Smart*Light 2.0: colliding photons with electrons.

Ratio has joined the SMART*Light 2.0 consortium funded by the Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland program. The goal of the project is to develop a novel “tabletop” synchrotron for coherent high-brightness X-rays. The x-ray source is based on inverse Compton-scattering. That is, when ultra-short laser pulses (30 femto seconds) interact with bunches of electrons traveling nearly at the Read more about Smart*Light 2.0: colliding photons with electrons.[…]

Systems engineering at DIFFER

Ratio is supporting the Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research ( in creating a conceptual design and gathering, quantifying, and specifying the requirements for a new Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) facility. The IBA facility is to be used for fundamental material research. For example, to investigate and develop materials to allow for more efficient solar Read more about Systems engineering at DIFFER[…]

The value of systems Engineering

To prove the value of systems engineering, NASA’s Chief Cost & Economics Analysis Werner Gruhl plotted the percentage of project budget spent on systems engineering against the percentage of project budget overruns of many projects. The plot, seen below, clearly shows that investments in systems engineering are returned by a much greater decrease in cost Read more about The value of systems Engineering[…]

Why focus on requirements engineering?

On their website, the TU/e High-tech systems center (HTSC) define their aspiration; “Increase the synergies between key academic strengths and hence better match academic capabilities to industrial needs, thereby strengthening their innovation capabilities.” Ir. Ton Peijenburg, HTSC fellow and Manager Systems Engineering at VDL ETG, evaluates and describes how managing requirements are essential in technical industries (read Read more about Why focus on requirements engineering?[…]

Ratio receives innovation award from De Breed & Partners

Ratio competed in the TU/e contest. In this contest, young innovators had the opportunity to get in touch with relevant and up-to-date business partners, consultants and financiers. This led to interesting conversations and more sight on the opportunities that are created especially for start-ups (for example, subsidies, etc.). Consultants of De Breed en Partners were also Read more about Ratio receives innovation award from De Breed & Partners[…]

Ratio selected as rough diamond in the Philips Innovation Award

The Philips Innovation Award is the largest student-entrepreneur award in The Netherlands. In this contest, participants were challenged to be bold, disruptive and bring about their enthusiasm on their own innovative idea. Ratio has done this convincingly and made it to the final of this grand event. Of all the submissions the best 8 ideas made Read more about Ratio selected as rough diamond in the Philips Innovation Award[…]

Ratio runner-up in the Philips Innovation Award Final

The finals of the Philips Innovation Award were grandly announced and the whole evening lived up to the expectations. All the hard work from the Philips Innovation Award organizers was reflected in the outcome; a dynamic evening with interesting speakers and much interest from the press. In the end, the jury explained they had trouble selecting Read more about Ratio runner-up in the Philips Innovation Award Final[…]