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 Taylor


In 2000, Claire started at IHE Delft as an English Lecturer. At the start of the academic year Claire tests all the new students on their English skills and helps them to improve their English grammar. She loves working with students from around the world, supporting their learning by improving their English. Claire also enjoys being part of the IHE Delft family. ‘’I have some great colleagues who help me to do my job. I think it’s true to say that students usually adapt quickly and make friends with their fellow students, and build strong social support groups. They support each other in many ways, by cooking together, helping each other with course work, giving moral support. There is no doubt that IHE Delft is a demanding place at which to study, and being away from family and friends is not as easy in practice as in theory, but I think that most students are happy to have studied at IHE Delft.’’

Claire Taylor

Schalk Jan van Andel

Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics

Schalk Jan van Andel starting his PhD research in Hydroinformatics joined IHE Delft in 2004. After completing his PhD, he became a lecturer in Hydroinformatics and continued research in ensemble prediction for flood forecasting and early warning ( In the past years he has increasingly worked on capacity development projects, where he considers it a privilege to be involved in the Nile Basin Capacity Building Network (NBCBN). ‘’In five years' time I hope that IHE Delft manages to connect to even more water professionals with high quality positive-impact education and research, e.g. through increased online learning and collaboration, but it is my strong believe that we can do that only if we maintain our unique, global-yet-focused, face-to-face meeting place around water. This meeting place is for me the absolute highlight of working at IHE Delft.’’

Schalk Jan van Andel


PhD Fellows in focus

Adele Young

PhD fellow

Adele Young is from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. She is a PhD fellow in the Flood Resilience chair group. Her research is carried out jointly with Hydroinformatics group on the influence of spatiotemporal uncertainties on flood forecast and decision making in data-scarce regions. It’s a medley of meteorology, urban hydrology and decision science. When not working on her PhD, she volunteers with the Water Youth Network and Early Warning Systems Young Professionals group. Adele considers the diverse community of IHE Delft a highlight of being here and also supports its commitment to prioritise and solve water challenges in the Global South. About her goals for the next years: ‘’I hope to make strides in closing the gap between data-rich and data-scarce countries, but mostly I look forward to taking my unique blend of acquired experiences and putting them into practice in the Caribbean and other regions.’’

Adele Young

Sebrian Beselly Putra

PhD fellow

Sebrian Beselly is from Indonesia. His PhD research focuses on understanding the dynamics of the mangrove-mudflat system, mainly on a prograding delta by taking the Porong Delta in Indonesia. Sebrian is motivated to do his study at IHE Delft because the Coastal Systems & Engineering group is well-known for its expertise in coastal modelling and world-famous for their contributions to several coastal models such as: Delft3D, XBeach, and the ShorelineS. He is eager to enhance collaboration between Indonesia and IHE Delft, focusing on water education. In his spare time, Sebrian loves to explore cities and its long history. By taking photos and doing simple historical research, he occasionally writes an article on interesting fun facts of the object. As a lecturer at Brawijaya University he is eager to enhance collaboration between Indonesia and IHE Delft, focusing on water education.

Sebrian Mirdeklis Beselly Putra

PHD Fellows


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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