Martha Qorinna

Martha

Bachelor course: Electrical Engineering
Specialization: Mechatronics
Graduation year:
2015
Role in PROUD committee: Alumna – Former Treasurer

 

About myself: I like solving challenging problem as well as learning new and different things that can broaden my knowledge!
About PROUD Programme:I have joined PROUD because of the opportunity to work in companies and experience working with engineering while studying so I can apply the theoretical knowledge that I have from school.
Other students should join PROUD because after having an experience working in a company, it will help to understand which field is best suited for the student’s future interest. As well as to experience which company matches the student’s interest. Once it is accomplished there are so many things to discover and to learn. Not only that it is a lot of fun having to solve the challenging problem that will be encountered once working in a company.

Leke Raifi

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Bachelor course: Electrical Engineering
Specialization: Telecommunications
Graduation year: 2015
Role in PROUD committee: Alumnus – Former President

I am a talkative and expressive person. I like working with a group who share the same enthusiasm as I do regarding specific topics and try to achieve the best outcome possible out of it. Also, being a persistent hard-worker, committed student, energetic, as well as extremely vulnerable for new challenges; I truly believe I am a suitable and reliable for every opportunity that comes in the way.

About PROUD Programme: I joined PROUD Program because I saw as a great opportunity to get familiar with the working experience that is expecting me after I graduate. Also, I saw PROUD Program as a great asset of my CV for my future engineering carrier.
I think everyone who is motivated to achieve greater things than just the bachelor diploma and thinks that is mature enough to maintain a balance between working and studying should join PROUD.
So far, I am really happy to have joined PROUD Program since it has opened a lot of work opportunities for me and also has helped me to create a larger engineering network.
I learned a lot from PROUD Program and in different fields such as professional aspect, technical aspect or social aspect, but I would definitely stand out from all of them, the working experience that you get from it. This work experience has helped me the most at this moment.

Peter van Kollenburg

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Role in PROUD committee: Chairman

Peter van Kollenburg is lecturer at the department of Electrical Engineering of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences. He gives lectures, trainings and is specialised in the areas of integrated product development, management and production technology. The courses in Product Management and Human Electrical Engineering have his special interest.

He is one of the key contributors to the introduction of competence driven education at the Electrical Engineering Department at Fontys. The specific way of working in this competence driven education is adopted by several other institutes within and outside Fontys since.

Furthermore he introduced at the E&E department the PRogram OUtstanding Development (PROUD), an excellence program for the E&E students. For this he, together with Mr Bakker and Mr de Waal, was nominated for he Fontys Onderwijsprijs 2011. He is chairman of the PROUD Committee.

His special interests: Integrated product development in co-operations with Lehigh University in the USA, Finland Oulu polytechnic, Germany: Magdeburg Technical University and Great Britain the University of Bath.

He publishes and presents papers on this topics on international conferences as TMCE, SEFI and IGIP Long term development of MRI Scent system and neonathal scent system together with students and Philips Health Care and the TU/e resulted in two patented products.

PROUD dinner

Recently another great PROUD dinner was held last Tuesday (09.12.2014) at the Grand Restaurant Le Connaisseur in Eindhoven. We all had a great time in the company of our good colleges and friends. We were also very happy that Mr Kollenburg was also able to join us as well as one of the alumni.

And some photos from the dinner:
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Some of us have superpowers
And it`s so nice I had to say it twice!

We hope to see you all at the next PROUD event! Merry Christmas!

Excellente studenten Fontys Engineering: zwaarder programma, toch hogere cijfers

Excellente studenten die het PROUD traject (Programme Outstanding Development) van Fontys Hogeschool Engineering volgen, hebben een zwaarder studieprogramma maar behalen desondanks toch hogere cijfers dan medestudenten die dit PROUD traject niet volgen. Dit is de conclusie van een onderzoek uitgevoerd door Peter van Kollenburg en Jeedella Jeedella samen met studenten van Fontys Hogeschool Engineering.

