TU/e MSc Thesis Award 2017

Nominees for the best final MSc Thesis at TU/e in 2016


Hasna Afifah MSc

Thesis: Evaluation of State-Sponsored Rural Electrification Project in Indonesia
Graduate ProgramSustainable Energy Technology

Thesis summary
Incompatibilities often occur when a technology (that is mostly created in developing countries) is introduced to a less developed region, and this also applies to energy systems. This problem gives rise to the urgency of making a thorough study about the sustainability of energy technology implementation in poor or rural communities.

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Teun van den Biggelaar MSc

ThesisModeling of Dynamic Effects in High-Voltage Electrostatic Clamps
Graduate Program: Electrical Engineering

Thesis summary
We live in a world where electronics are part of our lives. The telecommunications industry uses electronics to create fast internet connections and the healthcare industry develops electronic equipment that helps us grow old in a healthy way. In the future, the dependency of our society on electronics will increase even further. During my MSc final project, I have designed a model of an electrostatic clamp, which facilitates a more reliable chip manufacturing process and therefore enables smaller, faster and cheaper electronics for the future.

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Roy Cobbenhagen MSc

ThesisPerformance analysis of solar cars for everyday use
Graduate Program: Automotive Systems 

Thesis summary
Solar-powered cars may provide a solution to the problem of clean mobility as they can generate clean solar energy. This thesis provides models to compute the performance of solar cars for everyday use. It has been found that the solar panel can increase the range of an electric car by 50% to 100%, depending on the vehicle specifications.

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Aleid Groenewoudt MSc

ThesisWhat makes a creative day?
Graduate Program: Innovation Sciences

Thesis summary
High-tech firms thrive on new and innovative ideas; they are the source of new innovations. Engineers are the ones to come up with these new ideas. This thesis looked at the social processes behind new ideas of employees. This is relevant because if we understand what makes engineers creative in their daily work, we can help them become even more innovative.

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Roel Jacobs MSc

ThesisConstructing maps by clustering trajectories
Graduate Program: Computer Science

Thesis summary
In this thesis we present a new approach for constructing street maps from GPS data. Traditionally, constructing street maps is a labor-intensive and manual process. We show that this process can be largely automated by using collected GPS traces, while still obtaining highly accurate maps.

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Tom Janssen MSc

ThesisAn Investigation on Heat Transfer Phenomena in Fluidized Bed Reactors
Graduate Program: Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Thesis summary
A lot of heat is released in the production of most of our plastics. To save energy and optimize the production, it is important to understand this heat release. In this work, a model is created and verified using a unique double camera technique, describing this process by mimicking it on small scale.

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Ronen Kroeze MSc

ThesisFinite range corrections to the universal Efimov spectrum
Graduate Program: Applied Physics 

Thesis summary
We study the quantum-physical system of three interacting particles. During a collision, these particles may clump together and form special bound states, known as Efimov states. We show that the Efimov states and the universality associated with them can be understood from two-particle collisions influenced by a magnetic resonance.

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Daphne Menheere MSc

ThesisAYMÉE
Graduate Program: Industrial Design

Thesis summary
Exercising is crucial for (former) breast cancer patients. However, the diagnosis of breast cancer has a big impact on body image, which often has a negative effect on daily activity. Therefore, Aymée was designed: a smart bra that transforms its patterns to stimulate women to feel feminine and beautiful based on physical activities.

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Florian Oosterhof MSc

ThesisStabilisation of Iterated Toric Fibre Products
Graduate ProgramIndustrial and Applied Mathematics

Thesis summary
We have studied a statistical method for testing whether empirical data has certain dependencies between the variables. Using advanced algebraic techniques, we have established that for several types of these models the method scales well as the number of variables in the data increases.

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Pascal Pieters MSc

Thesis: Towards Forward Engineering of a Synthetic Coherent Feed-Forward Loop
Graduate Program: Life Sciences and Engineering

Thesis summary
The complexity of behavior exhibited by living cells remains one of the biggest mysteries in modern science. Through the use of state-of-the-art approaches to biology and microfluidics, some of the cells’ functions have been created from scratch. Studying and expanding these functions will allow a better understanding – and cure – of living cells.

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André Snoeck MSc

Thesis: A stochastic program to evaluate disruption mitigation investments in the supply chain
Graduate Program: Industrial Engineering

Thesis summary
The Japanese earthquake, subsequent tsunami and the September 11 attacks in 2001 are just some of the major disruptions that have challenged global supply chains in the past. This research helps chemical companies to better understand and prepare for those high-impact, low-likelihood events to save millions of dollars during disruptions.

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Yuri Steinbuch MSc

Thesis: Sequential Optimal and Predictive Control for Cascaded Systems with Applications to Quadcopters
Graduate Program: Mechanical Engineering

Thesis summary
With the industrial use of quadcopters developing rapidly, quadcopters require high performance. Conventional high performance methods need a lot of computational power and energy, which reduces the flight time substantially. Therefore, a new control method was designed that requires less computational power but still results in high performance.

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Rick Titulaer MSc

Thesis: Engineering model for coupled thermomechanical behaviour of steel elements under fire conditions
Graduate Program: Built Environment

Thesis summary
The stability of steel structures exposed to fire conditions is a very important research area in the built environment, especially after 9/11. People need to be able to escape the building, the property needs to be protected, and firefighters should be able to enter the building with a minimal risk of structural collapse. A numerical analysis tool has been developed that accounts for the complex, coupled thermomechanical behavior of steel structures under various temperature loads, which can be used for the design of measures to counter structural collapse during a fire. 

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