Harsewinkel, October 2014. The CLAAS Foundation awarded international students with the Helmut Claas-Scholarship, bonus prizes and the International Student Prize coming to a total value of 44.100 Euro.
Before the official revelation, all four nominees presented their projects and only upon presentation of the award, the candidates found out about the exact prize distribution. Helmut Claas, Chairman of the CLAAS Foundation Board of Trustees, handed out the awards in person and congratulated them on their achievement.
A joined lunch rounded of the event, leaving time and opportunity for new contacts and fostering networks.
The Helmut Claas-Scholarships are awarded to students of general engineering and business management.
1. Prize: Ufuk Akay (24) was awarded the first prize coming to a total value of 7.200 Euro. He is a civil engineering student at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. For many years, next to his studies, he has been involved in a UN-project called „Agua es vida“ („Water is life“). This initiative aims of install solar-based field irrigation systems in developing countries. In his bachelor thesis he developed a tool which helps to determine the optimal field irrigation system for any farming land in the world.
2. Prize: 27-year old student of economics and environment Benedikt Kramer was awarded for his bachelor thesis on the effects of hail damage on yield components in corn. The prize is of a value of 6.000 Euro. He did his bachelor degree at the University of Economics and Environment in Nürtingen-Geislingen and has just commenced his master course at the University of Hohenheim in agribusiness. Spending time abroad, cultural exchange and gathering practical experience- these are all of greatest importance to him.
3. Prize: Yale Brewer from Harper Adams University in the UK received the third prize of a value of 4.800 Euro. During his industrial placement with CLAAS in Harsewinkel he investigated the suitability an industrial bulk material weighing system for grain throughput measurement. From an early age he dis-assembled and re-assembled tools. In the UK he already received many awards such as the „Technology Design & Innovation Challenge“ und „The Young Engineer for GB“.
4. Prize: The fourth prize of 3.600 Euro went to Ben Bretschneider (25). He is currently doing his diploma course in engineering at the Technical University of Dresden. During his studies he worked with the company AgriCon where he developed a sensor-based scoring system for an automized scoring of characteristics in field tests. Part of his course, he spent in Norway where he constructed an autonomous field robot
Apart from the yearly scholarships, three students received a bonus prize of 1.500 Euro each. In the category „Design“ Robert Pickavance from Harper Adams University accepted his award. His project deals with the design, manufacture and testing of materials handler attachment for transporting trailed implements.
Stephan Wunderlich, Technical University of Munich obtained the prize in the category „Resources“. In his project he investigated the optimization of fog harvesting technologies to produce water in dry areas.
Christian Fischer, student of the Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg, was awarded with the bonus prize in the category „Global & Political“ for his topic „Large-scale land acquisitions as an instrument to stimulate developing economies- A neoclassical analysis and the structuring of an institutional frame work”
International Student Prizes
These prizes went to students from the Banat University of Agricultural Sciences Timisoara (Romania), Budapest University of Technology and Economy (Hungary), Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovak Republic).
The prize winners from Timisoara are Vlad Marius Bolocan, Ionel-Darius Kiss and Alexandru Ciuca.
Tamás Zoltán Denke, Tamás Huszár and Tibor Tamás Pipo from the Budapest University of Technology and Economy are pleased about their recognitions
From Wageningen the students Dini Ras, Niek van den Top and Jasper van Meer received an award.
The students Stanislav Chrobák, Juraj Balazi and Milan Glajsa were the winners from Nitra.
CLAAS Foundation presents awards to gifted students
Harsewinkel, November 2013. The CLAAS Foundation awarded prizes to gifted students from England and Germany for their theses in the field of agricultural engineering and general engineering. The Helmut Claas-scholarship coming to a value of 21.600 Euro is given to four students. Besides the scholarships, three bonus prizes and four international Student Prizes were awarded.
The students presented their projects and explained details of their research areas. The tension was kept until the very end, since the nominees only then learned which prize they were about to receive. Dr. Hermann Garbers, deputy chairman of the CLAAS Foundation handed out these highly anticipated certificates.
