10th CTI Young Drive Experts Award


+ Free participation at the Symposium
+ Presentation of the paper as Pecha Kucha and poster display
+ Prize money: 2,000 €

The award addresses students and graduates of all technical disciplines in the field of automotive powertrain engineering.

Conditions of entry and selection criteria

The award is open to: Bachelor-, Master-, and PhD Theses. We welcome all topics that examine solutions and concepts relating to any aspect of transmission, drive and component development for vehicles (in all areas). The assessment criteria are: innovation, originality, and practical relevance for tomorrow’s sustainable, efficient and cost-effective drive technology.

Your application

    Please submit the following as an attachment by email:

  • The short version of the paper (2 pages and max. 4 images/graphs) describing the task and the solution, and explaining why the paper is innovative
  • Proof of grading (confirmation by the examiner)
  • A short CV and a color portrait photo
  • Your full contact details


We will confirm receipt by email.
Applicants may submit only one paper.


The closing date for entries: 1 November 2018
Award and Pecha Kucha Presentation: 5 December 2018
Poster presentation: 4 and 5 December 2018
Publishing of the best entries on the event’s homepage: from 6 December 2018 on

Evaluation by the Panel

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Prof. Dr Ferit Küçükay
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Prof. Dr Peter Tenberge
Technische Universität Darmstadt, Prof. Dr Stephan Rinderknecht
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Sascha Ott


Review 9th CTI Young Drive Experts Award

Under the patronage of Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy



The automotive industry is of outstanding importance for the entire German economy. It is synonymous with advance in technology and therefore high-quality products and secure employment. This applies to the big car makers as well as to suppliers, among them many small and medium-sized enterprises. Due to the complete value chain in particular, the German automotive industry is well positioned in the international market, so the worldwide turnover reached a new peak in the last year. …read more


Winners of the 9th CTI Young Drive Experts Award

Nils Bothen won the 9th CTI Young Drive Experts Award 2017

Berlin/Düsseldorf, 06.12.2017 – Once again at this year’s 16th International CTI Symposium for Automotive Transmissions, HEV and EV Drives, three candidates qualified for the CTI Young Drive Experts Award. Finalists Philippe Jardin (Research Assistant, Institute for Mechatronic Systems in Mechanical Engineering, TU Darmstadt), Nils Bothen (Research Assistant, Institute for Drive Systems and Performance Electronics, Leibnitz University Hanover) and Patrick Weißensteiner (Junior Scientist, ‘Virtual Vehicle’ R&D Centre, Graz) began by presenting their work in the form of Pecha Kucha presentations to an audience of more than 1000 industry representatives. The ‘clapometer’ then decided who came first, second and third. …read more