A researcher at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences received the Liese Prokop Women's Prize in the category of Science and Technology
The award in the category of Science and Technology for this year's Lower Austrian Liese Prokop Women's Prize went to Hirut Grossberger. She researches and teaches in the Department of Rail Technology and Mobility at St. Pölten UAS.
Grossberger's field of work is bridge and reinforced concrete construction in railways. Among other things, she has developed a method for the inspection of bridges using tablets and smartphones and provides kindergarten and school children with knowledge about the technology and design of bridges. In order to promote international exchange in research and teaching, Grossberger is also the International Coordinator for the Department of Rail Technology and Mobility and is active as a Diversity Officer.
Born in Ethiopia, she studied irrigation engineering at Haromaya University in Ethiopia as well as "Water Resource Management and Environment" and "Land Management, Infrastructure and Construction Technology" at the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. She has worked as an assistant at agricultural-research centres in Ethiopia as well as the Institute of Structural Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. Since 2014, Grossberger has been conducting research and teaching at St. Pölten UAS.
Research, teaching, knowledge transfer
"My work in research and teaching at St. Pölten UAS gives me the opportunity to deepen my knowledge, combine theory with practice, acquire new competencies and pass on my experience. I am pleased that the work has now been recognised with the Liese Prokop Women's Award", said Grossberger.
"I would like to offer Hirut Grossberger my sincere congratulations for this award. She is not only an excellent researcher but also knows how to inspire young people and create enthusiasm for technology at all educational levels from kindergartens to compulsory schools", said Otfried Knoll, Head of the Department of Rail Technology and Mobility at St. Pölten UAS. "It is especially important to make women visible in technology in order to increase the proportion of female academics in the railway industry. Hirut Grossberger is thereby also an ambassador for this important socio-political topic", added Knoll.
Also nominated from St. Pölten UAS were: Elisabeth Höld (Department of Health Sciences) as well as Kerstin Blumenstein and Rosa von Suess (Department of Media and Digital Technologies).