6 November 2018 • Gideon Wille
Awards for practical research
During the Prize Parade on 1 November, awards were given out for the best thesis, the best team of lecturers and the best research. The Hague Councillor for Education Saskia Bruines was member of the jury for that last award. “The research were all about things that touched on current issues in society. They are all very useful.”
“When I graduated, my mother gave me a crystal pyramid with my name and the title ‘MA’ engraved in it”, says Jaswina Bihari-Elahi, who received the Pim Breebaart award for the best research at our university of applied sciences. She speaks about these cherished memories because she thinks it’s nice to receive an award, but it is even better receiving it from someone you admire.
“It means a lot that our former chair of the board, Pim Breebaart, was on the jury. I respect him due to his vision on education and research. Universities of applied sciences should not play at being research universities, our research must be of practical service.” And it was precisely that connection with practice that won Jaswina the award. Jury member and Councillor Saskia Bruines: “Jaswina succeeded in structurally including education and practice in highly relevant research.”
Jaswina was part of the Innolab Laak Vitaal. There, she focused on reducing youth unemployment. She studied what made employed youths from the district so successful and based her pilot on that. 95 per cent of the participants successfully moved into the employment market. Based on the research, Jaswina developed a tool kit for career professionals and social professionals.
Jaswina is happy with the award. “It is often a slog at Laak Vitaal, we have thought of pulling the plug as we have run out of funds. Then such an award is a great recognition for all that work. But the best thing about the evening was that my children were there and they could see their mum receive the award.”
Storing solar energy
There was also a prize for students. Sven Korpershoek from the Climate and Management (now Spatial Development) degree programme received €1,500 for his graduation research. In that project he developed a model to evaluate the feasibility of battery systems in which surpluses of generated solar energy can be stored. The model enables advisors to give a considered assessment regarding purchasing and placing these systems in school and office buildings.
“I wasn’t nervous the evening before the award ceremony”, explains Sven. “I thought: I’ll just see what happens. Even if I had not won, it was still great because my thesis was considered one of the best at the university of applied sciences. I did feel the tension rise just before the announcement. And when I heard I’d won, I was speechless. I missed part of the jury report being read out because I was a bit shocked by what had happened!”
Sven did not win the prize by chance. He characterises himself as being good in research, having an eye for detail and being analytically strong. “I have had to work hard to achieve this. I am a bit of a perfectionist; and one of my pitfalls was that I wanted to include so many things that I ran out of time.” The jury also praised the quality of his writing: “Everything is presented in a thesis which is the thickness of a well-kneaded loaf of currant bread, that was also clearly legible and even interesting to read.
Sven is now working part-time at Merosch, the company where he graduated, alongside a pre-Master because he wants to study Energy Sciences at Utrecht University. Does he have any tips for graduating students? “Make sure you start out by clearly defining what you want to do. Create a good step-by-step plan, then all you have to do is complete it. If needs be, take an extra two weeks to work out what you are going to do and how.”
Three teams of lecturers were nominated for the Olive Award for motivating, challenging and engaging education. The award went to the HCI/Tinkering team. In December, H|Nieuws will include an article about their achievements.
Pim Breebaart Research Award
-Jaswina Elahi, Innolab Laak Vitaal, research into reducing youth unemployment
-Rufus Fraanje, research into a model of growth factors for producing optimal harvests from tomato plants
-Antti Jylhä, solutions for the negative effects of car use
-Marjolein Moonen, research into an inclusive culture within degree programmes at THUAS
-Raoul Notté, research into cyber attacks in SMEs
-Saskia Rademaker, co-author of Wereld in Beweging (World in Motion), introduction to the teachings of international relations
-Baldiri Salcedo Rahola, developed a game which mechanical engineers, electromechanical engineers and control engineers can use to learn new techniques.
1st prize: Sven Korpershoek from the Climate and Management degree programme for research into the feasibility of battery systems for solar energy
2nd prize: Solaiman Boubkari from the Facility Management degree programme for his research into innovation with a bottom-up approach at ISS Facility Services in De Meern
3rd prize: Jasmijn Voskuil from the IBMS degree programme for her research into Critical Success factors for ING’s transition to Agile in Client Services organization of Wholesale Banking
Olive Award for motivational, challenging and engaging education
Team Communication & Multimedia Design – HCI/ Tinkering- playing, experimenting and learning (Faculty of IT & Design).
Team Health & Nutrition – Customised learning (Faculty of Health, Nutrition & Sport).
Team Spatial Development – (Faculty of Technology, Innovation & Society).
Pat on the back for doctoral candidates
The three doctoral candidates from the past year received a figurine from Executive Board chair Leonard Geluk as a token of appreciation for their efforts .
Annemarie de Witte – Faculty of Health, Nutrition & Sport
Mobility performance in wheelchair basketball
Bert van den Bergh – Faculty of Management & Organisation
De gestolen stoornis
‘Een cultuurfilosofische duiding van de ‘depressie-epidemie’
Rienk van der Slikke – Faculty of Health, Nutrition & Sport
Out of the lab, onto the court
Wheelchair Mobility Performance quantified
Jaswina Bihari: “It can be a slog at times to do our research. So, such a prize is great recognition for all that work.”