Royal Honour for Honorary Member Jan Dirk Jansen

Professor Jan Dirk Jansen, Honorary Member of the Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging and Dean and Professor of Reservoir Systems and Control at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), has just been made a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion in Delft. 

Professor Jansen received the honour for his contributions to Earth Sciences research in the Netherlands and his talent for bringing together science and wider society. In his research, Jansen specialises in developing techniques for managing subsurface fluid flows, for use in oil and gas extraction, geothermal energy and induced earthquakes. He is an expert in reservoir management and production optimisation and was instrumental in the integration of Earth Sciences research, which was previously fragmented.

Examples of his social engagement include membership of the Mining Council, the body that advises the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate, for instance on strengthening the structural integrity of buildings in the province of Groningen in the light of the decision to discontinue gas extraction by 2030. Jansen is also a firm advocate of the initiative to realise a geothermal source on TU Delft campus – a project in which the scientific challenge is inextricably linked with the interests of wider society.

Jan Dirk Jansen studied Civil Engineering at TU Delft. After graduating, he worked for Shell in the Netherlands and internationally, while at the same time completing his doctorate at TU Delft in 1993. Between 1999 and 2010, he combined his job at Shell with a university appointment. In 2005, he was appointed Professor of Reservoir Systems and Control. In 2011, he became Director of the Geoscience & Engineering department and has been Dean of the Faculty of CEG since 2018. 

Jan Dirk Jansen is highly appreciated as our Honorary Member and for his efforts within the Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging. We congratulate him with this beautiful award!

Joint Interdisciplinary Project

The Joint Interdisciplinary Project is an exceptional opportunity to incorporate real interdisciplinary teamwork into your Master. You will work together with passionate fellow students and companies in technical innovation ‘in the niche’ on a business case to create innovative impact. The course is organised in the first period, from September till November and counts for 15 ECTS.

On Thursday 4th of April a meet & greet will be organised during the lunch break in the exposition room (in front of the MV room). This meet & greet is for prospective students who are interested in JIP to put forward any queries they might have about JIP or would just like to know more about the JIP project.

You can find more information on the JIP website


On the 9th and 10th of March, the rally will take place! Students, alumni and employees will puzzle their way towards a beautiful location at which we will have dinner, party and spend the night. If you would already like to sign up for this event together with your team, you can do so by sending an e-mail to or at When you do so, please also indicate the team you’ll be participating with and fill out your e-mail address.

Company Days

During the first two weeks of December, the Company Days will take place at our faculty! Daily company visits will be held along with lunches and drinks. These are free of charge for all MV members and the complete schedule can be found in the following scheme:

For more information about the interviews, please contact!

Freshmen excursion

In August the freshmen excursion took place again. During this four day excursion the prospective AES students have gotten the opportunity to get to know multiple companies in the Netherlands and Belgium.

On Thursday the first company was visited. A small bike ride brought the students to Shell Rijswijk. Here a drill simulator was demonstrated and the scientific lab was shown. Back in Delft the students were welcomed by Timo Heimovaara and Jan Kees Blom.

The next day the bus was waiting to bring the students to KNMI CESAR Obervatory. Here multiple instruments and measuring devices were demonstrated, that were used for studying the atmosphere and interaction with the land surface. After this visit the excusrion followed its way to Witteveen en Bos. Here presentation were given regarding some of their projects and the students got a tour through the Zuidas in Amsterdam.

On Saturday the students visited an old coalmine in Blegny. Here they descended to a depth of 30 meters and learned about the history of this mine. After the tour the future students got the opportunity to meet the committee members and play all different games. Afterwards everybody could enjoy a nice barbecue.

On the last day of the excursion the students could wake up nicely with the geological walk in the morning. A PhD student accompanied the students along beautiful outcrops in Ninglinspo and explained them about the different geological structures that could be observed.

All in all it was a very successful weekend, where the prospective students got to understand a little better in which field they could end up in the future.


Joint Interdisciplinary Project

Joint Interdisciplinary Project – NEW master for second years master students 

Starts September 2018
Joint Interdisciplinary Project (15 ECTS)
September-November fulltime (Q1)

AE           Aerospace Engineering
CEG        Civil Engineering and Geosciences
3mE        Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
AS           Applied Sciences- Chemical Engineering
TPM       Technology, Policy and Management

The first five pilots will start in September 2018. The pilots of 2018 intend the participation of ± five interdisciplinary project teams of each 4 to 5 selected MSc students. The projects are focused on integrated design or research assignments, in addition to value adding, societal acceptance and engineering ethics.
– Working closely together with companies in business innovation ‘in the niche’ on a business case to create innovative impact.
– Broadening yourself out of your field of expertise and sharing your disciplinary knowledge, deepening your analytic and creative skills.
– To realise change and impact. Not afraid of getting a taste of success and failure to become resilient in the face of obstacles.

