Dr. Simon Aicher, Academic Director at the University of Stuttgart’s Materials Testing Institute and Head of the Timber Constructions Department has been awarded the renowned Carl-Olof Ternryd Prize. This prize is awarded by the Linneaus Research Institute at Linneaus University in Växjö, Sweden. The award was presented by politician Ingrid Burman and the institute director Mie Jernbeck as part of a commemorative ceremony at Linneaus University. Aicher was awarded the prize, together with the Rector of Linneaus University, Prof. Peter Aronsson. The total sum awarded is 800,000 Swedish crowns (SKR, approximately 75,000 euros), with 400,000 SKR awarded per person.
Aicher was awarded the prize for his life’s work in the field of Timber Engineering, with emphasis on his expertise in the fields of glues, wood glues, glued supporting timber constructions and how to test these without destroying them, standardization and quality assurance. According to the text on the official document, the award is a sign of international recognition of the Materials Testing Institute at the University of Stuttgart, of which Aicher is a hugely important part.