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ABB University Award 2014 has again offered technical college and university students a unique chance to present their master’s and bachelor’s theses to a jury of experts and to put their knowledge into practice

Prague, June 11th 2014 – ABB, a leading global power and automation technology company, has today announced the results of the 3rd ABB University Award, a competition of science and technology projects of university students, conducted in the academic year 2013/2014. The goal of the competition is to provide recognition to students’ interest and efforts, and particularly to encourage them in their future professional growth. Students could enter their PhD, master’s and bachelor’s theses focusing on one of the following topics: Power, Drives, Robotics, Automation or Efficient Use of Energy. The competition’s new partner is the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).

“We seek to provide inspiration to the largest possible number of talented college and university students through solving specific science and technology projects with a view to develop their creative competence, including the ability to present their results of their efforts,” said Lucie Jandová, Country PR & Marketing Communication Manager of ABB Czech Republic, adding: “We are well aware of the importance of continuous support to and investment in education in the Czech Republic, and the ABB University Award Project is a clear example of this. We are pleased by the response from students and the high level of expert knowledge they have demonstrated. This year again all the finalists will have a chance to visit one of our top technology centres for robotics in Ladenburg, with an R&D centre and a unique robot called Frida, and the production plant for industrial DC converters and vacuum interrupters in Ratingen, Germany.”

A total of 22 students who qualified to the final round presented their theses to a jury of experts chaired by Ing. František Bernat, CSc. of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion Division, as well as newly to other students. Other members of the jury included Prof. Ing. Viktor Valouch, CSc., Institute of Thermomechanics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i., RNDr. Petr Reimer, CSc., Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v. v. i., Ing. Tomáš Haubert, Department of Electric Drives and Traction, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Ing. Petr Nemšovský, Power Systems division, ABB, and Ing. Pavel Grečner of ABB Robotics business unit.

David Černý, national secretary of IAESTE Czech Republic, an international organization for the exchange of students for technical experience, said: “We are proud to partner with ABB to organize the 3rd ABB University Award and thus to be able to contribute to a closer contact between the private and academic spheres. Strong interest of technical college and university students and the high level of their competition entries is a proof that our country is able to educate highly qualified experts. We will be glad to show them one of the possible professional routes they could take after completing their studies.”

The jury had a tough job as all the students conducted their tasks in a highly professional manner, proving considerable depth of knowledge and particularly high interest in their field of study. Three best projects received awards in each category, with one of them becoming the absolute winner of the competition. This year’s winner is Petr Kočiš’ project dealing with the orientation system of industrial robots.

The other awarded theses in each category are as follows:


    1. Pavel Hahn, An analysis of the mechanical properties of a cable sheet in the course of operation life, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
    2. Michal Studený, An implementation of new air-insulated circuit breakers ABB SACE Emax2 into the product range, Brno University of Technology
    3. Martin Hovorka, Materials for IV generation power plants, Brno University of Technology

    1. Josef Bráza, Asynchronous motor control using the DTC method and the MATLAB tool and system, Czech Technical University in Prague, and Pavel Purgát, Simulation of vector control in the MATLAB environment, Czech Technical University in Prague
    2. Pavel Skarolek, A design of the converter equipment for Peugeot 106 electric car, Czech Technical University in Prague
    3. Josef Český, The use of magnetic liquids in electro-mechanical systems, University of West Bohemia

    1. Petr Kočiš, Orientation system of industrial robots, Brno University of Technology
    2. Martin Stejskal, Navigation system of a mobile robot in outdoor environment, Czech Technical University in Prague
    4. Tomáš Krotký, A proposal for the optimization of the trajectory of a selected manipulator on the hinge production line, University of West Bohemia
      3. Efficient Use of Energy
      1. Jiří Vrána, Optimization of electrolyte preparation process for vanadium redox flow battery, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague
      2. Michal Porhansl, Evaluation of Energy Consumption of Conventional and Electric AWD Powertrains in a Driving Cycle, Czech Technical University in Prague
      3. Jakub Čepela, A study of the use of neuron networks for the prediction of a building complex consumption, Czech Technical University in Prague

    The voting for the best project was for the first time conducted also on the Facebook social network, with the winner being Lucie Patočková’s thesis entitled Retina tomograph software.

    The winners received valuable prizes and tablets from Sony and Lenovo, and each finalist will go for a field trip to the robotics technology centre in Ladenburg and the production plant for industrial DC converters and vacuum interrupters in Ratingen, Germany.

    Rules and conditions of ABB University Award
    The competition is organized by ABB in cooperation with the IAESTE (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience), who has since 1948 focused on supporting expert and language skills of students and graduates through an international exchange programme.

    The competition is open to all current college and university students in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate study programmes. The competition entry could be a bachelor’s, master’s, PhD. or another research thesis, conducted using scientific procedures and methods. When formulating and processing the task, students could cooperate with experts, research institutions and professional institutions. However, the contribution of the authors on the results of the thesis must be demonstrable.

    IAESTE ČR (The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) Je mezinárodní organizace pro výměnu studentů za účelem získání technické praxe) je mezinárodní, nevládní, nepolitická a nezisková organizace, která sdružuje mladé lidi bez ohledu na náboženství, národnost, barvu pleti, původu nebo pohlaví. Za dobu více jak 30-leté činnosti jejím prostřednictvím vyjelo na odborné praxe přes 8000 studentů. Hlavním cílem IAESTE ČR je podporovat zvyšování úrovně odborných a jazykových znalostí studentů a absolventů. Nejvýznamnější aktivitou IAESTE je mezinárodní výměnný program.
    IAESTE ČR zprostředkuje každoročně zahraniční praxe pro téměř stovku studentů celé České republiky.

    ABB ( je přední světovou společností působící v oblasti energetiky a automatizace. Umožňuje zákazníkům ze sféry průmyslu a výroby a distribuce energií zlepšit jejich výkonnost při současném snížení dopadu jejich činností na životní prostředí. ABB má kolem 150 000 zaměstnanců ve více než 100 zemích světa. V České republice působí na osmi lokalitách a zaměstnává více než 3 300 lidí.

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