The spirit of innovation across EADS´ Divisions and operations is recognised with the induction of outstanding engineers, researchers and craftsmen into the company’s Hall of Fame.
The EADS Hall of Fame is an on-going, collective process that culminates in an awards ceremony every two years, with the winners depicted in permanent galleries located in company headquarters facilities in Paris and Suresnes, France, and Ottobrunn, Germany. The EADS Corporate Technical Office organises the EADS Hall of Fame, and Group-wide selection committees made up of Research & Technology management leadership formed the juries.
Much more than a competition, the EADS Hall of Fame is a meeting of minds, a roll-call of innovation and a symbol of integration within the Group, where managers, researchers and craftspeople from different Divisions, countries and levels come together and are recognized.
The EADS Hall of Fame 2011
The four awarded categories
The four areas honoured by awards reflect EADS’ key focal points of human excellence:
- Great Inventors: Scientists and engineers who have made a significant number of high-quality inventions (including software) that have been patented. These inventions have helped pave the way for major competitive advances in technology, systems, or processes.
- Great Innovators: Employees who have decisively contributed to the value creation. Their work has helped to generate significant increases in revenue or to gain a competitive advantage.
- Great Craftsmen: Production workers who are selected for their excellence in specific technical skills, their capacity to improve tools, processes or services, and their gift for transferring their know-how to new generations of craftsmen through training and mentoring.
- Special Prize: Teams that have worked intelligently together to apply systems engineering principles that led to on-time, on-quality and on-cost project completion and contributed to overall business performance.
Ulf Merbold about EADS' role for the future of innovation
The three EADS Hall of Fame ceremonies
The EADS Hall of Fame was born to encourage an innovation mindset within the company, to share good innovation practices, to promote the Group’s collective Intellectual Property and to foster pride and recognition in the workforce. Since its creation, three awards ceremonies have been held:
2011: The third EADS Hall of Fame awards
The ceremony was held at the Dornier Museum in Friedichshafen, Germany, on 9 February 2012. Former astronauts German Ulf Merbold and French Claudie Haigneré – the first European woman on the ISS – alongside performance painter Gerárd Economos were the special guests.
2009: The second EADS Hall of Fame awards
The ceremony was held at the EADS Executive Education centre at Domaine de Villepreux near Bordeaux, themed around Formula 1 Racing, with the Force India F1 team as a partner. EADS Innovation Works provided advanced technology expertise to the team’s racing cars.
2007: The first EADS Hall of Fame awards
The ceremony was held at the Cité des Sciences et Industrie in Paris in September 2007, themed around the game of rugby. Byron Kelleher and Fabien Pelous, two charismatic players from the Stade Toulousain rugby team, presented the awards to the winners.