On the 9th of June, I gave my TEDx talk during TEDxVeghel. It was an awesome experience, to have an audience of 500+ people listening to you.
TED global is currently working on adding subtitles. Until that time you can download the spoken text in English here: TEDxVeghel Danny Wagemans English
I have always been interested in the way the world works and how to figure out even more about the fundamentals of nature!
I obtained my B.Sc. in Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen and now working towards my M.Sc. in Physics of Molecules and Materials (nanotechnology) at the Radboud University in Nijmegen with periods of studying abroad at the University of Munich, Hamburg and Manchester
Currently, I am a visiting student researcher at the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester focusing on materials for next-generation desalination and water purification membranes through graphene technology and other 2D materials. I am working in a team of researchers led by prof. Rahul Nair of the University of Manchester that have invented a graphene oxide membrane that can sieve salt from seawater, producing potable water.
Singularity University (abbreviated SU) is a Silicon Valley think tank that offers educational programs and a business incubator.
SU focuses on scientific progress and “exponential” technologies. It was founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil at the NASA Research Park in California, United States. After winning a $50.000 scholarship as part of winning the Global Impact Competition (GIC) from SingualrityU The Netherlands, I went to Singularity University in California and took part in The Global Solutions Program and Launchpad.
Read more about my time there here (In Dutch):
I also spoke about my time at Singularity University at the Singularity University summit in Amsterdam last year:
Students attending the same lectures but getting different grades turned to me for help! Their grades changed thanks to my tutoring. Clearly, I could help a lot of people this way!
When I was 15 and in VWO 4 (Dutch Higher Education) I was an honest student, following the lectures and getting excellent marks. At the same time, my fellow students attended the same lectures but were not getting good grades and turned to me for extra advice on their homework. I was eager to help them and thanks to my help they benefited immensely. The feeling when you explain somebody a challenging problem and let them gain new insights so they can solve the next one themselves is delightful.
I decided to set up my own network so that students in need for help could connect with me for extra tutoring help. My expertise is in physics, chemistry, biology and economics and I helped over 100 students in these subjects. They are and I am as well all extremely grateful for the time and dedication we got to spend together.
As a tutor, you learn as well. You get to connect with people out of various classes, various educational backgrounds and different ways of thinking. It also broadened my understanding of topics. After all, you only really understand something if you can explain it easily.
There is a lot more I want to share, but that requires a password to access. If you are interested just shoot me an email!