The Engineering Colloquium established by the Hof University of Applied Sciences and RAUMEDIC AG met for its third edition on April 6, 2016, at Hof University. This year, the proud winner of the €1,000 RAUMEDIC prize was Christian Pflug, a dual education student at GEALAN Formteile GmbH. Ever since he was a pupil in the nearby town of Münchberg he had dreamed of pursuing a dual vocational education right here in his home region of Oberfranken. His decision to study process mechanics and materials engineering led him to Hof University. In his bachelor thesis, he focused on the development of an actuator for a multiport valve. The purpose of this valve is to direct warm water as needed into either the heating circuit or a heat exchanger for heating drinking water.
His advisor, Dr. Margarete Blank-Bewersdorff, was clearly delighted to see her protégé receive this honor. “I was enthusiastic about this topic from the beginning. With the research he did for his bachelor thesis, Mr. Pflug was able to develop new approaches and contribute to advances in the field.”
In addition to the prize ceremony, a lecture on a topic in popular science is always a high point of the colloquium. This year’s speaker was Dr. Manfred Steinhäußer, Chief Physician of Central Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Clinical Centre Hochfranken, who works with RAUMEDIC products on a daily basis. He discussed the use of tiny plastic products and provided a fascinating look into their impact on modern medicine.
The man behind the event, Dr. Michael Nase, was very happy with the turnout. “Over time, we have noticed that word is getting around about the colloquium,” said Nase. “It is bringing in interested university students and even high schoolers.” Christina Hechtfischer, Head of Human Resources at event sponsor RAUMEDIC, also had a positive impression of the event. “I am always happy to support dedicated students from the local region. We are always looking for motivated co-workers who can apply their knowledge to the ongoing development of our medical devices.”