Innovator in the Spotlight

Ayda Golahmadi EngD trainee Smart Cities and Buildings

Improving indoor air quality in schools in the Netherlands

My research is focused on improving indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools in the Netherlands as part of the ECOS-IAQ project.

Wicked challenges 1

The Eindhoven Engine Academy aims to support teams in a transformation that will allow them to innovate faster, become more agile and develop the capabilities to deal with increasingly more wicked problems. Indeed, the complex world and the exponentiality of many processes makes a control-driven, top-down organization (of innovation) less and less adequate. For innovation, organizations need to move away from the linear and towards the complex, from control towards co-creation. This is the transformation that we want to facilitate.


At the same time, it is and remains all about people, impact and meaning. We have the huge potential of (exponential) technologies but want to make them available for solving impactful issues.

While we need to look differently at business (model) innovation – to make it faster and more meaningful – we also need to pay more attention to solving wicked problems. The Eindhoven Engine Academy wants to facilitate this too.