for BSc, MSc Graduates and PhD Students

of Automotive, Mechanical, E/E, Mechatronical and Mobility Engineering


2,000 €

PECHA KUCHA* Present your Paper live on stage!

The finalists 2017


Nils Bothen,
Research Assistant, Institute for Drive Systems and Power Electronics (IAL), Leibniz University Hannover

Topic of the Master Thesis:
Optimization of a Rotary Transformer with Electrical Steel Core


Philippe Jardin,
Scientific Assistant, Institute for Mechatronical Systems in Mechanical Engineering, Technical University Darmstadt

Topic of the Master Thesis:
Reconstruction of Load States for Failure Probability Estimation of Automotive Vehicle Components


Patrick Weißensteiner,
Junior Researcher, Virtual Vehicle Research Center

Topic of the Master Thesis:
Driving Dynamics Analysis and Control of an All-Wheel Electric Vehicle with Omnidirectional Steering

Nils Bothen won first prize. Phillipe Jardin took the second and Patrick Weißensteiner the third place.

Sieger Award 2017

Conditions of entry and selection criteria

The award is open to BSc, MSc and PhD theses written in the field of automotive and mechanical engineering, electric/electronics, mechatronics, mobility and transportation that were completed after 1 November 2017, and which have been graded as ‘excellent’. We welcome all topics that examine solutions and concepts relating to any aspect of automotive transmission & powertrain development and environmental friendliness. The assessment criteria are: innovation, originality, and practical relevance for tomorrow’s sustainable, efficient and cost-effective drive technology.

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One submission per applicant only

* More information about Pecha Kucha presentations, as well as examples, can be found here:
Please note that we will use a short version of Pecha Kucha! Further information about the requirements of the poster and the master slides of the presentation will be provided once the panel has decided on the finalists.

The winner’s cup:

How to enter for 2018

Please submit the following by email:

The summary of the paper/thesis in English
(2 pages and max. 4 images) describing the task and the solution, and explaining why the paper is innovative
Proof of grading (confirmation by the examiner)
A short CV and a color portrait photo
Your full contact details
Apply now for 2018!

Your Contact

Riane Hata
Coordinator Young Drive Experts Award

Closing date for entries:
1 November 2018

Awards ceremony + paper presentation:
5 December 2018


Prof. Dr Ferit Küçükay,
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Prof. Dr Peter Tenberge,
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Prof. Dr Stephan Rinderknecht,
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Dipl.-Ing. Sascha Ott,
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

2018 under the patronage of:

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier

Impressions CTI Young Drive Experts Award 2017

When they read my name out at the CTI Young Drive Experts Award, I could hardly believe it! A few moments later I was up on stage in front of about 1,350 specialists, being honoured for my work. During the Symposium and at the evening event, I got to talk to lots of attendees about my project. Winning the CTI Young Drive Experts Award has confirmed my belief that I’m on the right track. To anyone who has written a student paper or dissertation, all I can say is: enter!

Dr Mark Schudeleit, Manager System Integration Vehicle Electrification, Continental Engineering Services

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