Crossing Tracks: TUM's Interdisciplinary Team Wins Siemens Eco-Design Challenge with a Circular Solution

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A team of members of the TUM Mission Network Circular Economy (CirculaTUM) wins the Challenge: Ecodesign for train's balises and the Young European Talent Award at the Siemens TechForSustainability Campaign on March 14, 2024. The event is a global initiative for students, researchers, startups and innovative individuals to leverage technology to solve real-world sustainability challenges and shape our future along with Siemens.

TUM's Interdisciplinary Team Wins Siemens Eco-Design Challenge

By combining the expertise of students, research associates and postdocs, the team developed a circular solution for train ballast - "future material loopline" - and won the 'Ecodesign for train's balises' challenge.

Special thanks goes to everyone involved, including the team members from the Chair of Materials Handling, Material Flow and Logistics: Charlotte Haid, Maximilian Schöberl, Tim Bernhard, Adrian Sonnemann, the materials scientist Dr. Marwa Tallawi from the Chair of Carbon Composites and Ann-Christin Kessler from the Professorship Circular Economy. Also to the Siemens organizers and contact persons who made the challenge possible: Inga Zins and Dr.-Ing. Judith Przigoda. A big thanks to Dr. Vikrant Rampal on the jury for recognizing the joint efforts!

The solution for the Ecodesign for train's balises challenge is now being further developed in collaboration with Siemens. In connection with the Young European Talend Award,  the team will be on the Siemens main stage at the Hannover Messe on April 25 and present the winning idea as part of a panel discussion .