January 29th 2016

MCI Department for Mechatronics on the road to success

Ministry of Science, Research and Economy awards Honory Prize to MCI mechatronics engineer: Acknowledgement for work on the optimization of hybrid fiber-reinforced plastic

For his master thesis on the “Analysis and Optimization of New Hybrid Fiber-Reinforced Plastic”, the graduate of the MCI master degree course in Mechatronics Johannes Mandler was recently awarded the Honory Prize of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. The excellent project deals with the weight optimization of fiber-reinforced plastic which, over the past years, has increasingly been used in lightweight construction. Particularly the production of vehicles and sports equipment has led to a growing demand for lightweight material. Mandler has therefore looked into the analysis and optimization of the mechanical features of fiber-reinforced plastic in order to determine which materials are optimally suited for which types of load. His findings have already been applied in several projects of the Thöni Group, which was responsible for the funding of the project.

The state award is offered annually to recognize the best graduates of Austrian universities, who stand out due to extraordinary performance during their studies as well as exceptional master theses.

Head of Study Andreas Mehrle is delighted at the successful development of the Mechatronics program at MCI: “The award-winning thesis project demonstrates the broadness and fascination of the application area of mechatronics. It is moreover proof of the high standards met by the study program and its graduates. I wish to congratulate Johannes Mandler on his exceptional achievement.”

MCI Rector Andreas Altmann emphasizes: “As Entrepreneurial School® we stress the importance of practical orientation and the immediate applicability of research. The award shows that, already upon their graduation, our students are equipped with the skills required in practice.”

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