Marina van Damme Grant
On Wednesday 17 May the Marina van Damme Grant was awarded to alumna Elise Huisman during the TU/e Academic Awards ceremony in the Klokgebouw Building.
She was chosen from fifteen Applicants. Huisman graduated in 2010 from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and subsequently moved to the University of British Columbia in the Canadian city of Vancouver to gain her doctorate. While still a PhD candidate, she co-founded Arbutus Medical, a company that develops medical aids for developing countries.
The main product produced by Arbutus Medical is a sterile cover, the Drillcover, with which an 'ordinary' power drill can be safely used to carry out surgical procedures. This relieves doctors in poor countries, who are unable to afford a surgical drill costing 30,000 euros, of the need to buy a - cheap but less handy - sterile hand drill. When used in combination with the sterile Drillcover, so the thinking goes, a cheap cordless drill is sufficient.
According to Huisman, Uganda is just one of the many countries where doctors are very enthusiastic about the Drillcover, and it has already been used to perform thousands of operations. "We are now keen to test the impact on the outcomes of operations, but at Arbutus Medical we have nu funds available. Thanks to this grant, we can go ahead and start this scientific study."
The recording of the ceremony can be viewed from Monday 22 May.
This award had been made possible by a donation from Mrs dr.ir. Marina van Damme (1953). She is a Delft engineering graduate and the first female to gain a PhD at the University of Twente. She has had a distinguished career in science and industry. Marina van Damme wants to enable young female engineering graduates of TU/e to develop and boost their job and career prospects.
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