I'm turning inventions into innovations

Luca Badea, student

I also want to understand what happens in society

I like technology but I don’t want to just do calculations – I also want to understand what happens in society. A product that doesn’t get adopted is not an innovation, but just an invention. To change things, you have to understand how to make people accept a technology. In a recent project, we analyzed the state of biofuels in the Netherlands from the perspective of engineers, the market, the government, and the consumers. It was interesting to see the tension between parties that liked the technology and parties that didn’t. Clearly, support from all four groups is necessary for a country to adopt an innovation. Sustainable Innovation at TU/e is the perfect combination for me. In the future, I’d like to get an MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology to further combine my two interests – doing engineering and understanding society.