• What is KOers?
  • History
  • Membership
  • Current board
  • Past boards
  • Committees
  • Lustrum VII
  • Lustrum VI

What is KOers?

KOers is the study association for students Structural Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). At the moment KOers has about 300 members.

The main goal of KOers is to complement the education of students and to bring them into contact with the business community. This is achieved by organizing excursions, lectures, workshops and a study trip. All the activities have a connection to both the theoretical education and engineering practice.

The education-committee of KOers keeps a close eye on the courses and projects of the mastertrack Structural Design. Evaluation meetings are held, where students and teachers can evaluate courses and projects trough discussion.
Three times a year our association releases a magazine: the KOersief. This magazine contains interesting articles about engineering practice, graduate students present their work and activities are presented.

KOers organizes, besides the educational activities, also drinks, parties and a yearly BBQ. The Concrete-canoe-race and football team are some of the sporting activities of KOers.

History

KOers has a long history. KOers exists since December 21st 1978.

The official founding of KOers is on December 21st 1978. Reni van Vliet and Huub Heijgele visited the notary office that day to get a certificate of incorporation. In this document the goal of the association was explained: “the association aims to represent the interests of students from the mastertrack Structural Design”. As of this day KOers was officially founded, although the hard work to make this possible started three years earlier.

1975 – 1986:
As early as 1975 the first study trip was organized with England as its destination. Every two months a movie was played during the lunch break and monthly drinks were held.
In January 1978 the first KOersief was distributed. At the time it was 3 pages long and contained the plans of our study association.
In 1982 the first ideas for lunchlectures began to evolve. the second KOersief was distributed in May the same year. From this year on, the KOersief was distributed regularly. An editorial team was formed and the KOersief is published 3 to 4 times a year.
The study association for Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences (Cheops) was founded in 1985. From this moment KOers is no longer an independent association, and became part of Cheops. This year an excursion to Austria and Italy took place.

Jan Siebelink:
In 1987 Mr. Jan Siebelink bids farewell to the department. Jan Siebelink was one of the most recognizable and active members of KOers. Because of this, the lunch-corner in the main building was renamed to the Jan Siebelink corner. Eleven years later he was appointed honorary member in gratitude of his involvement and hard work for the association.

1990-2000:
Besides the usual activities the Bata444race is the highlight of the year. After an extensive training program the participating students and staff achieve an excellent 221st place during the race in April.
In 1991, the association has about 25 members, KOers participates for the first time in the concrete-canoe race. KOers is represented in Gent (Belgium) with homemade canoes and even manages to win some prizes.
In the year 1996-1997 a lot has been done to attract new members. Among others, a BBQ is organized in June 1996 to celebrate the end of the academic year. After all these efforts, KOers has 66 student members, 11 “tientjes”members and 48 fund-members at the end of 1997.
In 1998 Muriel Alblas is appointed honorary member. As secretary of the department she meant a lot to the association.

2002-2003:
At the start of the academic year 2002-2003 the faculty civil engineering moves to a new building: Vertigo. KOers has to say farewell to the office in the main building. KOers got a new accomodation in the new building, at the fifth floor.

2010-2011:
This year another move is planned. This time within Vertigo. The board of the association has to move to a different spot on the fifth floor, together with the other study associations.
This is also the year the concrete-canoe race visits Eindhoven. After 13 years KOers has the privilege to organize this international event. After a difficult start a fantastic event was organized.

Membership

The membership is free for al bachelor-students and master-students Structural Design.

Why should you become a member?

- Regularly interesting (free) excursions, lectures and workshops are organized;
- You are kept up to date of all KOers news and activities trough the k-m@il;
- You have access to old exams in the exam library;
- You get a good overview of the mastertrack SD;
- You get the opportunity to take place in several committees;
- You get to know people with the same interest;
- You are welcome to drinks and parties.

There are three different memberships:

Student-member
The membership is free for al bachelor-students and master-students Structural Design. For other master-students the membership costs € 3,- a year.

