Publish Date: 10.02.2011

Category: News from the University

IN 2011 HALCOM AND UL FMP CONTINUE TO WORK FOR THE TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE FROM THE ACADEMIC TO THE ECONOMIC SPHERE

Ljubljana, 17 Jan 2011 – For the third consecutive year, the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (UL FMP) and Halcom awarded prizes for the “Student Halcomiad” competition, which connects the academic and business spheres. This year, a number of students submitted their study projects in the field of physics and on Friday, 14 January, the UL FMP committee awarded the top three prizes to Jure Varlec, Ambrož Kregar and Denis Brojan. Halcom and UL FMP are using this competition as a way to encourage students to make a name for themselves in an increasingly competitive economy. For the expertise of their projects and their ability to clearly articulate their knowledge and results to the committee and other people present, the three winners received prizes totalling EUR 2,000.

In his address, the University of Ljubljana Rector Prof. Dr. Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik praised these activities that are not merely narrowly focused on study programmes and expressed his satisfaction with the fact that Slovenia has companies like Halcom to encourage young minds to apply their academic knowledge to the real challenges of the business world. “Through this, we show that our University teaches students how to do more with their knowledge,” he added.
Through this collaboration, the UL Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and Halcom are developing a long-term partnership that positively encourages not only the transfer of knowledge, but also student research work and the easier transition of students to the job market through student, part-time or regular work. “The goal of our Faculty is to make our graduates universally useful in solving current problems. Since knowledge is difficult to measure in a competition, we mostly assessed the students’ ability to present their project and results to the committee and the other people present,” said Prof. Dr. Andrej Likar, the UL FMP Dean. He also stressed that the committee had a difficult job since there were only slight differences in the students’ abilities. The committee, which consisted of Dr. Mirko Mušič (Halcom), Prof. Andrej Bauer and Prof. Dr. Anton Ramšak, chose the top three projects, namely “The Motion of Unstretchable String” in the first place, “The Stochastic Excitation of a Swing” in the second place and “Globular Shell” in the third place.

The mind behind the competition and the Non-executive Director of Halcom Dr. Mirko Mušič took the opportunity at the event to mention the possibility of an even more intensive collaboration between students and Halcom, which currently employs several former UL FMP students. “Halcom would like to help students prepare for a time when their knowledge and skills become something like tradable goods, with which they will have to survive and establish themselves in an increasingly competitive world.”


More about the winning projects:


• Jure Varlec: THE MOTION OF UNSTRETCHABLE STRING – THE DISCRETISATION OF MOTION EQUATIONS AND AN APPROXIMATION OF STRETCHABLE STRING
Jure Varlec is a candidate for graduation in physics. In his project he dealt with the question of how best to record motion equations for string based on various demanding simulations.


• Ambrož Kregar: THE STOCHASTIC EXCITATION OF A SWING
Ambrož Kregar is a 4th year student of physics. In his project, he tried to determine whether it is possible to use random vertical shifts of a swing’s centre of gravity to increase its oscillation. The results of his research are positive, meaning that the excitation is possible.


• Denis Brojan: THE ELECTRIC FIELD OF ELECTRIFIED SEGMENTS OF A GLOBULAR SHELL
Denis Brojan is a candidate for graduation in physics. In his project, he calculated the electric field in the proximity of a globe cut into six segments with alternating connections to a power source.


Pictured:
Dr. Mirko Mušič (Non-executive Director, Halcom d.d.), Prof. Dr. Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik (the University of Ljubljana Rector), Denis Brojan (3rd place), Jure Varlec (1st place), Ambrož Kregar (2nd place), Prof. Dr. Andrej Likar (the UL Faculty of Mathematics and Physics Dean) and Eda Okretič Salmič, MA (Directorate for Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology)

Pictured:
Jure Varlec, who received 1st prize in the amount of EUR 1,000 for his project “The motion of unstretchable string”

More information:
Bernarda Golob Hribar
UL FMF Secretariat
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