Markus Meier Fund
Under the name "Markus Meier Fund" (in memory of Prof. Markus Meier, 1955 to 2005), the ETH Zurich holds a specific purpose endowment to provide scholarships to highly qualified students who have completed studies at a Swiss university or one of the Universities of Applied Science and wish to pursue master studies in one of the following programs at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at the ETH Zurich:
Consecutive Master in Mechanical Engineering; consecutive Master in Process Engineering; specialized, and from D-MAVT administered Masters in Micro and Nanosystems, Nuclear Engineering, and Robotics, Systems and Control.
- Application form
- Candidate letter, including information regarding educational and professional goals and the supporting documentation regarding the need for financial support:
- Parent's tax returns for the previous year, including final federal, state and local tax assessments
- Copy of the state decision regarding scholarships for the respective academic year or semester
- Copy of decision for any other organizations regarding scholarships
- Copy of loan agreements
- Copy of any orphan or partial orphan income or AHV / IV children's income
- Evidence of travel costs (when the home town is outside the city of Zurich)
- Transcript of academic record from the bachelor studies. For non-ETH graduates, their high qualification must be demonstrated through e.g. class ranking, average grade, standard variance.
- Non-ETH graduates must also include 2 reference letters from professors who taught in their bachelor program.
The application for a Master scholarship must be submitted to the D-MAVT Student administration by 15 April. The Master program must be entered the following Fall semester. Please fill in the candidate application form.
A maximum of 3 scholarships will be awarded each year.
In general, the scholarships will be awarded for three semesters (the expected time to complete classroom studies in the Masters program). Graduates of technical colleges who must fulfill additional requirements will be awarded a four-semester scholarship.
The scholarshipswill not be paid during exchange semesters at other universities or for industry internships.
The maximum scholarship per semester (6 months) is CHF 9,000.
Each semester, the fellows must present evidence to the Student administration that they have passed all performance assessments and received the respective credit points.
This scholarship may not be awarded if another scholarship is being paid.
The Student administration sorts the applicants according to Master program and presents them to the respective boards of admission. The admission committees put forward candidates.
Out of the collected candidates, an internal D- MAVT jury examines the best candidates and, based on the available funds, chooses those candidates to receive the scholarships.
The Director of Studies informs the applicants of the final decision.
The scholarships are paid at the beginning of each semester by the Scholarship Office of the ETH Zurich. For those fellows who must complete additional prerequisites of more than 30 credit points, the scholarship will be paid only after completion of one-third of the requirements.
The payment of scholarships will end if the required performance in a Master program has not been achieved.
Markus Meier was born in 1955 and grew up in Solothurn.
After his vocational training as a technical draftsman at Scintilla AG in Solothurn, he completed his Swiss Matura (high school diploma). This was followed by a degree in mechanical engineering and doctoral studies at the ETH Zurich in Forming Technology.
He gained industry experience as technical manager at Robitron AG, Schaffhausen, later assuming the role of managing director. His focus there was on industrial automation, specifically compact disc production in clean room conditions. in 1990, he moved to Soudronic Neftenbach AG as managing director. The company has made a name for itself by producing high standard machines and production plants for welding technology in the auto industry. New technologies named "tailored blanks" were patented and successfully introduced in the global market.
Since April 1996, Dr. Meier was a full professor for product development at the ETH Zürich in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering.
Research and Teaching
His research focus was product innovation processes – in the process, methods and application of communication and visualization technologies in regards to digital product representation and collaborative development. This was always in close cooperation with industry.
In his teaching, Prof. Meier pushed his young engineering students to demonstrate innovative thinking and action, combined with interdisciplinary team work, sharing his deep, practical knowledge of production processes. The student innovation projects were acknowledged on an international basis as a benchmark for "successful best practice". As Director of Studies at D-MAVT and member of the academic commission, he committed an extraordinary level of effort for academic issues. Students identified him as a role model and he was a principle figure driving reforms and improvements in teaching, whereby the Bologna Reform was successfully implemented ahead of schedule. He also established interdisciplinary contact with other universities and technical colleges, implementing overarching courses.
Given his industrial experience, he was an ideal link for everyone – external, staff and students – between politics, industry and universities. He was appointed to over 20 commissions and working groups and founded many spin-off companies. His performance was recognized through many academic distinctions in Switzerland and abroad.
Prof. Dr. Markus Meier died in an accident on 17 April 2005.