PROUD traject
Fontys heeft sinds 2009 een excellente studenten traject voor Electrical Engineering studenten genaamd PROUD. Doel van dit traject is om ambitieuze studenten naast hun studie extra uitdaging binnen hun vakgebied te bieden. Met PROUD komt Fontys Engineering ook tegemoet aan de toenemende vraag van het bedrijfsleven naar excellente professionals met extra theoretische kennis en praktische ervaring. Een 20-tal bedrijven in de regio Brainport, waaronder ASML, Neways, AME, VanderLande en Prodrive geven deze excellente studenten de kans om minimaal een dag in de week ervaring op doen in het bedrijfsleven. Omdat de studenten ook in vakanties doorwerken is dit gemiddeld twee dagen per week. Ook internationale studenten nemen deel aan PROUD .

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Elk jaar dingen 20 studenten naar een plaats in het PROUD traject. Daarvan worden er ongeveer tien aangenomen. Om dit traject te mogen volgen moeten de excellente studenten hun propedeuse in één jaar hebben afgerond met gemiddeld een zeven. Daarnaast moeten zij bij de opleiding en het bedrijf motiveren waarom zij geschikt zijn voor dit PROUD traject.

Een lange stage
Het PROUD traject valt te beschouwen als een lange stage die parallel loopt met het 2de, 3de, en 4de studiejaar. Het eerste halfjaar gaat de student een dag in de week naar een bedrijf. De student is op dat moment een tweedejaars student Elektrotechniek en kan zich deze dag inwerken bij het bedrijf en haar producten. Het daarop volgende half jaar bestaat de mogelijkheid om full time stage lopen. Het jaar daarna kan de student weer een tot twee dagen in de week mee ontwikkelen aan producten; hij/zij is dan inmiddels 3e/4e jaars student. Het laatste halfjaar is bestemd om af te studeren; de student is dan vrij om een keuze te maken om dat bijvoorbeeld in een ander bedrijf te doen.

Betere cijfers
Het onderzoek door ir. Peter van Kollenburg en Dr. ir. Jeedella Jeedella samen met PROUD student Bozhidar Uzunov toont aan dat het extra curriculair programma niet ten koste gaat van de schoolcijfers van de PROUD deelnemers.  De verwachting was dat de PROUD studenten minder zouden scoren op hun toetsen omdat ze daarvoor minder voorbereidingstijd hebben; ze werken immers minimaal een dag per week in een bedrijf. Het tegendeel blijkt waar, PROUD studenten scoren, ondanks de extra belasting, beter op hun toetsen dan hun collega studenten. Toekomstig onderzoek moet aantonen welke eigenschappen van de PROUD studenten het mogelijk maken dat ze zo goed blijven scoren.

Goede ervaringen
De ervaringen met PROUD zijn dus bijzonder goed te noemen. Bedrijven komen zo al heel snel in contact met de excellente engineering studenten en studenten leren al vroeg in de studie het bedrijfsleven kennen, leren omgaan met de nieuwste technologieën en werkwijzen en brengen dit terug naar de opleiding in de vorm van workshops, coaching en curriculum ontwikkeling. Op 3 november gaan de intakegesprekken van bedrijven met de excellente studenten weer van start. Bedrijven die aan dit project willen deelnemen kunnen zich melden bij p.vankollenburg@fontys.nl

Fontys Engineering presenteert op de “Summit Excellentie 2014”

De overheid heeft de afgelopen 5 jaar 22 Hbo’s en universiteiten subsidie gegeven om excellentie trajecten op te zetten. Deze summit was de afsluiting van dit traject. Rector Huib de Jong van de Hogeschool van Amsterdam was de gastheer en samen met de 250 aanwezigen werden op deze dag ervaringen gedeeld onder het motto ‘The best way to predict the future is to design it’.

Tijdens de grote opening werd de aandacht meteen gevestigd op onze internationale PROUD student Bozhidar Uzunov. Hij mocht als eerste een korte pitch houden wat het PROUD traject betekent voor hem en de maatschappij. En hij deed dat fantastisch, een beter begin konden we ons zelf niet wensen!

