CASSIDIAN supports Science and Research

26 September 2012

  • The "ARGUS" research prize for outstanding performance of young scientists has been awarded for the tenth time
  • Professors' Day as communication platform for industry and science

Cassidian, the defence and security division of the EADS aerospace group, supports the research activities of universities and colleges and maintains a close dialogue with the world of science. In this context, the "ARGUS" research prize for outstanding performance of young scientists in the field of communications, radar and high-frequency technology has now been awarded for the tenth time by Cassidian.

"Close cooperation with science and research is of fundamental significance for a high-tech company in order to attract young talent," said Werner Stockburger, Human resources Manager at Cassidian. "Moreover, initiatives such as ARGUS provide the graduates with valuable contacts to the world of industry and, as a result, with good career perspectives."

The ARGUS prize, which includes a cash award of 1,500 euros, has been awarded for the last ten years for outstanding academic achievement in the disciplines of communications engineering, radar and high frequency technology, which are key technologies at Cassidian in Ulm. New developments in this area are extremely important for security electronics, e.g. for sensor systems in flight safety and geodesy or for the protection of aircraft and vehicles.

The prizes were awarded during the annual Professors' Day at Cassidian's Ulm site. About 50 professors from renowned universities and colleges as well as company experts make extensive use of this platform for the exchange of ideas. A jury made up of university professors and Cassidian specialists selected a total of five outstanding theses for the ARGUS prize, two of which have been submitted by Ulm University.

Michael Volpp gained a distinction for his bachelor's thesis on antenna technology, which was supervised by Professor Wolfgang Menzel from the Institute for Microwave Engineering at Ulm University. Florian Waeckerle, also from Ulm University, was awarded the prize for his master's thesis on a new method of significantly improving linearization of transmission signals in certain modulation processes. He was taught by Professor Robert Fischer of the Engineering Science and Computer Science Faculty. Sven Thomas, taught by Professor Nils Pohl from the Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Faculty of Ruhr University in Bochum, impressed the jury with his bachelor's thesis on the development of a new type of transmit/receive chips for radar technology applications. Another prize was awarded for Simran Singh's master's thesis from Aalen College on the development of adaptive algorithms for signal improvement in radar systems. He was taught by Professor Heinz-Peter Bürkle at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

In his speech, Professor Heinrich Dämbkes, head of System Development at Cassidian, emphasised, "Technological progress, above all in communications equipment, and the networking of different application areas mean that we in the field of security electronics have to widen our focus in the direction of system design and software development." He added: "Our cooperation with universities is already resulting in some excellent progress."

At Cassidian's Ulm location, about 3,000 employees are working on the development and manufacture of complex security electronics, including protection systems for aircraft and ground vehicles, radars and radio surveillance systems. 50 per cent of the staff are engineers, which is a very high value compared with the industry average, above all in the areas of communications engineering and electrical engineering.


Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2010, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.9 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 121,000.


Lothar Belz
Head of Technology / Trade Press
Airbus Defence and Space
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