Montanuniversität Scientist is “Austrian of the Year 2014.”

The daily newspaper "Die Presse" has awarded the “Austrian of the Year” Award for the eleventh time. The location of this year’s award gala on the 24. October 2014, were the Sofiensäle in Vienna. The award was given out in five categories: Family and Job, Research, Humanitarian Commitment, Cultural Heritage, and Entrepreneurship. The jury chose Montanuniversität’s polymer scientist Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Dieter P. Gruber, and hence became “Austrian of the year 2014”.

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Dieter P. Gruber bei der Preisverleihung

The award went to Gruber for his work on the worldwide first “artificial eye” for polymer production processes. This unique system was designed for a project at the Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL), in cooperation with Montanuniversität Leoben. Starting from production, the eye makes rapid, automatic, and reproducible measurements of components’ surface imperfections and shine aspects. Through human perception the standard of surface examination which the eye is capable of, has been unattainable.

After many awards, including the Fast Forward Award, the Innovation Award, and the Houska-Prize of the B&C-Foundation, the "Austria'14"-Award "Austrian of the Year" is a further confirmation of the immense potential of this unique development. “The system opens a door for new possibilities in the field of surface inspection. This prise shows immense recognition of my work”, states Gruber.

Further Information:
Mag. a Petra Dobnik
Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH
Tel.: +43 3842 42962-13
E-Mail: petra.dobnik(at)pccl.at
Link: www.pccl.at