The March 2014 newsletter of the Honours Programme Delft
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HPD Newsletter
March 2014
Dear all,

Last Monday we had our third HPD get-together with politicians from VVD, PvdA and CDA. It was good to hear your views on education in the Netherlands and have a nice discussion about that. We are also happy some students from Leiden and Amsterdam joined us in this event, and sharing events with the other honours associations is something we will be expanding in the coming months.

Something we would most definitely like to share with you is some updates from our committees. The Network Day committee has set a date for this year’s Honours Network Day, the Technology meets Business committee has a new excursion to SmurfitKappa in Roermond on March 31 and the Summercourse committee has announced the destination for the summercourse: we will be going to Switzerland! More about all that you can read below.

Although the year is still quite long, we have also already started thinking about the next board. If you are interested, you can join us for an interest lunch on Wednesday the 26th of March, from 12:30 to 13:30. We will tell you a bit more about what we do, what is expected of the board and what is in it for you, and of course you can ask all your questions. Just send us an email to let us know you will be there.

Best regards,
The Honours Board


Summercourse 2014: Switzerland

Last Monday, at the HPD “borrel”, the Summercourse committee has announced the destination for this year’s summercourse: we are going to Switzerland! It will be 10 days stuffed with company visits, workshops, cases, relaxing, university visits and much more, in a country that is so renowned for its high quality goods it can use its national flag as a trademark. Send an email to the committee for more information. You can pre-register via this link.

Important information:
Date: 5 July – 15 July (subject to change)
Costs: 300 Euros (subject to change)
Number of places: 27

Honours Network Day June 16

Curious what the top companies have to offer you? Interest in what you can offer companies and what they are looking for? Make sure to keep Monday the 16th of June free in your agenda. The companies will present themselves to you, there will be cases, speed-dates and the opportunity to talk informally during the lunch and drinks. So save the date, and check the Facebook and newsletter for more information.

Excursion SmurfitKappa March 31

The Technology meets Business committee is proud to announce its second activity of this year: we will be visiting SmurfitKappa’s paper plant in Roermond. SmurfitKappa is one of those really big companies you have never heard of, and has 42.000 employees, net sales of 8 billion Euros and produces 600.000 tons of paper a year in Roermond. We will have a talk with the managing director about what it takes to keep such a huge facility running, get some in-depth technical stories and of course a tour through the factory. Certainly worth a visit!

Besides that there will also be a lunch lecture about paper at a completely different scale. Prof. Mick Eekhout will have a talk on using cardboard as a building material, and how that will help to make buildings more sustainable. The lunch lecture will be in the Hive, on Monday the 24th of March. Make sure you are there!

You can subscribe for both events at once via this form.

Ice from the Sky

The Delft Energy Initiative, in collaboration with the faculty of TPM, The Green Village, Shell and Heineken, now offers talented MSc students the opportunity to work on a challenging industry project: Ice from the Sky. “Ice from the Sky” is Marcel Verduijn’s winning idea of the TEDx Amsterdam event in 2012.

The idea of “Ice from the Sky” is to make use of the earth’s atmosphere to reduce the waste of food, medicine etc in remote and tropical countries. This would be done by achieving ice from the atmosphere using a balloon to lift a flexible container with water into the sky; when is high enough, the water freezes, is returned to the earth where it is used for the required cooling purposes.

To thoroughly look at this “Ice from the Sky” concept, we are looking for 4-5 bright and capable MSc-students to work on a project with supervision of Shell and Heineken. The learning aims of this project are team building, communication, formulating a problem definition and innovation management. We want you to learn about the point of view of companies when dealing with innovative ideas. We offer you
• Expertise from Shell and Heineken on details on the requirements and access to   know-how
• Dr. Patrick van der Duin (TPM) for academic supervision and grading
• 3 EC on your diploma when successfully completing the project

What we ask you:
• to be available on regularly basis from mid-April until end of June (Q4) for group   meetings and supervision meetings
• to deliver, with your group, a prototype or model, a presentation of results and progress   meetings and reports on results. Assessment includes
    o TECOPS, i.e. analysis of Technical, Economical, Commercial, Organizational,        Political and Sustainability aspects
    o Innovative solutions, benefitting the brands of Heineken and Shell
    o Iconic and inspirational design

If you want to apply, please submit a motivation and a grade list (BSc and MSc programme) to the Delft Energy Initiative ( before March 31st. Selection of students will be done by a committee including representatives of Shell, Heineken and TU Delft.
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