On Friday afternoon, February 12, 2021, the top graduates in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology were recognized in an online awards ceremony. This year, for the first time, the digital format replaced the usual awards ceremony in the lecture hall due to Corona restrictions. Awards were presented for final theses of graduates with the best results by the Anton and Klara Röser Foundation (two dissertations and nine master's theses). In addition, a Master's prize was awarded by the VDE and a Bachelor's prize by each of the companies Netze BW and Rohde & Schwarz.
The range of topics covered by the theses included current solutions in the field of electrical engineering and information technology. Prizes were awarded for work that dealt with new interference-free radio technologies and with innovative sensor and control technologies that are also used, for example, in medical technology or autonomous driving. The future field of "renewable energies" was opened up by two master's theses, which investigated the processes that can be used to further optimize the life cycles of lithium-ion batteries. In the future, these will increasingly play a role as storage media in smart grids for intelligently distributed and usable energy. The sensible expansion of power grids will also depend on the extent to which sustainable energy sources, such as hydrogen, can be integrated and stored in efficient use.
The award ceremony was conducted by Dean of Studies Prof. Bin Yang, Institute of Signal Processing and System Theory. Finally, two master students reported on their ambivalent experiences with the digital semester. Although studying during the pandemic is technically no longer a problem and is also supported by all university stakeholders in the best possible way, the lack of social contact between fellow students was emphasized and life on campus was also sorely missed.
The EI department congratulates the winners on their award and wishes all the best for their professional future!