The Alumni Event brought approximately 350 alumni together at TU Delft on 6 June in order to
discuss the latest developments and research, and to provide an opportunity for networking with fellow alumni. The theme of the day was ‘university of the future’.
Vice-president of the Executive Board Anka Mulder officially opened the Alumni Event and spoke afterwards about TU Delft’s prominent role in the area of online communication. The Canadian MOOC expert George Siemens subsequently spoke about the future of global online education. Host Bas Haring was assisted by little robot Nao; they introduced all speakers and occasionally asked critical questions.
The Prêt-à-Loger dream team showed their conceptual ‘house with a skin’ – the submission to the Solar Decathlon – with a personal short film. The parental home of one of the group members was the inspiration for their renovation project. They want to retain the old ambiance, but at the same time improve the living environment in the home.
Professor Dick Hordijk, an expert on concrete, explained that concrete might seem like ‘no-tech’, but more and more modelling is being done. Ewoud de Kok added an enthusiastic story about his (team’s) start-up FeedbackFruits, followed by alumnus Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice-president of BMW group design.
Van Hooydonk talked about his study, about drawing as a means of communication and about the latest BMW designs. His latest design – the BMW i8, with which he arrived noiselessly at the event – attracted a lot of attention. His attendance was especially significant, because he was elected Alumnus of the Year 2014. The University Fund revealed the prize: he is the first alumnus with a spot on the ‘Alumni Walk of Fame’ in Mekel Park.
President of the Executive Board Dirk Jan van den Berg concluded with a presentation about the increasing progress that TU Delft has made in several respects: number of students, research budgets and the campus. This was followed by a social gathering and dinner, the DIG-it! Xperience and a campus tour, with visits to, the Library, the dead room and the collection of chairs at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.