WITH A COMBINED NETWORK OF OVER 8.000 ‘4TU’ GRADUATES IN THE UNITED STATES, ALUMNI ARE NOT ONLY VALUABLE CONTACTS FOR EACH OTHER BUT ALSO UNIQUE ACCESS POINTS TO EXCITING ORGANIZATIONS!
This April over 200 local alumni signed up for special ‘behind the scenes’ gatherings in Boston, Chicago & San Jose at three pioneering companies: autonomous vehicle company Motional, global financial technology platform Adyen and ASML’s Silicon Valley R&D facility. The special gatherings were hosted by the UT, TU Delft, TU/e and Wageningen University alumni offices as part of a 2023 USA DEAN Alumni Tour after organizing previous tours in 2014 & 2018.
Each of the events included talks by local alumni from the host companies about their career paths and current jobs, updates from the universities and concluded with a networking 'borrel'. The 4TU hosts were Anouk Dijkstal (TU Delft), Joe Laufer (UT) & Denise Spiekerman (WUR).
One of the immediate outcomes of the current tour has been the recruitment of 20+ volunteers among local alumni who will act as organizers and hosts of future activities in the four cities as well as contact points for visiting staff and students from 4TU universities. The promotions around the activities also provided an opportunity for targeted contact with over 2.000 UT, TUD, TU/e and Wageningen graduates and raised awareness regarding both the USA based alumni network as well as possible engagement paths with their alma maters including education (i.e. guest speakers & mentoring), research (i.e. job openings, partnerships with companies) and fundraising (i.e. student scholarships, crowdfunding) .
For an impression of both the alumni events of the current tour as well as other activities undertaken during the visit see the daily updates below originally posted by UT alumni officer Joe Laufer on Linkedin.
Alumni participants for the four events came from a range of organizations including: Accenture, Adyen, Amgen, Amyris, Analog Devices, Apple, Aptitude SW, ASML, Boston University, Cargill, Ericsson, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, GE Healthcare, Genentech, Google, Harvard University, IBM, Intel Corporation, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Linkedin, Mars Wrigley, Marvell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Meta Platforms, MilliporeSigma, Motional, NASA Ames Research Center, Nestle Health Science, Northwestern University, Nouryon, NVIDIA, SEMTECH, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Healthineers, Sila Nanotechnologies, Stanford University, Syngenta, Unilever (Dollar Shave Club), United Nations, University of California, Berkeley, Vicarious Surgical, V-Silicon, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.
4TU DEAN alumni communities were first launched back in 2014 and today are active in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Nordics, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. This unique network encompasses over 33,000 engineers and is a testimony of the global impact and reach of the four technical universities of the Netherlands.
In 2023 DEAN alumni events will also take place in Switzerland, the UK & the additional US locations Houston, Washington DC & New York. Gatherings are organized by the UT, TUD, TU/e and Wageningen University alumni offices often in collaboration with partners like the 4TU Federation, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
For more information about the DEAN alumni network visit: https://www.4tu.nl/en/about_4tu/alumni/