Award Winners 2009

Innovative Computer Networks in the Development and Production Field

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nikolaus Kappen receives the Steinbeis Foundation’s Transfer Award – Löhn Award in special  recognition of his outstanding achievements as director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center Computer Applications. 

Nikolaus Kappen studied electrical engineering at the University  of Stuttgart and completed his doctorate at the Institute for  Control Systems within the University of Stuttgart. Nikolaus  Kappen began his professional career at AEG Telefunken in Frank- furt / Main, as head of the production automation department.  Today he is vice-dean of Esslingen University, director of tech- nical computer science courses and also responsible for the management of the Embedded Systems Laboratory.

Nikolaus Kappen founded the Steinbeis Transfer Center Computer Applications at Esslingen University back in 1986. For over 20 years the center has provided successful support to OEM clients  and automotive industry subcontractors in the greater Stutt- gart region. They benefi t from the wealth of experience Nikolaus  Kappen and his many employees have gained over the years in  the design and management of a diverse range of computer sys- tems used in the development and production area, and in software development for technical purposes, from micro-controller  applications through to virtual 3D simulation systems. Furthermore, Nikolaus Kappen is active in the development of tools  for network maintenance of vehicle testing stations and develops  simulation systems for in-vehicle MMI functionalities (such as navigation, communication, audio and video devices).

His outstanding achievements within the Steinbeis Network and  his dedicated work as a university professor make him a very  worthy recipient of this award.

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