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Hof University of Applied Sciences and Raumedic present award for the best master’s degree thesis

Hof/Helmbrechts – The best master’s degree thesis written by a student in the Department of Engineering at the Hof University of Applied Sciences was honored on Wednesday, November 7, during a conference at the university attended by about 70 guests. The Raumedic Award, which comes with €1,000 in prize money, was presented to the master’s degree holder Daniela Schön. The jury honored the graduate who majored in composites for her work on rotationally symmetric braiding structures for fan wheels. 

The award winner, a native of Donauwörth, Bavaria, previously earned a bachelor’s degree on innovative textiles at the Hof University of Applied Sciences. In October, the 25-year-old began work in the research department of the Center for High Temperature Materials and Design HTL in Münchberg. Her work there focuses on the weaving of ceramic fibers.

Two other recent master’s degree graduates, Christian Beck and Thorsten Lenz, were also excited about the check for €100 they each received for their own work. They submitted the second- and third-best engineering theses. 

Just like previous engineering colloquiums, practical applications were extensively covered in the eighth version of the conference. Dr. Sören Grießbach, the owner and managing director of GS-PRO GmbH in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, spoke about the history, the current status and future of 3D printing. In his talk, the physicist left no doubt about the role that this technology will play in medical technology, including in the production of artificial limbs. 

Afterward, Dr. Thomas Ruhland, the head of innovation topics at the conference sponsor, Raumedic, shared his thoughts with the audience. He noted that the medical technology company is using 3D printing technology to make functional models and small series of tools. “In business, you must always keep your eye on the ball,” Ruhland said. “We can provide our customers with the right manufacturing concept every time by drawing, first, on our expertise in extrusion, injection molding and the assembly of plastic components and complex systems and, second, on really promising technologies.”

Christina Hechtfischer, the Head of HR at Raumedic, stressed that highly educated specialists will play a key role in this work. She outlined ways that students and college graduates could join the Helmbrechts-based company: “It can be an internship, a vacation job, a job related to your college work, a student trainee position or a job right after graduation – just let us know!”

Following the official part of the conference, the Italian buffet lured the guests to the foyer of the university building. The eighth Engineering Colloquium was closed out with casual conversations. The ninth version will be held in the spring of 2019.

About the Raumedic Prize

Since March 2015, the Hof University of Applied Sciences in conjunction with sponsor Raumedic has recognized the best bachelor and master theses from the engineering department, once a year for each degree. The first place winner receives a trophy and €1,000, and the second and third place winners each receive €100. 

Several factors are used to evaluate the papers: The evaluation of the professor who oversaw the work, the relevance of the work to science and industrial use and – to a limited degree – the grade for the entire work. 

The idea for the Engineering Colloquium was suggested by Professor Dr. Michael Nase, the chair for plastics technology. He wants to use the event as a forum where students, members of the business community and members of the university can regularly meet with one another. In this context, Raumedic presents itself as a potential employer who can offer prospective academics diverse employment opportunities in Germany and abroad. A total of 55 graduates of the Hof University of Applied Sciences already work at the medical device and pharmaceutical industry partner in a wide range of fields.

The main actors at the eighth Engineering Colloquium (from left): Christian Beck (second place), Thorsten Lenz (third place), Raumedic trendscouting manager Dr. Thomas Ruhland, first-place finisher Daniela Schön, Professor Dr. Michael Nase, Raumedic Head of HR Christina Hechtfischer and speaker Dr. Sören Grießbach.

Christina Hechtfischer (middle) presents the glass Raumedic Award to the winner, Daniela Schön.

Casual discussions at the traditional get-together were a major part of the Engineering Colloquium.