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Posted by Daniëlla van Laarhoven on 27-06-2017 3:26 PM

Student teams push technology to the limits to solve societal challenges (part II)

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Student teams of Eindhoven University of Technology, Fontys University of Applied Sciences and companies in the Brainport Eindhoven push technology to the limits to solve societal challenges. In our previous blog we showed you several student initiatives in the field of automotive technology. In this blog we will introduce you to several teams that work on ground-breaking technology in the field of energy, health or the environment. These teams are an excellent way for students to put their knowledge into practice and a great chance for companies to learn more about the latest technology research performed at universities and use their expertise for helping students.

1.TU/e SensUs Team – detecting heart failure with a drop of blood

Detecting heart failure with only one drop of blood? This may seem to be the far future, but the Eindhoven University of Technology SensUs Team (T.E.S.T) is currently working on this. Biosensors, such as a pregnancy test or blood glucose meter are generally accepted. These tests help us to measure and control physical features. The TU/e SensUs Team (T.E.S.T. 2017) this year accepts the challenge to develop and produce a biosensor that makes measuring heart failure easier. The team exists of 12 enthusiastic students with diverse backgrounds in for instance biomedical technology or technical physics. The ultimate goal is making an innovative and accurate biosensor that contributes to improving a patient’s lifestyle.
Partner companies and organisations of the SensUs competition: ASML, Philips, Medtronic, EIT health, Heart Foundation and many more.

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Photo: a photo of the activities of SensUs team T.E.S.T. ©Bart van Overbeeke Fotografie

2. iGEM-team TU Eindhoven – competition in synthetic biology

Every year a student team of Eindhoven University of Technology participates in the iGEM competition. iGEM stands for International Genetically Engineered Machine, a yearly competition for students in synthetic biology, held in Boston. The assignment for the teams is to modify cells to solve societal challenges in various field such as energy, health or the environment. iGEM is meant to look beyond the borders of a lab considering subjects such as ethics, sustainability, effect on the environment and even intellectual property.

3. Team VIRTUe – building a sustainable house

VIRTUe is an international multi-disciplinary student team of Eindhoven University of Technology. The team participates in the Solar Decathlon in Dubai in 2018. VIRTUe will compete with 21 other top universities from all over the world to build the most sustainable house. With this house they will tackle the challenges Dubai faces in the field of sustainability and social cohesion in a way that is characteristic for the Dutch. With Dutch Design VIRTUe’s house will make a difference in developing a smart, social and liveable city.

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Photo: Team VIRTUe of Eindhoven University of Technology

4. Team Solid: metal fuels

Team Solid is a student team at Eindhoven University of Technology that works on a new concept named “metal fuels”. In this concept metals are used as a sustainable source of energy. When metal powders are burned, heat is released and metal oxides exist. This heath can be used for providing houses with warmth and power and can serve as fuel for trains and ships. The metal oxides that are created during the heating are caught and at a later moment they can be transformed into metal powder by using green energy. This leads to a sustainable, cradle-to-cradle cycle.

5. Blue Jay – a domestic drone to assist in the house

Student Team Blue Jay Eindhoven launched the concept of a domestic drone in 2015. A drone that is safe, social, helpful and autonomous. A domestic help that understands you and has the ability to offer support. Only in the Netherlands there are over 2.2 million persons that are in need of help and who could use an extra couple of hands or eyes. Blue Jay connects future technology with life as it is now.

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In the Brainport Eindhoven Region each day numerous people work on ground-breaking technologies. The student teams are a good example of the innovations universities and companies work on. Do you have a background in technology, science or IT? And are you interested in working on technology that offers answers to challenges in the field of health or energy? TNO or Holst Centre for example? Then register for talentBOX and your profile will automatically be matched with suitable current and future vacancies at these companies and organisations.

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