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The Award for Lifetime Achievement

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wielage received the Evgeny Paton Prize for his contributions to research and development in the field of material science and material engineering

The Evgeny Paton Prize is awarded annually to an individual who has dedicated his/her lifetime to applied research and development in the field of advanced technologies, materials and equipment for welding and allied processes and has made a significant contribution to science and technology. The laureate of 2014 is Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wielage, who held a position at the Chair of Composite Materials from 1994 to 2014 at Technische Universität Chemnitz. The Prize is bestowed by the National Welding Committee of Ukraine and the E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute.

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Wielage has been the Head of the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at TU Chemnitz. His scientific work addressed composite materials, surface technology as well as metal and ceramic joining. Since 2006 he has acted as the spokesman of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 692 "High-strength al-based lightweight materials for safety components" (HALS) in Chemnitz. Prof. Wielage has worked in diverse areas of research and reported his findings and experience as an author and co-author in more than 1000 papers and 200 lectures. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering; subsequent the Vice Dean for Research at TU Chemnitz. Starting from 2001, he had headed the affiliated Institute of Construction and Composite Design (KVB) at the Technologie Centrum Chemnitz. Prof. Wielage has been a member of the review board of the German Research Foundation for ten years. He is also a member of several organizations as well as reviewer for journals and supervisor and co-referee of more than 100 PhD theses and ten habilitations.

The Evgeny Paton Prize consists of a medal and a certificate from the National Welding Committee of Ukraine and the E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute which is presented at the annual opening ceremony meeting of the International Institute of Welding (IIW). Besides, the winner will receive the opportunity to visit E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute in Kiev.

The Prize is named after Evgeny Oskarevich Paton, who - after studying in Dresden and St. Petersburg - worked as a professor at the Polytechnic Institute in Kiev (Ukraine) and always held close relations to the German welding community. Paton was a pioneer researcher in the field of joining technologies. He founded the first welding laboratory in Kiev, which later became the world-famous Electric Welding Institute and is named after him. Throughout his career, Evgeny Paton put a focus on education and training.

(Author: Katharina Thehos, Translation: Nataliia Boiko)

Mario Steinebach

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