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

William Veerbeek

Senior Lecturer in Flood Resilience

William Veerbeek joined IHE Delft in 2014 and is currently senior lecturer in Flood Resilience. In addition to winning new projects and setting up new programmes, he adds another highlight of his work: “when you’re brainstorming and suddenly there’s that magic moment when you propose an idea that at first seems crazy, but slowly starts to make sense.’’ ‘’At IHE Delft it simply feels like you’re a global citizen. In our canteen you hear a conversation in Spanish, one in Hindi and then a fierce discussion in Mandarin. Yet, all of us speak the language of water. And then, when you’re somewhere in the mountains of Nepal running a workshop, you find IHE alumni enthusiastically greeting you. That’s when you start to realize the scope of our impact.’’ His personal goals and for IHE Delft: ”that we continue to be a relevant global player in water education, research and institutional strengthening, that we keep collaborating to combat climate change and contribute to the SDGs. I hope to be able to keep contributing to understanding how to adapt cities to become more resilient to natural hazards.’’

William Veerbeek

Angeles Mendoza - Sammet

Lecturer in Environmental Planning and Management

Angeles Mendoza Sammet joined IHE Delft in 2016 as Lecturer and Researcher in Environmental Planning and Management. She is part of the Department of Land and Water Management. Her research involves the applications of different modalities of impact assessment, such as Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, Life Cycle Assessment, and Ecosystem Services Assessment, to direct the outcomes of development toward sustainability. From her MSc in Ecology and previous work on wildlife ecology, she transitioned during her PhD in environmental management to a more interdisciplinary approach that integrates policy, management and social aspects. Her interest is to understand how the interactions among multiple factors influence the use of natural resources and the effectiveness of policy. At IHE Delft she is also involved in the sustainability task force, which is facilitating implementation of the Institute’s sustainability statement and in the establishment of the Research Ethics Committee.

Angeles Mendoza - Sammet

Staff

PhD Fellows in focus

Jongchan Kim

PhD fellow

Jongchan Kim joined IHE Delft in December 2019. Before that he had worked for K-water, which is a governmental corporation of South Korea for water management. K-water is giving him financial support to study at IHE Delft. Jongchan likes the approachability of the professional faculty of IHE Delft and his fellow colleagues, who kindly answer his ‘trivial’ questions, as he calls them. He also likes the various cultures which come together at the Institute. His research focuses on data-driven modelling regarding water quality coupled with optimal reservoir operations. ‘’By considering water quantity and quality simultaneously, I will reach cost-effective solutions for water quality problems such as algal blooms.’’ Jongchan about his goals: ‘’At IHE Delft, I will gain the academic knowledge to address water-related problems. After completing my PhD research and returning to K-water, I will try to apply the results from my research to my task at K-water.’’

Jongchan Kim

Lina Gabriela Terrazas Villarroel

PhD fellow

Lina Terrazas is from Bolivia. She is a PhD fellow in the Water Resources and Ecosystems department. Lina’s main interest is to improve the assessment of environmental and social aspects in the development of water resources projects. During these difficult times, she values the fact that IHE Delft cares about people’s wellbeing, by encouraging the use of virtual venues to meet with colleagues and activities that help maintain a good level of productivity. ‘’My research project aims to understand the ecohydrological relationships in Bolivian Amazon rivers. The main purpose is to extend the scientific basis that informs decision-making about water resources’ exploitation, under the premise of maintaining essential ecosystem services. In subsequent years, I will execute the experimental part of my research and I am very enthusiastic about learning from this process, the outcomes, and the opportunity to be guided by my exceptional promotors.’’

Lina Gabriela Terrazas Villarroel

PHD Fellows

Alumni

IHE Delft has provided post-graduate education to more than 23,000 water professionals from over 190 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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