Despite being in the Netherlands for less than two months I feel that I have blended effortlessly with rest of the TUDelft community. The atmosphere of the campus is vibrant and everybody seems accessible and passionate about their work. One of the first things to get you inside the campus culture is the DreamTeams. Everybody knows about them, everybody talks about them and everybody has a favorite. Showcases and recruiting events are always around since every team is looking for the best talent around.
DreamTeams are teams formed by students from diverse backrounds who combine their strengths, for at least one year, to perform engineering feats of strength. The goal is to create advanced machines, which stand out for their innovative design or their sustainable implementation and are used in highly competitive events all around the world.
All these teams started are projects founded exclusively by students and they have great freedom and responsibility over the final design. After a team reaches a certain level it acquires access to the D:DREAM Hall. Here every team gets its own administrative facilities, working space, workshop and access to high level equipment and machinery, all of which is operated by students.
The level of commitment these students are putting into their work is remarkable and this is what makes it special amongst most universities around the world. These people are working without oversight of professors and without earning credits out of their desire to move the world forward and their love for engineering.
Projects are hugely diverse, ranging from a formula car and a space rocket to a solar boat and an exoskeleton. Some of the teams are hugely succesfull and have won a number of completitions. The Nuon Solar team just won the competition for the most efficient solar car of the world and the Human Power Team has the record for the fastest human powered vehicle in the world.
Outstanding work is done in the hyperloop team, were a hyperloop train is designed based on Elon’s Musk Hyperloop concept. The train was announced a few months ago and I would highly recommend a visit to their website since the 3D tour they offer is really fun.
If you are passionate about engineering and actually pushing the boundaries of technonoly I suggest you check them out.