Jowat recently announced that Paulina Sierak, Ph.D., of BMW AG has been presented with the Jowat Adhesive Research Award 2020. Every two years, the Jowat Adhesives Research Award honors outstanding solutions and approaches in the field of adhesive technology. Sierak convinced this year’s jury with her dissertation focused on the qualification of intelligent data analyses in automated adhesive bonding technology. The Jowat Adhesive Research Award was presented on December 15 via video conference.

In her research, Sierak evaluated and assessed the potential of intelligent data analyzing methods for use in automotive processes. The focus was on three areas: a process-accompanying prognosis of the bonding quality, as well as the possible process optimization through the earliest possible identification of error causes; the adjustment of process parameters; and a predictable maintenance of relevant plant technology.

The jury recognized Sierak’s work as a substantial gain in scientific knowledge of high practical relevance. According to the jury’s assessment, the knowledge gained on the use of modern machine learning and artificial intelligence methods in adhesive bonding manufacturing processes opens up new possibilities for process optimization and sustainable quality assurance.

After graduating from high school in Augsburg, Sierak studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich, specializing in aeronautical engineering and fiber composite technology. At the University of Valencia in Spain, she extended her expertise in the European Industrial Management degree program.

Sierak completed both her diploma thesis and her doctoral dissertation within the framework of her work at BMW in Munich, where she is a specialist team leader responsible for assembly process planning. Her doctorate was supervised by the chair of Materials and Joining Technology at the University of Paderborn under Professor Gerson Meschut, Ph.D., and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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