Club-of-five (€ 5,00 / year) 
Graduated students can, for one year, become a member for the reduced rate of € 5,-.

Fund-member (€ 20,00 / jaar) 
Other members, graduates, teachers etc., can become a member for € 20,- a year.

Current board

The current board consists of for people:

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Current board: (from left to right) Lia, Lars, Eline and Thomas

Lars Croes – Chairman

Dear KOers-members,Lars

My name is Lars Croes, I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Nijmegen, but I have been proud to call myself an Eindhovenaar for the last five years. Before starting my bachelor at the TU/e, I had a great time in high school, getting my ‘N&T’ ‘VWO’ diploma and exploring my interest in the diverse field of technology. Even as a child, I loved building, and of course demolishing, buildings and structures made with my toys, as I am sure many of you did.

After high school, I chose the bachelor Built Environment in favor of Mechanical Engineering and also chose Eindhoven over Delft. I am still glad with the choice I made and never had second thoughts. I aspire to experience and learn as much as possible during my time as a student, and have always been active in study associations and the student life. In the last few years, I was involved in designing and building the first Ice Dome in Finland, organizing a study trip to Ecuador, designing and building the Beer Crate Bridge as well as being part of many more smaller committees.

This year, I aspire to continue to learn and develop myself, and dedicate myself to the board of KOers as well as finishing the last of my courses and starting graduation. My personal goal is to learn to be more organized and expand my professional network. Together with the other board members and active members, I aim to provide interesting and fun activities and experiences for both Structural Design students and Built Environment students in general.

I hope to get to know all of the old and new members of KOers, and look forward to meeting you all in the activities we will organize this year!

Eline Dolkemade – Secretary and Commisioner of Education

Dear KOers-members,Eline

My name is Eline Dolkemade and I am 24 years old. I grew up in Willemstad, a small town in the west of Brabant and went to high school in Roosendaal. Six years ago, I started my bachelor Architecture and Construction Engineering at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (HRO), which sounds way more fancy in English than it really is. Now, I continue studying for a few more great study years in Eindhoven.

After graduating high school, it was time to choose a study and therefore, in my thoughts, a future. I really had no clue and picked building engineering very randomly, almost with my eyes closed. At first, this was because of my interest for creativity and design, but after my first few drawing courses, I discovered that when I ‘must’ design something, I don’t like it anymore. Luckily, the mechanics and structural courses turned out be more my cup of tea. So I did a minor structural design and decided that this was not yet the end of my study time, but just the beginning and planned to do my masters on the TU/e.

And that is where we are now. At first, I experienced the switch between HBO and university very tough, but I made a lot of new friends, who helped me to get used to the TU/e. After starting the master Structural Design, I came in contact with KOers, where I made even more friends. And see where that brought me now, taking place in the 47th board of KOers, naming myself Secretary, and be more involved with the education. It is time that we all stop complaining about all the courses, teachers, and education being bad and start improving it with each other.

Love to see you all in the upcoming academic year!

Lia de Mooij – Treasurer

Dear KOers-members,Lis

My name is Lia de Mooij and I am 22 years old. I come from a small village in West-Brabant, called Lepelstraat, and I have lived in Eindhoven since I started my study at the TU/e four years ago. I never doubted which study suited me the best, I already knew it would be Architecture, Building and Planning at the TUsince 3rd grade .

After graduating high school, I moved to Eindhoven and started with my bachelor as planned. At the end of the first year, you had to choose a direction within the study and because of my love for the technical aspects and calculations and a little bit of lack of creativity, it was obvious for me to choose Structural Design.

I completed my bachelor within three years and started my master last year, not knowing much about KOers. By other students I found out that KOers organized many interesting activities and since then, my intention was to attend as many activities as possible to experience more of the student life. As I attended more lunch lectures, excursions and went to the Concrete Canoe Race for a weekend, I got to know more people and learned that KOers has a great added value to my experience as a student. This year I will take my participation within KOers to the next level as I will fulfill the function of treasurer for the 47th board of KOers Study Association.

