January 03rd 2017

National award for two MCI graduates for best Master’s theses

Federal Ministry of Science and Research grants awards to Mechatronics and International Business & Management graduates at MCI.

High spirits at MCI Management Center Innsbruck. Two MCI programs won a national award by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research at the end of 2016. Martin Walch, a graduate from the Mechatronics & Smart Technologies Master’s program, and Raimund Mayr, a graduate from the International Business & Management Master’s program received this esteemed award for their Master’s theses.

Martin Walch wrote his Master’s thesis on the development of the avionics of an unmanned aircraft with tiltrotors for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). His paper models a tiltrotor platform that is comparable to commercial flight simulators in its level of detail.

VTOL aircrafts are capable of vertical takeoff and landing. They are therefore used for surveying, search and exploration missions. The jury acknowledged the precise methods and derivations as well as the exceptionally high linguistic level of Walch’s thesis. Prof. Andreas Mehrle, head of department and studies, is full of praise: “An excellent paper that reaches dissertation level in technical sciences and is a milestone for us toward an autonomously flying VTOL platform.”

Raimund Mayr’s Master’s thesis is titled “Intellectual Capital as a Determinant of Growth – A Quantile Regression Approach”. He examines the influence of intellectual capital on the economic growth of companies. Mayr has developed nine hypotheses to be tested in a next empirical step. The jury praised his work for its excellent scientific quality, its very thorough literature research and analysis, and its excellent statistical analysis. Mayr’s supervisor, Prof. Bernd Ebersberger, considers the paper one of the best theses he has ever supervised: “An excellent Master’s thesis! I am looking forward to continue working with Raimund Mayr. With this thesis, he has clearly completed the rite of passage and qualifies for the higher academic world.”

The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy has been awarding the 50 best Austrian Diploma and Master’s theses every year since 1990.

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