Due to the fact that their bodies adjust to weightlessness, astronauts faint relatively often after a space mission. On the basis of the medical knowledge of the German research center for aerospace in Cologne, PhD candidate Joke Keijsers developed a mathematical model of our blood circulation, which helps us understand this type of ailments better.
After his successes as ‘Chief Power Train’ in the first Solar Team Eindhoven, Arjo van der Ham returned to the student team for the subject of his final project. He devised a way to fit the solar-powered care with a ‘normal’ curved solar roof, without this reducing the output in solar energy.
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be slowed down through deep brain stimulation, whereby electrodes are implanted in the brain. To improve that treatment, PhD candidate Birgit Plantinga presented a very accurate picture of the patients’ brains by means of an MRI scanner with an ultrahigh magnetic field.
A major issue with medical implants is that they are often rejected by the body: through an inflammatory reaction the immune system then tries to get rid of the foreign material. Graduating student Stan de Vries stretched immune cells in a special device, in order to see how the mechanical loading of these cells impacts the chance of a rejection reaction.
For the treatment of brain diseases it is important to understand how we record information in our brain. PhD candidate Rémy Kusters from Eindhoven provided the theoretical contribution to the project ‘Barriers in the brain’, in which it was investigated how variation in the strength of connections between brain cells is created. About synaptic mushrooms with heads and necks.
Two years ago Mikhail Astafev moved from Siberia to Eindhoven to obtain a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng). The Russian researcher carried out his graduation traineeship at Color CNTRL Research, where he came up with a solution to make reflective screens more energy-efficient. Meanwhile he and his band Angy-Near also released an album.
He stacked committee year on committee year, represented TU/e at information meetings throughout the country for many years, and upheld Eindhoven’s honor in the Dutch kayak team. However, after ten magnificent years it was time for Tom Vrancken to graduate. For his Master’s program Information Security Technology he coupled two widely used systems for Internet security.