ECCA Conference Best Presentation Award Winner 2019

This year’s Conference Best Presentation Award was dedicated in honour of the late Tom Watkins from Emory in the USA. The winner of this year’s award, as voted by the attendees, was Mr. Alexander Loechel from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU) in Germany.

Alexander’s presentation entitled "LMU Card – Managing Expectations"focused on the new LMUcard which combines the wishes of the students for a representative, durable and widely accepted student card with the services of the university, the students’ union, two large libraries, and the local transport association. With a large number of project participants, legal requirements (e.g. GDPR, accessibility, governmental regulations), the quality standards of the institution itself and external requirements, the complexity is growing rapidly. This is where the two essential challenges of modern IT come into play: managing complexity and expectations. The presentation covered the technical aspects and pitfalls that such a project can have.

Mr. Alexander Loechel is a senior IT Manager, with a background in project management and software development. He is the project lead for the LMUcard project and several other strategic projects. As an Informatician and former military officer, he has worked in military and aviation software development, project management, and he is engaged in several Open Source Projects. Managing complex projects and leading teams of specialists are the focus of his work at the LMU.His co-presenter was Dr. Alfred Burgstaller who is a mathematician and is a senior IT manager in the LMU administration.

ECCA extends its congratulations to Alexander on an excellent, practical and very informative presentation of a campus card system.

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Richard Tamborelli (NACCU) presents Alexander Loechel (LMU) with the Best Presentation Award.