Our students always have a lot of stories to tell: about their projects, internships, research, start-ups, student associations. They discover, collaborate and create solutions for society. Discover here every month new Student Stories.
Rainwater harvesting in GhanaExtreme rainfall and intra seasonal dry spells in northern Ghana cause water shortages on farms, of which 95 percent is rain fed. Guus Wiersma was in Ghana to measure the water balance in a maize field and talked to farmers to investigate the possibilities of applying rainwater harvesting.
Even better operations with LED photoacoustic imagingTechnology is helping the medical world progress and it is an important motivating factor for Saskia van Heumen, who graduated cum laude at the end of 2021 from the Faculty of 3mE. Her research into using LED photoacoustics in medical imaging brought the medical world a step further. It earned her the title Best Graduate of her Faculty.
Staying dry thanks to government and the publicClimate change greatly increases the risk of flooding. For his master’s thesis, Jonas Lechner used a smart model to study the role households can play in reducing flood risks in coastal cities. It turns out they can play a big role. His research earned him the title of best graduate of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.
Volcanic rocks solving CO2 problemsWhat if we could capture CO2 from the atmosphere and permanently store it under the ground in the form of solid minerals? Applied Earth Sciences student Elara Redondo Garcia didn’t think twice when she had to opportunity to go to Iceland, where they are researching CO2 mineral trapping.
A deep dive into the blue waters of CuraçaoEnvironmental Engineering student Jessie-Lynn van Egmond is on a thesis adventure, hunting down old groundwater wells to analyse their water quality. So how is the island’s fresh water doing? Has it been subject to salinization or other pollution trends? That’s what Jessie-Lynn hopes to find out.
Learning to lead as a young woman in aviationIt takes guts to pursue your dreams, but having good role models and mentors can make a difference. These are things that have helped Leanne van Dam, a master’s student at TU Delft’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, on her journey to becoming a leader. A recipient of the 2021 International Aviation Women's Association (IAWA) scholarship, she hopes her example will inspire others to follow their dreams.
Researching climate change in the Spanish heatExtreme heat in Canada, flooding in the Netherlands and forest fires everywhere. The climate is changing and the dangers of droughts and floods are lurking. MSc student Gijs Vis didn’t hesitate when he got the opportunity to work on a unique international climate research project in Spain where scientists from multiple European countries joined forces during an intensive fieldwork campaign.
A match made in heavenEvery opinion counts! But how can Dutch Rail (NS) accommodate to the wishes of a wide range of train travellers when creating the perfect match between bike use and public transport? Master student Civil Engineering Simone Hoskam was happy to tackle this real-life transportation challenge. In the end she presented Dutch rail company NS with some straightforward recommendations to make the relationship between bike and train an even happier one.
What is bubbling underground?Of the many renewable sources of energy currently being explored, it was geothermal energy that caught the imagination of Cas Verweij. Geothermal energy, which is produced by pumping up hot water from reservoirs far below the Earth’s crust, has many uses. One of which is heating homes. Cas is studying the CO2 bubbles in the sub-surface to see if the rocks are suitable for geothermal energy.
Graduating at -15 degreesA wind turbine at sea that stays upright even when ice starts to form? Nick Ebben, Master’s student Offshore & Dredging Engineering, has been interested in wind turbines for a long time, and he’s not averse to adventure. So he didn’t hesitate for a moment when he got the chance to go to Finland for his thesis research and do research in an ice-cold ice tank on the interaction between wind turbine structures and sea ice.
Bend until it breaksIs it possible to bend glass to a point where it won’t shatter but grow stronger instead? Tim van Driel, MSc student Civil Engineering, dedicated his final research project to exploring the limits of using glass in facades. He took to the lab and bended large sheets of glass without using heat. But at what point does bending turn into snapping – and a shower of shards?
Planning a city with conflicting values? No problem!Increasing urbanisation is creating major challenges in spatial planning. Not least because everyone has different priorities when it comes to organising the public space. For his Master's thesis, best graduate of 2021 in the Faculty of TPM, Rico Herzog, mapped out conflicts of values within a city and developed a model to deal with such conflicts; a model intended to help decision-makers to make better urban planning decisions.
Innovation needs a place to growMitigating the impact of climate change, facilitating the energy transition, solving the housing crisis… The built environment needs to address pretty big challenges, which ask for innovative solutions. Students at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment have plenty of good ideas to create the necessary innovations, but how can their ideas successfully evolve?
Zooming in on and out of a circular regionLike the energy transition, the transition to a circular economy impacts the way we use space. So how should we go about planning structural reuse and value retention? For students on the Urbanism Master's track, this is not merely a theoretical question. A range of spatial strategies have recently been put forward for a circular South Holland region.
Building sandcastles for your graduationWhat Civil Engineering master’s student Jasper Scheijmans really wanted was to graduate with a final project at a big dredging company but Covid-19 intervened. Jasper and his professors then came up with a completely different idea. Why not carry out research into coastal dunes inside a container on the beach?
How wastewater treatment technologies could also be applied in the field of medicineWinnifred Noorlander, a Systems & Control student with a passion for entrepreneurship, is working on a new medicine for the treatment of sepsis, a life-threatening response of the body to an infection. Sepsis is responsible for 20% of all global deaths, resulting in 11 million people dying each year. How is a student, without having any prior knowledge on Biotechnology, doing this research at the faculty of Applied Sciences? Why is she working on a more reliable and better solution against this extremely lethal inflammatory disease?
Op digitaal ziekenbezoek in Reinier de Graaf dankzij Delftse studentenVanwege strikte coronarichtlijnen is het voor veel patiënten in het Reinier de Graaf niet mogelijk om bezoek te ontvangen. Door alle drukte in het ziekenhuis kunnen verplegers oudere of zwakkere patiënten niet altijd helpen contact te hebben met hun naasten via welbekende middelen als WhatsApp of Skype. Delftse studenten ontwikkelden een tool die patiënt en familie toch bij elkaar brengt én het zorgpersoneel ontlast.
Reading currents in the oceanA spur of the moment decision to spend the summer onboard a ship researching ocean currents plunged Master students Niek Kusters and Fleur Wellen into a wet and wonderful five-week adventure.
Aerospace students revive Leonardo da Vinci’s aerial screw (and turn it into an electric personal aerial vehicle for today)In the midst of the corona pandemic, five aerospace engineering students from Delft University of Technology designed a vertical take-off and landing vehicle based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Aerial Screw and demonstrated its feasibility and physics.
And the winner is... three graduation research projects into circular building systems receive awardsCan the current system of linear production methods and consumption patterns be transformed into a circular economy with more value retention? The three winners of the first circularity prize for budding architects are convinced it is possible. For example, there is no need to throw out insulating glass because it has signs of wear and tear, and houses can be constructed of locally grown hemp.
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