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October 2014

New Study: Entrepreneurship is an Attractive Career Option for Engineers

A study conducted by the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Business Development at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz shows that whereas three quarters of Austrian students enrolled in a technical-natural sciences degree program intend to seek employment after graduation, 14% of those surveyed intend to start their own business. Over half of the number of students enrolled in an engineering degree program plan to start their respective careers at a small or mid-size company or at a start-up company. After 5+ years of professional work experience, the study shows that career aspirations for 40% of those surveyed eventually shift towards the idea of self-employment.

“JKU Transfer”: New Service Office for Collaborative Initiatives

As Upper Austria’s largest educational institution, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has always worked together closely with numerous companies and public institutions, contributing significantly to the country’s economic growth and social development. On November 1, 2013, the university will open a new transfer office designed to not only strengthen collaborative initiatives between the university and companies, but to also provide information on partnership relations.

School Mathematics Competition: Seeing the World Mathematically

Who doesn’t love getting a box of chocolates? Chocolates can, unfortunately, tend to be a bit pricey and the joy of enjoying a box of chocolates can often be quickly followed by disappointment when the box is finished in no time. The packaging in particular is often well-designed, looking as though the box would contain a lot chocolate. Looking at it mathematically, however, can explain the transition from joy to disappointment.

JKU Study: Insolvent Companies Rarely Experience Successful Turnaround

A long-term study conducted by the Institute for Controlling and Consulting at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has revealed that only 17% of businesses that have once declared insolvency actually experience successful turnaround. A first in German-speaking Europe, this study took a close look at 393 insolvency cases in Upper Austria from 2004.

JKU Semiconductor Research: Computers See the Light Faster

Whereas the saying “haste makes waste” may apply to people, computers are expected to process information as quickly as possible. The corresponding information is usually transmitted via light but one difficult aspect can be converting the light into electronic information at the interface between the chip and communication cable. Thanks to expertise at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, a new, more efficient method has been created.

The JKU is Austria’s Only University Represented at the World’s Largest International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber in Düsseldorf

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) is the only Austrian university with a stand at the world’s largest flagship fair for plastics and rubber, the “K” Fair, in Düsseldorf, Germany. 130 JKU students and researchers were on site from October 16 – 23.

New CD Laboratory at the JKU: 3.2 Million Euros to Search for Super Materials

Material analysis is an enormously important field of research for industry and business. As a leader in the field, the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has received a new Christian Doppler Laboratory "COMBOX" (Combinatorial Oxide Chemistry). The "Institute of Chemical Technology of Inorganic Materials" (Prof. Achim Walter Hassel) can look forward to seven years of funding in the amount of 3.5 million Euros. The JKU is pleased to open its third CD Lab this year. The largest public donor funder is the Austrian Ministry of Economy, Family & Youth.

See the press release below for more information. Photos free of charge, credit: JKU.

IMG9864: Director Hermann Felbermayr (Upper Austrian government), voestalpine Head of Research Peter Schwab, MR Dr. Ulrike Unterer (CD Society/Federal Ministry for Economy), JKU Rector Richard Hagelauer, Prof. Achim Walter Hassel

Start for Upper Austrian Research Project: Visual Analysis of IT Infrastructures

At the International Academy Traunkirchen’s kick-off meeting, a project to develop new methods to monitor complex networks and applied infrastructures was introduced. In the context of "ICT for the Future" by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), four project partners have implemented "PIPES-VS-DAMS". Within three years, technological fields such as visual analytics, data mining and dynamic network analysis should enable the visual analysis of relationships and dependencies within computer infrastructures.

Photo 1: A rep from each project partner at the kick-off meeting in Traunkirchen: l to r: Assist. Prof. Dipl.Ing. Dr.techn. Marc Streit (JKU Linz), DI(FH) Brigitte Fribl-de Mas (Mowis GmbH), Iris Leitner, MSc (RISC Software GmbH), Ing. Dieter Klausner (KT-NET Communications GmbH)

Photo 2: Monitoring complex network systems is becoming more important as well as increasingly more complex

© RISC Software GmbH, photos free of charge

New Chairman of the JKU Senate: Prof. Helmut Pernsteiner

The University Senate at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz has elected Prof. Helmut Pernsteiner as Senate Chairman. Prof. Pernsteiner succeeds Prof. Hans Irschik and together with deputy chairpersons Prof. Barbara Leitl-Staudinger and Prof. Christian Klampfl, he will lead and manage the Senate until September 30, 2016.

Two New Deans at the JKU

During a recent meeting, the Rectorate at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz appointed a new Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business and a new Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences, each to serve a two-year period of office. Beginning October 1, Franz Winkler will serve as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Natural Sciences and Johann Bacher will serve as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business. Meinhard Lukas was reappointed for an additional two-year period as Dean of the Faculty of Law.