The TU/e has around 50 student teams, each with its own focus: varying from a drone for sustainable transport, using artificial intelligence in healthcare, an electric autonomous racing car, a sustainable, self-sufficient house, and healthcare sensors to electric planes, a solution to the plastic soup, soccer and healthcare robots, solar cars, and hazardous waste recycling. The teams have one thing in common: students from all departments work together on sustainable solutions to real challenges. And it is not uncommon for these student teams to produce a startup. How do (former) student team members look back on their time on their team, and what did they get out of it?
It is safe to say Tatum Simons does not like sitting still. She is the CORE's team captain, the Go Green Office's events chief, and used to be active in the SensUs student team too. Sustainability is the green thread that runs through everything she does.
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Tatum Simons Team CORE
Noud Schoenmakers was part of team InMotion for three years. He helped with their drive to push electric driving and quick charging. "I think InMotion will always stay part of my life, just like the people involved."
Persevering, not giving up when things do not go as you expected or hoped. That is the biggest lesson Thomas Stroes gained from his time on team FAST. Oh, and, of course, a job.
Sofie van Leeuwen
Sofie van Leeuwen excelled at PR in the SensUs student team. In that year, she learned things she never knew about herself, thanks to the space to be creative and use your own initiative.
As team CASA's manager, it is up to Manuel García Hernandez to get the best out of his team, motivate them, and keep them keen.
Manuel García Hernandez
Team Tech United
Robin Soetens was part of Tech United Eindhoven, TU/e's robot soccer team, for six years. Robin jokes that he spent more time on the team than on his studies. His highlights? Becoming world robot soccer champions for the first time and the full stands at RoboCup when it was held in Eindhoven.
Micha van den Herik has been a man on a mission since 2019 when he joined the FruitPunch AI student team: training more good artificial intelligence engineers. Even during his exchange semester in Finland, he's working as an ambassador to expand FruitPunch's network and spread the AI for Good 'religion'.
Micha van den Herik
For three years, the Italian Marianna Angelini has been part of the VIRTUe student team. Her efforts, from when the team started, were crowned last month when the team's self-sufficient, sustainable home clinched second prize at Solar Decathlon Europe.
Around 2012, Texas van Leeuwenstein (30) was a repeat offender when it came to student teams. Back then, these were still in their infancy. He co-founded two teams: TU/ecomotive, which developed an electric city car, and team STORM, which traveled around the world in 80 days on a self-built all-electric touring motorcycle.
Texas van Leeuwenstein
Alex Pap got a taste for electric vehicles during his years at team University Racing Eindhoven (URE). The network he built up during his board year still comes in handy now that he runs scale-up XYZ Dynamics.
Sofie Scheij is a huge fan of applying learned theory in a student team. And of making the impossible possible as part of a team of highly motivated fellow students.
Aero Team Eindhoven
By the end of his year on the Blue Jay student team, Daan Hegger not only knew a lot about self-flying drones but also what it takes to merge two of these teams.
Dennis de Niel's time at University Racing Eindhoven laid a solid foundation for his career in the automotive sector. It got him noticed by his current employer Tesla, where he is living his childhood dream.
Dennis de Niel
Wondering which student team is right for you? Here are all the TU/e teams.