What do a solar camper, an artificial heart, and a firefighting drone have in common? They are created by engineers of the future. These engineers of the future work on urgent societal challenges. Real-world, open-ended challenges from industry, government, and society. These societal challenges are complex and can’t be solved by selecting a clever technological solution from a single field. For example, how do we ensure clean, affordable energy? Sufficient housing? Food for all? And how can we age healthily, as life expectancy increases? These challenges require creative solutions based on collaboration and communication. So, these engineers of the future need to be able to pitch their ideas, deal with uncertainty, and work in interdisciplinary teams with an entrepreneurial mindset.
At TU/e innovation Space, we enable students to become the engineers of the future, through entrepreneurial and Challenge-Based Learning. To learn by solving real-world challenges in an interdisciplinary team.
In TU/e innovation Space, you can become part of one of the more than 42 emerging student teams we host. They work on smart solutions in the fields of: sustainability, health, smart mobility, and artificial intelligence. A student team has many similarities with entrepreneurial and CBL education. Students with different backgrounds are working together on a challenge. Because the group consists of students from various fields of study, they look at a problem from different perspectives and come together to a smart solution.
TU/e innovation Space is the place where you make with your hands what you have in mind. In various workshops with modern tools and instruments, you can shape your ideas under supervision or after instruction. We have several labs with 3D printers, laser cutters, sawing and painting capabilities, lathes and virtual reality equipment to further develop your prototypes.
Students and lecturers use flexible meeting and workspaces during courses, available in our building, Matrix. In the large, flexible space, students can work in teams on their designs and prototypes. Presentations, exhibitions, and other educational events can also be held there.
Besides the educational activities, many community events are hosted in TU/e innovation Space, both for and by the community. Students, part of our community, can participate in workshops with experts from inside and outside TU/e where you can further develop your competencies. Examples include prototyping, marketing and communication, ethics, law, and presentation skills.