Read moreFontys Engineering presenteert op de “Summit Excellentie 2014”

PROUD dinner

Happy New Year and welcome back to Fontys after the holidays.

We would like to invite you to join our exclusive PROUD dinner. The dinner is organized by the PROUD committee to build a fellowship amongst all PROUD students and lecturers involved in the PROUD programme. The dinner is planned as follows:

Date: January 29th 2014
Time: 18:00 onwards
Place: In de Voortuin wijkrestaurant
Celsiusplein 28
5621 BN Eindhoven
Price: about 7 euros excluding drinks for a 3 course menu (Menu)

Please send us an email(proud@fontys.nl) before the 21st of January 2014 to confirm your place at the dinner.

On the January 29th 2014 are also the IPD presentations for E6 and E7. Other students are also welcome to take a look at the presentations and have a drink. After the IPD drinks, we will go to the restaurant.
We don’t have a planning for the presentations yet but this should be on the IPD website soon.

We look forward to seeing you at the dinner and we hope to be able to connect with all PROUD students over delicious food and drinks.

Workshop: Introduction to Linux

Getting tired of blue-screens (Windows) and hardware specific software (Apple OS X)? It doesn’t work as you want it to work, you don’t know how many back doors the OS has to NSA, MI6 etc, it has an unknown level of security and you still pay way too much money for it? There are alternatives depending on your usage.. so we are giving you the opportunity to get to know Linux!

This course is aimed at someone who has basic knowledge of how to use a windows computer and also knows a little about how a computer works. So even if you have never heard from the name ‘Linux’ before, you should be able to follow the presentation and workshop without any problem and ofcourse we will be there to assist.

First a presentation will be given as an introduction to the very basics of Linux. How it originated and how to use it. Second, a workshop will be given to actually work with Linux yourself.

Requirements:
– A laptop with latest version of ‘VMware Player’ installed
– The latest ISO of Arch Linux* (https://www.archlinux.org/download/ e.g. archlinux-2013.12.01-dual.iso)

*You only need to download the ISO file. You will receive instructions about how to install it during the workshop when we will actually install Arch Linux.

Definition of basic knowledge about how to use a windows computer:
– How the filesystem is organised (files are stored in folders in partitions on hard drives, create edit and remove files)
– Installing software (how to install a program and what (basically) happens when you do that)

The workshop will take place at the following time/date:

January 8th, 2014, 12:30pm. Duration: 1-1.5 hours

Location: R1 1.01

If you want to join, please sent an email to proud@fontys.nl. There is a limitation on the number of participants!

See you there!

PROUD Intake Session

On Monday the 4th of November, at Fontys University of Applied Science in Eindhoven, in the faculty of Electrical Engineering (EEE) a committee of both PROUD coaches and PROUD students held an intake event to understand who could have better fit in the PROUD program of 2014, among the 15 excellence students of the second year who applied.

The event consisted of an interview and a common activity. These served to analyze the behavior and the attitude of the candidates from a closer perspective.
The interviews lasted from 20 to 30 minutes each, and were needed for the PROUD commission to get an in-depth knowledge on where the candidates eventually see them-selves working in the future; on what they are willing to do to share their experience with the engineering community and their fellow students; on why they want to join the PROUD, and on what they think their strengths and weaknesses are.
The CVs, the motivation and application letters of the candidates were also discussed in some cases.
During the interviews some of the candidates also had to undergo a Q&A test.

Although the interviews varied in respect to each candidate, the impressions have been similar and overall positive amongst the second year students.
One of the students said, “It was similar to other job interviews I had in the past, very serious and professional.”
“Their faces were really inscrutable. Especially the PROUD student who was holding my interview, he showed no emotions and no response could shine through his face,” added many of the candidates.
In others’ opinion, “It was a tough interview, really challenging and interesting as first experience.”
And again, “Many details from the documents I submitted were analyzed, and I also had to undergo some tough question about my choices.”