Submit to prepare yourself for a future professional engineering environment in a rapidly changing world with complex global challenges and professions which even don’t exist yet.

Students will be selected on basis of motivation, study progression and recommendation.
Intended learning goals:
– Cognitive abilities attributable to interdisciplinary thinking
– Scientific and intellectual development
– Research and design capabilities
– Collaboration and communication in a interdisciplinary team
– Self-adjustment and reflection capabilities

Case Studies: (Click on the link)

The landscape of the challenges in society, technology and engineering and the research topics in the National Scientific Agenda (NWA) of the Dutch government differs dramatically from the past because of the many deep interconnections. Solving these challenges requires innovative solutions that balance technological innovation, economic competitiveness, environmental protection and social flourishing. Today’s problems are already of such complexity that they can no longer be solved in soloed engineering disciplines. Solutions ask for multi- and interdisciplinary approaches where specialized knowledge of several disciplines in engineering and humanities and social sciences are integrated into relevant solutions supported by technological advances. More elusive factors like ambition, creativity, patience, perseverance, international orientation, organisational sensitivity and social intelligence gain importance.

Interdisciplinary  teamwork
Currently there is this increasing importance of interdisciplinary thinking in the engineering profession [1]. Some experts: Most graduates do not become discipline-based academics. In order to come up with valuable breakthroughs in the future, engineers must be able to combine specialist mono-disciplines, cross borders and respect other people’s views. This calls for expert thinking, but even more for collaboration and multi- and inter- disciplinary thinking that cross the borders of engineering. High-tech enterprises increasingly look for engineers who can develop the outline for an integral design, keep the overview and keep an eye on system design consistency. These system architects and integrators not only need solid fundamental knowledge, but must understand “the big picture”, have a sense of the multidisciplinary problem domain and a good awareness of the business side and human context. They must be able to reduce the complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity to workable concepts, and create value for the enterprise and customer.”

The new TU Delft Vision on Education reads “…we aim to strengthen education with multi- and interdisciplinary programmes”, and the chapter Students and Education of the TU Delft Strategic Framework 2018-2024 reads “We prepare students to contribute to solving societal challenges by providing students with a solid grounding in interdisciplinary skills, sustainability and entrepreneurial thinking. To this end we will increase the elective space in MSc programmes.”

“Multi- or Interdisciplinary teamwork as an option for the MSc thesis within the Faculty or interfaculty” and “Personalised learning paths – freedom of choice”.

Adventurous future engineering
Adventurous to seek for an integrated learning experience?  To develop both technical knowledge and ‘generic’ skills (communication, teamwork, ethics, sustainability etc.). Are you generous to share your experiences and motivated to inspire your colleague students with your own disciplinary knowledge. Curious about the challenges in interdisciplinary business innovation development in a real-life testing environment. Do you want to surprise professionals in the world of engineering with innovative, unexpected, transcending insights?

How will it fit in the curriculum of you master?
For all civil engineering masters, JIP can be implemented just like the multidisciplinary project. The multidisciplinary project is worth 10 EC and if JIP is followed then the student will get 15 EC. This means you will receive 5 EC extra on top of your normal curriculum.

For Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences as well as Applied Geophysics, JIP can be followed in the first quarter of your third year of the master. It does not fit in the master track and cannot replace any present courses.

For Geo-Engineering and Geoscience & Remote Sensing, the same applies as for all the civil engineering masters. It can be replaced by the multidisciplinary project.

Environmental Engineering has two specialisations and only in the Environmental Technology, JIP can be implemented. JIP will be instead of 2 courses that are currently booked for the first quarter in the second year. The two courses are: ‘Water Treatment Research’ and ‘Conceptual Process Design’.

Geo-Resource Engineering has a course in the first quarter of the second year and JIP could possibly included under that course code, but also this is not completely certain yet.

Apply for the new curriculum pilot Joint Interdisciplinary Project

How to apply
Hand in your motivation proposal via the Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging. Education officials from our faculty will be the jury of the selection.

You have almost completed the first year of the master’s degree programme and will enroll in your second year of the master’s degree programme at TU Delft in September 2018. And you are studying a master track at one of the participating faculties?

