Intelligent headlights, electromobility, sustainable waste analyses, robots with novel camera control and/or completely new means of movement and inspection capabilities, security in cross-border e-governance, driver assistance systems for roads, sound measurements in the low-frequency range, refurbishment of asbestos-containing collection items, CO2 reduction in enclosed spaces, stability behavior in lightweight structural engineering, simulation models for material fatigue, measurement of electrical parameters of pipelines, planning and development of a drive system and the motor control of an electric racing car.
Between 2012 and 2016, a total of 27 projects and 56 prize winners from more than 200 submissions have been awarded the TÜV AUSTRIA Science Award.
This is the result of the impressive performance of young researchers and developers in the fields of safety, technology, environment, quality, and sustainability.
Creating awareness for research and innovation
The aim is to generate awareness of the high quality of domestic engineering and of the research and innovation spirit, to offer the next generation of engineers a platform to efficiently communicate their talents.
Stefan Haas, CEO of the TÜV AUSTRIA Group: "The promotion of young people in the area of technical and natural sciences is a worthwhile investment in the future. The invitation that we sent out to participate in this competition to evaluate studies has been magnificently received. This is the case not only in terms of the quantity of submissions, but also, and above all, in terms of the quality of the works, the possibilities for solutions, the future perspectives, innovative ideas, the notions of sustainability, and much more. It's certainly nice to see the creative and innovative potential that lies in Austria's Next Generation."
Support to the "Science Award" project has been given by the Rector of the Technical University of Vienna, Sabine Seidler, and General Secretary of the Federation of Industrialists, Christoph Neumayer, who congratulated this great private initiative on behalf of the industry, an endeavor which has unequivocally contributed to Austria's knowledge advancement.
Rising demand for engineers
Neumayer: "Austria is a country of innovation. We owe two-thirds of our prosperity to technological advancement, research, and innovation. The majority of this innovation comes from industry. In the field of education, higher technical institutes (HTLs) play an important role. However, according to a recent survey by the Federation of Industrialists, eight out of ten companies report recruitment difficulties in technical professions across all competence levels. Against the background of the dynamic change processes in the economy - the keyword here being 'digitization' - the demand for technology graduates will increase. Therefore, all initiatives that support young people in the areas of innovation and education bear an even greater importance. In addition to the Science Award, for example, there is the TÜV AUSTRIA science scholarship, which makes a significant contribution to students actually being able to afford their studies."
Rector Seidler was once again impressed by the highly significant technical achievements that have been made at domestic HTLs and universities. The TÜV AUSTRIA Science Award is an ideal platform to make these talents known to a broad and interested audience from within science and industry.
Seidler: "For the Technical University of Vienna, we are delighted not only to have several winners within the framework of the Science Award, but also that students from several faculties have come or will come to benefit from the science scholarship. The commitment to young engineers is therefore a tangible part of TÜV AUSTRIA's corporate culture. Added to this are also other joint future-oriented activities, for example the Aspern prototype factory, where TÜV AUSTRIA contributes to ensuring that digital factories are actually safe. This is a field that will have an immense impact upon society."
Diploma theses and dissertations at technical universities and technical colleges, HTL dissertations, and also successful development projects undertaken within companies were evaluated.
The TÜV AUSTRIA Science Award will have its 6th edition in 2017. Project entries are possible until June 30 2017.