THM President Prof. Matthias Willems (from right to left), laudator Prof. Hubert Jung, Maren Pfrommer, Maike Krebs, Mirjam Havekost, Sophia Friedrich, Tim Dawid, laudator Prof. Katja Specht, Gunthard Sommer (foundation board) and Dr. Arno Roth (Schunk management). The winners Aran Tabandeh and Daniel Weber are missing from the picture. Photo: Lochmüller Seven young professionals who have acquired their academic qualifications at the THM or are still studying there have been honored with the Ludwig Schunk Prizes. The awards for outstanding academic achievements in combination with social commitment were presented at a ceremony at Schunk in Heuchelheim.

The prizes, each endowed with 1000 euros, went to Tim Dawid from Wehrheim (electrical engineering and information technology), Sophia Friedrich from Darmstadt (media informatics), Maike Krebs from Wetter (energy technology), Maren Pfrommer from Gießen (international marketing), Aran Tabandeh from Bad Vilbel ( Business Administration and Engineering ) and Daniel Weber from Schmitten (mechanical engineering - mechatronics). You impressed the jury not only with your academic success, but also with your strong volunteer work in the areas of neighborhood help, nature conservation and sports, in religious communities or volunteer fire brigades.

A special prize was awarded to Mirjam Havekost from Wetzlar, who is currently pursuing a master's degree in energy technology at the Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen and was honored for her exemplary work in university self-administration.

At the ceremony, Gunthard Sommer, Chairman of the Ludwig Schunk Foundation, emphasized the special profile of the award, which honors both the commitment to one's own career and the service rendered to the community: "The Ludwig Schunk Prize sets an example that willingness to perform, excellent degrees and voluntary commitment are not only compatible, but are also rewarded.” At the same time, the award, which has now been presented for the tenth time, is a symbol of the diverse successful cooperation between THM and Schunk. The prize is dedicated to company founder Ludwig Schunk, from whose company the Schunk Group has developed into an international technology group with around 9,000 employees in 29 countries.

THM President Prof. Dr. Matthias Willems pointed out the tenth anniversary of the award and was pleased with the tradition of partnership between THM and Schunk that it reflected. It is a stroke of luck for a university to have such a company just a few kilometers away from campus. Because it offers attractive opportunities for starting a career, internships for students, topics for theses and research projects. Schunk has also been one of the THM partners for the dual StudiumPlus for many years.

The best graduates of the year from the Gießen and Friedberg departments of the THM that offer study programmes in the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, Business Administration and Engineering and business administration can apply for the Ludwig Schunk Prize. A jury made up of representatives of the foundation and members of the university decides on the award.