2012 IIW AWARDS: Evgeny Paton Prize

The Paton Prize, sponsored by the National Welding Committee of the Ukraine and the E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute, was presented by Prof. Konstantin Yushchenko to Dipl.-Ing Michael Szczesny (Germany).
An Electrical Engineering graduate, Dipl.-Ing. Michael Szczesny began his career as a Development Engineer at the central development institute of Brown, Boveri & Cie., Mannheim, Germany (now ABB). During his 3-year stint there, he contributed to the development of the world’s first AC-locomotive with a 5,6 MW thyristor – frequency converter and of the first European subway with a 1,8 MW thyristor – frequency converter.
Since 1980, Dipl.-Ing. Szczesny is the owner and Managing Director of EWM Hightec Welding GmbH in Mündersbach, Germany. For decades, he has been involved in the development of numerous technical innovations in the field of welding, for which some 46 patents have been granted. These creations include a thyristor-based MIG/MAG pulse power source, a fast electronical MIG/MAG pulse power source with an analog transistor – power stack, a fully-digitized synergic MIG/MAG pulse power source with a 60 kHz inverter, the first primary chopped inverter (40 kHz) for AC/DC TIG welding with adjustable AC–welding frequency (20–200 Hz), and the world’s first synergic TIG power source for
AC/DC TIG welding.
He also contributed to the development, design and assembly of the world’s largest thyristor–power converter for the Nucorsteel steel foundry in Darlington, USA, and to the conception and production of a complete range of digital and modular welding machines on an inverter basis for MIG/MAG, TIG, Plasma and MMA welding. His most recent technological contributions include the EWM–activArc process for AC/DC TIG welding, the revolutionary EWM–forceArc process for MAG welding, and the EWM-coldArc process which combines a highly-dynamic inverter circuit with very fast digital process control.
In 2006, Dipl.-Ing. Szczesny was appointed as a European Senator to promote economy and culture in European countries.