Masing Prize

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The Walter Masing Prize is a sponsorship award for personal top performance in German quality management . It is awarded by the DGQ for outstanding work that deals in theory and practice with the latest findings from quality management. Together with the Ludwig Erhard Prize , it is part of the DGQ strategy to promote top performance.

Masing award as a sculpture

This Masing Prize must be distinguished from the Masing Memorial Prize of the German Society for Material Science (DGM), which was founded in 1957.


Walter Masing (1915-2004) was a quality management personality . He was honorary chairman of the German Society for Quality (DGQ), founding president and permanent member of the executive committee of the European Organization for Quality (EOQ), president of the International Academy for Quality (IAQ) and for almost 20 years until 1983 chairman of the DGQ. He published numerous articles and books, including the standard work Masing Handbuch Qualitätmanagement . For his special achievements he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit and 1st class.


The competition is advertised publicly. The detailed work should deal with a topic from the overall area of ​​quality, which then benefits the general public. Independent research and development work or presentations of a trend-setting practical solution can be submitted. Group work is also permitted. The elaborations must be in German and specially written for this competition. They should not be written earlier than three years before the submission deadline and submitted by April 30th of the respective year at the latest. The following main criteria apply to the evaluation of the submitted work:

  1. originality
  2. Significance for practice or research and teaching
  3. Treatment of the subject
  4. Presentation and form

Awarding of the prize

With this sponsorship award, which is awarded every two years, the DGQ wants to motivate young scientists and entrepreneurs to develop new ideas and findings in the field of quality management. Individuals or teams should be encouraged to deal intensively with the ideas of quality and to let their acquired knowledge benefit the general public.

The award is endowed with € 10,000. The award ceremony takes place during a DGQ or FQS conference. The announcement of the award winner and the publication of the contribution will be carried out in a way that supports the promotion of top performance.

Award winners

2014: Miriam Jacobs (Gilead Sciences), Nadine Schlüter (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

2012: Swen Günther (TU Dresden), Mark Spingler (RWTH Aachen)

2010: Armin Janß (RWTH Aachen), Matthias Schlipf (Q-DAS)

2007: Jens Braband (Siemens AG)

2004: Martin Tillmann (Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology)

2002: Sandra Scheermesser (Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology)

1998: Jürgen H. Bremer (Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology)

1996: Detlef Butterbrodt (TU Berlin)

1994: Thomas Zenner (RWTH Aachen University)

1992: Hans W. Kolligs (Rockwell Golde GmbH), Josephine Dunthorne and Carl Worms (Strässle Technische Informationssystem AG)

1990: Thomas Wolter (Siemens AG)

1988: Wilfried Oelmann (item communication GmbH)

1986: Arno Leisen (Leisen management consultancy)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. DGM: Masing Memorial Prize (accessed on February 28, 2020).