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Celebrating Excellence: DTU Honors Its PhD Graduates and Distinguished Researchers

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The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) recently rolled out the red carpet to celebrate its PhD graduates' accomplishments at a grand ceremony. Hosted at the DTU Lyngby Campus, the event honored 150 PhD candidates for their remarkable contributions to academia and research. The festive occasion, held on 17 November, was a blend of jubilation and recognition, attended by candidates, their families, friends, supervisors, and department heads.

Provost Rasmus Larsen led the ceremony, commending the young researchers for their academic prowess, impactful scientific publications, patents, industry collaborations, and commendable involvement in teaching, mentoring, and public dissemination. The ceremony's highlight was the inspiring speech by Christoffer Lythcke-Elberling, a DTU alumnus and a promising figure in green technology, emphasizing the alumni's continued impact in their respective fields.

Key awards presented at the ceremony included the PhD Thesis of the Year and the PhD Supervisor of the Year. Cecilie Knudsen from DTU Bioengineering was awarded the PhD Thesis of the Year for her groundbreaking work on venom diagnostics. Her thesis, 'Development of rapid detection kit for stratification of snakebites,' has gained international recognition and collaboration, illustrating DTU's global academic influence.

The PhD Supervisor of the Year award was bestowed upon Associate Professor Sara Monteiro Pires from DTU Food. Her exceptional adaptability and dedication to student welfare, particularly in taking over the supervision of a student whose primary supervisor had left DTU, were lauded as exemplary.

The Young Researchers Award was another focal point, celebrating young researchers who have shown extraordinary promise and potential. Recipients included Asta Halkjær (DTU Compute), Isaac Appelquist Løge (DTU Chemical Engineering), Lisa Calearo (DTU Wind), Mark Svendsen (DTU Physics), Nicholas Riedel (DTU Electro), and Sotiria Lagouvardou (DTU Management). Their theses covered diverse topics, from computational logic and sustainable shipping to advancements in photovoltaic modules and electric vehicle grid integration.

The event culminated in the presentation of diplomas, a photo session, and a champagne toast, where the graduates were applauded for their achievements. The atmosphere was electric, filled with the pride of accomplishment and the promise of future contributions to their respective fields.

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