Over the years, mechatronics has not only become an established discipline, but has evolved into a significant factor for both economic and engineering science development. This is a fact that should be praised, in order to spotlight the value of mechatronics and the notable achievements attained in this area, and to make them known to the general public. Accordingly, the Confederation of Upper Austrian Industry, the Upper Austrian chapter of the Austrian Association of Engineers and Architects, the Mechatronics Cluster and the Linz Center of Mechatronics GMBH (LCM) have created the MEC. This mechatronics prize will be awarded annually four outstanding mechatronics projects in the following categories:
- A-level or final class projects at Upper Austrian Higher Technical Colleges (HTL) with a defined focus on mechatronics
- Diploma/masterís theses at Austrian and international Schools of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule)
- Diploma/masterís theses at Austrian and international universities
- DR/PhD theses from Austrian and international universities
All applications must have been awarded an "A-grade" or a "Very good" and deal primarily with mechatronics issues.
Furthermore, the "Industry 4.0" prize will be awarded to honour outstanding achievements in the industry 4.0 area.
In addition to the award of the MEC, the winners will also receive endowments of EUR 1,000 (for the best HTL project), EUR 1,500 (in the diploma/masterís thesis category), EUR 3,000 (in the DR/PhD thesis category). Moreover, all the winners will be offered annual membership of the Upper Austrian chapter of the Austrian Association of Engineers and Architects (ÖIAV).