HENSOLDT awards "Argus" prize to students

Outstanding graduates in natural sciences, information technology and electrical engineering honoured for the 19th time

19th "ARGUS" award ceremony: Award winners and supervisors on the HENSOLDT factory premises in Ulm. Photo: HENSOLDT

Ulm/Germany, 1 June 2022 – Outstanding final theses by university graduates in high-frequency and communications engineering, digital signal processing, optronics and cybertechnology have been awarded the "Argus" research prize by sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT as part of its collaboration with research institutions and universities. New findings in these specialist areas are important for the further development of the technology group's product portfolio.

Celia Pelaz, HENSOLDT Executive Committee member and head of strategy, opened the ceremony with the words "We are proud to have created a platform at the interface between universities, research institutes and industry with the Argus Awards. Our products meet the highest state-of-the-art requirements and their development and production demands experts who enjoy challenging tasks and want to contribute their skills to complex projects."

The prize, which is endowed with 2,000 euros (category 1) and 1,500 euros (category 2), has been awarded to Bachelor's and Master's graduates for 19 years. The award ceremony took place during the annual Professor's Day, which after the pandemic was again held as a face-to-face event in Ulm with over 100 participants. Professors from technically oriented universities and colleges as well as experts from the company regularly use this platform to exchange knowledge.

"A whole series of challenges for us as an industry derive from the alignment between technological development and its possibilities to create added value for our customers," Dr Jürgen Bestle, Chief Technology Officer of HENSOLDT, elaborated. He emphasised that "HENSOLDT cannot and will not tackle these challenges alone, but in cooperation with institutes, universities and colleges. This is where the Professor's Day is intended to provide an opportunity for exchange and at the same time give young scientists a small insight into the diverse, interesting tasks that HENSOLDT offers its employees."

A jury of university professors and company experts selected five master's and two bachelor's theses from numerous submissions. Marius Widmann and Andrea Wrabel from the University of Ulm, Philip Brücker and Alexander Quint from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Sebastian Handke from the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics and Mario Euler and Christian Huber from the Friedrichs-Alexander University Erlangen/Nuremberg were awarded.

After the award ceremony, which was moderated by HENSOLDT technology coordinator Dr Guy Kouemou, students from the Technical University of Munich presented a special initiative launched by HENSOLDT and other companies to develop a life-saving defibrillator drone under the project name "HORYZN - Prototyping the Aerospace of Tomorrow".

At HENSOLDT's Ulm site, around 2,500 employees are involved in the development and production of complex safety electronics, including radars, electronic protection systems and high-frequency electronics. Most of the employees are engineers and technicians, and about 120 young people are in training.


HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With about 6,400 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.5 billion euros in 2021. HENSOLDT is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.


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