26 June 2017 • Martine Seijffert
Just a moment with Fernando Ascenção (exchange student)
Fernando Ascenção (27), exchange student from Portugal and part of the Formula Cruisers, a multidisciplinary team situated at THUAS’ Delft campus. Final goal is to compete with their electric car on some well-known race tracks, like Silverstone in July.
“I feel very lucky to be here. This is an exciting time. The Formula Cruisers project is running for 3 years, but by now the electric car we’re building is almost ready to participate at Silverstone race track. During the 3 years of development there were many setbacks. It’s because of all the efforts of previous student teams that we have today’s result. With our current team, we work 11 hours a day, sometimes in weekends as well. At Silverstone, we have to compete against teams of other universities. We’ve held a competition in a karting centre last week, and I was selected as 1 of the drivers. This means a lot to me. In order to fit in the racing suit, I’ll have to watch my weight a bit. No more sandwiches for me. From now on I eat salads every day.”
JUST A MOMENT
In this rubric every two weeks a colleague or student of THUAS gives readers a little peek into their lives. Inspired by ‘Humans of New York’. On this Facebook page photographer Brandon Stanton made a world city as New York more personal by capturing spontaneous encounters with residents in word or on film. This series of interviews partially brings stories of our students and staff to light.