costs for special mechanical seals.


Focus on industry relations

Around 100 guests gathered at the Institute of Information Systems (Iisys) on Wednesday evening and almost filled the lecture hall. On behalf of Professor Michael Nase who could not attend due to illness, Mirko Rennert, lecturer at the Department of Plastics Technology, hosted the evening. In his talk, he addressed the students, stressing the importance of putting great effort into their final thesis. The industrial engineer also said that the university aims at building close relationships with the industry, thus creating added value for both sides.

Professor Jörg Krumeich, who supervised winner Ilona Wohner’s thesis, gave the guests some insight into the Faculty of Engineering. With his presentation “Heat-up, start-up – how products result from research,” start-up entrepreneur Sascha Bach, among other things, illustrated how modern heating technologies help to bring plastic packaging into the desired shape while using less materials. 


Ending on an American note

Shortly before the winner was announced, sponsor Raumedic granted a glimpse behind the scenes, too. Dominik Bauer, Head of the Department of Marketing Communication and graduate of Hof University himself, presented his company, which has maintained a new development and production center in the U.S. State of North Carolina since 2016. The USA related theme was also echoed in the get-together in the foyer of the Iisys building, where American specialties were served, enticing the guests to stay and get to know each other.

“The fifth Engineering Colloquium was a complete success for Raumedic,” says Christina Hechtfischer. “We’re already looking forward to this fall when we will be awarding our prize to the graduate with the best master’s thesis in engineering science.”


About the Raumedic prize

Since March 2015, every year the best bachelor’s and master’s thesis of the Faculty of Engineering is awarded the Raumedic prize by Hof University, in close cooperation with the sponsor. The idea originated from Professor Michael Nase, Chairman of the Department of Plastics Technology, who with the Engineering Colloquium wanted to offer students, business representatives and higher education staff a platform via which to interact.

In this setting, Raumedic is able to presents itself as an attractive employer offering aspiring academics career opportunities both in Germany and abroad. Around 40 graduates of Hof University already work in various business areas for the system supplier of polymer components who serves the medical technology and pharmaceutical industries.


Ilona Wohner (front center) proudly presents the certificate and prize for the best bachelor’s thesis. Andreas Preisinger (front left) and Thorsten Lenz (front right) were also awarded prizes. At the back from left to right: Professor Jörg Krumeich, Christina Hechtfischer, Thomas Ruhland, Dominik Bauer and Mirko Rennert.

Almost all seats were filled in the lecture hall, showing the considerable interest in the Engineering Colloquium.