For the ninth time in succession, Zwick Roell is extending an invitation to Academia Day, which provides the setting for the presentation of the 2017 Zwick Science Award. On May 15th at Sapienza Univeristy, the winners were chosen out of over 100 entries submitted by 70 participants from 17 countries. The jury awarded this year's winners in the heart of Rome in front of the impressive backdrop of the coliseum and San Pietro in Vincoli. Nine speakers from Italy, Germany, the USA, and Portugal created relevant scientific presentations on "Testing of high performance, lightweight and sustainable materials".
First prize, as well as 5,000 euros and the Paul Roell Medal, was awarded to Jan from the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad for his studies on improving the mechanical properties of composites that are strengthened with hexagonal boron nitride. A. Y. Chen from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology received second prize for his work on the microstructure and strength of pure copper the size of a large grain through co-channel angle presses. Another second prize was awarded to Hinnerk Oßmer from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, for his entry on the development of temperature profiles in TiNi-based films for elastocaloric cooling. Third prize went to Lucio Maragoni from Padua University for his research on the fatigue behavior of glass/epoxy laminates with cavities.
Entries for the Zwick Science Award are invited once again this year. Applicants can submit their work until the end of December 2018. Zwick Academia Day will take place in China in 2019 and will once again provide a ceremonial setting for presenting the Zwick Science Award..