Coaster pioneer given Cross of Merit
Werner Stengel has been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Cross of Merit) by the Federal Republic of Germany for his outstanding contribution to rollercoaster design and development.
The Bavarian engineer and doctor of science was presented with the award at a ceremony in Munich on January 22. Giving his laudation, Martin Zeil, Bavarian minister for economic affairs, noted that Stengel had designed his first rollercoaster while at Munich Technical University.
“Due to your design processes and principles, new and unusual ride elements were realised,” remarked Zeil. Such innovations included the first rollercoaster loop.
“With your technical solutions, you have essentially enhanced the quality and safety of amusement rides and therefore strengthened the market position of German and European suppliers. You, dear Dr Stengel, have earned a reputation across the world as an ambassador of German engineering skills.”
Today Stengel’s firm, Ingenieurbuero Stengel, is the world’s leading authority on rollercoaster design, having had input in to over 500 rides.
Stengel is seen here (right) receiving his award from Mr Zeil.