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Dec. 11, 2007
Aircraft engine manufacturer Thielert grants award at University of Applied Sciences in Cologne

  Lichtenstein (Saxony)/Cologne, December 11, 2007 – Saxony-based aircraft engine manufacturer Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH, subsidiary of Thielert AG, handed out the "Thielert Engine Award“ for outstanding student theses for the first time yesterday at Cologne University of Applied Sciences. The award winners were selected by the jury under the chairmanship of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Deußen, Head of the Laboratory for Piston Engines and Calibration at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

The award was made in the context of the "Engine Colloquium", which takes place every year at the Faculty of Process Engineering, Energy and Mechanical Systems at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Graduate engineer MSc. Erik Bollen, Head of Research and Development at Thielert, handed over the certificates and the associated prizes to the two award winners. "We are delighted to be able to reward the students for their outstanding work. As a technology company we know that the success of a company is crucially dependent on the commitment and qualification of its employees. For that reason we want to make early contact with up-and-coming specialists in order to be able to encourage them and offer them internships, master theses and even jobs."

The first award, worth EUR 2,000, went to Waldemar Schlidt. The 24-year-old from Cologne, who has been studying at Cologne University of Applied Sciences since 2003, dealt in his final thesis with the conditioning of engine oil. The intention is to free the oil in a unit from undesirable water and fuel components. The aim of the project was to develop a numerical process to describe this procedure, and to optimize the associated unit. Waldemar Schlidt tackled this extremely demanding task with outstanding success. His results have been used in their entirety for the development of the conditioning unit.

The second award was received by René Rose Stueber for her project on the "Initial start-up and calibration of a test bench for heat transfers". Born in America, she began her studies in mechanical engineering initially at the Rheinish-Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, and has been studying at Cologne University of Applied Sciences since 2005. The idea for her thesis arose from an internship placement at the University of Riverside in the US. In the course of her project Mrs. Stueber benefited above all from her ability to work systematically and conceptually. She received a prize of EUR 1,000.

"I think that we made a good choice in selecting the two prize winners. Both students are a positive example of commitment and motivation, associated with the ability to be inspired by technical problems," said jury chairman Prof. Norbert Deußen in his speech in honor of them. "I consider it important to give students positive signals and I am delighted about the cooperation with Thielert."


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