Following the ceremony, the group of participants had a joint lunch which, offered room for intensive networking- especially to the students.
The Helmut Claas - scholarships are awarded to students in both general engineering and business management.
Prize: Timo Schempp (27) was awarded the first prize coming to a total value of 7.200 Euro. At the University of Stuttgart he studied engineering where he specializes in agricultural engineering, production and factory planning. In his study project he dealt with the evaluation of operating systems of tractors and also with the development of an idealised operating concept. This resulted into two operating modules, which round off his concept in terms of intuition, adaptation and ergonomic. In his spare time Timo plays the trombone.
Prize: The engineering student Luise Merbach (28) received the second prize of a value of 6.000 Euro. She is a master student at the University of Applied Sciences in Schmalkalden where she is engaged in a project called „Energy garden“. In her bachelor thesis she does a feasibility study on the acoustic recognition of cutter blade condition. Her basic assumption is that a blunt cutter blade sounds different than a sharp one. Aim is to determine the optimal point of time to sharpen the cutter blade. Luise is a mother of two boys.
Prize: The agricultural engineering student Miles Metcalfe (22) from Harper Adams University received third prize coming to a total value of 4.800 Euro. In his project he writes about the design, construction and testing of a virtual split grain tank for sampling grain with an NIR (Near-infrared) sensor on a combine harvester. His passion for engineering also finds his way into his free time: he restores vintage cars and tractors.
Prize: The fourth prize of 3.600 Euro went to Daniel Sprigade (27). He is doing his master at the University of Bochum in the field of electric mobility. In his bachelor thesis he deals with a model based development of software which enables an electric changing of a new straw distribution system on a combine harvester. This system distributes the straw of the threshing process as a „straw mat“onto the harvested field in order to protect the field from weather influences. He was originally trained an automobile mechatronic and found his way into agriculture by helping out during harvest on a farm on the island of Rügen.
Next to the annual scholarships, also 3 bonus prize of a value of 1.500 Euro each were awarded. The master student William Alexander Skittery (23) from Harper Adams University received the bonus prize in the category „Technical Engagement“. In his project he establishes a method where he optimizes agricultural machinery components using finite element. This is a numeric method to solve partial differential equation.
In the category „Customer satisfaction“the bonus prize was presented to the student Anna-Maria Schückler (25). She carried out an empirical survey on the usage and grade of satisfaction in practice with regard to steering and display systems. To do so she sent out questionnaires to more than 650 farmers and contracting businesses. Anna-Maria Schückler is currently doing her master in Agribusiness at the University of Göttingen.
Sebastian Hippel (23) received the bonus prize in the category „Interdisciplinarity“. At the University of Applied Science in Flensburg he does a master course in wind engineering. In his bachelor thesis he develops a heating system for wind turbine rotor blades to prevent icing during operation. Icing during operation has a great influence on the efficiency and may lead to ice falling or to unbalance of the wind turbine.
These International Student Prizes of 2.000 Euro each went out to Menko Duisterwinkel (University of Wagenigen, Netherlands), Christian Fitz (Banat University of Agricultural Sciences Timisoara/ Romania), Tomáš Bodonyi (Slovak University of Agriculture Nitra/ Slowak Republic) and to Ádám Kovács (Budapest University of Technology and Economy/ Hungary).
CLAAS Foundation awarded scholarships and further prices
Harsewinkel. As a kick-off of this year’s award ceremony of the CLAAS Foundation Sylvia Looks, member of the Executive Board announced good news for the Foundation. Member of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Rolf Meuther was the one who delivered the good news: due to a heritage the foundation’s capital increased by 540,000 €.
Frieda Bautz (Bautz Landmaschinenfabrik, today CLAAS Saulgau) considered the CLAAS Foundation in her last will.
