Her love of technology started in the seventh grade. And Christina Süfke has stayed true to the subject all her life. Fortunately. The energy computer scientist has now won the Women's STEM Award 2015 with her bachelor thesis. Congratulations!
There are still differences between men and women at German universities. Men are more likely to study technology and IT, while most women favour languages or social sciences. In the STEM subjects – i.e. mathematics, IT, natural sciences and technology – the proportion of women is often around 20 percent. And yet the economy needs STEM graduates more than ever. "The future sustainability of companies in light of the digital revolution depends heavily on STEM qualifications. Germany in particular needs a higher intake for these subjects, including among women. So it's really essential that we make STEM women visible", says Claudia Nemat, Board member of Deutsche Telekom for Europe & Technology and patron of the Women's STEM Award. And this is why we have awarded the prize for the third time now – in cooperation with the students' magazine audimax and the "MINT Zukunft schaffen" (STEM creating the future) initiative. We aim to achieve diversity on all levels of our company. As a pioneer of digitalisation, we are looking for visionaries and unconventional thinkers. And we believe that women shouldn't leave the prospect of exciting jobs and varied career opportunities to men alone. The challenges of the digital society are simply too big and Cloud, Big Data and the Internet of Things need too many talented people to let that happen.
Prize winners as role models
The six prize winners who received awards at the 9th STEM event are ideal role models. They impressed the jury with their bachelor and master theses – with their specialist knowledge, their digital know-how and their creativity. All graduates focused on key questions for the future. The jury was particularly impressed by the bachelor thesis from overall winner Christina Süfke. In this thesis, the graduate from the University of Applied Sciences Ruhr West developed a "Concept for Modern Control and Regulation of Distribution Grids". Smart grids is the modern term for this – a hot topic in our sector. Christina Süfke has now started her master's program and plans to use the €3,000 prize money to attend some specialist conferences.
The following theses came top in the 5 subject areas:
- Cyber Security: Susanne Weber (Leibniz University of Hanover) - Development and Evaluation of Participatory Design Methods for Security-Related User Interfaces
- Networks of the Future: Katrin Raab (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) - State Diagnosis and Fault Localization in Distribution Grids via Channel Measurements of Power Line Modems.
- Industry 4.0: Tiana Trumpa (RWTH Aachen University) - Lean Consumption in Industry 4.0 – Development of a Business Model Innovation to Increase Resource Productivity Through Planned Maintenance.
- Automotive Technologies: Inessa Agapova (Technical University of Berlin) - Development of Innovative and Sustainable Technology Systems in Motorcycle Final Assembly.
- Digital Universe: Jacqueline Brinn (London School of Economics) - Are we killing time? Social Media and the Perception of Time during Leisure.
For the first time, the Women's STEM Award has also been open to graduates from other European countries – we received theses from Spain, Russia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Denmark and the UK.
Take part and pass on the news
Don't forget: We will be accepting entries for the forth Women's STEM Award in September. Women can submit their bachelor or master theses to us from 16 September to 11 December 2016. So what are you waiting for: Take part and pass on the news! It pays off. The overall winner will once again win €3,000 and the winners in our five growth areas will receive €500. Information on the Women's STEM Award is available here: http://www.telekom.com/frauen-mint-award.