Rabia Zainab & Fons van der Sommen awarded during first MomenTUm

TU/e looks back on a more than successful debut for its new, grand festive MomenTUm on Friday. During the spectacular ceremony at which almost 750 Bachelor students strode over the 'walk of fame' and all together threw their caps into the air afterwards, with more than 3,500 spectators looking on from the stands. The evening party in the Markthal, where Kraantje Pappie, among others, performed, attracted around 3,000 visitors.

The Academic Award for Best PDEng Project went to Rabia Zainab. She developed a new radar system as a sensor for, for example, self-propelled cars. Fons van der Sommen won the award for the best PhD project, for his research into a technique in which a computer can recognize early signs of esophageal cancer in photos.

The end of the MomenTUm Celebration is approaching and rector Frank Baaijens is going to finish his speech. He invites all those present to “grab your phone, or any camera you have with you, because you don't want to miss this moment.” The countdown begins from five to zero - and there almost 750 caps of the Bachelor graduates go up into the air at the same time. Last Friday, this was the highlight of the new festive MomenTUm, during which TU/e for the first time combined several academic ceremonies into a really sensational and exuberant day.

‘A wonderful, new tradition born in Eindhoven and Brainport' is how mayor John Jorritsma tweeted afterwards. It was one of the many positive reactions of students and attendees to the first edition of MomenTUm. During the grand ceremony - the MomenTUm Celebration - the nearly 750 Bachelor students were honored with their diploma and there were speeches by, among others, Jan Mengelers and CEO of ASML Peter Wennink alternating with performances by dance and cultural associations. Many prizes were also awarded: the Marina van Damme grant, an honorary doctorate, the Academic Annual Prizes and teaching awards for the best teachers. Below is a list of all the winners.

Honorary doctorate

Lady Ann Dowling, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, received an honorary doctorate from TU/e during MomenTUm. Dowling is an expert in the field of economical and quiet engines and is the current president of the British Royal Academy of Engineering. Her honorary promoter Ines Lopez Arteaga also sees her as an important role model for women in technology.

Education Awards and Academic Awards

Peter Ruijten (affiliated to the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences) won the education award for the best Bachelor teacher. Mark De Berg (Mathematics & Computer Science) takes the highest honor for the Master's teaching. Ruijten was abroad during the ceremony, but in a video he indicated that he saw the award as a motivation to do even better next year. De Berg thanked his students for their inspiration, which motivates him as a teacher to get the best out of himself.

Jos Wetzels won the Academic Award for best Master project for his research into new safety techniques in linked systems such as the Internet of Things. The Academic Award for Best PDEng Project went to Rabia Zainab. She developed a new radar system as a sensor for, for example, self-propelled cars. Fons van der Sommen won the award for the best PhD project, for his research into a technique in which a computer can recognize early signs of esophageal cancer in photos.

Marina van Damme grant

Milou Feijt was voted the winner of the Marina van Damme grant this year, worth a sum of nine thousand euros. Feijt is a PhD student at Human-Technology Interaction at the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences. The researcher, who graduated from TU/e last year, focuses on improving the skills of mental health professionals when it comes to online treatment. She also wants to develop technologies that support and improve the therapeutic relationship online. Runner-up for the grant weas Linde van den Brink; she receives a sum of 2,500 euros.

Source (partly): Cursor.