I hope to see many current and new members of KOers at one of our activities in the upcoming year!

Thomas Dam – Commissioner Public Relations and Vice Chairman

Dear KOers-members,Thomas

My name is Thomas Dam, I am 23 years old and I grew up in Kaatsheuvel, which we all know from its beautiful theme park. During secondary school, attending the Willem van Oranje College Waalwijk, I was always interested in building engineering. I already drew several floor plans of my house and bedroom. So after finishing the VWO track with additional courses Latin and mathematics D, it was an obvious step to go to the Architecture, Building and Planning bachelor at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

However, I pretty soon realized that there was no real architect in me and I preferred the more mathematical side of the study. In the third year of the bachelor, I followed the minor Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in order to expand my field of expertise and because I was always wondering how the business life would fit me. After all, I decided to chase my dreams, continuing with the master Structural Design, with in addition the certificate of Construction Technology.

I have studied for 5 years and during my studentship, I have done multiple activities besides my study. After two years of rowing at the rowing association Thêta and playing hockey at DES Kaatsheuvel, I currently play hockey at the students hockey association Don Quishoot. Moreover, my indoor football team was merged with FC KOers. In this way, and because of the great results of the Beer Crate Bridge last year, I got in touch with study association KOers. In order to enlarge my entrepreneurial experiences and to meet you all, current and new members of KOers, I will be the Commissioner of Public Relations for the 47th board.

I hope to meet you all at our activities!

Past boards

Board 2015-2016

Gosse Slager - Chairman
Pierre Hendrikx - Secretary and Commisioner PR
Wessel Manders - Treasurer
Lieneke van der Molen - Commissioner of Education

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 Board 2014-2015

Thijs de Goede - Chairman
Sander Montrée - Secretary
Gerben van der Meijde - Treasurer
Jelle Mensink - Commissioner PR
Niels Hanegraaf - Commissioner Editorial board

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Board 2013-2014

Loes Mulders - Chairman
Miranda Kamphuis - Secretary
Marijn Bruurs - Treasurer / Commissioner PR

 

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Board 2012-2013

Rob Wolfs - Chairman
Linda Verschuren - Secretary
Christiaan den Otter - Treasurer
Thijs Meijers - Commissioner PR
Iris Rombouts - Commissioner Activities + Education

 

Board 2012-2013

 

Board 2012

Omar Sarfatij - Chairman
Tim Donkers - Secretary
Jeroen Hendriks - Treasurer + Commissioner PR

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Board 2011

Omar Sarfatij - Chairman
Steven Schoenmakers - Secretary
Jeroen Hendriks - Treasurer + Commissioner PR

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Board 2010-2011

Steven Schoenmakers - Chairman
Emiel Custers - Secretary
Douwe Stellingwerff - Treasurer + Commissioner PR
Roel Pluijmen - Commissioner Activities

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Board 2010

Lianne Tas - Chairman
Jean-Paul Frencken - Secretary
Marco Schmeitz - Treasurer + Commissioner PR
Bastiaan Göttgens - Commissioner Editorial board
Sean Diederen - Commissioner Activities

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Board 2009

Lianne Tas - Chairman
Koen van Uffelen - Secretary
Wouter van der Sluis - Treasurer
Robbert - Commissioner PR

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Board 2008-2009

Koen van Uffelen - Chairman
Anne-Marie van Welie - Secretary
Wouter van der Sluis - Treasurer
Robbert - Commissioner PR
Harm Boel - Commissioner Education
Marko Jovic - Commissioner Activities
Hamza Chakiri - Commissioner Activities

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Board 2007-2008

Linh Sa Lê - Chairman
Matéi Kevenaar - Secretary
Rianne Luimes - Treasurer

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Board 2006-2007

Ragavan Appiah - Chairman + Commissioner Activities
Menno van Dijk - Treasurer + Secretary

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Board 2005-2006

Maarten Braem - Chairman + Secretary
Jop Courage - Treasurer
Wil van de Wouw - Secretary + Commissioner Activities
Bas Wijnbeld - Commissioner Editorial board + Commissioner Activities

