Awards & honours
2010 once again saw several members of Vienna University of Technology recognised for outstanding achievements. Vienna University of Technology also gave awards to scientists of outstanding merit. A selection is listed here:
Honorary doctorate for Prof. Herbert Danninger
In January the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) awarded Prof. Herbert Danninger (Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics) an honorary doctorate. Danniger was honoured for his extensive research in the area of powder metallurgy. Furthermore he had made a significant contribution to the development of relations between Vienna University of Technology and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.
Honorary doctorate for Peter M. Gruber
In March the University of Salzburg awarded Prof. Peter M. Gruber, mathematician the Institute of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry, who has received numerous international awards, an honorary doctorate in science. Gruber is an expert in the areas of convex geometry, discrete geometry and geometry of numbers. He is globally one of the leading academics in all three areas and his contributions are groundbreaking.
Dr. Wolfgang Houska Award
At the presentation of the Dr. Wolfgang Houska Award in April Prof. Günter Allmaier (Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics) took 3rd place. His research work "Development of a polymer-based, microstructured matrix-supporting laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometer sample holder for Life Sciences" describes the successful implementation of a project he carried out during his many years of foundational research in bioanalytical measurement technology.
During the PRIZE 2009 awards in May, two projects, with significant contributions from Vienna University of Technology were recognised. Under the leadership of Prof. Marko Mihovilovic, researchers from the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry were able to win the judges over by obtaining heart muscle cells from muscle tissue and their colleagues from the Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, headed up by Meinhard Breiling, impressed just as much with technology that produces life lifelike artificial snow.
New members in the Austrian Academy of Sciences
At their annual election in May the Austrian Academy of Sciences accepted a total of 41 researchers from Austria and abroad as new members. Prof. Andreas Kugi (Institute of Automation and Control) and Prof. Hannes-Jörg Schmiedmayer (Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics) are active as corresponding members within Austria. As a result of his scientific achievements in information technology, especially in the areas of computational logic, artificial intelligence and databases,
Fellow of the british Royal Society
Prof. Georg Gottlob (Institute of Information Systems) was appointed a Fellow of the british Royal Society. This nomination is internationally recognised as one of the highest scientific honours. Included in the list of Fellows since its foundation in 1660 are names such as Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, Sigmund Freud, Tim Berners Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) as well as a large number of Nobel Prize holders.
New member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering
In April Prof. Günter Blöschl was appointed a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). This recognition pays tribute to his international research work in the area of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management. His areas of expertise include flood predictions, new methods of determining design floods, process orientated modelling and he has also produced works on the effect of climate change on water management.
Honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
In May, Prof. Joachim Burgdörfer became an honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in the "Section of Physical Sciences". This small group of foreign honorary members is currently made up of only 15 international individuals of scientific importance - including four Nobel Prize holders. Burgdörfer is internationally known for an extremely wide spectrum of research areas in atomic and surface physics as well as solid state physics. Extremely complicated processes in quantum physics such as the interaction of atoms with surfaces or the effect of ultra-short laser pulses on individual atoms are two of his specialist areas.
Hannspeter Winter Preis | Resselpreis
Vienna University of Technology supports alumni in their doctorate studies with two established research prizes. One honours special services from women in research and technology (the Hannspeter Winter Prize, 10,000 Euro) and the other recognises work in interdisciplinary third-party-funded research (the Ressel Prize, 13,000 Euro). The chemist Claudia Dworak won the Hannspeter Winter Prize for her dissertation "Radical photo-polymerisation - new concepts for photo initiators". Alexander Benz, the electrical engineer, who won the Ressel prize, focussed on the further development of new types of semi-conductor lasers in his dissertation "Terahertz (THz) Quantum-Cascade Lasers: Carrier Transport and Photonic Crystal Cavities".
Member of the Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i Uppsala
In May Prof. Peter Mohn (Institute of Applied Physics) was appointed as a foreign member of the Mathematical-Physical class of the Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i Uppsala (Royal Society of Sciences, Sweden). The number of foreign members is limited to 40 and he is only the third Austrian to receive this honour.
Honorary doctorate for Werner Purgathofer
To honour the work of Prof. Werner Purgathofer (Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms) in the area of Information Technology, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Iasi Technical University (Romania).
Rudolf Wurzer Prize
The Rudolf Wurzer Prize for Spatial Planning went to Beatrix Haselsberger (Department for Spatial Development, Infrastructure and Environmental Planning) and Norbert Trolf (Institute for Urban Development and Landscape Architecture).
Honorary doctorate for Hellmuth Stachel
To recognise pioneering work in the area of geometry Prof. Hellmuth Stachel (Institute of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry) will receive an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Dresden in November.
"Communicator of the Year"
Prof. Heinz Oberhummer (Institute of Atomic and Subatomic Physics) was nominated as the "Communicator of the Year" together with his colleagues from Science Busters from Public Relations Verband Austria. In doing so the organisation is honouring someone, “who does not primarily work in the communication sector but is positively recognised as having especially high communicative qualities and does most of his work in Austria.”
Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria for Rudolf Taschner
Mathematics is still one of less popular school subjects but somehow he manages to make it interesting and exciting for both kids and adults: In December Prof. Rudolf Taschner (Institute for Analysis und Scientific Computing) was awarded the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Honorary professorships of the TU Vienna
Vienna University of Technology awarded the following honorary professorships:
- Dr. Jürgen Radomski for "Innovation and Marketing"
- Dr. Christoph Scharff for "Waste Management"
- Dr. Heinz Priebernig for "Construction Implementation“
- Dr. Heinz Johann Priebernig for "Construction Implementation“
- Prof. Vesna Borozan for "Power Systems"