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
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
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.
B.Eng. Lukas Eschment
Lukas Eschment 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.
M.Sc. James Napier
James Napier joined the ePIcenter project in 2021. His task is to design and setup a Low-Pressure Tube Transport Test facility at the Campus Emden of the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer. This test track is dedicated to investigate and evaluate a large variety of logistic Hyperloop applications and scenarios. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Engineering Physics from Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg and University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer (UASEL), specializing in Laser and Optics.
Kristina Bachmann started her work at the Institute of Hyperloop Technology in 2021. As a project assistant she supports the team in all areas of the project execution. This includes planning and coordination of appointments, internal and external communication and preparation and follow-up of meetings and documents.