Women dominate academic year prizes TU/e5 July 2013
At the closing of the academic year, which TU/e celebrated officially for the first time on Friday, July 5, the TU/e Academic Awards 2013 were presented. With the awards, the university wants to put the best thesis, best design report, and the best doctoral project in the limelight. This year for the first time, the awards ceremony was a women’s affair entirely.
A total of eleven candidates were nominated for best thesis. Natasha Holz Amorim de Sena, MSc, of the Department of Built Environment won the academic award for her graduate thesis ‘Ilhas: filling the gaps’. The project ran in Porto and focused on the ‘Ilhas’, the Portuguese name for the tiny homes that were built in the nineteenth century. There are still some thousand left, housing approximately 13,000 people. De Sena developed a plan that allowed the people living in Ilhas to improve their housing situation, and their social, financial, and physical situation on their own.
Eight were nominated in the category best design report. The prize was awarded to Si Zeng, MSc PDEng of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry. Her report ‘Separation of Carbonates from Alcohols in Alternative DMC Synthesis Routes’ was realized under supervision of prof.dr. Jan Meuldijk (Process and Product Design). Dimethylcarbonate (DMC) is a versatile and environmentally friendly product that can be used as a solvent for coating material, for example. However, DMC has its downsides as well, including high energy consumption and tricky separation processes. Zeng focused on a Rotating Disk Contractor (RDC) and the use of Phenol, resulting in the separation processes requiring demonstrably less energy.
In the category best doctoral project there were sixteen nominees. Maartje Bastings won. Five years ago she wrote a research proposal that landed her an NWO top talent grant of €180,000. In the group of prof.dr. Bert Meijer (Molecular Science and Technology) she researched medical implementations of biomaterials, especially ways to add protein clusters to biomaterials to improve cell interaction.
Purple rain will fall tomorrow, on Purple Friday, from the TU/e chimney stack, so that everyone can see that the university recognizes and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation. But as President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers emphasizes: “Our support is more than symbolic.” University secretary Nicole Ummelen is calling on the LGBTU/e community: “Please be our role models - and let us know if there are matters we can facilitate.”
The Department of the Built Environment has been in existence for fifty years. Yesterday evening this milestone was celebrated in grand style with a festive dinner at Plaza Vertigo attended by more than 350 people followed by a party. Speeches and performances enlivened the evening. Departmental Dean Elphi Nelissen made her speech during the eight-course meal. Live music was provided by Laura Eshuis and Eleven Dirty, while the Superstijl DJs worked the turntables.
The first TU/e Christmas market could hardly have got off to a more Christmassy start on Monday, in a 'market hall' surrounded by a thick blanket of snow. The firing of Christmas trees from a cannon, the promised opening activity, unfortunately suffered some initial delay - but for anyone who missed it, there was another chance to see it on Tuesday afternoon.
Forget about Antwerp, London and Cologne. The only Christmas market worth its salt this year may well be right on your doorstep. It will have everything - from a hearty hotpot and a cup of steaming mulled wine to live Christmas music and the new tradition of firing a Christmas tree from a cannon - and will be right here in MetaForum's market hall from December 11 through 21.
In 2018 the students of TU/e will be represented on the University Council by three parties. The provisional results indicate that newcomer DAS Eindhoven will have two seats, Groep-één remains the largest presence with four seats, and the Eindhoven Student Council (ESR) takes three. For the first time in years, staff faction PUR includes a professor; Anton Darhuber of Applied Physics.