TU/e PDEng Thesis Award 2017

Nominees for the best design project at TU/e in 2016


Rutger Bakker MSc PDEng

ThesisSupporting the Operational Planning of Spare parts at ASML
PDEng Program: Industrial Engineering

Thesis summary
In a big, innovative technology company such as ASML, the design of components changes frequently. These components get into the system under different names, which challenges the planning system. I built a software tool that manages different versions of the same component, allowing the planners to make better inventory decisions.

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Geert Claassen MSc PDEng

ThesisCombining volume clamp blood pressure measurement and pulse oximetry
PDEng Program :  Design and Technology of Instrumentation

Thesis summary
With increasing pressure on hospital staff and budget, workflow optimizations are needed. Combining sensors would save time in sensor application and removal. A feasibility investigation was performed for the simultaneous measurement of blood pressure using the volume clamp method and arterial oxygenation using pulse-oximetry. The project shows promising results. 

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Marjolijn Elsinga MSc PDEng

ThesisOntwerp Kerndossier Medisch Spectrum Twente
PDEng Program :  Clinical Informatics

Thesis summary
A new information model based on the hospital care process and the principle of clinical reasoning was designed, together with the process to define and update this information model. The information model contains 44 information objects, and is suitable as guidance during the implementation of a new hospital-wide electronic health record.

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Ana Kostadinovska PDEng

ThesisData Linkage Architecture for Population Health
PDEng Program :  Software Technology

Thesis summary 
Healthcare systems are increasingly responsible for both patients present in a hospital and for chronic, at-risk or even healthy individuals that do not need hospital care right away. Hence, data sets from hospitals, GPs, pharmacists, healthcare service providers, public health, social care and the like need to be linked to fully understand and to further improve the health status and whereabouts of patients.

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Konstantinos Papanikolaou MSc PDEng

ThesisDevelopment of a Tubular Pre-polymerizer for Polypropylene Manufacturing
PDEng Program:  Proces and Product Design

Thesis summary
The market demand for polypropylene (PP) is expected to grow to USD 138.36 billion by 2020, in line with the trend of the ongoing substitution of metallic materials by plastics. In this PDEng project a novel pre-polymerization reactor has been developed to enable a more efficient PP manufacturing process, improved product quality and reduced operating and maintenance costs.

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Liang Qiao MSc PDEng

ThesisDevelopment of a Pre/Rotator Simulation Tool
PDEng Program:  Mathematics for Industry

Thesis summary
The modeling of parcels transported by a conveyor belt is essential in parcel-sorting centers. The Pre/Rotator is one of the sorting processes to correct parcel orientation. The developed mathematical model is used to define an optimization strategy that predicts as accurately as possible the best settings of the Pre/Rotator system that rotates any given parcel to a desired angle.

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Garbí  Singla Lezcano MSc PDEng

ThesisEmbedded Platform for Data-intensive Control
PDEng Program:  Design of Electrical Engineering Systems

Thesis summary
This project completed the design and implementation of a prototyping platform that can be used in the customer's systems to enable the exploration of new and innovative use cases. It enables the application of data-intensive control (e.g. image-based control) to even further improve system performance and image quality.

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Evangelos Stamatopoulos MSc PDEng

ThesisEnvironment Model Creation and ADAS Architecture for Trucks
PDEng Program:  Automotive Systems Design

Thesis summary
This project gives insights into the many challenges faced in designing an Environment Model by means of sensor synergy and sensor data fusion. The realization of an Environment Model enables automated and fully autonomous driving leading to increased road safety and reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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Ing. Alex Vernooij PDEng

ThesisConCord
PDEng Program :  Qualified Medical Engineer

Thesis summary
Premature babies often need resuscitation directly after birth. The umbilical cord is cut quickly and the baby is transferred to a neonatal resuscitation table. Premature babies don’t have the well-known benefits of late cord clamping. The “ConCord” , an innovative resuscitationtable,  was developed to allow safe resuscitation of the baby without clamping the cord.  

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