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

PhD Candidate & Project Coordinator

Lukas helped initiate and is now coordinating projects at the Institute of Hyperloop Technology where he is also a PhD candidate. After starting with the Hyperloop Pod Competitions and reaching out to industry partners, he is now focusing his work on an European Hyperloop Large Scale Technological Research Infrastructure. He is involved in standardization at national and European level, EU projects and Hyperloop Programs like ePIcenter, the Hyperloop Development Program and the EU HyTeC project. Today he is focussing on Hyperloop efforts on a European level forming partnerships and consortia including industry and academia with the goal of developing future transportation.

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