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Student experiences

Please meet some of our students below
HTSM students 2021/2022
HTSM students 2021/2022
HTSM students 2017/18
HTSM students 2017/18
HTSM students 2016/2017
HTSM students 2016/2017

Anne Lotte Vissink - MSc in Biomedical Engineering (HTSM Master Student 2019/2020)

Anne Lotte
Anne Lotte

The HTSM honours masters offers a fun way to broaden your knowledge in the high tech systems and materials field. I really enjoyed the variety of workshops, from technical topics to business-related and teambuilding sessions. Covering these topics, especially the business related, can be very useful and gave me interesting knowledge and experiences outside of my regular program. The workshops are all in preparation of the summer school, which gives you the possibility to solve a technical challenge for large company outside of your own field. I did a project for the Meyer Werft, which is not a place where you would normally find a biomedical engineer. I learned a lot during this summer school working on a design problem within a cruise ship. Finally, for the master work you can take a dive into a subject of your personal interest. I decided to apply deep learning on lung scans for discovering lung diseases. I learned a lot during the honours programme and would definitely recommend it to everyone interested in this excellence programme.

Mónica Espinoza Cangahuala, MSc Chemistry (HTSM Master student 2018/2019)

Mónica
Mónica

As a Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling master student, I felt my programme was very abstract. I chose the HTSM honours master because it offered the opportunity to work in industry and develop my leadership and business skills.

My favourite parts of the programme were the summer school and masterwork projects. During the summer school, I developed a newfound love for 3D printing but more importantly; I learned to trust and hone my leadership skills. I also learned to communicate with people from different academic backgrounds. This was useful during the masterwork too. For that, I choose a multidisciplinary project involving two research institutes: ENTEG and ZIAM. I learned to write a research proposal, further honed my project management skills, and worked in two worlds: engineering and material science.

I think that overall the HTSM honours master makes you a well-rounded scientist ready to work in both academia and industry.

Michaël van de Weerd (HTSM Master student 2018/2019)

Michaël
Michaël

Being a former student of the Hanze University of Applied Science, the HTSM programme felt familiar to me in more than one way. The workshops and masterclasses are aimed at practical knowledge about working on projects in a team, having a problem solving attitude towards product development and evaluating the work you do in terms of the market, clients and society. Building upon these experiences, the summer school provides an opportunity to turn thought into actions and to discover your natural role within a team.

We took the chance to work on developing an antenna from scratch at ASTRON. This was a childhood dream come true, as I have been fascinated by ASTRON and their work since I visited the antenna array in Westerbork in primary school. The summer school has given me the chance to walk among the very antennas that have inspired me to pursue a career in science and engineering.

HTSM provides many ways to work on your own dream by providing the means to develop yourself with a professional career in mind. I’m convinced that this does not only result in worthwhile life experiences but also increases your value to future employers.

Thomas Hoeksema, MSc Computing Science (HTSM Master student 2015/2016)

Winner of the Aart Bosman Student Excellence Award 2015-16

Thomas
Thomas

I decided to apply for the HTSM programme, because I wanted to get experience with real-life product development. If you are interested in product development in a real production environment, or want a challenge on top of your regular Master’s programme, or want to develop and broaden your technical 8 skills, talents and knowledge in a practical setting, the HTSM programme is capable of providing all of the above and I highly recommend applying for it!

Bram Lap, MSc Astronomy (HTSM Master student 2015/2016)

Bram
Bram

During my degree in Astronomy I have collaborated a lot with my fellow students. However, I really wanted to gain experience in collaborating with student of a completely different background. In other words, what would be my role within a multidisciplinary team and what would this collaboration be like?

The High Tech Systems and Materials Honours master track really gave me this opportunity. Were I was enabled to work on a technological Summer School projects with four other students whose background varied from Informatics to Biology. In the end, it has showed me that people from different backgrounds are able to solve difficult problems together. But in order to do this you need to really understand each other, which is not always easy due to personal differences. So, if you want to learn how to work in a multidisciplinary team with people that do not share your background or are very different from you I can recommend you to apply for the HTSM. It can be fun and sometimes even frustrating, but it is worth it!

Jessy Ceha, Msc Human-Machine Communication (HTSM Master student 2014/2015)

Winner of the Avril McDonald Prize 2016

Jessy
Jessy

Hi I’m Jessy. I am in my first year of my MSc in Human-Machine Communication. As soon as I started my master I realised that I’d really like to do something next to it. During my bachelor I had noticed that I missed a connection to industry. For that reason the HTSM honours master programme appealed to me. Beside that I had always enjoyed classes in which I could design and produce products. But the programme has turned out to be a lot more than simple a connection to industry by working with Philips. Every week there is a masterclass on a different subject and things that I had never learned about at university. It has also introduced me to students from different faculties and it’s fun to go to the masterclasses knowing you’ll be with people who are also interested in developing themselves and motivated to get the most out of the programme and their time at university!

Jan Bakker, MSc Theoretical Physics (HTSM Master student 2014/2015)

Jan
Jan

My name is Jan Bakker and I'm in the second year of my Theoretical Physics Master program. During the writing of my Bachelor's Thesis and even more so now that I'm working on my Master's Thesis, I realized that the academic world is not the place where I want to be for the rest of my life. To explore some alternatives, I joined the HTSM program. I figured that, whether I was going to enjoy the program or not, it would help me in the decisions I will have to take.

It turns out that the program is very enjoyable indeed. There is a very varied number of masterclasses/lectures and the group of people doing the program is very like-minded. If I'd have had the opportunity to start this program in my first year I'd have done that but, with some extra planning and the flexibility of the organisation, doing it in my second year turns out to be feasible as well.
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