The mortal remains of Professor Emeritus Ralph Otten, who had been missing for a week in the Caucasian state of Georgia, were found last Wednesday. This announcement was made this morning by Professor Twan Basten, who succeeded Otten in May 2014 in the Electronic Systems group of the Department of Electrical Engineering. On Friday September 30 Otten fell into a fast-flowing river. This afternoon a remembrance gathering will be held in Flux.
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. Time to make a tour. This time: PhD student Daniel Vakulov lives in Aurora.
The first steps on the path of permanent residence on campus have not unrolled without a hitch. Both in Aurora and in Luna residents are complaining about unforeseen costs, lacking facilities, sudden discount actions and the efforts required to get in touch with the housing organization. The tenants, who are mostly foreign Master students and PhD candidates, are doing their best to be united in order to stand up for their rights.
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.
Shell CEO: “Women often look relieved when they hear that I have a life apart from my career as well”
Anyone who wants to put Marjan van Loon out of countenance will need heavy metal. The CEO of Shell Nederland - who was present at TU/e last Monday to assist in opening the new academic year – seldom gets stressed. Whether it involves the transition to sustainable energy sources, or motivating young people for technology, Van Loon prefers thinking in solutions to thinking in problems. A matter of her Brabant background, she herself thinks: “I think Brabanders see more swiftly that a glass is half full.”
The student team keen to set up a food service establishment in De Plint, the name given to residential tower block Luna's lower floors, has received the green light from the Executive Board. The presentation of their vision and business plan and the promise of 50,000 euros from the University Fund gave the Executive Board sufficient faith to allow Team Bar Potential to proceed with its project. The bar is due to open on April 1st, 2017. Over the next two months, efforts will be made to appoint a new management team responsible for the bar's day-to-day running.
Imaginary will be opened in the Metaforum, an exhibition on the crossroads of art and mathematics. Visitors will be able to see both contemporary and historical mathematically generated patterns and 3D-models, showing that mathematics can not only be applied solving practical problems, but can also be of intrinsic beauty.
In Student Hotels students pay too much rent and do not enjoy any tenant protection. Municipalities should intervene, according to the National Student Union (LSVb). In Eindhoven the Student Hotel at the NS station is nearing completion. Students should be able to stay there as of February 2017.
With the opening of the student tower blocks Aurora and Luna there will from now on be many hundreds of students and employees living on campus. Time to make a tour. This time: Wouter Duivesteijn lives in Luna.
All kinds of research questions may be devised in connection with sustainable food production. Leo Bakx, permaculture adviser and permanent gardener at TU/e Community Garden, thinks that two of these should certainly be answered during the TUINHACK 2016 at TU/e. ‘What is a smart way to calculate the input and output of a vegetable garden?’ and ‘How can we activate our students to take part?’
Vestide, the lessor and manager of residential tower block Aurora, is going to monitor the consumption of water and electricity of the joint washing machines and dryers over the next two months. On the basis of the outcome a real price per wash will be calculated. Until November washing and drying will be free for the residents. Several other complaints will be tackled as well in the coming weeks.
Karen Ali, formerly Director of STU, has been appointed Director of Private Fundraising. In this position she is going to tap a new flow of funds for the university, which is known as philanthropic funding. "For TU/e this is still unbroken ground, but we are going for it", says Ali. "Not everything we try will succeed straight away. Then again, it may, and that would be a bonus." At present there are two people supporting Ali and that number will increase.
Rector Frank Baaijens last Monday at the opening of the academic year labeled the next academic year as “particularly challenging” for everybody at TU/e. After expatiating on his own scientific career and the university’s successful student teams, he dealt in greater depth with the problems TU/e is facing at the moment as the result of the steep increase in student numbers.
Monday morning the first draft of Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) started its introductory period in and around Mariënburg in Den Bosch. Emphasizing that “everything is new”, Willem-Jan van den Heuvel, Program Director of the Master Data Science & Entrepreneurship, asked students to make sure they give feedback. “We are hoping for interaction so that we can learn from each other.”
Thanks to a special offer for students, whereby the rent for a standard room was reduced by 200 euros, residential tower block Luna still filled up after all. At this moment the building that formerly housed Electrical Engineering has filled up to some eighty percent of its capacity, according to proprietor Camelot. Altogether there will soon be 441 housing units available. At the top there are still several luxurious lofts free and the second and third floors will be completed by the end of this month. The two lowest floors, known as De Plint, are scheduled for completion in November.
TU/e is going to supervise the eating ban in the library in MetaForum more strictly. Until recently eating was tolerated. Employees working at the desk are going to confront students with it and the ban will also be clarified by means of banners. The reason for this is that it turned out to be more and more difficult to keep the library clean.
If you need your bike repaired, you will have to find a repairman off campus from now on. De Groene Fietser could not stay at its present location anymore, so TU/e terminated the lease. Although an effort was made along with Real Estate Management to find an alternative location, the search was unsuccessful. At the end of July the liquidation of the BV was ordered and anyone who still have their bikes there for repair, will get them back as soon as possible.
The Eindhoven region will see the birth of a new, English-language radio station for knowledge workers, students and expats. Its initiator is Jean-Paul Linnartz, part-time professor in the Signal Processing Systems group of the TU/e Department of Electrical Engineering. Linnartz has obtained a broadcasting license for the frequency that was until recently used by the national Radio 5 station. In addition to medium wave (AM) the station, which has not got a name yet, will also broadcast via the Internet.
More and more often TU/e employees and students alike are affected by malware and specifically by ransomware. This is a program that is lodged on your computer after the opening of a link or attachment and that makes it impossible to access certain files. The user is ordered to pay money to ‘unlock’ the computer again. On average once a week there is a TU/e employee or student falling victim to this.
The residents of Aurora, the new residential tower block owned by Vestide, are of the opinion that the costs for the use of the joint washing machines and dryers should come under the service charges. At the time of the space cabins this use was free, whereas Vestide is now asking three euros for washing and two for drying. In addition, the residents think that more washing machines and dryers are needed for the potential users, numbering over three hundred.
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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.