Awards for emerging talent in agricultural engineering

Published on 24 October 2017

The latest scholarships to be awarded by the CLAAS Foundation to emerging talents in the field of agricultural sciences for their degree theses on agricultural engineering have been presented. The Helmut Claas scholarships and other international student prizes with a total value of over 45,000 euros were given to students from Bulgaria, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, Russia, Poland and Romania.

During the prize-giving ceremony, the students gave talks on their theses and presented the details of their research areas. The suspense lasted right until the end, because it was only then that the scholarship candidates found out which prize they had received. The task of awarding the eagerly awaited certificates was taken on by Helmut Claas, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the CLAAS Foundation.

The following individual prizes were awarded:

Scholarships:
Helmut Claas Scholarships support students in the general engineering disciplines and those completing business management degrees.

1st prize: The first prize of a scholarship worth 7,200 euros went to Dagmar Wicklow, student of organic agricultural sciences at the University of Kassel, Witzenhausen. Her bachelor's dissertation involved a business assessment and system-theory analysis of mother-bonded calf raising in organic dairy cattle farming.

2nd prize: Hubertus Kleuter, an agricultural sciences student with a focus on engineering at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, won the second prize of 6,000 euros. His master's thesis was a benefit analysis of NIR sensors for use in commercial liquid fertilisers.

3rd prize: Tobias Rapp from the University of Hohenheim was awarded the third prize of 4,800 euros. His master's thesis dealt with the measurement of flow velocity and creation of a flow profile in a biogas fermenter for a newly developed bionic agitator, analysed independently of viscosity.

4th prize: The fourth prize of 3,600 euros went to Simon Wolfram from the University of Kassel,Witzenhausen. He investigated the relevance and future possibilities of insects as a foodstuff and fodder in Europe, with a focus on Germany.

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