Faculty V – Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems

Manfred Hirschvogel Prize

The Manfred Hirschvogel Prize is awarded at all the mechanical engineering faculties of the TU9 universities of technology by the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation. Here at TU Berlin, the prize is awarded at Faculty V - Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems for the best doctoral dissertation from the previous year. The award includes prize money of EUR 5,000.

Any doctoral dissertation which demonstrates innovative and trend-setting significance for scientific and technological progress in mechanical engineering is eligible for nomination. In addition, a dissertation must be awarded the overall grade of “summa cum laude” and have been published by 1 May of the respective year.

Any graduates qualifying for the award will be informed once a year by Doctoral Affairs about the possibility to take part in the selection process.

You can find a list of all prize winners from recent years on the website of the Manfred Hirschvogel Prize at the Frank Hirschvogel Foundation.

Previous Prize Winners

2022: Dr.-Ing. Enrico Lauth

2021: Dr.-Ing. Miriam Kerkering

Dr.-Ing. Kirsten Miriam Kerkering completed her doctorate at the Chair of Biomedical Imaging at the Institute for Machine Design and System Technology under Prof. Dr. Tobias Schäffter. Her dissertation is titled “Multiparametric Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging with Motion Compensation.” Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging is a new imaging technique for diagnosing heart disease. However, the examinations involved take a very long time and can therefore only be used in clinical diagnostics to a limited extent. In her dissertation, Kirsten developed methods that simultaneously measure two important quantitative biophysical parameters, namely cardiac function and tissue composition of the heart muscle. On the basis of simulations, subject and patient measurements, she was able to show that the total measurement time of the examination can be significantly reduced thus increasing its clinical applicability.

Kirsten Miriam Kerkering works as a research assistant for magnetic resonance tomography-guided radiotherapy at the National Metrology Institute, Braunschweig and Berlin.

2020: Dr.-Ing. Till Biedermann

“Aeroacoustic Transfer of Leading Edge Serrations from Single Aerofoils to Low-Pressure Fan Applications” is the title of the dissertation written by Dr.-Ing. Till Biedermann under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Oliver Paschereit at the Chair of Fluid Dynamics at the Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Technical Acoustics. In his work, Till Biedermann dealt with the sound of turbomachinery, taking aerodynamic aspects into account. In addition to questions of efficiency, the sound radiation of these machines plays a decisive role in their approval in both industrial and urban environments. By combining bionically inspired applications of owls and humpback whales with state-of-the-art fans and the use of self-learning neural structures, Till was able to provide customized solutions for designing efficient and at the same time low-noise machines depending on the respective operating conditions.

As part of the “Karriereweg FH-Professur” program for the advancement of junior scholars to professorial positions at universities of applied sciences, Till Biedermann currently works as a junior researcher at Hochschule Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with Pollrich GmbH in Mönchengladbach.

2019: Dr.-Ing. Lukas Lentz

2018: Dr.-Ing. Karsten Gordon

2017: Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Schimek

2016: Dr.-Ing. Christian Liebold

2015: Dr.-Ing. Martin Klep