Board members

Hi there! We are the board members of the TNO PhD Community. We are all PhD researchers, actively working in projects across different departments of TNO. Our primary focus as a board is to create exciting events and opportunities for you to network, develop and create an impact with your PhD research! Find out a bit more about us below.

Thomas Attema

"In 2018, I enrolled in a part-time PhD project at the Cryptology group of the Centrum for Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). In my PhD, I aim to develop new cryptographic protocols creating decentralized collaboration opportunities without the need for a trusted third party. Combining this with my work in TNO’s Cyber Security and Robustness department gives me an amazing balance between applied and fundamental research."

Milou Derks

"After working at the strategic business unit for over a year, I decided in 2019 to combine my job at TNO with a PhD on upscaling innovations in developing countries at TU/e. It is by far the best decision I have made in my professional life. It allows me to make impact in both developing countries and the academic world."

Mitchell van der Hulst

"I am a third year PhD student with an affiliation shared equally between the department of Environmental Science at Radboud University and TNO’s Climate Air and Sustainability (CAS) department in the unit of Circular Economy and the Environment (CEE). I joined the board to realise the foundation of a PhD community within TNO that enables exchange of knowledge/experiences between PhD students at TNO and strengthens their integration into the organization."

Natalia Mazur

"I'm a third year PhD student in Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology. My PhD research looks into the development of thermochemical heat storage materials for domestic applications within Mat4Heat project where TNO is one of the partners. With the ongoing energy transition it is crucial to develop storage options which will allow us to stockpile green energy."

Carina Nieuwenweg

"Currently I am working as a PhD candidate at Wageningen University and Research on a novel biochemical technology called gene drives, an application of CRISPR-Cas. My research project is a joined collaboration with TNO. Gene drives are genetic constructs that allow mankind to specifically alter DNA, the blueprint of life, of entire populations. Dual-use is an important aspect of this technology. Innovations in biotechnology are happening fast and reaching maturity with an increasing pace. Although these technologies have great potential, they give rise to a variety of questions concerning ethics, safety and malicious intent."

Aiden Hoyle

"I started my PhD in 2019 in a collaboration between TNO, the Netherlands Defense Academy and the University of Amsterdam. Broadly speaking, I'm attempting to understand the psychological dimension of hostile information activities. I really like doing my PhD with TNO, and getting that more applied aspect of research."

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