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Board 2004-2005

Alexander Suma - Chairman
Karin de Louw - Secretary
Dennis Opbroek - Treasurer
Sigrid Mulders - Commissioner Activities
Alexandro Janga - Commissioner Activities
Geert Brouwers - Commissioner PR
Gertjan Coenen - Commissioner Editorial board

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Board 2003-2004

Michaël Fütterer - Chairman
Wendy Seijkens - Treasurer
Frank Huijben - Commissioner Activities

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Board 2002-2003

Linda Schetters - Chairman
Manja van de Worp - Secretary
Dirk Rinze Visser - Treasurer
Jitze Koops - Commissioner Activities
Dennis Woudenberg - Commissioner Activities
Paul Teeuwen - Commissioner Editorial board

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Board 2001-2002

Evert Leijendekker - Chairman
Annemarie Hoogervorst - Secretary
Stefan Holman - Treasurer
Stephanie Ogink - Commissioner Activities
Nory Walenbergh - Commissioner Activities
Niels van Kronenberg - Commissioner Editorial board

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Board 2000-2001

Walter van Adrichem - Chairman
Wilbert Savelkous - Secretary
Ernst Klmaer - Treasurer
Linda Bukman - Commissioner Activities
Monique Haenen - Commissioner Activities
Twan Hendriks - Commissioner Editorial board

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Committees

KOers has a lot of committees. Every committee has its own activities. The best about taking place in a committee is getting to know other KOers-members and organizing activities. Besides that, it can also be a nice addition to your resume and a way to learn new skills.

Some committees are complementing education, others are active within the field of Structural Design. Think about building the concrete canoes or organizing the study trip. The drink and party committee is responsible for the drinks.

We are currently putting together the committees, are you interested or do you want to know more about the committees? Send us an email!

Multiple Day Excursion Committee

Every year an excursion is organized, normally to a destination in Europe. Last year Stuttgart and Munich were visited. Previous years have visited Hambourg, Kopenhagen, Stuttgard, Oslo, Valencia, London and Berlin.

  • Britt Cordewener
  • Kees Govers
  • Wouter van der Vossen
  • Gerben van der Meijde
  • Lars Croes

Study Trip Committee

In the second part of the academic year a trip is organized by the study trip committee. the goal of this trip is to get in touch with other cultures, architecture history and special structures. Last year a succesfull trip to Singapore was organized.

Concrete-canoe-race Committee

Concrete-canoe-race Committee
The Concrete-canoe-race is a yearly event where students of different universities and colleges race against each other in (homemade) concrete canoes. There are prizes for the heaviest canoe and there are races over several distances. Besides enlarging the current fleet, the committee takes care of making the teams. Special care is put into the innovative-canoe.

  • Derk Bos
  • Lia de Mooij
  • Stijn van Kuijk
  • Nick Visser
  • Tijs Martens

KOers Design Challenge committee

This year a new edition of the KOers Design Challenge will take place. This an educational and competitive event. Students will be challenged to make a structure that fit within a theme. This theme will be a secret until the day itself.

  • Dion Goris
  • Qiao Ben Zhang
  • Gido Dielemans
  • Esther Brouwer
  • Lia de Mooij
  • Eline Dolkemade

Editorial board committee

Three times a year the magazine, The KOersief, is published. Each KOersief has a theme, such as Highrise, Calatrava or Graduating.
The KOersief has space for interesting articles, written by students, teachers or companies. Furthermore there are graduation reports and reports of recent activities.

  • Thomas van Vooren
  • Angelique van de Schraaf
  • Lieneke van der Molen
  • Eline Dolkemade
  • Tom Godthelp
  • Caroline Koks
  • Denise Kerindongo

Drink/party Committee

Regularly, a drink will be organized for all KOers members. These drinks usually take place in the SkyBar! Underground, in Vertigo. There are several reasons to organize a drink, like the shuffleboard drink, a contest between KOers and SUPport, Chrismas or New Year. Finally we close the academic year with a Barbeque. The Drink/party Committee consists of the previous (46th) Board:

  • Gosse Slager
  • Pierre Hendrikx
  • Wessel Manders
  • Lieneke van der Molen

Website Committee

The websie committee is responsible for the website, and tries to improve it where necessary.

