Young Academy Delft physicist Lieven Vandersypen, who currently works at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, has joined The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The Young Academy was founded in 2005 with the aim of bringing young researchers into contact with colleagues from other specialist fields. Dr. Vandersypen (Louvain, 1972) is a pioneer in building quantum computers based on spins. During his PhD research at Stanford University, he succeeded in making one of the first ever quantum calculations and one of the most complex quantum calculations ever made to date, by employing nucleus spins in a molecule. In his capacity as post-doctoral researcher and associate professor at TU Delft he worked on breakthroughs such as the read-out and control of individual electron spins in semi-conductor quantum dots. He is also working on graphene, a layer of graphite one atom thick, in which electrons behave like relativistic particles. He is the author of seven articles in leading science journals.Biofuel productionTU Delft and ENECO Energy will conduct joint research into sustainable water management at biomass plantations in sub-Saharan Africa. ENECO and TU Delft‘s Civil Engineering & Geosciences faculty signed a declaration of intent on November 19. The partnership's objective is to build up scientific and practical expertise on the sustainable production of biofuels. Research will focus on hydrological preconditions, efficient water consumption and improving local living conditions. The expertise will be put into practice in northern Tanzania. TU Delft has already spent several years researching the hydrological conditions in the African village of Makanya and works together with the local Agricultural University. The partnership with ENECO will enable this village to be transformed into a life-size laboratory, where research about sustainable living, agriculture and energy will be conducted. The TU Delft and ENECO partnership guarantees a responsible research framework that will result in the lowest possible cost to society in the long term.Solar Boat The TU's Solar Boat Team is looking for new members. To promote pollution free energy and sustainability, the Frisian Solar Challenge will be organized for the second time in the summer of 2008. This challenge is a spin-off of the well-known 'Elfstedentocht' (11 City Tour) speedskating race that takes place each winter if the canals in Friesland freeze. Only this time the 200 km long route will be covered by solar powered boats. After winning the Frisian Solar Challenge in 2006, the decision was made to compete in the 2008 race with a new team. To match the fantastic results of 2006 team, the search is now on for enthusiastic students who want to join the TU's 2008 Solar Boat Team. Interested? Send an email to info@solarboatteam.nl or visit the website.www.solarboatteam.nl TheftThe number of thefts reported from TU Delft buildings and other institutions in the TU campus area are higher this year than in 2006. Nine reports of theft occurred in the first nine months of 2006, while in 2007 thirteen reports of theft were made, according to the Delft police department's website. The number of cars broken into declined in 2007, however. In 2006, ten cars were broken into on campus, while in 2007 only six cars were broken into. Bikes however continue to be stolen at a steady rate: eighteen bike were reported stolen from January to March 2007, while nineteen bikes were stolen over the same period of time in 2006. The good news is that no student apartments or rooms on campus were broken into in 2007. In 2006, two apartments were reportedly robbed.Guarantee monthsTU Delft will study whether it's possible to extend guarantee months to foreign students who are members of student boards or commissions. TU Delft Executive Board member Paul Rullmann has promised the TU’s Student Advisory Board that he will look into the matter. According to the Student Advisory Board, other Dutch universities are already extending guarantee months to their foreign students. Rullman said that while such extensions are not officially permitted, he will look into the matter.

Young Academy Delft physicist Lieven Vandersypen, who currently works at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, has joined The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The Young Academy was founded in 2005 with the aim of bringing young researchers into contact with colleagues from other specialist fields. Dr. Vandersypen (Louvain, 1972) is a pioneer in building quantum computers based on spins. During his PhD research at Stanford University, he succeeded in making one of the first ever quantum calculations and one of the most complex quantum calculations ever made to date, by employing nucleus spins in a molecule. In his capacity as post-doctoral researcher and associate professor at TU Delft he worked on breakthroughs such as the read-out and control of individual electron spins in semi-conductor quantum dots. He is also working on graphene, a layer of graphite one atom thick, in which electrons behave like relativistic particles. He is the author of seven articles in leading science journals.Biofuel productionTU Delft and ENECO Energy will conduct joint research into sustainable water management at biomass plantations in sub-Saharan Africa. ENECO and TU Delft‘s Civil Engineering & Geosciences faculty signed a declaration of intent on November 19. The partnership's objective is to build up scientific and practical expertise on the sustainable production of biofuels. Research will focus on hydrological preconditions, efficient water consumption and improving local living conditions. The expertise will be put into practice in northern Tanzania. TU Delft has already spent several years researching the hydrological conditions in the African village of Makanya and works together with the local Agricultural University. The partnership with ENECO will enable this village to be transformed into a life-size laboratory, where research about sustainable living, agriculture and energy will be conducted. The TU Delft and ENECO partnership guarantees a responsible research framework that will result in the lowest possible cost to society in the long term.Solar Boat The TU's Solar Boat Team is looking for new members. To promote pollution free energy and sustainability, the Frisian Solar Challenge will be organized for the second time in the summer of 2008. This challenge is a spin-off of the well-known 'Elfstedentocht' (11 City Tour) speedskating race that takes place each winter if the canals in Friesland freeze. Only this time the 200 km long route will be covered by solar powered boats. After winning the Frisian Solar Challenge in 2006, the decision was made to compete in the 2008 race with a new team. To match the fantastic results of 2006 team, the search is now on for enthusiastic students who want to join the TU's 2008 Solar Boat Team. Interested? Send an email to info@solarboatteam.nl or visit the website.www.solarboatteam.nl TheftThe number of thefts reported from TU Delft buildings and other institutions in the TU campus area are higher this year than in 2006. Nine reports of theft occurred in the first nine months of 2006, while in 2007 thirteen reports of theft were made, according to the Delft police department's website. The number of cars broken into declined in 2007, however. In 2006, ten cars were broken into on campus, while in 2007 only six cars were broken into. Bikes however continue to be stolen at a steady rate: eighteen bike were reported stolen from January to March 2007, while nineteen bikes were stolen over the same period of time in 2006. The good news is that no student apartments or rooms on campus were broken into in 2007. In 2006, two apartments were reportedly robbed.Guarantee monthsTU Delft will study whether it's possible to extend guarantee months to foreign students who are members of student boards or commissions. TU Delft Executive Board member Paul Rullmann has promised the TU’s Student Advisory Board that he will look into the matter. According to the Student Advisory Board, other Dutch universities are already extending guarantee months to their foreign students. Rullman said that while such extensions are not officially permitted, he will look into the matter.