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EUROGUSS Talent Award 2024

In 2024, we are once again looking for the best young talents from the industry. Take part now and win great prizes!





EUROGUSS Talent Award 2024

At EUROGUSS Talent Award Bachelor's and Master's theses that relate to an innovation, improvement or new applications in die casting along with its entire value chain will be honored.

The submitted abstracts will be evaluated and screened by a top-class international jury consisting of representatives from industry and research.

The presentation of the EUROGUSS Talent Award takes place during the EUROGUSS 2024 in Nuremberg. The winners have the opportunity to present their work to interested trade visitors at the EUROGUSS trade fair forum.



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Why is it worth participating? 

  • Win attractive cash and non-cash prizes:
    First place: 1,500 EUR
    Second place: 750 EUR
    Third place: 500 EUR
  • Present your work in front of a professional audience at EUROGUSS 2024
  • Receive valuable feedback from a top-class jury
  • Make new contacts and build a network for your professional future
  • Free participation and invitation to EUROGUSS 2024

Participate now and win!

The work should relate to innovations, improvements or new applications in die casting. New impulses with an impact on the foundry industry, e.g. from the fields of artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, software or sustainability, are explicitly desired. Thus, students of non-foundry-related courses of study are explicitly invited.

Note: Submission of the entire thesis is not required.



  • Abstract of a bachelor's or master's thesis completed after January 2022

  • Topics: New impulses, ideas or further developments for the foundry industry e.g as well from the fields of artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, software, sustainability.
  • Application deadline: November 17th 2023 
Winning photo with all finalists

This was the EUROGUSS Talent Award 2022

The EUROGUSS Talent Award 2022 was won by Julia Dölling from the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart. With her work, she had prevailed among the last five best candidates and also won the audience award.


The best five candidates of the EUROGUSS Talent Award 2022: 

  • Julia Döllinger with her Master's thesis "Flowability of aluminium-silicon die casting alloys"
  • Jonas Arimont with his Master's thesis "Investigation of the service life of spray-cooled permanent moulds using FEM simulations"
  • Caspar Braun with his Bachelor thesis "Structural optimisation of a fullsuspension bicycle frame based on existing geometries and kinematics in accordance with die-casting"
  • Florian Girkes with his master thesis "Evaluation of FSW tool geometries with regard to the mechanical-technological properties of aluminium welded joints in the automotive sector"
  • Lea Pursche with her Master's thesis "Investigation of the thermal influences on the composite strength and the properties of the borderline area of carbon fibre-reinforced PEEK-light metal compounds in the aluminium die-casting process"

The Jury

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Fehlbier

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Fehlbier, Professor of Foundry Technology at Kassel University since 2012

Before moving to the University of Kassel, Prof. Fehlbier was Head of the Technology Centre at the Volkswagen plant in Kassel, where he was responsible for casting development, series optimisation and Al/Mg structural parts production in cold chamber die casting. Under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Fehlbier, the new Chair of Foundry Technology at the University of Kassel - GTK has established itself as the "Centre for Lightweight Castings and Design" and sees itself as a link between university research and industrial practice.

jury member Franz-Josef Wöstmann

Franz-Josef Wöstmann, Fraunhofer IFAM, Head of Department Casting Technology and Lightweight Construction

Franz-Josef Wöstmann has been working in the foundry industry for more than twenty years and is an internationally recognized expert in this field. From 2004 to 2020, he headed the Foundry Technology department at Fraunhofer IFAM, which was continuously expanded under his professional guidance. Since 2020, Mr. Wöstmann has been responsible for the department of High-Efficiency Drives. The appointment as chairman of the expert jury is an expression of his reputation in the professional world. At the same time, this honorary commitment reflects his personal convictions: "International networking is an essential motor for progress. This applies not only at the level of companies and research institutions, but also at the level of students. The award is intended to make an important contribution to this," says Franz-Josef Wöstmann, underlining the importance of this competition.

jury member Dirk Lehmus

Dr.-Ing. Dirk Lehmhus, Fraunhofer IFAM 

Dirk Lehmhus has been working at Fraunhofer IFAM in the areas of powder and casting technology since joining in 1998, during which time he completed his doctorate at the University of Bremen’s Faculty  of Production Technology in the field of metallic foams. His publication list includes about 70 contributions in scientific journals and conference proceedings, several book chapters, and currently 3 patents. In addition, he is the editor of two books on "Advanced Materials for Transport Applications" and "Material-integrated Intelligent Systems" and is a member of the editorial board of the journals "Metals" and "Materials" (MDPI). At Fraunhofer IFAM, he is involved in the execution and initiation of projects in the areas of sand casting, investment casting and low as well as high pressure die casting, with a focus on the latter process. He is also particularly interested in issues relating to materials and process simulation and digitalization in the foundry industry.

jury member Frank Gensty

Frank Gensty; Georg Fischer

Frank Gensty, after completing his technical draughtsman apprenticeship and a degree in mechanical engineering from 1994 to 1998, pursued an impressive career in the die casting industry. At MAN GHH Fahrzeuge, he led the development of special vehicles. Later, at Kirchhoff Automotive, he rose to the position of Head of Serial Product Development. In subsequent roles at Linde Material Handling, Constellium, and Handtmann, he expanded his leadership skills and expertise. Since 2022, he has been serving as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Georg Fischer Casting Solutions AG, where he brings his extensive experience in the field of die casting.


jury member Paul Brancaleon

Paul Brancaleon; NADCA

Paul Brancaleon is the Director of Research, Education & Technology at the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). He coordinates research and development efforts among member companies, government agencies, and universities, enhancing NADCA's educational programs. With 40 years of die casting experience, including 10 years on the NADCA board and involvement in R&D for aluminum alloys and die casting molds, he is an expert in the field. Brancaleon studied Industrial Engineering at Western Michigan University and completed management studies at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. His die casting career began at SPX-Contech, followed by roles at Premier Tool and Die Cast and Cosma Castings. His primary focus has always been on safety, productivity, and waste reduction.

jury member Herman Roos

Hermann Roos, Bühler 

Hermann Roos has been working in the die casting industry for over 10 years. He studied in Aalen until 2008 and joined Bühler AG in the same year. After various roles in training, application technology, and consulting, he has been responsible for the further development of the Structural department at Bühler as the "Structural Process Manager" since 2018

jury member sebastian tewes

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Tewes, University of Duisburg-Essen, Lecturer in Foundry Technology

Teaching the fascination of the foundry world is what drives him. That's why he founded the Foundry-Skills knowledge platform, where anyone interested can "experience" shop-floor experience on the screen. He studied foundry technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen and RWTH Aachen. After obtaining his promotion, he worked at Nemak Europe GmbH and later at Magma Gießereitechnologie GmbH. He is currently a lecturer in foundry technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Jury member Talent Award Mathieu Weber

Dipl.-Ing. Mathieu Weber, Managing Director of MAGMA Gießereitechnologie GmbH

Mathieu Weber studied mechanical engineering in France and materials science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Since 2003, he has been successfully contributing what he learned in his studies to MAGMA's application engineering and sales. Ever since, he has consequently expanded his expertise. He supported customers producing large castings in mechanical engineering and OEMs in the powertrain sector. In 2011, he took over the management of MAGMA's global application support. From 2017 to 2021, he was responsible for the activities in China as Managing Director of the Chinese MAGMA subsidiary in Suzhou. In August 2021, Mathieu Weber became Managing Director of MAGMA GmbH – in this position, he is responsible for global sales, marketing, support and the MAGMAacademy training programs.


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