40.000th graduate TU Eindhoven
The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has passed the milestone of 40.000 graduates. The 40.000th graduate in question is Melissa van der Steeg, a MSc who graduated from the Biomedical Technology department. This brand-new engineer will therefore set down her name on the ‘Alumni Avenue’ on 13 April, which takes place at the walking bridge between two of TU/e’s buildings. She will be accompanied by chairman Jan Mengelers of the Executive Board and academic rector Frank Baaijens, who both happen to be TU/e alumni (former students) as well.
Melissa started her Biomedical Technology studies in 2010 and graduated in 2016. Her interest in both technology and biology led her to these studies, which specialized her in working in a clinic, concerning the area of image forming techniques specifically. She has brought this to practice at the UMC Utrecht for her graduation project, and at her internship at King’s College London. As from 1 April, van der Steeg is employed as a clinical physicist at the Catharina Hospital Eindhoven. Something she is very happy about: “Being a junior clinical physicist I am exactly where I want to be: in the hospital, close to technology.”
The 40.000th graduate is a milestone which collides with the university’s anniversary. In April, the university will be around for sixty years, and that will be celebrated with a three-day festival from 22 to 24 april. One of the festival’s activities will be the Alumni Avenue: a walk of fame where graduates can engrave their name and year of graduation in glass.
Like Melissa, all alumni are welcome to symbolically leave their name in the ‘Alumni Avenue’, a walking bridge between the Matrix and Metaforum building. They will get the opportunity to do so during the Dream & Dare festival, on 22, 23 and 24 April between 13:00 and 18:00.
TU/e highly deems its bonds with alumni, who become important ambassadors for the university. That is why a varied program is developed for alumni in various stages of life, for example young alumni, for whom the Career Café is organized. According to the Alumnimonitor (executed by TU/e in 2015), the commitment to do something back is high. Almost 40% of the graduates wants to do something back by means of guest lectures, offering internships, study counselling and coaching. More and more, TU/e is deploying its alumni to coach students in preparation for their career, and is also working on an ambassadors program.