  • Sander Montrée
  • Pierre Hendrikx
  • Thomas Dam
  • Eline Dolkemade

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board advises and monitors the board.

  • Rob Wolfs (43th board KOers)
  • Loes Mulders (44th board KOers)
  • Thijs de Goede (45th board KOers)
  • Gerben van der Meijde (45th board KOers)
  • Gosse Slager (46th board KOers)
  • Wessel Manders ( 46th board KOers)

Treasurer Control Committee

The Treasurer Control Committee advises the treasurer and monitors the accountancy.

  • Gerben van der Meijde (45th board KOers)
  • Wessel Manders (46th board KOers)
  • Merel van Hooren (31th board CHEOPS)

Lustrum VII – 35 jaar KOers!

Revolutie-poster

De bouw is turbulent en kent ups en downs. Dit is niet nieuw en algemeen bekend. Toch lijkt het de laatste jaren zo slecht te gaan dat er gesproken wordt van een ware bouwcrisis. Maar hoe erg is deze crisis en hoe lang duurt ze nog? Praten we er niet te veel over en moeten we niet eigenlijk veel meer doen waar we goed in zijn: bouwen!

Op 21 december bestond studievereniging KOers 35 jaar. Dit heuglijke feit werd gevierd met een week aan bijzondere activiteiten, als lezingen, workshops en een gala. Tijdens deze feestelijke week bleef KOers echter kritisch. Met het thema (R)Evolutie? worden vraagtekens gezet bij de huidige status van de bouw. Gaan de ontwikkelingen de juiste richting op of kunnen we beter vasthouden aan het ouderwetse imago van de bouw? Welke toonaangevende innovaties zijn de laatste jaren doorgevoerd en hoe ziet de constructieve toekomst er uit? Deze en meer vragen werden beantwoord tijdens de vele activiteiten van de lustrumweek van KOers.

De 7e lustrumweek van KOers vond plaats in kalenderweek 50. Van 8 t/m 13 december 2013 werden dagelijks activiteiten georganiseerd, in en rond het Vertigo gebouw op de campus van de TU/e:

Zondag 8 dec : Alumni-dag
Maandag 9 dec : Opening van de lustrumweek, tentoonstelling, pubquiz
Dinsdag 10 dec : Minisymposium
Donderdag 12 dec Betonworkshop
Vrijdag 13 dec : Gala

(klik op de activiteit om naar de foto’s te gaan)

De lustrumcommissie bestond uit de volgende fanatieke KOers-leden:

- Laurens Ensink – Voorzitter

- Gydo Fransen – Secretaris

- Christian Fredrix – Penningmeester

- Rob Wolfs – Commissaris Public Relations

- Marijn Bruurs – 44e Bestuur

Lustrum VI – 1978 – 2008

In december 2008 bestond KOers 30 jaar. Om dit te vieren werd er een lustrumweek georganiseerd. De lustrumweek vond plaats in week 48, van zondag 23 november 2008 tot zaterdag 29 november 2008.

Het thema van de lustrumweek was: KOers zoekt de grenzen op!

In dit dubbelzinnige thema wordt op verschillende wijzen gerefereerd naar de aspecten waar een constructeur mee te maken krijgt. De activiteiten van de lustrumweek zullen alle een herkenbare verbinding hebben met het thema.

Het programma van de lustrumweek zag er als volgt uit:

Zondag 23 nov : Alumni-dag
Maandag 24 nov : Officiële opening van de lustrumweek en de tentoonstelling
Dinsdag 25 nov : Lezing en excursie
Woensdag 26 nov : Workshop en Spelshow
Donderdag 27 nov : Symposium
Vrijdag 28 nov : Gala

Meer weten? Klik hier!