January 27th 2016

MCI mechatronics students take over California

Coveted Marshall Plan Scholarship enables MCI mechatronics students to study at elite universities in the US

The master’s students at the Mechatronics Department of the Entrepreneurial School® achieve great successes at prestigious US-American universities. In previous years the popular scholarships of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation have already allowed several mechatronics students of MCI to study at, for instance, the University of New York, Columbia University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Carnegie Mellon University. This year the foundation once again awards research fellowships to two MCI mechatronics students to conduct their technical research projects at top-ranking universities in the USA:

Jonathan Hechtbauer, who has already received the possibility to carry out research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, now sets out to investigate the swarming behavior in robots at the University of California, San Diego. Also his fellow student Stefan Messner has chosen California as his destination, where he plans to conduct research at the famous University of California, Berkeley. The institution is regularly ranked among the top 5 universities world-wide and has acquired an impeccable reputation particularly for its work in technology and the natural sciences. Messner will collaborate with a team of scientists to develop an autonomous underwater vehicle.

Both students are financially supported by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, which promotes the exchange between Austrian and American universities in both directions. An American student of the renowned Appalachian State University thus also receives the opportunity to visit MCI for a semester this same year. His professor Sid Clements will accompany him to spend a sabbatical term at MCI.

Head of the Mechatronics Department at MCI, Dr. Andreas Mehrle, is convinced that “this form of cooperation constitutes a unique opportunity for our students to establish a network and work with experienced scholars. MCI as an institution benefits from such joint research projects as well. I am particularly pleased to see that Management Center Innsbruck also attracts lecturers and students from the US.”

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