Graduate of TH Rosenheim receives Bavarian Culture Award

Auf dem Portraitfoto ist Alexander Kojer, ausgezeichnet mit dem Kulturpreis Bayern 2022,  zu sehen.
Awarded the Bavarian Culture Prize: Master's graduate of the TH Rosenheim Alexander Kojer.

Alexander Kojer, graduate of the TH Rosenheim, receives this year's Bavarian Culture Award from Bayernwerk AG. The alumni's award-winning master's thesis helps to assess the susceptibility of electronics to faults in the automotive sector without the need for complex measurements.

Alexander Kojer is one of 33 graduates of Bavarian state universities and colleges who have been honoured with the bronze statue "Gedankenblitz". In his master's thesis in engineering sciences, specialising in electrical engineering and information technology, the graduate of Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences worked on electrical systems in the automotive environment. Numerous components of assistance systems and sensors are in constant data exchange there. As part of his master's thesis, Alexander Kojer tested a simulation environment that can be used to assess the susceptibility of complex electrical systems to faults without the need for complex measurements. Kojer was able to verify the results of the simulation by taking measurements on hardware he developed himself.

Accelerated troubleshooting process

Alexander Kojer was supervised in his Master's thesis entitled "Verification of a simulation framework for the characterisation of EMC disturbances" by the two professors of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Herbert Thurner and Dr. Norbert Seliger. Both congratulate the graduate on his award and emphasise the importance of the Master's thesis. The results of this Master's thesis will make it possible to design data lines in future vehicles that are more resistant to interference. Another significant advantage is shorter development times, as time-consuming measurements in the vehicle are no longer necessary, explains Prof. Nobert Seliger.  "In my lectures, each of which Alexander Kojer completed with the highest grade, he showed enthusiasm and a deep understanding of the theory of electromagnetic fields and their interferences (couplings). Mr. Kojer was able to impressively put this knowledge into practice in his final thesis," Seliger continues.

Prof. Herbert Thurner adds: "Furthermore, Alexander Kojer has already distinguished himself during his studies through his excellent comprehension skills, extremely good analytical thinking, a very structured approach to solving problems and the ability to familiarise himself very quickly with new topics. Our society and national economy would need many more such "bright minds" like Mr. Kojer for the (technical) solution of the manifold challenges."

Great joy about the award

Alexander Kojer was very happy about the award: "At first I was very surprised to be awarded the Culture Prize and first found out about it via a search engine on the internet. Now I am very proud of this recognition of my work." After his Master's thesis, Alexander Kojer joined a larger local industrial company, which he has already come to know and appreciate in his professional past. Professionally, he therefore continues to see his future in this company.

Creative minds that break new ground

The Bavarian Culture Prize is awarded by Bayernwerk together with the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts. In the science category, the 33 best university and college graduates in Bavaria are honoured. "Innovation and scientific progress are important building blocks of our society. Without them, development is not possible," explains Dr. Egon Leo Westphal, Chairman of the Board of Bayernwerk. Bavarian Minister of Arts and Science Markus Blume emphasises: "Science and research are the keys to excelling in international competition in the future. With the High-Tech Agenda, we are investing in an attractive and broad-based ecosystem of top research institutions and innovative entrepreneurship. The scientific and creative inventiveness of the award winners is impressive! This shows that in Bavaria the soil for science and research is extremely fertile!" In addition to the honour, the prizes in the arts category and the special prize each receive 5,000 euros, and in the science category 2,000 euros each.

The award ceremony took place again this year as a hybrid format - in the Eisbach Studios in Munich, live on the internet and as a broadcast on regional television. The countertenor Valer Sabadus, the band Sportfreunde Stiller, the photographer Olaf Unverzart, the artist and lyricist Augusta Laar and the actress Lucy Wilke were also awarded the prize in the arts category.