With a flexibly usable device for PCR diagnostics, four KIT students achieved second place in the COSIMA student competition. Using components from the 3D printer, they managed to produce a device that performs functional PCR diagnostics on site. As part of the IMT course "Microsystem product design for young entrepreneurs" at KIT, the students made the idea a success.
Junior Professor Dr.-Ing. Rania Rayyes has been appointed to the professorship of Highly Convertible Area and Space Mobile System for Production within the Innovation Campus "Mobility of the Future" (ICM) in Area III at the Institute of Materials Handling and Logistics Systems in December 2022. We warmly congratulate and welcome Professor Rania Rayyes to the KIT Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
At the high point of the winter semester, we celebrate our department festival colloquium on February 17th, 2023 in the Tulla lecture hall in building 11.40. The main focus of the evening is the lecture by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Luise Kärger: "Fiber composites - light materials that are difficult to control". We ask Master's graduates of the outgoing semester, students, employees and friends of the faculty to register by January 30th, 2023.
Prof. Martin Heilmaier of the Institute of Applied Materials - Materials Science (IAM-WK), was elected as one of the two presidents of the German Society for Materials Science (DGM) at the DGM Congress in Darmstadt on September 26, 2022. The term of office is two years and started on January 1, 2023. Read more about Prof. Heilmaier's motivation to run for office in the interview in the November issue of the DGM Newsletter.
In the "BatWoMan" project, in which KIT is involved, researchers want to develop and implement innovative and sustainable processes for CO2-neutral battery production in Europe. Costs in cell production are to be reduced by about 60 percent and energy consumption halved. "At KIT, we contribute, among other things, our expertise in the field of laser-assisted generation of 3D batteries," says Niclas Straßburger from IAM-AWP.
"The high inflation and the Ukraine war with all its consequences will continue to burden our industry for a long time. Material bottlenecks and difficulties in the supply chain are continuing, and more and more countries are returning to protectionist measures. The companies in the mechanical and plant engineering sector have once again demonstrated their innovative strength and adaptability with their entrepreneurial freedom," said VDMA President Karl Haeusgen at the association's annual press conference. VDMA-Press-Release