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Dr. ir. Bart Somers

“Currently there are several propulsion technologies that claim to contribute to a more sustainable future. Where Team FAST distinguishes itself from the rest is the wide range of applications. Contrary to many others, this technology might be applicable to commercial transport such as trucks, busses and boats. I am looking forward for what Team FAST has to offer the coming year.”

Prof. dr. ir. Maarten Steinbuch

“If this student team FAST is successful, their technology can realize a major breakthrough in hydrogen fueled cars. This technology has the advantage of using a liquid under atmospheric pressure, and therefore fits in the existing infrastructure. Team FAST has made a good start and I am curious to see the progress!”

Dr. ir. Rick Harwig

“Team FAST started off as a small group of ‘honours’ students which I supervised , and it is great to see how they have grown over the last year. They try to tackle an important question in the field of energy: how do you use stored energy in Formic Acid efficiently in applications such as transport. “

Carlo JT van de Weijer

Carlo van de Weijer (1966) has a Master degree in Mechanical Engineer from the University of Technology in Eindhoven and a PhD degree from Technical University in Graz. He started his career in 1990 at TNO Automotive, moved to SiemensVDO in 2001 to head the Eindhoven automotive navigation development lab, since 2007 part of TomTom. Currently, Dr. Van de Weijer is director of the Strategic Area Smart Mobility at Eindhoven University of Technology, alongside his work for TomTom. He is, amongst others, board member of ITS Netherlands, AutomotiveNL and the EU ITS Action Plan Advisory Board and member of the supervisory board of several hightech companies.

Piet Berkhout

Team FAST has embraced the challenge to show that Formic Acid can be used as an effective storage medium for energy by fueling automotive vehicles. The enthousiastic multi-disciplinary student team pairs an entrepeneurial environment with challenging goals. In my carreer in the high-tech electronics industry I have managed and supported organisations to succesfully bring (first-of-a-kind) products to the market based on emerging technologies, such as optical disc, CCD sensors and MPEG2 video. As an independent advisor of the foundation Ondernemersklankbord I support SME businesses and initiatives. It is a pleasure and a challenge to support Team Fast as a member of their Advisory Board.

Harry Verhaar

The world faces a wide range of challenges, many of which have been captured by the UN Sustainable Development Goals that were launched in September 2015. The best way to address these is to find innovative technologies, policies and business models for the way we provide sustainable energy solutions that ‘drive’ our society today and in the future. This what I focus on in my work at Philips Lighting, and this is what makes it a pleasure to support Team Fast. Another motivation to having joined the advisory group is that such an initiative led by young innovators and entrepreneurs will shape and provide the future leaders and workforce we need.

Godfried Puts

Godfried combines entrepreneurship with a job at AutomotiveNL. Within AutomotiveNL he is responsible for the electric mobility agenda, which now also includes the coupling between mobility and energy. Apart from this, Godfried also shares responsibility for the cooperation between the industry and education and the development and execution of a national innovation program for the Dutch automotive industry.

Mike Metcalfe

Dr. Mike Metcalfe was a senior policy adviser to the South Australian Government. His research on ‘concept-driven’ planning for innovation has been used by numerous organisations both public and private. It is outlined in his recent books, ‘How Concepts Solve Problems’ and ‘Smart Imitation Remix,’ and summarised on his YouTube channel.

Gert-Jan Kloppers

Chairman/managing director with strong commercial DNA and experience in Business development for over 25 years. Large international network in construction and mobility sector, fast moving industrials and capital consumer goods. Passion for making the world a better place by o.a. hands-on coaching of start-ups with a sustainable mission at TU/e Innovation lab. Furthermore Gert-Jan has a Supervisory Board-membership at a midsized family-owned company (Dekker Groep Zevenhuizen) and is associated with long term horizon PE-firms (Atlantic capital & Anders Invest).




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