Most important item of the programme and eagerly awaited by the guests was the presentation by the students and the award ceremony itself. The students knew that they had been nominated for one of the scholarships, but they did not know which place exactly they made. The secret was disclosed by Helmut Claas, chairman of the Board of Trustees, who handed over the prestigious awards.
The “Helmut CLAAS- scholarship” is addressed to students of general engineering as well as economics. This year gifted students from Germany, Great Britain and Sweden were awarded. Further bonus prices and international student prices were awarded to students from Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the Netherlands.
Price: The first price, a scholarship amounting to 7,200 € was awarded to Benjamin Heiler from the University of Hohenheim. In his bachelor thesis the 28year old student has compared the driving characteristics of a spiked roller with an AS tyre for single axle tractors. Those hand-operated machines are commonly used in mountainous regions due to their small weight. Equipped with a spike roll they can be used to cultivate impassable steep slopes in a mechanized manner.
Price: Hedlin Simon Larsson (24 years) born in Taiwan und meanwhile Swedish citizen with a bachelor degree from the University of Birmingham gave his speech via a video message from the USA. In line with his own global background, also his topic was global: He analysed the meaning of agricultural productivity as a measure for economical development in different countries. According to Larsson the development of agriculture has a bigger impact on the political development of a society than the gross domestic product. With his work he won the second prize worth 6,000 €.
Price: Third price amounting to 4,800 € went to Bernd Lummer (26 years) from the University of Hohenheim. He analyzed the still quite young technique of strip-till tillage invented in the USA, which can avoid erosion and compaction. Bernd Lummer shows that the strip-till tillage in the corn seed is a good alternative to the conventional tillage after the following ryegrass.
Price: The forth price worth 3,600 € was awarded to Anna Lisa Junge (24 years). Her bachelor thesis at the Technical University deals with the usage of electric motors to drive agricultural attachments. The work delivers a selection strategy to decide whether a conventional or an electrical drive is more reasonable depending on the case of usage. The example of a fertiliser spreader shows a definite result in favour of the electric drive.
Beyond the scholarships four bonus prizes worth 1,500 € each were awarded. The price in the category “Internationality” went to Bettina Armgart from the University of Osnabrück. In the category “Technical innovation” Daniel Campling was awarded. He is a student of the Harper Adams University College and is on a world trip at the moment. Julian Haselmaier from the University of Stuttgart received a bonus prize in the category “Technology”. A further bonus prize in this category was awarded to Vami Soma from the Technical University of Budapest.
For the first time four international student awards were presented: Paul Veghes (Banat University Timisoara / Romania), Gábor Dull (Budapest University for Technology and Economics / Hungary) , Peter Skalský (Slovakian Agriculture University Nitra) and Henja Besuijen (Wageningen University / Netherlands).
Two guest lectures completed the CLAAS Foundation award ceremony. The future-orientated topic of usage of biomass was tackled by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Beneke of the University of Applied Sciences in Schmalkalden. He presented his latest research on new machines for the usage of biomass. Dr. David Clare from the Harper Adams University College (Great Britain) reported about the new training facilities for mechatronics students.
Prizewinners, Jury and the Board of Trustees met for a photo shooting in front of the CLAAS Technoparc (back row, from the left): Prof. Dr. Marcus Geimer (Jury), Prof. Dr. Bernd Johanning (Jury), Thomas Preuße (Jury), Dr. Dan Mitchell (Jury), Helmut Claas (Board of Trustees), Dr. Peter Crossley (Jury), Sylvia Looks (Executive Board CLAAS Foundation), Uwe Lütkeschümer (Executive Board CLAAS Foundation), Dr. Rolf Meuther (Board of Trustees), Prof. Dr. Stefan Böttinger (Jury), Dr. Hermann Garbers (Board of Trustees); (front row, from the left): the prizewinners Bettina Armgart, Anna Lisa Junge, Benjamin Heiler and Vami Soma.
Calendar of events
January / February 2015 - Publication of the Helmut Claas-Scholarship 2015