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Raumedic prize awarded for the sixth time

Helmbrechts/Hof – Already for the sixth time, the Hof University of Applied Sciences – in collaboration with the award’s sponsor, Raumedic AG – honored the best final thesis of the Faculty of Engineering. While traditionally the best bachelor’s thesis receives an award in spring, this fall, on 25 October, all eyes were on the master’s theses.

Christian Pflug from Schödlas near Münchberg knows what it feels like to win both prizes. In April 2016, his bachelor’s thesis won 1st prize, now his master’s thesis enjoyed the same fate. In the latter, the 25-year old looked at the adhesive properties of polyurethane foam in combination with different plastic components. What made this thesis stand out as the winner was its high practical orientation alongside its solid scientific value.

The Composite Materials graduate has already decided to stay in the region after he finishes up his studies. Gealan Formteile, the company where Pflug worked during various phases of his co-op degree program, will be taking him on full-time as an applications engineer. He explained that he will be using a part of the 1,000 euro prize money to buy something special for his girlfriend, the rest will go into savings.

As with the Raumedic awards in spring 2017, this October awards were also given for the 2nd and 3rd-best final theses. Simon Heinrich from Marktredwitz and Alexander Hübner from Münchberg were both pleased to receive 100 euro. “We are delighted that with Mr. Hübner one of our very own Raumedic employees is among the top three,” says HR Manager Stefan Knaus-Bierbaum. Mr. Hübner (M.A.) has been on staff at the Helmbrechts medical device manufacturer since October, as an application technology product manager.

But the Engineering Colloquium was not only about awarding prizes. Prof. Dr. Eng. Peter Weidinger offered insights into the practical world of engineering with his presentation called “Polymer issues in the automotive industry – What exactly do engineers do after their studies?” The evening was rounded off with a buffet of American specialties in the foyer of Hof University’s Iisys building.

Front starting from left are: Stefan Knaus-Bierbaum (HR Manager, Raumedic), Prof. Dr. Eng. Peter Weidinger, Prof. Dr. Eng. Michael Nase (event initiator and Professor of Plastics Technology) and Prof. Dr. Eng. Margarete Blank-Bewersdorff (supervising professor) with 1st-prize winner Christian Pflug. Back starting from left are: Alexander Hübner (3rd Place), Dr. Thomas Ruhland (Trendscouting Manager, Raumedic), and Simon Heinrich (2nd Place).

The American buffet was a big success and a pleasant ending to a festive evening.