People

IHE Delft's staff members are committed to bring water education, research and capacity development to a higher level. Together with its motivated PhD fellows, Alumni, Students and Partners, IHE Delft forms a strong knowledge network of water sector experts.

Staff in focus

Claire Furlong

Lecturer in Sanitary Engineering

Claire joined the Institute in April 2017 as a lecturer in sanitation, then later became the coordinator of the new 12-month sanitation programme. She is also module coordinator for three modules on this new MSc programme. Furthermore, she is in charge of developing the new faecal sludge laboratory. Claire’s role has been very dynamic since joining us and she has many different roles and responsibilities. She thrives in the international environment at IHE Delft and as a trans-disciplinarian loves that all aspects of water are captured at IHE Delft. ‘’It is great to work with so many individuals and students around the world, it is quite unique.’’ For the future, she hopes that IHE Delft will go from strength to strength. Claire would like to see the transfer of the new sanitation master to other institutions around the world.

Claire Furlong

Bianca Wassenaar

Secretary of Department

Bianca joined IHE Delft in November 2015 after finishing her bachelor’s in European Studies. Along with her tasks as secretary of department, she also takes on other additional tasks that include (among others) supporting the development of project reports & arranging logistics for project management and dissemination. Bianca was not so familiar with the Institute before, even though she grew up in Delft. She always saw lots of students with the IHE Delft backpack cycling around the city. Fun fact: during winter, when she was small, Bianca used to play in the snow with her friend near the accommodation Mina, and saw lots of other people playing in the snow as well. But the way these people played with snow; holding it and tasting it, seemed as if these people never experienced snow before. Little did she know that later in life, she would actually realize that these people were all students from IHE Delft, experiencing snow for the first time.‘’ One of the best things about IHE Delft is that the world comes to you.’’

Bianca Wassenaar

Staff

PhD Fellows in focus

Jonatan Godinez Madrigal

PhD fellow

Jonatan comes from Guadalajara, Mexico. His PhD research is about science-policy processes in the context of water conflict, specifically on how water knowledge is created and used by actors in conflict to support their own interests. He researches the case study of the Zapotillo dam in Mexico and the processes by which actors produce water knowledge, for example hydrological models and scenario building. He would like his research to have an impact on the ground and in decision-making. About IHE Delft: ‘’The Institute is large enough to be able to meet a lot of people, cultures, professions and disciplines, but also small enough to easily connect with people." After he obtains his PhD degree he would like to become a researcher in The Netherlands or in Mexico. His advice for prospective PhD fellows is to follow their curiosity, because you will either be passionate about your subject or end up being fed up with it.

Jonatan Godinez Madrigal

Musaed Aklan

PhD fellow

Musaed Aklan is a civil engineer and comes from Yemen. He has more than 10 years’ professional and academic experiences in the water field. His PhD research is in indigenous water harvesting systems in dry and water-scarce Yemen. The research focuses on causes and influences of abandoning traditional water harvesting techniques but also the feasibility, applicability and the potential impact of their revitalization. His research is part of the Niche - 027YEM project. ‘’IHE Delft is the home of international experts and has a unique reputation in the Yemeni water sector.’’ After he obtains his doctoral degree, Musaed will return to Yemen to pursue a professional career at the Water and Environment Center (WEC), Sana'a University, and help his country by putting the knowledge and experiences he has acquired into practice.

Musaed Aklan

PHD Fellows

Alumni

IHE Delft has provided post-graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. They form the Institute’s alumni community, the largest global network of water professionals in the world. They are acquiring key positions, supporting the implementation of the global water agenda and improving the quality of life of their communities every day.

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Students

Our students do not only study and share water-related knowledge, but also get to broaden their perspective on the wonders of each others' cultures, religions and beliefs.

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