Over 60 members of student association Van der Waals of TU Eindhoven did a high-tech safari on 17 June. They did not only meet our big five but also became acquainted with the Northern high-tech industry.
Invited by Innovation Cluster Drachten, they did a tour of NeoPost, BD, FMI, Philips, Ziuz and ASTRON, focusing on remote sensoring and big data, visual intelligence and deep learning. “It was certainly a big surprise,” said Ries Koolen after the safari. He is external relations officer of the student association for engineering physics. “We are amazed by the diversity and the high technology level of all companies.” This shows that unknown means unloved. “This is why we invite student associations to visit our companies every year,” explains ICD program manager Joost Krebbekx. “Our partners offer great internships and jobs, so you don’t have to go to Eindhoven, Delft or Twente for this.’’
Although students found all companies interesting, most of them saw ASTRON as the highlight, according to Koolen. “It is fabulous to see that one of the largest radio telescopes is in the Netherlands and that it was largely devised and built by a Dutch company.” He is certain that students would not have been aware of ASTRON if this high-tech safari had not been organized. Koolen was also enthusiastic about the variation in the program. “There were so many different aspects that there was something for everyone, which is great. We look back on a great and highly instructive day that made our long trip from Eindhoven very much worthwhile!”
About Student Association Van der Waals
Student association J.D. van der Waals is an association for all engineering physics students at Eindhoven University of Technology. It was founded in 1960 and bears the name of the famous Dutch physicist and Nobel Prize winner Johannes Diderik van der Waals. The association offers excursions, lectures, conferences and study trips that enable students to look at their discipline from a different angle. Like any student associations, Van der Waals also organizes sports tournaments, parties, weekly drinks, weekend outings and other leisure activities. Another aspect of Van der Waals’ activities is maintaining good contacts with companies so that members get the opportunity to explore job opportunities at an early stage.