Award for a young researcher: Susanne Kreuzer took first place in the “Siemens VAI – IEEE Student Paper Contest 2012”. The awards ceremony took place on June 20 in the “Siemens VAI Lecture Hall” at the JKU Linz. The winner was visibly pleased and remarked, “The award is amazing feedback for a young physicist like me.”

Prize money in the amount of € 700 for first place, € 500 for second place and 3 x € 100 for special awards was provided by sponsor Siemens VAI. The contest is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in engineering programs at the JKU. A panel of experts reviewed 16 submissions and selected the five best papers. The awards were presented in the presence of Dean Erich Peter Klement:

1st Place: Susanne Kreuzer: "Improvement of Solar Cell Efficiency in the Infra-Red Using PbS Nanocrystals"
2nd Place: Klemens Gruber: "Experimental Investigations and Numerical Simulation of Local Scour Development"
Special Selection by the Jury: Christian Siket: "Printed High-k Metal Oxide Dielectrics for Flexible Large Area Electronics"
Special Selection by the Jury: Manuel Kasper, Alexander Klinkan: "Entwurf und Umsetzung eines performanten USB Speicheroszilloskops"
Best IEEE Contribution: Reinhard Panhuber: "Entwurf und Design einer Radarauswerteelektronik mit ARM Prozessor"

During his speech, DI Gerald Fliegel (Siemens VAI) praised the high quality of all submitted academic papers which have significance in applied oriented research at Siemens as well as the successful collaboration with the JKU.
Reinhard Panhuber’s paper will also be sent to the "Region 8 (Europe, Africa, Russia, Middle East) IEEE Student Paper Contest".