August 22nd 2017

EUREGIO special award goes to MCI

For her alternative mobility solutions, MCI researcher Verena Schallhart has beenwas awarded the EUREGIO special award by the European Forum Alpbach

For the sixth time, this year’s Tyrol Days, organized by the European Forum Alpbach, invited junior researchers from the Tyrol–South Tyrol–Trentino Euroregion to submit their research papers and, after a multistage selection process, discuss their findings with renowned scientists and political leaders.

The high-ranking jury, headed by President of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Konrad Bergmeister, presented not only the winners of the EUREGIO Young Researchers’ Award, but also the winner of the “TYROL 2050 energy autonomous” special award, which was chosen from a large number of submissions. Sponsored by the Tyrol Location Agency and Energie Tirol (Tyrol energy), the prize was awarded for the first time this year.

MCI researcher, Verena Schallhart is the proud winner of this special award. She convinced the jury with her paper on “NOx Reduction in Alpine Regions” and, consequently, received a prestigious distinction for her comprehensive engines and emissions research.

Based on a newly-developed simulation model, Verena Schallhart’s research project demonstrates possibilities for the effective reduction of the controversial NOx emissions of diesel engines. The young scientist is particularly interested in the requirements emission control systems for public buses need to fulfill. A major challenge in this context are the topographic conditions of the alpine region.

Verena Schallhart sees this award as a confirmation of her work: “Considering the heated and partly biased debate on diesel engines and related air contaminants, I am delighted that, with my research project, I can make a positive contribution to the reduction of NOx emissions, particularly in regard to public bus traffic.”

MCI Rector Andreas Altmann congratulates: “With Verena Schallhart, the jury has chosen a worthy prize winner and honored the committed team which manages the technological study programs at the Entrepreneurial School®. I am delighted with this achievement and would like to congratulate the winner.”

Further information:
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Research and Development at MCI
Bachelor study program Industrial Engineering & Management
Master study program Industrial Engineering & Management

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