The Bund der Freunde der Technischen Universität München e. V. has been awarding prizes for outstanding doctoral theses and dissertations (EUR 1,500 each) since 1979. The proposals are made – alternatingly – by the Departments. The prize-winners are awarded in the course of the Annual General Meeting in December. In 2021 Dr. Bedendikt Zönnchenwas among the prize-winners. He carries out research at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich (Department for Informatics and Mathematics) and has been an external research assistant at the Chair of Scientific Computing in Computer Science (SCCS, Prof. Hans-Joachim Bungartz) at the TUM Department of Informatics. The award-winning doctoral thesis resulted in the framework of a cooperation project between the University of Applied Sciences and the TUM (doctoral supervisors: Prof. Gerta Köster and Prof. Hans-Joachim Bungartz) and carries the title "Efficient parallel algorithms for large-scale pedestrian simulation". In his research Dr. Zönnchen mainly studies modelling and simulation as well as efficient algorithms and data structures. Another emphasis of his work is digital teaching and learning.