ABB Bulgaria announces Jurgen Dorman Foundation scholarship winners for 2020

Three students from Technical University Sofia won the prestigious scholarship which supports young engineering talent

For the sixth consecutive year, ABB Bulgaria has announced winners of the ABB Jurgen Dorman Foundation Scholarship which aims to support students in engineering who are excelling and want to further their studies.

The international scholarship is awarded to students with excellent academic achievements in over 12 countries. With over 20 applications received, ABB Bulgaria has now selected the top three students from Technical University Sofia and its branch in Plovdiv.

All three students have shown significant achievements in engineering, excellent academic studies and personal motivation. This year’s scholars are: Ralitsa Kostadinova – majoring in ‘Automation, information and control technology’, Faculty of Electronics and Automation, Plovdiv branch; Simeon Andonov - majoring in ‘Electrical Power Engineering and Electrical Equipment’, Faculty of Electrical Engineering; and Delyan Dimitrov – majoring in ‘Applied Mathematics and Informatics’, Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Informatics.

ABB Jurgen Dormann Foundation scholarship winners for 2020. From left to right: Delyan Dimitrov, Ralitsa Kostadinova, Simeon Andonov
ABB Jurgen Dormann Foundation scholarship winners for 2020. From left to right: Delyan Dimitrov, Ralitsa Kostadinova, Simeon Andonov

The scholarship is awarded to first- or second-year engineering students and includes annual financial support to the amount of BGN 5,860 and a one-time amount of BGN 900 for the purchase of technical equipment.

Students have the opportunity to work with a mentor from ABB for the duration of their studies. An opportunity for a summer internship in the company is also provided, as well as receiving access to an online English course to further expand their studies.

The winners will also be able to participate in the biennial International Event for Jürgen Dorman Foundation Scholars in Switzerland, giving the scholars the opportunity to meet each other, work on specific projects and present their solutions in front of an expert jury.

Since the start of the program in Bulgaria in 2014, the scholarship has been awarded to 19 students with various engineering profiles from the Technical University of Sofia and its branch in Plovdiv. Many of them took advantage of the opportunity for a summer internship at the company, and some of them have even continued their careers at ABB.

"With each passing year, the selection of scholars becomes more difficult because we meet more motivated and curious students. I am glad that more and more students are investing in their personal and professional development, as well as in social projects and volunteering initiatives," said Viliana Bakalova, HR Business Partner at ABB Bulgaria and Program coordinator.

ABB actively supports education and invests in young talent outside the Foundation. For the second year in a row, the company is conducting a dual education program in partnership with the Vocational School of Electrical Engineering and Electronics in Plovdiv, aiming to connect the latest trends and technologies from the industrial world with the educational curriculum of the school. The school also hosts a specially created ABB club for senior students, which gives them practical knowledge in the fields of electrical engineering, mechatronics, pneumatics and more. ABB partners with universities across the country to provide better opportunities for students' professional development.

ABB Bulgaria has two production sites for electrification products in Rakovski and two in Petrich. In Varna, the company also has a modern turbocharging service station, which serves customers from the Bulgarian and Romanian coasts of the Black Sea. ABB's head office in Bulgaria is located in Sofia. The company has over 2,200 employees in the country.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Electrification Business Area is a global leader in electrical products and solutions, operating in more than 100 countries, with over 200 manufacturing sites. Our 50,000+ employees are dedicated to delivering safe, smart and sustainable electrification. With ABB AbilityTM enabled digital solutions at its core, our portfolio protects, connects and optimizes the flow of electrical energy for smarter electricity distribution for utilities, industry, buildings, infrastructure and mobility. For more information visit https://go.abb/electrification

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