Dr. Maren Scheel, Dr. Joachim Schulz, Chairman of Südwestmetall

Südwestmetall Award presented to Dr. Maren Scheel

April 20, 2023

The award honors the early-career researcher for her dissertation in the field of lightweight structures
[Picture: SWM/Eppler]

A special honor for the young scientist  Dr. Maren Scheel. She is one of nine early career researchers from Baden-Württemberg who were awarded the prize by the Südwestmetall employers' association at a ceremony in Stuttgart on Wednesday. Scheel received the award for her dissertation at the University of Stuttgart's Institute of Aircraft Propulsion Systems (ILA), which focused on the topic of "Experimental Nonlinear Modal Analysis - Method development with particular focus on nonlinear damping". 

Zur prämierten Doktorarbeit: Leichtbau hilft dabei, Ressourcen zu schonen und Emissionen zu mindern. Leichtere Strukturen sind allerdings auch anfälliger gegenüber Schwingungen. Um eine sichere Konstruktion und Einsatz dieser Leichtbaustrukturen zu gewährleisten, braucht es genaue und vor allem gut validierte Modelle, um zu erkennen, an welcher Stelle die größten Schwingungsbeanspruchungen auftreten. In diesem Bereich leistet die Doktorarbeit von Scheel einen wichtigen Beitrag. Ihre Dissertation schlägt eine Brücke zwischen akademischer Forschung und industrieller Anwendung.

About the award-winning doctoral thesis: Lightweight construction helps us conserve resources and reduce emissions. However, lighter structures are more susceptible to vibration. To ensure the safe design and use of such lightweight structures, accurate and, above all, well-validated models are needed to identify where the greatest vibration stresses occur. Scheel's doctoral thesis makes an important contribution to this field, bridging the gap between academic research and industrial application.

About the Award

With this award, Südwestmetall has been honoring the outstanding achievements of early career researchers at Baden-Württemberg's nine state universities for more than 30 years. A Südwestmetall award worth 5,000 euros is awarded at each university. The universities put forward scientific dissertations that are relevant to the industrial sector, or its sociopolitical framework and the prizes are awarded annually based on these proposals. "This long tradition shows the association's dedication to sustainably promoting early career researchers in Baden-Württemberg," said Südwestmetall Chairman Dr. Joachim Schulz at the award ceremony in Stuttgart, which was attended by Baden-Württemberg's Science Minister Petra Olschowski. 

About Dr. Maren Scheel

Maren Scheel studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and has been an academic staff member at the Institute of Aircraft Propulsion Systems (ILA) since 2016, where she completed her doctoral degree in September 2022. She was also a guest researcher at Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA, and at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The 33-year-old has received several awards, including the Amelia Earhart Fellowship from Zonta International in 2021.


Dr. Maren Scheel, Institute of Aircraft Propulsion Systems (ILA), Tel. +49 711 685 63655, E-Mail 

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