Three NIT alumni have won Hamburg Kompass awards for their maritime research. Hannes Hatecke made sure of the first place with his work on the Dynamic Stability of Heavy-Lift Vessels when Loads Are Torn from Two Cranes. NIT alumni Daniel-André Dücker and Eugen Solowjow came third in a team with Professor Edwin Kreuzer for a research paper on Reconnoitering Environmental Areas with a Fleet of Autonomous Underwater Robots. The Hamburg Kompass is awarded for scientific work on maritime subjects. Awarded for the fourth time at this year's Port of Hamburg reception in April, it comes with prize moneys of between €1,000 and €3,000 provided by the Bureau Veritas and the Schümann Group of Companies.
Hannes Hatecke studied shipbuilding at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) from 2006 to 2012, adding an MBA in Technology Management at the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management from 2010 to 2012 and a PhD at the TUHH from 2012 to 2016, since when he has been a member of the management at Hatecke GmbH, where he is in charge of Administration and Sales.
Daniel-André Dücker studied theoretical mechanical engineering at the TUHH from 2012 to 2015 and, at the same time, for an MBA in Technology Management at the NIT. Since 2016 he has been working on a PhD thesis about the control and design of autonomous underwater vehicles at the TUHH's Institute of Mechanics and Ocean Engineering.
Eugen Solowjow studied mechanical engineering at the TUHH from 2006 to 2012 and from 2010 to 2012 for an Master in Technology Management at the NIT. Since 2012, after spending six months as a research scholar for his diploma thesis at the University of California, Berkeley, he has been working on a PhD thesis about the dynamics, control and design of underwater robotoc systems at the TUHH's Institute of Mechanics and Ocean Engineering.