The prize-giving ceremony took place on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in Berlin's Mitte district at the heart of the city. Six dedicated engineers received the 2010 Hermann Appel Prize for their outstanding dissertations and theses. For IAV, the award is an annual highlight in its work with universities and other institutes of higher learning.
IAV has been awarding the Hermann Appel Prize for diploma and master degree theses as well as dissertations in the field of automotive development since 2004. The aim is to promote and deepen ties between industry and science.
And in November it was that time of year again: Six talented, young and dedicated engineers were delighted to win the 2010 Hermann Appel Prize along with prize money worth no less than €18,000. The award ceremony at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences on Gendarmenmarkt Square in Berlin gave the winners as well as professors, students and industry representatives the opportunity to engage in discussion as well as make and foster contacts.
The works attracting this year's Hermann Appel Prize are marked by a high level of technical integration and validation in practice. The topics demonstrate the increasing fusion of disciplines in developing automobiles and the tendency toward an all-embracing approach to engineering development. From driver-characteristic sensor signals in electronics development to approaches on modeling combustion and wall-heat transfer in spark-ignition engines in the domain of powertrain development – current issues and future trends were picked up and taken forward.
Electronics Development Section
Diploma degree thesis: Kai Franke was given the award for his thesis entitled "Test Method for Evaluating Driver-Characteristic Sensor Signals in the Context of Future Vehicle Calibration Activities". Produced at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, the work was supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. B. Michaelis, Institute for Electronics, Signal Processing and Communication. Kai Franke works at Volkswagen AG in the Group Research Department.
Dissertation category: The prize went to Dr. Carsten Joachim for his doctoral dissertation on "Optimizing the Gearshift Process in Heady-Duty Vehicles through Adaptive Torque Control". The dissertation was produced at the University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Engineering Design, Production Engineering and Automotive Engineering, and supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Christian Reuss.
Powertrain Development Section
Diploma degree thesis category: "Experimental Study and Simulation in Relation to the Influence of Turbocharger Maps on the Operating Behavior of Supercharged Vehicle Engines" is the title of the thesis for which Dipl.-Ing. Emanuel Binder from Berlin University of Technology received the Hermann Appel Prize. Prof. Dr.-Ing. M. Hecht supervised the work. Emanuel Binder has begun a doctorate and works as an engineer at IAV.
Dissertation category: Dr. Sebastian Hensel was given the Hermann Appel Prize for his dissertation on "Modeling Combustion and Wall Heat Transfer in Spark-Ignition Engines with Homogeneous Compression-Ignition Combustion". This work was supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Spicher, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe.
Vehicle Development Segment
Diploma degree thesis category: Sebastian Spirk was awarded the prize for his thesis on "Adaptive Control of Active Chassis". Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Boris Lohmann, Chair for Control Engineering, Munich University of Technology, supervised the work. Sebastian Spirk is now employed with the university and is beginning his doctoral degree.
The adjudicating panel's special prize went to Dr. Christian Dönitz for his dissertation on "Hybrid Pneumatic Engines". This work was produced at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and supervised by Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella.
Set up in 1983 by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Appel and now employing over 4,500 members of staff, IAV is one of the world’s leading engineering providers to the automotive industry. IAV’s work portfolio covers all of the phases involved in automotive electronics, powertrain and vehicle development. The spectrum ranges from research and advance development to complex development contracts for mass production. Its clients include all premier automobile manufacturers and their suppliers.