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Awards to gifted students of agricultural engineering
The CLAAS Foundation presented its scholarships for 2008, and new for this year students showing great promise in agriculture also received awards for their out-standing performances. The Awards ceremony took place in the Technoparc in Harsewinkel, where the Award nominees presented their projects to a jury of board trustees and guests.
The "Helmut Claas - scholarships" are awarded to students in both general engineering and business management. The chairman of the Foundation’s board of trustees, Helmut Claas, this year awarded prizes to eight students from Germany, England and Ireland. Sylvia Looks, Managing Director of the CLAAS Foundation, hosted the event.
The first prize, a scholarship worth € 400 a month for a period of 12 months, went to a team from the University of Giessen consisting of Sebastian Götz and Stefan Sagkob. Their project concentrated on the subject of community heat supply, a concept based on renewable energies for a planned industrial estate and a residential area.
The second prize, € 300 per month for a period of 12 months, went to Mathias Klaiber (University of Hohenheim) for his analysis on „ Integration of a FTire-wheel model into a MKS-Model of the flat ribbon testing facility at Hohenheim “.
Third prize, € 250 for a period of 12 months, was awarded to the student Nathan Duncan from England (Harper Adams University College). He tackled the subject of „Traction prediction among off road vehicles“.
The fourth prize, € 200 for a period of 12 months, went to Wilko Tobias Lixfeld (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen) for his project „ A technical and economical process comparison of new transport systems for grain logistics between farmer and contractor “.
Bonus prizes to the value of 1.000 € each were also given to: Michael Meinecke (TU Braunschweig) for his project on „Development of a vision based navigation system for an autonomous field robot “. Also David O’Lone from Harper Adams University received a bonus prize for his assignment on „The design, build and test of a new pick-up hitch for CLAAS JAGUAR Foragers Harvesters “. The final bonus prize went to Björn Bohne (University Kassel) for the results of his “Survey on the rippling behaviour of composts when applied with modern potato planting technology.“
The CLAAS Foundation works together with a jury of international experts from agriculture and works closely with renowned universities both in Germany and abroad. The Foundation’s operating capital has increased from an original € 3.0 million to its current € 6.0 million. In addition to the Helmut Claas-Scholarship, the CLAAS Foundation also supports international research projects at universities as well as new initiatives in schools to get pupils interested in science and technical issues.