Spain’s Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has awarded honorary doctorates to Professor Herbert Danninger, TU Wien, Austria, and Professor Alberto Molinari, University of Trento, Italy. The award is the university’s highest academic distinction and is given to an individual for their academic, scientific or artistic endeavours.
Both Danninger and Molinari are international experts in the field of materials science and engineering. “They are two exemplary figures in their field of knowledge,” stated Professor Mónica Campos during the ceremony. Campos is a professor in the UC3M Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering. This department and the Álvaro Alonso Barba Technological Institute of Chemistry and Materials promoted the investiture of the new doctors’ honoris causa.
In his acceptance speech, Professor Danninger said that it was a great honour to receive this degree from a university he has collaborated with for many years as a result of a shared interest in Powder Metallurgy. Professor Molinari, who also participated in joint research projects and teaching under the auspices of the Höganäs Chair, was deeply moved by the new honorary doctorate award. In his speech, he defended teaching and research as complementary and basic paths at university. In addition, both mentioned the collaboration with UC3M Full Professor José Manuel Torralba, who was also attending the event as the regional government’s head of the Directorate General for Universities and Research.
Both academics are linked to the prestigious Höganäs Chair in Powder Metallurgy, in which the UC3M participates. They have made many contributions through this association, such as participating in doctoral courses and other educational sessions, the exchange of doctoral students, the creation of joint science publications, etc.
With more than 400 scientific publications in renowned journals, Danninger and Molinari have taught for more than a quarter of a century and held important posts at their universities. “Both have known how to maintain continuous relations with companies from the sector, allowing and facilitating an effective transmission of knowledge to companies,” added Campos.