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    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

KIT-professors first Hector Fellows

Three scientists receive Hector Science Award

HEIDELBERG/WEINHEIM. Dr. h.c. Hans-Werner Hector and his wife Josephine have appointed three professors from the Elite University Karlsruhe Institute of Technology to Hector Fellows. Doris Wedlich, Peter Gumbsch und Martin Wegener are the first scientists to receive the Hector Science Award.

The distinction as a Hector Fellow and the research award’s endowment of 150,000 € from the Hector Foundation II recognize the commitment and outstanding accomplishments of the professors in science, research and teaching. “Selected among the best out of a group of professors, they represent the lighthouses in their respective areas of work”, Dr. Hans-Werner Hector underlined during the award ceremony.

The board of trustees of the Hector Foundation II, which was established in March 2008, nominated professors for the Hector Science Award for the first time this year. By bringing the Fellows together, a round table of top-level scientists should be established who will then be able to inspire each other in their work and research. As Dr. Hector says, the goal is "to create a democratically oriented canopy of modern scientists."

Wedlich, Professor of Zoology, is head of department at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and thus responsible for research, teaching and innovation in the scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry and process engineering. Her research interests include the molecular understanding of cell migration, with a particular focus on the entanglement of Wnt signaling and cell adhesion.

Gumbsch heads the Department of Material Mechanics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials Mechanics in Freiburg and Halle. He researches deformation and damage mechanisms in materials.

Wegener is professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Scientific Director at the Institute of Nanotechnology at KIT and Vice-Coordinator of the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics. At the center of his research are artificial materials, so-called metamaterials.