The highest concentration of technological alumni outside the Netherlands can be found in the United States: nearly 3100 alumni of TU Delft, Twente University and TU Eindhoven are living and working there. This is a good reason for the three universities to join forces and visit these alumni, in order to create connections and establish Alumni Chapters.
In November, the alumni relations managers visited the five cities with the most alumni (Boston, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Houston). The theme of the tour was ‘Engineering new boundaries’. It represents the large number of fields in which our alumni are trained and employed, in addition to reflecting the renowned innovative character of the three universities of technology.
All of the sessions consisted of lectures, with plenty of time for networking and catching up. Old acquaintances found each other, and new relationships were formed.
In addition to five evening events, there was a lunch-time meeting in the home offices of Microsoft in Seattle and a ‘Dutch’ breakfast at the Google complex in San Francisco. Both companies employ many alumni.
The following step will be to engage volunteers to establish joint Alumni Chapters. This initiative has full support from Delft, Twente and Eindhoven. ‘The atmosphere at all of the events was fantastic. We felt more than welcome, and we made a good start for establishing independent chapters’, noted Joe Laufer (Twente) and Anouk Dijkstal (TU Delft). ‘Our alumni in the USA are working for the most interesting companies and universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Rice, the United Nations and NASA. This is truly something to be proud of!’
A special LinkedIn group has been set up for alumni in the USA.
For more information, please contact: LinkedIn Dutch engineers alumni in USA
More than 30 alumni met for two lectures in the Cambridge Innovation Centre in Boston. Andries van der Meer, who works at the Wyss Institute (Harvard), told about his research in the area of engineering the human body (body-on-a-chip). It is the ultimate encounter between biology and engineering. Next,
Casper Harteveld spoke on serious gaming or, more specifically,
Gamengineer. He demonstrated that this topic has become a fully mature discipline.
In New York as well, more than 30 alumni were present in the Netherlands Club. Speaker Wolfgang Pfaff (PhD researcher at Yale University) gave a lecture on quantum physics – a topic that has regularly brought TU Delft into the news recently.
The session in Seattle was of a different nature. Marieke Watson of Frog Design gave a lecture on the design process within Frog, after which Guy de Lijster, Urban Planner Transit Architecture for VIA architects, brought us up to date on several projects in the area of transit infrastructure.
In San Francisco, the Dutch character received even more emphasis, as the event was held in the consulate. More than 60 alumni were heartily welcomed by Consul Ard van der Vorst. This was followed by a lecture by Dahlila Szostak, TU/e alumna and user experience researcher at Google.
The last stop was Houston. In the Houston Club, Myrte van Ree of Subsea7 spoke on offshore engineering. Mark Moll, an assistant professor at Rice University, then brought the 30 participating alumni up to date on matters in the world of robotics.