Over 1,500 registrations for virtual Xperience Week
Karin Sluis, former General Manager of the consultancy and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos, was elected TU Delft Alumnus of the Year 2021 during the TU Delft for Life | Xperience Week. The event is aimed at TU Delft alumni and relations of University Fund Delft and took place for the second time this year.
The TU Delft for Life | Xperience Week means five inspirational evenings around the themes of the digital society, climate action, health & care, the energy transition and urbanisation & mobility.
The Alumnus of the Year was also announced and the winner, Karin Sluis, received the award virtually from the Rector Magnificus and Chairman of the Executive Board Tim van der Hagen. Read the interview with Karin Sluis hier.
On Monday evening the theme was artificial intelligence and the first edition of the Home of Innovation magazine containing a special on this subject was presented to Prof. Geert-Jan Houben (Pro Vice Rector Magnificus Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data and Digitalisation (PVR AI)) by Paul Althuis (Director of the TU Delft Innovation & Impact Centre). Houben was joined by seven fellow scientists to discuss both fundamental and application perspectives.
On Wednesday evening, Tim van der Hagen and Ernst Kuipers (Chairman of the Board of Governors of Erasmus MC) explained how convergence and collaboration can lead to impactful technological innovations in healthcare. Scientists Natasja de Groot, Richard Goossens and David Maresca gave examples of this and talked about their research using various objects. All medical projects are supported by alumni and contacts through the Tech for Health campaign. On page 32 of this magazine, Kristina Djanastvilli discusses her research on a less stressful form of treatment for breast cancer.
This year, more than 1,500 alumni and contacts living in 41 countries and with 45 nationalities, registered for one or more online sessions. Participants could ask questions directly, which generated lively discussions. At the sessions with Andy van den Dobbelsteen about a sustainable campus on Tuesday evening, Miro Zeman about the new Electrical Sustainable Powerlab on Thursday evening and Bas Jonkman on the final evening , we saw much shared curiosity and the enormous commitment of TU Delft alumni and contacts. For one alumna, this translated into sharing an illustration about the energy transition that she produced herself and forwarded that evening.