TU/e celebrates anniversary by honoring three science ‘gods’1 March 2016
At the dies celebration of TU/e held in late April, the university will be honoring three top scientists: logistics expert Gilbert Laporte, material chemist Joanna Aizenberg, and plasma physicist Mark Kushner. Those who receive an honorary doctorate from TU/e are often unknown by a wider audience, but are generally considered ‘gods’ in their fields, say the TU/e professors involved.
According to honorary promotor Gerrit Kroesen (Applied Physics), Mark Kushner has definitely reached ‘god level’. The American scientist works at the University of Michigan and is one of the most innovative plasma physicists in the world. “He has always managed to inspire and lead the advance of theory and numerical simulations of plasmas. He’s always years ahead of his colleagues.”
Joanna Aizenberg belongs to the world’s finest as far as bio-inspired materials engineering goes, says Nico Sommerdijk (Chemical Engineering). “Her research reaches across disciplines and is highly innovative.” Aizenberg hails from Russia, received her PhD in Israel, and has been working at Harvard in the US since 1996.
Gilbert Laporte is another god, if you ask Tom van Woensel (Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences). “Laporte is known as the world’s number one expert in the field of logistics, mobility, and supply chain. His area of expertise is of importance to society, the university, and the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences.” Laporte holds the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management in Montreal.
The three honorary graduates will become Distinguished Professors at TU/e, meaning they will visit Eindhoven a week every year for at least for years to give lectures for students or meet with TU/e researchers. Around the time of the dies celebration, which is set for April 21 of this year, a symposium will be organized for each of the honorary graduates.
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.
Slow wi-fi is a source of irritation that nearly everyone experiences. Wireless devices in the home consume ever more data, and it’s only growing, and congesting the wi-fi network. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with a surprising solution: a wireless network based on harmless infrared rays. The capacity is not only huge (more than 40Gbit/s per ray) but also there is no need to share since every device gets its own ray of light. This was the subject for which TU/e researcher Joanne Oh received her PhD degree with the ‘cum laude’ distinction last week.
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.
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Herman Wijshoff conducts research into inkjet technology for printer manufacturer Océ and has since eighteen months ago also been part-time Professor of Fluid Dynamics of Inkjet Printing at the TU/e Department of Mechanical Engineering. In this way the TU/e alumnus forms a bridge between product developers and academia. On February 10 he will present his inaugural lecture.