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The Institute for Mechanical Systems is committed to a long-term sustainable development of our society by delivering cutting-edge education and research in the broad field of mechanics and materials. On many axes of activities we consider systems from the small- to the large-scale, from basic research to applications using theoretical, computational and experimental approaches.



Austrian State Prize for best dissertation

Florian Kogelbauer from Prof. George Haller’s group has received the prestigious Austrian Award of Excellence for his dissertation entitled “Some Topics in Mathematical Water Wave Theory”. Hearty congratulations to Florian Kogelbauer for his achievements! Read more 


ETH Medal for outstanding doctoral thesis 2016

Seven outstanding dissertations at D-MAVT have been honored with the ETH Medal 2016 and a financial award. With great commitment, our talented postgraduate students concluded their doctoral theses successfully and are now ready for new challenges. Read more 


MaP Award

Dr. Ivo Leibacher from Prof. Jürg Dual’s group, Dr. Arabella Mauri from Prof. Edoardo Mazza’s group, Dr. Christian Peters from Prof. Christofer Hierold’s group and Dr. Gianvito Vilé from D-CHAB were nominated for the MaP Award 2016. The award won by Dr. Gianvito Vilé and presented at the MaP Graduate Symposium 2016 at ETH Zurich on 9 June 2016. Read more 


Open-Source Software for Granular Non-Smooth Rigid-Body Simulations

The Granular Rigid Body Simulation Framework (GRSF) developed by Gabriel Nützi, former doctoral student in Prof. Christoph Glocker's group, during his Doctoral thesis to simulate large-scale non-smooth rigid body dynamics. Read more 


Best Poster Award

Kilian Schillai, doctoral student in Prof. Edoardo Mazza’s group and member of the EMPA Laboratory “Mechanical Integrity of Energy Systems”, received a Best Poster Award for his poster “Thermal Treatments for Increased Fretting Fatigue Endurance of Overhead Electrical Conductors” at the CCMX Annual Meeting. Read more 

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