Prizes and Distictions 2015

Award winning gallium nitride: Karl Heinz Beckurts Award#

December 8, 2015

Presentation of Karl Heinz Beckurts Award to Prof. Oliver Ambacher by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, managing director of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin.
© Fraunhofer IAF / Andree Kaiser

Prof. Dr. Oliver Ambacher, head of Fraunhofer IAF, was awarded the Karl Heinz Beckurts-Prize on December 8th in Berlin. With this award, the Karl Heinz Beckurts Foundation acknowledged his contribution to the development of highly efficient power amplifiers based on the semiconductor gallium nitride for modern mobile communication base stations. Every year since 1989, the Karl Heinz Beckurts Foundation honors scientific and technical achievements, bringing significant impulses for the industrial innovation in Germany.

mp3 developers to receive esteemed Eduard Rhein Award#

The Eduard Rhein Foundation has selected Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Karlheinz Brandenburg, Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Grill and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Herre to receive the 2015 Technology Award of the Eduard Rhein Foundation for their significant contributions to the development and implementation of mp3. The audio coding standard forever changed the world of music with its ability to allow music lovers to save their entire music library on a device as small as a matchbox for the very first time.

Fraunhofer researchers were awarded the German Future Prize for work on healthy and delicious lupine proteins#

These rigid foam insulation boards are 100% wood-based.
© Manuela Lingnau / Fraunhofer WKI

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI in Braunschweig developed a method for creating foam from wood particles. The novel material has such great potential that it won a 2015 GreenTec Award in the “Construction and Living” category.

Two Fraunhofer projects among the winners on the EARTO Innovation Award competition 2015#

The final judging for the Innovation Prize of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) took place in Brussels on October 14. Among the six finalists were two Fraunhofer projects: the awiloc® technology for secure positioning in wireless networks, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and also the SkinHeal project for the improved treatment of chronic wounds, coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC. An independent jury selected projects that have the potential to trigger social or economic change.

Outstanding Laser Research: ILT Scientist Dr. Stefan Hengesbach Receives the 2015 WLT Award#

On June 22, 2015 the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Lasertechnik e.V. (WLT) [Scientific Society for Laser Technology] conferred Dr.-Ing. Stefan Hengesbach with the 2015 WLT Award. The award ceremony took place during the WLT Award Ceremony & Plenary Session at the “Lasers in Manufacturing conference - LIM 2015”, held as part of the LASER World of Photonics in Munich.

Production research by Fraunhofer IAO honored with three awards at the ICPR 2015#

The 23rd International Conference for Production Research ICPR, which took place from August 2-5, 2015 in Manila, was a runaway success for Fraunhofer IAO and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Both keynote speakers, Professor Wilhelm Bauer (IAO institute director) and Professor Hans-Jörg Bullinger, received a Certificate of Appreciation, and each was part of a team that scooped an Outstanding Paper Award 2015. In Professor Bauer’s case, this was for his work with Dr. Stefan Gerlach et al. on KapaflexCy; Professor Bullinger received the honor alongside Thomas Meiren and Rainer Nägele for their publication on the future of smart services.

Advancement award for Fraunhofer hearing research scientist#

»FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE« is a programme organised by the German Commission for UNESCO and L´Oréal Deutschland in collaboration with the foundation of Nobel Prize winner Christiane-Nüsslein-Volhard which recognises highly-qualified young female scientists with children who are destined for future management roles. Lena Schell-Majoor, a scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, is one of this year’s award winners.