Application Documents – Deadline; June 17th to 
– A motivation for participating in the Joint Interdisciplinary Project (top 3 case studies motivation)
– Curriculum Vitae
– Transcript
(- Letter of recommendation of a supervising TU Delft professor or company) Optional

The students will be selected by the director of her/his master track

Please come by for questions!

[1] second Revised Edition “Engineering Education in a Rapidly Changing World” Aldert Kamp, June 2016 (pag. 30-34)

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Zero’s excursion

Group photo during geological walk

During the Zero’s excursion, upcoming AES students visited different companies in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium during this four days excursion.
On Thursday, we went to Shell Rijswijk where a drill simulator was demonstrated and the scientific lab was shown. The international students got their first Dutch experience while cycling in the rain. Back in Delft Jan Dirk Jansen gave the students a welcoming speech.
Friday morning, the bus was ready to take all students to the KNMI CESAR Observatory. Here it was explained how the atmosphere and its interaction with the land surface is studied using a large set of instruments. All this is done to monitor the climate and provide weather forecasts. In the afternoon, the excursion continued to the Mijnwater Project in Heerlen. After closure of the coal mines in Heerlen, the mine passages filled with groundwater which are heated by the Earth naturally. This project is set up by the municipality of Heerlen and looks for possibilities of using the water for heating and cooling buildings in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Saturday morning we continued the excursion to Germany to visit an open pit mine. Where the new students were impressed by the big operation and machinery. In the afternoon, the students got the opportunity to descent in the ground by visiting the former coal mine of Blegny. In Blegny, committee members awaited the upcoming AES students to meet one another. It was an afternoon and evening full of games and fun.
The excursion ended with a geological walk in Ninglinspo on Sunday morning. Two PhD students showed several geological structures to the new students. All in all, we had a great time and the upcoming AES students got to visit different study related companies and got the chance to meet one other and become friends.

Bucket Wheel Tour

Group picture before the tour starts

Blood, sweat and tears have been spilled last saturday during the very first edition of the one and only Bucket Wheel Tour! First of all the participants had a lunch in the Huszár to make sure they were full of energy at the start of the tour. They have drudged on the bike on the routes through the green heart: on the 40 km and on the 70 km some personal records are crushed! The battle for the first place was decided in the last meters. On the 70 km route the battle was between Jan Willem Buist and Richard Hontelez, who were able to leave the pack behind. However in the last 4 km Richard Hontelez sprinted away without looking back as a real Zoetemelk and kept going until he reached the finish: he is the winner of the 70 km route!!
On the 40 km route the endless powerbattle between Jaap van Duijn and Pieter Bosman was decided in the last few meters with a difference that was just the length of a wheel. From now on Pieter Bosman can use a new nickname, Pieter Sagan, because he was the winner of the 40 km route!
At the end of the tour there were enough cold beers to keep everybody foreseen and of course enough snacks to fill the energy supplies. Besides the potential new boardmembers of the MV was announced during the drinks. The candidates for the 126th board of the Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging:

Dhr. S.J.M. van Adrichem President
Mevr. R.D. Free Secretaris
Dhr. O. Lucassen Penningmeester
Mevr. J.M. Zwetsloot Commissaris Onderwijs
Dhr. S. Mossel Commissaris Beheerder

The announcement of the candidates for the next Board 126

Bachelor Study Trip

At the end of February the Bachelor Study Trip took place. This excursion is organized for the third year and older bachelor students who are still in doubt about their choice of master track. The excursion took the 36 students to Napoli and Rome. In Napoli they’ve had an interesting guided tour in the underground system which had several functions since its construction. Of course when in Italy as a mining student they couldn’t skip a visit to the Vesuvius! (see picture below).
The excursion was organized by three motivated students: Tim Hacking, Caroline Zaal and Thomas Visser. A big thanks to them for the energy they’ve put in the organization, which made this trip to a big success! Of course also a big thanks to Giovanni Bertotti. Professor Bertotti joined the students on the trip and his knowledge about Italy and the geology were very useful! Of course the trip wasn’t possible without all the help from the University Fund!

Students on the Vesuvius

Second year excursion

Secondyear students in a saltmine

Last week our students finally had a week free of lectures! A part of our second year students used this time very wisely. They joined the second years excursion, which took them on a trip visiting several companies. The presentations, case studies and guided tours gave them a good impression of the possible working areas and helped them to find out what mastertracks are possible and which they find the most interesting. The most exciting part for most students was the trip in an underground salt mine. For most students this was the first time in a working mine underground!
A big thanks to all the companies who participated in this excursion and of course a big thanks to the Universiteitfonds Delft for their help!