TU/e MSc Thesis Award 2018

Nominees for the best final MSc Thesis at TU/e in 2017


Sylvie Claes MSc

Thesis: Hugsy
Graduate Program: Industrial Design

Thesis summary
Hugsy’s mission is to provide the best comfort and care possible to babies and children around the world to improve their well-being and enhance parent-child bonding. Hugsy’sproductsextend the positive effects of vital physical contact by echoing the sensorial hallmarks of a parent’s physical presence even when they are away.

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Melvin Drent MSc

ThesisStocking and Expediting in Two-Echelon Spare Parts Inventory Systems under System Availability Constraints
Graduate Program: Industrial Engineering

Thesis summary
Capital goods, such as trains and MRI-scanners, are an important part of our daily lives. Maintenance operations are necessary to ensure capital good availability and prevent disruptive failures. This research addressed integrated spare parts control and repair optimization aimed at running these operations cost-efficiently while satisfying availability and resource constraints.

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Milou Feijt MSc

ThesisPerceived Drivers and Barriers to the Adoption of Online Counseling by Psychologists
Graduate Program: Innovation Science

Thesis summary
The Internet and mediated communication technologies offer major opportunities in supporting mental healthcare. However, their acceptance and use in clinical practice remains low. In my MSc End Project, I constructed the Levels of Adoption of Online Counseling Model, which provides a more structured understanding of the barriers and drivers to the adoption of online treatment. The model facilitates future research on this topic and informs targeted recommendations to ensure that both mental health care professionals and their clients will benefit optimally from the current (and future) range of available online treatment options.

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Alessandro Gualdi MSc

ThesisBuckling of injection molded plates
Graduate Program: Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Thesis summary
By mixing polymers and glass fibers, engineering plastics represent a more sustainable alternative to metals in structural parts. During processing of these materials, via injection molding, unwanted deformations may occur. This research provided a model to understand and predict this phenomenon.

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Wilco van Harselaar MSc

ThesisAutomated Dynamic Modeling of Arbitrary Hybrid Drivetrain Topologies
Graduate Program: Automotive Systems

Thesis summary
For the design of a hybrid drivetrain, there are many possibilities to connect the combustion engine and electric machines with the wheels of the vehicle. To find the design that leads to the lowest fuel consumption, a method is developed to automatically assess and compare hybrid drivetrain designs. 

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Sjoerd van der Heide MSc

ThesisLow-complexity pre-compensation and advanced modulation techniques for high-capacity intensity-modulated direct detection systems
Graduate Program: Electrical Engineering

Thesis summary
To continue to support the growth of the internet and to reach the objectives set in the Paris climate agreement, we must strive to develop energy-efficient data center communication technologies. In this thesis, advanced digital techniques for high-speed energy-efficient optical fiber communications are investigated.

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Conrad Hessels MSc

ThesisQuantitative Analysis of Non-Pre-mixed Flames using Raman Spectroscopy
Graduate Program: Mechanical Engineering

Thesis summary
The systematic development of clean and efficient combustion equipment requires reliable numerical simulations. In this project we have developed an optical setup, based on spontaneous Raman spectroscopy, to obtain quantitative data of major chemical compounds in flames. It has resulted in a quantitative measurement procedure to calibrate the numerical models.

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Oliver Linder MSc

ThesisFlux-driven transport modelling of ASDEX Upgrade discharges with the quasilinear gyrokinetic code QuaLiKiz
Graduate Program: Applied Psysics

Thesis summary
Deployment of fusion energy requires reactor components capable of withstanding tremendous heat and particle bombardment, while avoiding in-reactor accumulation of eroded material. In this thesis, state-of-the-art computer codes and measurements from experimental devices are combined to show that certain periodic plasma instabilities suppress accumulation of the proposed material tungsten.

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Robbert van Putten MSc

ThesisManganese catalysts for the hydrogenation of carboxylic acid esters
Graduate ProgramChemical Engineering and Chemistry

Thesis summary
The preparation of medicines traditionally required dangerous materials and produced large amounts of waste. In contrast, catalysis enables safe and waste-free production of the same materials. Herein we describe a new catalyst for the industrially important production of alcohols from esters, which is required for many pharmaceuticals, flavours, and fragrances.

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Sandra Schoenmakers MSc

Thesis: Tuning supramolecular self-assembly in water by varying the aliphatic chain length
Graduate Program: Life Sciences and Engineering

Thesis summary
More fundamental insight into synthetic supramolecular systems is necessary to mimic the complexity found in Nature. We studied the impact of the aliphatic chain length on the morphology, dynamics and copolymerization of supramolecular polymers in water and revealed how we can tune the properties of supramolecular polymers to an application.

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Jos Wetzels MSc

Thesis: KINTSUGI, Identifying & addressing challenges in embedded binary security
Graduate Program: Computer Science

Thesis summary
Embedded systems are found everywhere from gadgets and cars to critical infrastructure and medical devices. With the growth of the Internet of Things these systems are increasingly exposed to serious cyber-security risks. This research focussed on evaluating and improving the state of the art of defenses available for such systems.

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Kelly van der Wielen MSc

Thesis: Collective Private Commissioning: A path analysis of factors influencing perceived neighbourhood social cohesion and perceived social support from neighbours among residents living in Collective Private Commissioning projects in the Netherlands
Graduate Program: Built Environment

Thesis summary
Social support is important for people’s health and well-being. Collective Private Commissioning could potentially contribute to a higher level of neighbourhood cohesion and, therefore, could be an interesting type of development where neighbours support each other. Thus far, surprisingly little quantitative research has been conducted in the field of collective self-building. Therefore, this study analysed the influence of several characteristics on perceived neighbourhood cohesion and perceived neighbour-support.

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