Arburg: Agnes Bagsik reaches final of “Engineer Powerwoman 2015” competition at Hannover Messe

The “Engineer Powerwoman 2015” career prize was presented at the Hannover Messe on 17 April 2015 as part of the “WoMenPower” special conference. This annual award is presented to a woman who has demonstrated excellence in the MINT (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology) sector. Agnes Bagsik, who heads Arburg’s Freeformer Technology Development group, was among the three finalists. As an innovative machine manufacturer, Arburg also targets women in its search for dedicated staff.

Combined “Womanpower” (right to left): Gabby Aitink-Kroes, winner of the 2014 career prize, panel of judges chairwoman Prof. Barbara Schwarze, prize-winner Dr Jelena Stojadinovic (Membrasenz) and finalists Agnes Bagsik (Arburg) and Dr Cynthia Morais Gomes (BIM).
Combined “Womanpower” (right to left): Gabby Aitink-Kroes, winner of the 2014 career prize, panel of judges chairwoman Prof. Barbara Schwarze, prize-winner Dr Jelena Stojadinovic (Membrasenz) and finalists Agnes Bagsik (Arburg) and Dr Cynthia Morais Gomes (BIM).

“We are delighted that Agnes Bagsik won through against a large number of contestants and was selected by the panel of judges as one of three finalists for the ‘Engineer Powerwoman’ award,” said Managing Partner Renate Keinath, who is responsible for Human Resources Management at Arburg. “This makes her a strong role model for all women who are interested in a technical career with us and whom I would like to encourage to take the step into mechanical engineering. After all, as an innovative, family-run business and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machines for plastic processing, we rely on dedicated, well-trained employees, to whom we offer excellent, long-term career prospects.”

Agnes Bagsik drives forward development of the Freeformer
A graduate mechanical engineer, Agnes Bagsik is a team manager at Arburg and is responsible for the technological development of the Freeformer. This new system for industrial additive manufacturing celebrated its international debut at the K trade fair in 2013 and is currently being launched on the various markets worldwide. Agnes Bagsik acts as a link between the areas of development and customer requirements, as well as handling cooperative partnerships with universities and colleges. “To develop and further this brand new technology right from the start is a fantastic challenge and motivation for me,” said Agnes Bagsik, who has a highly demanding and varied job at Arburg. Her tasks include the adaptation of software and hardware to the various processes and applications. Among other activities, she was involved in the development of a water-soluble supporting material and made a major contribution to ensuring that the Freeformer is able to individualise high-volume parts in line with customer requirements.
Engineer Powerwoman 2015 career prize
The “Engineer Powerwoman 2015” career prize is awarded by Deutsche Messe every year to a woman who has made a mark or played a key role in innovation within a company through her dedication, ideas or work. Prof. Barbara Schwarze, who is the head of the panel of judges and who teaches “Gender and Diversity Studies” at the University of Osnabrück, awarded the EUR 5,000 prize on 17 April 2015 at the WoManPower conference at the Hannover Messe. The winner was Dr Jelena Stojadinovic (Membrasenz), who prevailed in the final against Agnes Bagsik (Arburg) and Dr Cynthia Morais Gomes (BIM, the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing).

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