Four TU graduates were awarded the Clara von Simson Prize at the end of 2021 in recognition of their outstanding achievements. The prize, which also takes account of students' commitment to social issues, is awarded annually by the Office of the Main Women's Representative for the best final theses (Diplom, master's) written by women studying at TU Berlin, mainly in the natural and technical sciences. The 2021 prize winners' theses dealt with the topics of direct current technology, sustainable product development, high-speed rail transport, and modern nanomaterials.
Anna Czerwinska was awarded for her master's thesis in electrical engineering titled "Steady-State Security Assessment of Integrated High Voltage AC and Multi-Terminal DC Power Transmission Grids with a High Share of Renewable Energy Sources." Direct current technology is important for an acceptance-friendly energy transition, as it is only practically feasible to lay cables underground over long distances using this technology. However, until now it has not been possible to analyze the security of the resulting AC-DC transmission networks in the respective control rooms, i.e. the central collection points, where all relevant plant and process engineering information and measured values converge. This analysis is important to ensure that the components of the network are not overloaded. This could threaten the network operation and consequently energy supply to end-users. The goal is to utilize the available capacity without exceeding this capacity, either in normal situations or during various outage scenarios.
Anna Czerwinska is also involved on a voluntary basis in workcamps as well as the international food sharing movement.
Industrial engineering and management graduate Juliane Balder was awarded second prize for her master's thesis focusing on the development of a methodological concept for promoting radical innovation in sustainable product development.
Her thesis links individual areas of research in product development, sustainability, and innovation at the theoretical level while also developing a concept for their practical use in developing a holistic approach to innovation processes.
Juliane Balder is also actively involved on a voluntary basis as a food saver. The mission of food sharing it to reduce the throwaway culture concerning food and other resources.
Civil engineering graduate Lisa Berki was awarded third prize for her master's thesis examining numerical studies of dynamic soil-structure interaction in railroad infrastructure for high-speed rail traffic. She is also involved in the non-governmental organization "Cradle to Cradle," which works to implement innovative solutions for ecological, economic, and social problems.
Third prize also went to physics graduate Lara Greten for her thesis titled "Quantum Theory of Exciton-Plasmon Coupling in Two-Dimensional Semiconductors Functionalized with Metal Nanoparticles." Lara campaigns for a higher presence of women in the natural sciences and has been involved in various events organized by Course Guidance to inspire prospective students to study natural sciences.