VDMA: Top young talents for high-tech
German Technology was strongly
represented with 62 VDMA member companies. The Walter
Reiners-Stiftung (Foundation) of the VDMA Textile Machinery
honoured five junior engineers at the trade fair Techtextil. Two
promotion prizes for the best dissertation and master thesis as
well as three creativity awards for clever bachelor and seminar
papers were awarded.
Peter D. Dornier, chairman of the
Foundation and chairman of the Lindauer DORNIER Board of
Management, honoured the young engineers.
With regard to the Techtextil special event
“Living in Space“, Mr Dornier stated: ”If you look at how
technical textiles make space colonisation within reach or how
fibre composite materials significantly reduce weight and fuel
consumption of cars and aircrafts, it can be rightly claimed
that textile machinery is a part of a real high-tech industry.
Thus, it is the industry which is attractive for young people
who are enthusiastic about new technology.”
The award-winning papers of the young
engineers also make clear that textile machinery means high tech
The promotion prize in the
dissertation category, endowed with 5,000 euros, was awarded to
Dr. Cornelia Sennewald, TU Dresden. In her doctoral thesis, she
developed new technology concepts for production of 3D
structures in lightweight design based on a weaving process.
Dirk Fischer, TU Chemnitz, was honoured
with a promotion prize worth 3,500 euros for the best master
thesis. In his work, a classic component, namely a bicycle
spoke, was replaced with a flexible wire to achieve benefits in
weight and dynamics.
Philipp Kempert (TU Dresden), Karsten
Neuwerk und Lukas Völkel (both from RWTH Aachen) received
creativity awards including a scholarship of 250 euros a month
for two semesters.
Mr Kempert developed a shuttle changer for
a shuttle loom. Mr Neuwerk’s work deals with light transmitting
filaments. Mr Völkel’s bachelor thesis focuses on fabrication of
woven-fabrics of multi-filament yarns for use as electrode
materials in super capacitors.