Having driven a convincing race from the start, Solar Team Eindhoven is almost certain to take victory in the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge once again. On Friday the TU/e students and their Stella Vie crossed the finishing line in Adelaide with such a high score for efficiency that Saturday's practicality assessment can do nothing to diminish their leading position.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
Solar Team Eindhoven hopes, despite initial bad luck, to “smash it” in Australia during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, starting 8 October. The TU/e students got back their solar car only yesterday and their battery only today - over three weeks later than planned. Spokesperson Beatrix Bos does not rule out legal steps as a consequence of the delays, “but right now our focus is on the WSC”.
You have hardly slept a wink and you’ve got a hangover. What can you do? That’s it, get moving! So that’s what lots of people were doing on the Flux lawn, where Intro kids and their mummies and daddies alike were doing push-ups, jumping jacks and burpees. Well, it was the attempt that counts anyway.
The Tech United soccer robot team will be defending its world title from 27 to 30 July at the RoboCup in Nagoya, Japan. If the TU/e team gets to the final, it will be the tenth time in a row. And if the fully autonomous Eindhoven soccer robots win, it will be their fourth world title. In the ‘help-at-home’ category, Tech United hopes its robots will be able to bring home a first world title after second and third places at previous tournaments.
Startup Lightyear, which arose out of the first Solar Team Eindhoven, aims to launch a commercial solar car on the European and American markets in 2019. The Lightyear One will be an electric vehicle with four-wheel drive and solar roof capable of driving 800 kilometers on a full battery. As of today, buyers can sign up for the car, which has a price tag of 119,000 euros (excluding sales tax).
Stella Vie, that is the name of the latest TU/e solar family vehicle unveiled Wednesday by Solar Team Eindhoven. The car, with space for five rather than four occupants, is rounder and more streamlined than its predecessors, making it quite a bit more aerodynamic.
Despite a modest turnout - some thirty interested souls - the second (and now Dutch-language) dialogue session about TU/e in 2030 prompted a lively and nuanced debate. A high proportion of support staff, and many women, resisted the lure of the warm summer evening on Monday to share their vision of the university's future.
The Tech United robot soccer team yesterday won the final of the Portuguese Robotics Open in Coimbra. They beat the Portuguese team CAMBADA 2-0. The Portuguese tournament is regarded as the unofficial European championship of robot soccer. At the end of July, the TU/e team will play in Japan at the World Championship, where they will be defending their world title.
Artist Gijs Frieling will produce the new artwork for Atlas, the former Main Building that is currently being renovated. With his draft design, Where is science going? he won the commission to produce a phased artwork. The Executive Board has since approved his nomination by the Art Committee.
Tech United, robot soccer’s world champions of 2016, has added a really strong, very fast player to its team this year. The new, 8-wheel robot will do its first tests at the upcoming Portuguese Robotics Open, and is expected to make its debut in the team at the World RoboCup in Nagoya (27-30 July). A striking fact is that the undercarriage of this robot will also be undertaking autonomous heavy-duty work in hospitals, like moving beds.
Throw open the treasure chest of science. That is what universities, universities of applied sciences and science organizations are arguing for today: they are launching a National Plan for Open Science.
During their careers, the engineers currently being trained at TU/e will have to deal with large datasets. In view of this, the basic course Data Engineering will be added to the curriculum during the academic year 2017/2018. The necessary timetable space will be created by the basic course Introduction to Modeling; this subject will be moved to the major programs.
European universities are calling on American President Donald Trump to retract with immediate effect the entry ban imposed on citizens of seven majority Muslim countries. His executive order looks likely to be detrimental to science worldwide. A PhD candidate at TU/e of Iranian descent, talks of the sometimes “heartbreaking” consequences for researchers and other academics.
Safety will have the highest priority over the coming two years while the Atlas building is undergoing renovation, said Arno van den Thillart, regional director of construction company Van Wijnen. If necessary, he is prepared to arrange a daily bulletin on the renovation work. Today in Impulse, the former premises of Electrical Engineering and now converted into a luxury construction cabin, the formal project kick-off was held.
For campus dwellers as well as visitors it is guesswork what is going on inside Atlas (formerly called Hoofdgebouw). That is why early next year, next to the colossus to be renovated, a digital screen will be set up to show the progress that is being made. Also, a model of the new façade of Atlas will be displayed between the pond and the 'markthal' and there will be guided tours for employees.
The announcement of student quotas at the four universities of technology (TUs) is causing quite a commotion. The business community is not buying it and Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker was also put out. Later she did show some understanding, but still reacted grumpily to the call for extra funds, some 400 million.
A lustrum year without a ball? No way, thought a group of Mechanical Engineering students. It did not take them long to find support, including among Executive Board members, after which they were given the green light to organize the closing party. In chic surroundings, the lustrum year will draw to a close on Friday December 16.
After the current renovation is completed, the main building of TU/e, known now as Atlas, will be the world’s most sustainable education building. The design of the building has been awarded the highest BREEAM score ever in the category for construction projects in education: 93,86 per cent. BREEAM is the most commonly used method to measure the sustainability of buildings and has already been used for 250,000 buildings worldwide.
Solar Team Eindhoven aims to drive a thousand kilometers in Stella Lux powered by just one battery charge. With this world record attempt, on December 2nd in Texas, the Eindhoven students hope to surpass the past performance of their Australian colleagues (five hundred kilometers on one battery charge).
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The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
Some rooms in De Plint in Luna are not yet ready to use and so the associations are having to put the brakes on some of their activities. The building contractor has run into delays and current expectations are that everything will be ready by early November. There is evidently so much stuff in the Bunker that it can't all be stored in Luna. Bar Potential hopes to open its doors around New Year's. The cultural associations have just moved from the Bunker to Luna.
There is a need for more activities for the LGBT community at TU/e. This became evident during an informal lunch gathering in De Zwarte Doos today. On international Coming Out Day, more than twenty employees and students discussed what more can be done, aside from the Facebook group recently started for this group.
Visitors to the Connect with my Culture event last Wednesday were able to participate in and watch some of the oddest activities. Held in the Student Sports Center, the event included such wackiness as acroyoga, painting a Van Gogh, eating bitterballen whilst wearing boxing gloves, and playing hopscotch in clogs. There were also regional snacks to try, and visitors could do a quiz to test their knowledge.