Alumni Avenue opened24 March 2016
A new ‘Walk of Fame’ is begun with the greatest stars – this may well have been what the Executive Board was thinking. In any case the prominent members of the exclusive alumni club Mens Agitat Molem had the honor yesterday of being the first ones to etch their names into the virginal glass of Alumni Avenue (the walkway between Matrix and MetaForum) by means of an engraver.
During the anniversary festival Dream & Dare from April 22 thru 24 all the alumni of TU/e can leave their names in the glass of the walkway. After this the idea is to make the engraving session part of the graduation ceremony.
Former Secretary of the University Harry Roumen in his capacity as chairman of the Advisory Board for TU/e alumni was the first one to leave his name and graduation year (1970) in the glass, by tracing the letters he had first written on the glass with a felt pen by means of an engraver. His example was followed by the members of Mens Agitat Molem that were present and the said Advisory Board.
There was a bit of squeezing involved in conquering a spot, as Faas Moonen – Associate Professor at Architecture, Building and Planning and alumnus -, who managed the proper progress of the project, had given permission for only two windows to be engraved. Moonen is satisfied with the first test. “It is turning out prettier than I had expected. If you know they´re there, you can see the names, but they don´t obstruct the view.”
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
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.
At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
TU/e has made a considerable leap in the prestigious international Times Higher Education World University Rankings that focus on the subject areas Engineering & Technology and Computer Science. TU/e belongs to the fifteen and eighteen best European universities on these subjects respectively. The THE ranking forms an important yardstick for government departments, policymakers and international students.
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.