Press releases | Education 18.03.2013

The winners of the 2013 student competition are named

The winners of this year’s student competition in mathematics, natural science and technology were announced today in Munich. First place was taken by Marion Kreins from Bad Muenstereifel. The 17-year-old’s studies on reducing the inflow of nitrogen into water bodies won her a cash purse of €20,000. Second place, which carries a cash prize of €15,000, went to Jonas Engelhard, of Hersbruck, for his project on “Increasing efficiency of water treatment plants through sedimentation measure¬ment.” Third place went to Moritz Gutsch, of Lüdinghausen, for his work on optimizing an H-Darrieus rotor. He'll benefit from a cash prize of €10,000. A further €10,000 prize went to Nils Hellmann, of Herxheim, as a special prize for his mobile-phone recharger that consumes 0 watts of power in standby mode.

“I was thrilled to see what ambitious solutions the contestants aimed for. It wasn’t just the technical quality of their ideas that was impressive – these young people also had their eye on practical applicability,” said Dr. Nathalie von Siemens, Managing Director and spokeswoman of the Board of Directors of the Siemens Stiftung. “Of course applying technical solutions for the benefit of humanity is a long-standing Siemens tradition. All the more reason why I’m so pleased that our competition has been able to motivate young people to take an active role in helping to shape the future of our society.” 

The award recipients were: Marion Kreins (First Place/ St. Michael-Gymnasium, Bad Münstereifel/ Topic: Nitrogen stabilizers), Jonas Engelhard (Second Place/ Paul-Pfinzing-Gymnasium, Hersbruck/ Topic: Increasing efficiency of water treatment plants through sedimentation measurement) and Moritz Gutsch (Third Place/ St.-Antonius-Gymnasium, Lüdinghausen/ Topic: Influence of number of blades, blade profile, rotor diameter and onflow conditions on the speed & efficiency of an H-Darrieus rotor). Nils Hellmann (Pamina-Gymnasium, Herxheim/ Topic: Fight the silent electricity guzzlers: mobile phone charger with real 0-watt standby power consumption) won the special prize.

All prize money can only be used to finance the students’ education. In addition to the students, the faculty mentors also receive cash prizes for their departments in their schools.

In 2014 the Siemens Stiftung will once again seek out young people with their ideas for meeting the challenge of transforming the energy mix.


About the student competition
The annual Siemens Stiftung student competition in math, science and tech-nology is open to upper-level secondary grade levels in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and at German schools elsewhere in Europe. The competition gives the young students an opportunity to become actively involved in current social policy challenges. The Siemens Stiftung has partnered with the esteemed universities RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin and TU Munich to ensure the scientific quality of project submissions. Another key concern is that the participants receive long-term support. The Siemens Stiftung helps the talented young students define their own future through earmarked prize money, information seminars at the partner universities and tutors who provide individual college counseling. As of 2011, the Siemens Stiftung student competition is also a member of Germany’s National Consortium of Student Competitions (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der bundesweiten Schülerwettbewerbe), and has been officially recommended by Germany’s Conference of State Education Ministers since 2012.

About the Siemens Stiftung
ENCOURAGE. empowering people. The Siemens Stiftung wants to empower people to actively address today’s social challenges and is dedicated to the values of Werner von Siemens. Together with partners, the foundation designs and implements local and international projects with the aim of promoting individual responsibility and self-initiative. The foundation is committed to enlarging basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strengthening of culture. The Siemens Stiftung pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work.