In the coming year TU/e alumnus Rick Scholte, yesterday elected Engineer of the Year, wants to make a point of devoting his attention to the risks of noise pollution, in particular for children. The founder and director of Sorama, which develops sound cameras, admits he was utterly surprised to receive the Prins Friso Engineers Award.
During a trip to Amsterdam and Keukenhof park, in the spring of 2015, the American student Ronnie Gross (21) fell in love with the tulips. When she later heard from fellow students at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta what it was like to study Industrial Design at TU/e (hip and fun), she knew for sure that she wanted to come here.
Europe needs more top universities with American fervor, Patrick Aebischer thinks. Under his leadership the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) developed to become a university of world stature. He carried through an Anglo-Saxon research model, managed to attract the best students and researchers from all over the world and raked in a billion euros in donations. During the TU/e Foundation Day in April Aebischer will give away how he went about this.
Will universities still be around in 2040? This is the theme that will be illuminated by Utrecht's Rector Magnificus Bert van der Zwaan and Patrick Aebischer, former top executive of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), during the celebration of TU/e's Foundation Day on Thursday April 20. In the Paterskerk the Danish data scientist Lars Arge will be awarded an honorary doctorate.
Bringing people and parties within and outside TU/e in contact with one another and forging connections that have added value for Brainport Eindhoven. That is the remit of Bert-Jan Woertman, who takes up his role as the university's ‘commercial director Campus’ on June 1st. Currently director of marketing communication at the High Tech Campus, Woertman has, in his own words, “a single strategic plan: to accelerate the development of Eindhoven as a high-tech hardware capital of Europe. An ambition in which TU/e plays a vital role.”
The new personal MyTU/e portal has now been visited by more than ten thousand TU/e staff and students. While the introduction went relatively smoothly, some users are still experiencing problems. Individuals who had not been assigned to the correct user category, for example, aren't getting to see all the tiles that are relevant to them. Nor is the mail app functioning properly.
It wasn't without a struggle, but the unions and universities have managed to reach agreement on a new collective labor agreement (CAO). One of the most important points agreed is that the high level of work pressure at each university will be addressed. In addition, salaries will increase by 1.4 percent.
It is almost entirely clear which associations and other organizations will relocate to De Plint, the lower floors of the Luna residential tower. Renovation work, which has just begun, must be finished by July 28. This will enable the associations to present themselves in their new premises during Introduction Week.
Whether large or small, sporting challenges are to be found every day in the Student Sports Center. Now, with the center celebrating a milestone birthday, from April 12 things are being taken to a new level with the 50-Day Challenge: a series of active, social and cultural challenges designed to get both the fanatical and less motivated sport card holder moving in a fun way.
Seven months ago Matteo Presutto (23) swapped his student life in Trento (Italy) for a new start in Eindhoven, studying an EIT Digital Master’s Program in Data Sciences. Rushing into the common room on his way to his apartment in Aurora, Matteo takes some time out from his busy schedule.
Johan Lukkien, professor of System Architecture and Networks, will be the new dean of Mathematics and Computer Science (M&CS). Lukkien, who has been with TU/e since 1991, starts on 1 April.
Once again, in the upcoming examination periods the library in MetaForum will be open during office hours only to TU/e students and staff. The Executive Board has made this decision in response to a pilot conducted during the last examination period. At that time external visitors were refused entry in order to ensure TU/e students would have somewhere to sit and study.
The implementation of the personal portal and various new systems is proceeding as expected, says Tom Abel, Chief Information Officer (CIO) of TU/e. Already some 7,300 of the 15,000 potential users have logged into the new portal at least once. So far no major problems have occurred. As of March 20 it will no longer be possible for users to get access themselves to the old OASE system.
The activities of Studium Generale (SG) in the Gaslab are coming to an abrupt end. Last week the Executive Board decided that the Gaslab will first be occupied by the Innovation Space around this summer and will then probably be fitted out for educational purposes. SG may be able to move its activities to Luna.
The water mains of the Student Sports Center have taken quite a beating over the past few days. On Thursday a pipe was damaged during activities carried out on the solar panels on the roof, in the subsequent repair work another part of the pipe broke down and Saturday saw yet another leakage. Since Monday afternoon the water has been flowing again where it should – through the pipes.
For three days the Bunker and the TU/e building Athene (at the rear of Helix and TNO) will be the stage for exercises by the police. Some fifty people are involved in the exercise sessions, including riot police (ME); police dogs will be used as well. Apart from locations on and around the campus, exercise drills will also be held at the Dutch Railways station and the Philips Stadium on March 16, 21 and 22.
On the east side of the TU/e grounds a site is being prepared for construction. This is where the wind tunnel belonging to the Department of the Built Environment will be erected. Bert Blocken, Professor of Building Physics, hopes to be able to conduct the first tests in October of this year.
Cameron Weibel (21) is originally from California in the United States. Growing up, he moved home a number of times: from the West Coast - where he was raised in his early years - to Colorado and afterwards closer to the East Coast, and later to Connecticut where he lived for six or seven years. His father advised him to go to Switzerland for his high school education. He is currently in his third year of the Bachelor's in Computer Science and Engineering.
Thirty-six hours without electricity, all due to a leakage in a bathroom. That fate befell residents of the Luna tower block on Thursday morning. For fourteen residents the outage lasted right through the weekend. They were transferred to vacant rooms until Monday afternoon, when their studios were released back to them.
In the run-up to the elections to the Lower House (Tweede Kamer) we were interested in finding out to what extent the political preference of our students and employees differs from the national average. For this reason we posted a poll on our website on February 9 in which TU/e employees and students could indicate which party they intend to vote for on March 15.
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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.