Technology against global warming

Eric van Schagen, one of our alumni who is strongly connected to our university has set up a fund as part of the university fund Eindhoven. His fund is dedicated to the field of Energy. He believes that innovations in the field of energy can make a strong impact on the world.  But also that it is important that decisions in the field of energy should be based on scientific results.

"What is required are many big changes and, above all, a long-term vision. And using technology."

Read more about his motivation.

"I owe my career and relative wealth to my education at the TUE."  -  Anonymous

“The Marina van Damme grant gives a boost to female engineers”

The objective of the Marina van Damme Fund is to support talented female alumni who have graduated or obtained a doctorate from the TU/e in taking the next step or making the next turn in their careers. The €9000 grant is intended to add depth or breadth to the recipient’s knowledge or to support an international orientation in the form of a study program, internship, or project. The runner-up receives an amount of €2.500.

“With this grant, I would like to support ambitious young women, because I think that it will be a long time before women will fill half of all positions at the highest levels of universities and companies,” states Marina van Damme, the grant’s eponym. She made a conscious choice to have her name associated with the grant, as she expects that an anonymous grant would receive less attention and have less impact. “It is less anonymous, and this allows me to serve as a role model.”

Imaging techniques
In 2015, the happy winner was Lisanne van Oppen, an alumna of the TU/e program in Biomedical Engineering, who is currently a PhD student affiliated with Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, where she is conducting research on targeted drug delivery. Van Oppen will use the €9000 grant to spend three months in Barcelona for a detailed introduction to new imaging techniques, including super-resolution microscopy. 

Van Damme has reserved the amount of €253,000 for the TU/e to ensure that the prize can be awarded for the coming 23 years. With the signature of the agreement, the grant became the largest legacy ever received by the TU/e.

Maarten Steinbuch: “Student teams go beyond the beaten path”

With their remarkable projects, the student teams are proving that things can be done more quickly, more efficiently, safer, and – most importantly – more sustainably. The students are pooling their knowledge and creativity in order to realize their adventurous dreams. “The special thing about these student teams is that they incite a great deal of energy on the part of young people. Those teams have an incredible amount of potential,” notes Prof. Maarten Steinbuch, Professor of Control Systems Technology at the TU/e.

Technical talent
For this reason, he decided to use the proceeds from the sales of the smart block-calendar to make two donations of €5000 each to the student teams. “With this contribution, I would like to encourage young technical talent. This type of activity deserves more attention, as does technology among young people.” 

“An important condition for innovation”
The professor who initiated the Automotive Bachelor’s program and the Master’s program in Automotive Technology has a great deal of appreciation for the courage that the teams have shown in going beyond the beaten path. “This is an important condition for innovation, and it should be encouraged as much as possible.”