Supporters of our team
Prof. dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf
Director of the Insitute for Advanced Study in Princeton
“Solar Team Eindhoven shows that sustainable mobility is possible with the construction of a single car.”
Robbert Dijkgraaf is Director and Leon Levy Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. The Institute is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry and exists to encourage and support fundamental research in the sciences and humanities.
Dijkgraaf is a mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and to the advancement of science education. His research focuses on the interface between mathematics and particle physics. In addition to finding surprising and deep connections between matrix models, topological string theory and supersymmetric quantum field theory, Dijkgraaf has developed precise formulas for the counting of bound states that explain the entropy of certain black holes.
Drs. Maurits Groen
Inspirator, Motivator and Founder of WAKA WAKA
Mobility is one of the biggest challenges in the pursuit of sustainability. However, it is essential for the proper functioning of our society. It is very encouraging and commendable that a small group of students, a wonderful team of dedicated, insightful and capable persevere people, manages to achieve what the entire auto industry did not achieve (or perhaps tried but did not dare to take the step). Therefore, it is an honour for me to be an ambassador of this wonderful team.
Rob van Hattum
Director Science programs at VPRO & Chief Science Officer NEMO Science Center
Although fossil fuels brought us much prosperity, it is time to stop burning these fuels and to use the sun as direct energy source. The students of Solar Team Eindhoven succeeded in showing that a family car can perfectly drive on solar energy. It is beautiful that their ambition is not just to build an extraordinary car to win prices with. They want to design a normal family car, a solar car that can be parked on our driveways. I would like one!
Let us make the World Solar Challenge the most important competition for the Netherlands. On TV, the internet and in the print media.
In 1994 Rob van Hattum became a documentary science filmmaker and executive science editor for the VPRO, Dutch public broadcasting organization. He directed many international award-winning documentaries. He was presenter of the Dutch National Science Quiz, a highly popular yearly television event.
Rob van Hattum is also Chief Science Officer of the Dutch national Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. A highly interactive ‘Hands on Brains on’ environment where people can play and interact with scientific phenomena on topics like electricity, chemistry, mathematics, the teenage brain, forces, the search for life in space and the brain.