November 28th 2018

MCI sweeps up Austrian Mechatronics Awards

Mechatronics Platform awards nationwide award - MCI wins two out of three categories – MCI’s Mechatronics Department impresses with its outstanding synthesis of theory and application

Alejandro Secades, graduate of Mechatronics & Smart Technologies, was awarded first place for his masgter thesis. From left: Udo Traussnig (Mechatronics Platform), Andreas Mehrle, Alejandro Secades, Erich Hütter (SSI Schäfer). Photo: Campus 02
Alejandro Secades, graduate of Mechatronics & Smart Technologies, was awarded first place for his masgter thesis. From left: Udo Traussnig (Mechatronics Platform), Andreas Mehrle, Alejandro Secades, Erich Hütter (SSI Schäfer). Photo: Campus 02

Once again, the MCI has reason to celebrate: at the recent annual conference of the Mechatronics Platform, three graduates of MCI Mechatronics Degree Programs were honored for their outstanding final theses. Karl Kuprian won the category "Best Bachelor Thesis", Alejandro Secades won the category "Best Master Thesis". An outstanding third place went to Florian Hollaus in the category "Best Master Thesis".

The MCI winners are among the best in their class and had to undergo a demanding selection process. The award-winning works are distinguished in particular by their exceptional degree of innovation and their high practical relevance.

  • Karl Kuprian, BSc, graduate of the bachelor degree program Mechatronics, won the 1st place in the category "Best Bachelor Thesis. As part of his thesis "Development of a portable, robotic training system to supplement the rehabilitation of hand impairments", he developed the prototype of a portable training system, which is especially designed to help stroke patients to regain the functionality of their hands.
  • Alejandro Secades, MSc, a graduate of the English-speaking master's program in Mechatronics & Smart Technologies, was awarded first place in the category "Best Master Thesis". In his thesis "Simulation of active vibration damping of a wind turbine“, he describes how the service life of turbines in wind turbines can be significantly extended. The key to this lies in a control system, with the help of which the vibrations of the turbine tower can be reduced in a controlled manner.
  • Florian Hollaus, MSc, a graduate of the master program Mechatronics & Smart Technologies, was awarded 3rd place in the category "Best Master Thesis". His thesis "Developing a test scenario for monitoring technical systems using a digital twin" uses the example of a wind generator to describe how the digital image of a complex mechatronic system can facilitate the planning and execution of maintenance work.

Andreas Mehrle, Head of the Mechatronics Department at the MCI, is delighted with his graduates: "I congratulate Karl Kuprian, Alejandro Secades and Florian Hollaus on their awards, which not only document their achievements on a personal level, but ultimately also stand for the quality of mechatronics studies at the MCI."

The mechatronics platform was founded in 2005 and networks mechatronics courses in Austria. In addition to the promotion of scientific cooperation and the networking of students, lecturers and graduates, the platform continuously works on the further development of the courses of study. The aim is to contribute to securing Austria as a production location through innovative mechatronic products. Within the framework of the annual awards in the categories "Best Bachelor Thesis", "Best Master Thesis" and "Best Graduate Career", particularly outstanding young mechatronics engineers are specifically fostered.

This year's Mechatronics Platform Conference was hosted by the University of Applied Sciences Campus 02 and took place on November 22nd in the Graz Chamber of Commerce.

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