Over 200 Submissions to Compete in ABB’s First University Innovation Contest

Finalists to gather in Beijing for paper defense on October 12

Beijing, Sept. 3, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced that it has received over 200 papers in total for ABB’s first University Innovation Contest by the submission deadline of August 31. The submissions cover a wide range of industrial topics, including smart grid, new energy power generation, energy efficiency, and smart homes.

The contest, officially launched on May 14, 2012, has attracted the participation of more than 3,000 students from almost 500 universities across China. Applicants must enter the contest as an individual or as part of a team with no more than 3 members. In addition, each team has to specify a leader who will take charge of the team’s registration and paper submission, as well as attend the paper defense if the team is selected for the finals.

“ABB attaches great importance to the cultivation of young talent and follows a strategy that emphasizes talent localization in China. The innovation contest is organized to provide a platform for college students to exchange ideas with ABB and experts in the power industry as an effort to guide and promote the development of power technologies,” said Qianjin Liu, ABB China’s Chief Technology Officer. “I am deeply impressed by the depth and knowledge of the submitted papers and I am looking forward to meeting with the finalists during their paper defenses.”

A review panel, consisting of ABB experts and senior management, as well as professors from China’s renowned power-related institutions and associations, will review and assess the submissions based on their creativity (50%), feasibility (30%), and expression (20%). The finalists will be invited to the paper defense and award ceremony held in Beijing on October 12. Award winners will receive a scholarship and the opportunity to work as interns at ABB China. Moreover, they will be recommended directly to ABB China Campus Recruitment.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 18,300 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 80 cities.

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