Prof. Nynke Dekker
She is conducting pioneering research on the forces in DNA molecules, and is a role model for young women. The
European Physical Society therefore honoured Dekker with the Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics, a prize that is intended to generate attention for talented young women scientists. The prize is named after the German mathematician Amalie Emmy Noether (1882-1935), who made major contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics.
Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht
This year, four professors, including Mark van Loosdrecht, will receive the prestigious Spinoza Prize from research funding organisation NWO. They will each receive 2.5 million euros to spend on their research. Van Loosdrecht studies the properties of micro-organisms in technical systems. His research into bacteria enables the development of new methods for water treatment and the creation of useful substances from waste material. The Spinoza Prize is the highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands.
Prof. Frances Brazier
Systems Engineering TPM
The Adrem project has been approved for the international smart-grid programme of the NWO. Brazier is collaborating with Professor Sri Niwas Singh of the Indian Institute of Technology to develop ICT that will bring consumers and producers of energy into contact with each other automatically. Dependence on national networks and major energy producers can be eliminated if people are able to purchase a surplus of locally generated energy automatically within their own communities. This system would also improve the ability of the national network to cope with unpredictable peaks and troughs.
Prof. Wubbo Ockels
Upon his death on 18 May, the former astronaut and most famous TU Delft professor Wubbo Ockels left behind a letter for humanity, his last message for a sustainable world. He inspired many through his projects, including Nuna, the Superbus, the solar boat and the ladder mill. Colleagues and students in Delta refer to him as creative, dynamic, optimistic, controversial, a pioneer and a man with a mission.