About the IHT

Envision the future of Hyperloop evolution for Europe

The Institute of Hyperloop Technology (IHT) was founded 2021 at the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer. IHT is focused on Hyperloop development and applications both in fundamental and engineering sciences. Thus, the Institute aims to establish an international consortium to foster a Large-Scale Hyperloop Research and Technology Facility in Europe, operational at real life conditions. This joint effort of the private sector and academia in an open research network will accelerate the development of a standardized European Hyperloop ecosystem.

People at IHT

Board of Directors

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Walter Neu

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Walter Neu

Head of IHT

Prof. Dr. Walter Neu has been the faculty advisor for the student team “HyperPodX” in all three competitions advising on physics-related questions. Accompanying the team he has created a network for future Hyperloop research by connecting to supporters in politics and industry. He is now focussing on bringing European partners together to initiate research and collaborative projects while developing new technical innovations for Hyperloop technology.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schüning

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schüning

Head of IHT

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Schüning started Hyperloop as the faculty advisor for the team “HyperPodX” supporting the team with technical insights in all three competitions. Whilst advising on the team’s prototyping he connected to partners in industry and academy covering necessary Hyperloop technologies. By bringing European initiatives together he is now focussed on advancing the technical realization of the Hyperloop and works on additional technologies for future transportation.

Team Members

B.Eng. Lukas Eschment

B.Eng. Lukas Eschment

Research Assistant

Lukas Eschment has started as a student in the HyperPodX project in 2016, first briefly working on magnetic levitation before taking over the responsibility of pitching and funding the project by connecting to a lot of today’s partners. In his second year, he took over coordination of the interdisciplinary team to participate again in the finals of the competition. Today Mr. Eschment is forming partnerships with industry and academia to coordinate Hyperloop efforts on a European level by applying for European grants.

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