Academic Awards central at Dutch Technology Week

The work of nominees for the Academic Awards forms the heart of a TU/e exhibition held in the Klok building during the sixth Dutch Technology Week (DTW). This is also where the winners of the Academic Awards and the Marine van Damme grant will be announced on Wednesday May 17. TU/e will enjoy additional representation at DTW by, among others, Blue Jay, TU/ecomotive, Team FAST and the medical project ImaValve. DTW runs May 15 through 20.

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Of the thirty nominees for the best Master's project, PhD thesis and design project of 2016, fourteen of these TU/e people have been chosen to present their work in the form of posters, short films, prototypes and demo setups in Hall A of the Klok building at Strijp-S in Eindhoven. The exhibition is open to visitors for a couple of hours every day from Monday May 15 through Thursday 18.

Also in the Klok building a sneak preview will be screened of the short film ‘ImaValve - Seducing the heart to repair itself’, in which it is explained how in the European project ImaValve (led by TU/e) artificial heart valves are being developed that draw cells from the bloodstream and are thus able to grow into living valves.

A demo setup will be on show. Here, younger visitors in particular will enjoy playing the well-known game tic-tac-toe, also known as noughts and crosses, against the drone run by the Blue Jay student team. “It is a life-sized setup on a low stage,” explains team member Dennis Marinissen. “So you can walk across the playing field. The aim is that the player and the drone take turns to lay a piece. The drone decides its own move; it operates entirely autonomously.” The drone will be exhibited throughout the week in the Klok building, and available to play against on Saturday May 20.

On Wednesday student team TU/ecomotive will unveil at 14.00 hrs its new, lightweight electric four-seater city car: Lina. This is fabricated largely from the biodegradable fibers of flax plants. At the end of this month, TU/ecomotive will take Lina along to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon in London.

On the Night of the Nerds (starting at noon on Tuesday!) the focus will be on enthusing school pupils about technology. With that aim in mind, TU/e's contingent will include Team FAST (car powered by formic acid), once again Blue Jay, and light object LumenUs.

On Thursday the Klok building provides the setting for the now traditional Quiz Night XL. And lastly, students keen to get in touch with businesses can join the Eindhoven Students Symposium held on the High Tech Campus.

Click here for the full program of activities held during Dutch Technology Week.

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