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From right: Josef Pickenhahn, Olof Borgman, Jan van Deventer and Bodo Barth.

Automotive company establishes an award for engineering students

Published: 20 May 2015

TRW Automotive, a world leader in active safety systems for cars, has established a new price – the Joseph Pickenhahn Prize for the most promising engineer. Two engineering students will be awarded each year, and given the opportunity to participate in automotive winter testing operations in Arvidsjaur.

Starting from 2016, the prize will be awarded annually to a first year student within the Automotive Engineering BSc Programme and a fourth year student in one of the university's MSc Programmes. During one week in March, the recipients will participate in development and testing at TRW's winter test tracks in Arvidsjaur.  There will be two days with the development of test tracks, two days with vehicle tests and two days of system development.

– This is a fantastic opportunity for promising students as they partake in the development of future cars with TRW's engineers; these activities are otherwise secret to outsiders. The price will benefit all parties, not least the students who can create relationships,which may lead to both thesis and employment opportunities, says Jan van Deventer, senior lecturer and researcher at CASTT, Centre for Automotive Systems Technology and Testing and also EISLAB at Luleå University of Technology.

In addition to reward promising students, the purpose of the award is to promote regional growth in automotive system development and to strengthen the relationship with Luleå University of Technology. The prize was instituted by TRW and their winter test partner CTT. It is also a tribute to Joseph Pickenhahn, vice president of braking engineering in TRW since 2001. With more than 25 years in the business, he has been at the forefront in the development of brake technology and active safety for cars.

As for the application process towards the prize, a student needs to submit a motivation letter along with an academic record, and a reference letter from a teacher, by February 1, 2016. The selection committee consists of Joseph Pickenhahn, Olof Borgman (CEO of Cold Climate Technology AB), Bodo Barth (Managing Director, TRW Automotive Sweden AB), and Jan van Deventer (LTU).


Jan van Deventer

van Deventer, Jan - Associate Professor

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