Rhythima Shinde is Best Graduate 2018

Rhythima Shinde was voted Best Graduate 2018. She graduated in five months from the faculty of TPM with a thesis on Institutional Innovation: Solar Electrification Sustenance.

Rhythima Shinde graduated from the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management. (Photo: Marjolein van der Veldt)

The jury was completely astonished by the fact that Rhythima Shinde completed two master’s programmes in two years: Engineering and Policy Analysis with honours, including field work in India, and Computer Science, including a graduate project at ETH Zurich. She graduated in only five months and also co-founded a company called ‘Energy Bazaar’, during her time at TU Delft. 

Shinde won a statuette called on the road towards a bright future,designed by Corry Ammerlaan – Van Niekerk, a prize sum of 2,500 euro, a KIVI membership and a new laptop.

Read an interview with Rhythima Shinde.

The other nominees for the award were:   


Jacopo Zamboni
Aerospace Engineering


Zamboni developed a practical methodology to design hybrid electrical aircraft. His methodology should make flying more economical in the future. For his design, he took the basic principles of aerospace engineering, electronics and aircraft design. He earned a nine for his thesis and will soon present his results during the AIAA Scitech Conference in San Diego.

Charlotte Koster

Charlotte Koster
Applied Sciences

Koster developed a method to produce new genetic yeast varieties more efficiently. Her method can be used in the beer brewing industry. Her dissertation was used to submit a patent application for which she will be named as one of the inventors.


Fun fact: As a DreamTeam iGEM member, Koster won an international competition in 2016.



Guillermo Ortiz Jiménez

Guillermo Ortiz Jiménez
Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science


Ortiz Jiménez’s research is in two parts. The first part of his thesis describes how deep learning helps systems recognise signals. Deep learning is an algorithm that enables computers to recognise patterns. He then designed a system that quickly classifies signals. The second part of this thesis, for which he produced a manual, looks at the long term measuring of these signals. This can help users such as Netflix connect films and viewers in an intelligent way. He received a 10 for this thesis.


Eleni Chronopoulou

Eleni Chronopoulou
Architecture and the Built Environment


After analysing a polluted the riverine Kifissos area close to Athens, Chronopoulou designed a system that brings together social, ecological and technical aspects. The natural dynamics of the river make it necessary to contain the water. Concrete dikes may protect the inhabitants, but they are in opposition to both the needs of humans and nature. Chronopoulou’s thesis shows how landscape architecture can create a shared basis for the needs of both. She received a 10 for her thesis.

Yenni Villa Acuña

Yenni Villa Acuña
Civil Engineering and Geosciences


The oil and gas industry is finding it ever more difficult to extract these resources because of the scale and complexity of the subsurface. Algorithms play an important part in this process. Calculations of the subsurface determine where drilling is viable. Over a period of five months, Villa Acuña worked to improve an algorithm by making it much faster and more robust. Apart from earning a 9.5 for her thesis, her work is recognised as state of the art in her subject area.

Anne van Lieren

Anne van Lieren
Industrial Design


Van Lieren researched the phenomenon of nudging. Nudging is a motivational technique that stimulates and manages the desired behaviour of people in a positive way. Taking this concept, she developed a theory with which to analyse different nudging techniques. In doing so, she created practical instruments for a toolkit. Van Lieren wrote up her theory in a research paper and presented it at a major international conference. Her toolkit can also be used by designers. She was awarded a 9.5 for her thesis.

Laurens Valk

Laurens Valk 
Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering


Valk graduated in mechanical engineering and systems & control. His work, that further expands on a theory in distributed control, allows collaborative swarm robots to be operated intuitively.


Fun fact: Valk is also a successful author. His manual, Lego Mindstorms is currently at number 1 in Amazon’s Children’s Books, Computers & Technology, Hardware & Robotics category.



News editor Marjolein van der Veldt

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