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.
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.
Spider Webs inspire State-of-the-Art Sensor DesignFor the past two years, quantum sensing technology specialist Richard Norte (Department of Precision Microsystems Engineering) has been working intensively with machine learning expert Miguel Bessa (Department of Materials Science & Engineering) - a collaboration that has led to a real breakthrough in science.
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?
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.
How the Intensive Care brings music to your earsWhen someone you care about is hospitalised, the situation is difficult under any circumstances.
But during a pandemic, when you can’t visit them, the stress is even greater. Recent Best Graduate of Industrial Design Engineering Chen Chou developed a way for people to stay in touch, with music.
Complicated puzzle in air traffic control solved after 25 yearsSolving a 25-year-old aviation problem? That is just what Wouter Schaberg, student in Control and Operations in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering managed to do. He made improvements to part of an algorithm that is used to prevent aircraft coming too close to each other following an averted conflict.
Firm ground for cloud datacentre planningJust like the roads that provide access to them and the dikes that protect them, cloud datacentres have become an essential part of our national, and worldwide, infrastructure. Thanks to capacity planning research by TU Delft master’s student Georgios Andreadis, these datacentres may continue to meet the ever-growing computational demands while reducing their operational costs and increasing their efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Intelligent chatbots as anxiety counsellorsChatbots, on eHealth apps, have the potential to support people suffering from anxiety and other mental disorders. However, today’s chatbots still need to be sufficiently developed. For her Master’s thesis, Maria Chiara Mazza investigated how recognising students' linguistic patterns and personality could help improve the workings of personalized-chatbots. Her thesis secured her election as the Best Graduate in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management.
Amina Chouairi: From a peculiar relationship to a clear view on the Venetian tidesIf the Venetian Lagoon could talk, it would want a conversation with Amina Chouairi. She decided to listen anyway. For her Master’s thesis ‘The Operating Venetian Lagoon: The Agency of Barene’, Amina dove into the Venetian tides. Amina recently graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment with this Master’s thesis which earned her a nomination for Best Graduate TU Delft 2020 and a place in the Archiprix pre-selection.
Creating order in the chaos of sand and windThe sky is a pretty hectic place but most of the tumultuous goings-on pass us by. In order to gain a better insight into the atmospheric processes taking place nearer the ground, Frans Liqui Lung developed a simulation model showing small-scale interactions between sand and wind. The resulting Master’s thesis earned him the title of Best Graduate of the faculty of Civil engineering and Geosciences.
Students of Delft University of Technology are working on clever solutions,
impactful projects and innovative research every day. And they have
amazing stories to tell.
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