News from the IOB

Kathrina Theisen receives the Otto Junker Award 2023

Kath­ri­na Thei­sen, a doc­to­ral stu­dent at the Insti­tu­te of Indus­tri­al Fur­nace Con­s­truc­tion and Heat Engi­nee­ring, was award­ed the Otto Jun­ker Pri­ze 2023 for her out­stan­ding aca­de­mic achie­ve­ments and her suc­cessful Master’s the­sis. This award is pre­sen­ted annu­al­ly to RWTH gra­dua­tes from the Facul­ty of Elec­tri­cal Engi­nee­ring and Infor­ma­ti­on Tech­no­lo­gy and the Mate­ri­als Sci­ence and Engi­nee­ring Group in the Facul­ty of Geo­re­sour­ces and Mate­ri­als Engineering.

The Otto Jun­ker Foun­da­ti­on was estab­lished in 1970 by Dr.-Ing. E.h. Otto Jun­ker. The aim of the foun­da­ti­on is to sup­port young sci­en­tists and pro­mo­te num­e­rous indi­vi­du­al pro­jects. Udo vom Berg, Chair­man of the Otto Jun­ker Foun­da­ti­on, and RWTH Rec­tor Ulrich Rüdi­ger pre­sen­ted the awards at a cerem­o­ny. Pro­fes­sor Wolf­gang Bleck, Chair­man of the Foundation’s Sci­en­ti­fic Advi­so­ry Board, also con­gra­tu­la­ted the award win­ners. In addi­ti­on to our employee, Kath­ri­na Thei­sen, Lina Fischer and Alba Cle­men­te San­chez were also hono­red for their excel­lent degrees.

Kath­ri­na Thei­sen stu­di­ed mate­ri­als engi­nee­ring at RWTH Aachen Uni­ver­si­ty. She wro­te her master’s the­sis “Design inves­ti­ga­ti­ons for glass tank simu­la­ti­on” at our insti­tu­te under the super­vi­si­on of Pro­fes­sor Her­bert Pfei­fer. She has been a rese­arch assistant here sin­ce Octo­ber 2022 and is rese­ar­ching a hydro­gen-fired glass mel­ting fur­nace as part of the ZeroCO2Glas pro­ject with the aim of CO2-neu­tral con­tai­ner glass production.

The enti­re IOB is deligh­ted with the award and con­gra­tu­la­tes Kath­ri­na “Kathi” Thei­sen from the bot­tom of its heart!