RWTH: RWTH awards Otto Junker Awards 2021

Holger Brüggemann, Christina Gasper, Carolin Guntermann and Maximilian Rumpf received the Otto Junker Prize 2021 for their outstanding academic achievements. This award is given annually to RWTH graduates of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology as well as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the Faculty for Georesources and material technology assigned.

The Otto Junker Foundation was founded in 1970 by Dr.-Ing. Eh Otto Junker launched. As a former RWTH Aachen University, he felt connected to the university and valued the scientific exchange. The aim of the foundation is to support young academics as well as numerous individual projects. Udo vom Berg, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Otto Junker GmbH, and RWTH Rector Ulrich Rüdiger presented the awards at a ceremony. Professor em. Wolfgang Bleck, Chairman of the Foundation’s Advisory Board, and Dr. Ambros Schindler from the Foundation’s Board of Directors congratulated the award winners.

Holger Brüggemann, born in November 1995, completed his school career at the Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Braunschweig. He then studied materials engineering at RWTH Aachen University and used the Erasmus + program for one semester at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. Brüggemann was supported by a Germany grant and a grant from the Industrial Research Foundation. He was also on Dean’s List, making him one of the best students in his year. Since July 2020, Brüggemann has been a research assistant at the Chair for Plastic Forming at RWTH.

Christina Gasper attended Heinrich-Böll-Gymnasium in Troisdorf up to her Abitur, after which she studied industrial engineering at the RWTH, specializing in materials and process technology. In her master’s degree, she chose Materials Physics and Design as an engineering specialization and Corporate Development and Strategy as an economic specialization. In 2021 Gasper received the Springorum commemorative medal, which is awarded to the best ten percent of a graduate year by the proRWTH and RWTH association. The 25-year-old has been a research assistant at the Institute for Metallurgy and Materials Physics at RWTH Aachen University since June 2020.

Carolin Guntermann, born in 1995, attended the Marienberg Archbishop’s High School in Neuss. She then studied electrical engineering, information technology and technical informatics specializing in electrical energy engineering at RWTH Aachen University. She spent a semester abroad through the Erasmus + program at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Guntermann has already received several awards for receiving the EEX Group Excellence Award 2020, the innogy’s Fellows grant and the Germany grant. In addition, she was on the Dean’s List during her entire degree, making her one of the best students in her year. Since November 2020 she has been working as a research assistant at the Institute for Electrical Systems and Networks, Digitization and Energy Management.

The 26-year-old Maximilian Rumpf has been completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, France, since January 2021. After graduating from Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium Lünen in 2014, he enrolled at RWTH Aachen University for electrical engineering, information technology and technical informatics, and completed a year abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Rumpf was on Dean’s List in both Hong Kong and Aachen, making him one of the best students of his year at both universities. He was also awarded the Springorum commemorative coin 2021 and a poster award at the 23rd International Student Conference on Electrical Engineering.

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