First place in the final of EDAG Group's "Integration Excellence Award 2012" held in Fulda on 8th September went to the Formula Student team from the "Bergakademie Freiberg". The young team from Saxony beat the other four finalists from the Universities of Ingolstadt, Esslingen, Rhein-Main and Gießen, to take the first prize of € 3,000. Second place and € 2,000 went to the Formula Student team from Ingolstadt; with the team from Esslingen finishing third and winning € 1,000.
Over the past few years, Formula Student has become an established and well-known, international design competition for students, in which each team plans its own racing car, develops and constructs it, and then drives it at racing events. "The Formula Student competition calls for precisely those qualities which we, as an engineering company, need in our day-to-day project work. Developing, integrating and implementing technical concepts and innovations within prescribed time limits," expounds Jörg Ohlsen, EDAG Group CEO. "Our award is a way of rewarding these teams for their dedication in taking part in the Formula Student on top of attending to their regular studies."
Over 15 Formula Student teams applied for the EDAG Group's award in the last few months. In the end, the best five teams were invited to the final at the EDAG head office in Fulda, to present their concepts and solutions to a multi-disciplinary EDAG jury. "We were particularly keen to see how the teams had integrated their technical innovations, and what advantages this would generate for the complete vehicle," explained Heiko Herchet, Head of the EDAG Competence Centre for Electric Mobility and jury spokesman. "Further assessment criteria that the jury were looking for, apart from high technical standards, were the project management qualities of the teams and the professionality of their presentations."
Each team was given 30 minutes in which to convince the judges of its concept. Apart from appearing before the jury, the teams visiting the EDAG head office also had the opportunity to speak to managers from all of the engineering company's vehicle development departments, and to find out first hand more about starting a practical career at EDAG by talking to young graduate employees.
A programme of activities including a guided tour of the show garage, where the concept vehicles designed by EDAG are on show, and test driving the latest electric-powered vehicles rounded off the final day.
In the end, the jury came to a clear - though by no means easy - conclusion: "The team from Freiberg impressed us with their outstanding scientific approach to developing their vehicle, and demonstrated a wide range of fields such as innovative manufacturing methods and simulations applications, while also making a major contribution themselves to its development and production," said Jörg Ohlsen, summing up the jury's decision. "The runners-up, Ingolstadt, stood out on account of the level of maturity of their car, which they had created from scratch, demonstrating excellent quality in the field of simulation, in their data preparation and in the perfection of their presentation.
With the professionality, technical depth and detailed optimisation of their concept, the Esslingen team thoroughly deserved to take third place."
All in all, the EDAG jury were impressed by the high level of performance of the five finalists. With next year's "Integration Excellence Award", the EDAG Group will again be providing Formula Student teams with a training ground in which to demonstrate their skills in merging technical developments and project management.
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