Students Department of M&CS awarded at 2023 KHMW Young Talent Awards

November 30, 2023

The KHMW Young Talent Awards are yearly awarded to students in science and technology.

All the winners 2023 KHMW Young Talent Awards. Photo: KHMW/Vera Duivenvoorden

Several students from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science won awards at the annual KHMW Young Talent Awards ceremony. The annual celebration took place on Monday, November 27 at the Hondshon House, the monumental home of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.

KHMW Graduation Awards

Igor Smit took first place in the Data Science category of the KHMW Graduation Awards. He received this great honor for his thesis “Learning to Be Efficient and Fair for Collaborative Order Picking”. He was wholeheartedly nominated for this award by Mykola PechenizkiyZaharah Bukhsh and Yingqian Zhang. In addition to the honor that comes with such an award, Igor also received a cash prize of 3,000 euros.

Maxim Snoep took second place at the KHMW Graduation Awards in the Informatics and Information Science category. He was awarded for his thesis “Polycube Construction via Iterative Loop Selection”. On behalf of the faculty, he was nominated by Bettina Speckmann and Kevin Verbeek. Next to the award, Maxim received a cash prize of 1,000 euros.

KHMW Incentive Awards

The shower of prizes did not end there: Vesela Petkova and Simon Petyniak both received a KHMW Incentive Award. Petkova won the Incentive Award for Informatics and Technical Informatics, while Petyniak in turn was awarded the Incentive Award for Mathematics and Technical Mathematics. Both students received a cash prize of 500 euros as a reward for their achievements.

The Young Talent Awards were created by the KHMW to promote interest in studies in the exact, technical, natural and life sciences. The awards are awarded in recognition and appreciation of the best academic achievements in the first year of study in the respective fields and are thus intended to encourage anyone who wishes to pursue a university studies in any of these fields. All universities offering one or more of the eligible fields of study have been given the opportunity to nominate their best candidate or candidates for each respective program.

Special note: Smit, Snoep, Petkova and Petyniak were not the only TU/e students who were among the award winners. In total, no fewer than 9 students from our university received awards, in different categories. 

Congratulations go out to all the awarded TU/e students.


Anke Langelaan
(Communication Officer)

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