Our latest special edition included interviews with eight TU/e pioneers. Too good not to share with you online. Today: university professor Maarten Steinbuch. "I want to create a thousand jobs here within ten years in surgical robot technology with our startup."
Jessica Joosse and Fabienne van der Weiden | “We want to unleash a revolution in the fashion industry”
Our latest special edition included interviews with eight TU/e pioneers. Too good not to share with you online. Today: ID-students Jessica Joosse and Fabienne van der Weiden want to get rid of fast fashion, produced by child labor.
Our latest special edition included interviews with eight TU/e pioneers. Too good not to share with you online. Today: Massimo Mischi. "More than anything, I would like to play a significant role in cancer research."
During the next three months, in the center of Eindhoven, a trial is taking place to remove fine dust and soot from the urban air via parking garage ventilation and replace it with clean air released into the city. This will substantially improve the city’s air quality. Never before has there been such scientific research on large-scale urban air purification in public spaces. The 'Lungs of the City’ project is a collaborative effort between the environmental innovation organization ENS Urban, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the municipality of Eindhoven and Air Liquide. The purpose of the trial is to provide a large-scale solution for increasing urban air pollution.
Over the next four years, the 4TU.Federation will invest its joint budget of 19 million euros in research on themes taken from the National Science Agenda. The money will pay mainly for tenure tracks within joint programs running at the four Dutch technology universities. The federation hopes that the programs, which share the overarching theme of ‘High tech for a sustainable future’, will also attract additional resources from government and industry.
Cecilia Sahlgren, Professor in Cell Biology at the TU/e faculty of Biomedical Engineering, has received two million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). With this five-year funding Sahlgren aims to investigate the interplay between blood flow and cell signalling and to clarify their effects on the architecture of blood vessels, for example, the thickness of vessel walls. The knowledge will be of benefit, for example, for the management of cardiovascular diseases, which are the leading cause of death worldwide.
With the official opening planned for December 14, the new wind tunnel belonging to the Department of the Built Environment had its first users this week. Members of the Dutch professional cycling team Lotto-Jumbo took up their racing positions in the tunnel in the Ventur building on the TU/e campus in order to find out which formation gives them the least air resistance during the team time trial. Their visit even made the national TV news.
Social networks are pretty important: it seems even the acquaintances of friends of your own friends can influence your life. Assistant Professor Gerrit Rooks has been researching this subject for more than twenty years. He knows that with a more diverse network you get more done, and women network differently from men.
Today TU/e becomes the first university to see one of its associate professors confer a doctoral degree. In fact, there will be two associate professors doing that today. Other universities will follow.
Many musicians suffer ear damage by playing their own instruments. Professional orchestras have therefore taken measures in recent years to reduce the sound levels. TU/e studies now reveal that physical measures, like placing screens between sections or creating more space between them, have little effect.
TU/e is involved in all six of NWO's new Perspectief programs; in one case as the program secretary. This program, led by Professor of Embedded System Architectures Henk Corporaal, aims to make self-learning automatic systems – for, say, image recognition – more efficient and transparent by means of deep learning. The other programs should lead to a new 3D printer for large metal components, microscopy without lenses, new bacteria for the chemical industry, injury-free sport and wearable robotics for people with muscular disorders.
On a mountain in Chile's Atacama desert the world's largest optical telescope is currently under construction: the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). The ELT's primary mirror has a diameter measuring 39 meters and consists of almost 800 segments, each of which is operated using three position actuators. PhD candidate Arjo Bos designed actuators that satisfy the extreme requirements of this giant telescope.
Sir Fraser Stoddart was in Stockholm last year to receive - together with others including the Groningen Professor Ben Feringa - the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2016. You can find out how his work on molecular machines took him to the Swedish capital by attending his lecture for Studium Generale on Tuesday afternoon (November 14) in the Blauwe Zaal.
A column of cars able to drive closely behind each other because they can communicate remotely: cooperative driving could very soon be a reality. But a highway full of communicating cars runs the risk of an overloaded network. So Victor Dolk designed a system to let cars communicate only if really necessary. This week he was awarded his PhD with distinction for his work at the department of Mechanical Engineering.
Eindhoven's iGEM team has arrived in Boston. In the coming days, the students will participate in the Giant Jamboree, competing with nearly three hundred teams from all over the world. Their competition entry is their project GUPPI, in which they propose encapsulating tumors in a gel to prevent them growing and spreading.
As well as professors, from now on associate professors (UHD-1) at TU/e may also confer doctoral degrees on PhD candidates. Sixty associate professors were awarded the right to confer doctoral degrees at the start of this academic year after the move was approved by the Upper House of Parliament in the Netherlands shortly before the summer recess. “We couldn't wait to introduce this here.”
ProRail outsources the maintenance of the Dutch rail network to a number of large contractors, each responsible for their own region. PhD candidate Loe Schlicher proved that it is cheaper to have these maintenance companies share machines and spare parts. “This enables all parties to save money, but as yet they are very reluctant to enter into cooperative relations.”
Making the public complicit in the beauty of the art. That was the aim of the TU/e Intelligent Lighting Institute and Philips Lighting Research in making ‘Moving Light’, a large interactive light artwork that will be on show from the end of next week during GLOW. With their own movements, visitors will jointly create an interplay of light. The TU/e chimney stack will also be illuminated.
This year's Holst Lecture will be given by prof. Caroline Robert MD, PhD, on Thursday 2 November. Caroline Robert is Professor of Dermato-Oncology and head of the Dermatology Unit at the Gustave Roussy Cancer Centre, Villejuif-Paris, France.
Their names are uninspiring, but 14-3-3 proteins occur in all our body's cells, where they fulfill countless vital functions. PhD candidate Loes Stevers found a way to help 14-3-3 proteins function even better, and in so doing may have laid the basis for medicines that combat cystic fibrosis and Parkinson's disease.
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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 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.
Do you find MetaForum too busy around exams? Does studying at home not appeal to you? Or do you simply need a bit of structure when you're revising? It may well be that the public library at De Witte Dame is the place for you. Under the banner ‘StudyShare’ staff there are hoping to attract students through most of January - with your books or laptop, but without your cellphone.