After the interviews and a short lunch break offered by the University of Fontys, all the students participated to the common activity that consisted of two team games which were useful to analyze the communication skills of the candidates as well as their attitude and behavior inside a team (see pictures at the bottom of this page).

Initially split into two different teams, the candidates had to play a very peculiar game. In fact the verbal and written communications were forbidden, and the tasks of each one were secret to the other team members. During this 20 minutes challenge, the candidates tried to fulfill their tasks while building a Lego construction, and being closely observed by the committee of PROUD coaches and PROUD students.

The second game involved three different teams in a competition for who could make the highest tower made of spaghetti, tape, and twine with a marshmallow on top. This has been considered more as a funny race in which the candidates could give free rein to creativity, but still their attitude has been monitored.
Also the impressions about the games were positive. Many of the students were surprised; they said they did not expect something of this sort.
One of them added, “I think that observing us during the games could really make them see how we interact.”
Another student also said, “I did not expect anything like this! They were fun and smart games. It is a nice way to find out how we work, how we are in doing team work. It was good that different classes of the second year were mixed in the teams.”

However also some suggestions came from another student: “I believe 20 minutes is too less time to understand a person’s sociability or a student’s group interaction. I hoped a better approach could have been taken instead of a game, however it was fun.”

In the end of the intake session the candidates were reassured not to worry if they could not get in the PROUD, because the places for this honor program are limited but the opportunity in life are almost infinite, and they are still part of the best students of the Fontys University. So we all have to remember that “success is getting what you want, happiness is liking what you get.”

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Open days

EEE is a university programme intended Open Dayfor the professional field of Electrical & Electronic Engineering with specializations in Robotics, Telecommunications, Sound Engineering or Business Engineering. With the knowledge and skills gained in this program you can work as high-level engineers in the wide field of Electronic Engineering sector, both in the Netherlands and abroad. This bachelor program leads to the international Bachelor degree of Engineering (Bsc).

The Open Day will be on:
Eindhoven, Saturday 16 November, 09:30 – 15:00h
Address: Rachelsmolen 1, 5612 MA Eindhoven, Netherlands
Phone:+31 88 508 0000

 

Fontys PROUD students impress at Honours Symposium

On the 3rd and 4th of October, three international students from Fontys  Hogeschool Engineering (FHE) were given the opportunity to present at the  2013 Honours conference in Rotterdam.  More than 300 professionals and international guests attended this conference.

These 3 students, Deep Raj Khadka, Divyia Kanagalingam and Michael Kruger, are member of the excellent students programme at Fontys Electrical Engineering called PROUD (stands for PRogrammeOUtstanding Development).

They presented the results of their scientific research as one of the paper presentations. With this research they showed that this excellence programme, PROUD, boosts the curriculum at Electrical Engineering of the FHE.

Under the guidance of their supervisor, Mr Peter van Kollenburg, they also found that the PROUD programme is more than up to standard when compared to the other honours programmes from around the world.

The PROUD programme offers professional work experience, an aspect that many honours programmes do not offer. With these work experiences the PROUD students bring the needs of the companies into the engineering curriculum. Due to this all students have an up to date curriculum. The audience was very lyrical about this construction.

Overall, the conference proved to be very informative and an educational experience, many techniques were explored and discussed. The students enjoyed their experience at the conference and will come with proposals based on the new insights that they have gained by discussing other honours programmes. One of the changes will be the intake and interview of new candidates for this excellence programme.

Read more at: www.tiny.cc/proud_rotterdam

 

 

First proud report

Each year about 45 E&E engineering students start the second year of their study. This is the target group for the PROUD program. The first step is an introduction of the PROUD honours program nowadays given by participating students. Besides that posters are used to inform the first year students. In the first year about 20 students were interested but only 11 students applied for a place in PROUD by sending their application letter and CV. Two members of the PROUD committee interviewed these 11 students. In this first round only three students passed.