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

Yangxiao Zhou

Associate Professor of Hydrogeology

Yangxiao Zhou joined IHE Delft in 1990 as a postdoc researcher and became a lecturer a year later. He has witnessed major transformations of IHE Delft in the past 30 years and experienced how the Institute evolved from an international training institute to an academic institute. As a hydrogeologist, he has dedicated his research to groundwater resources assessment and development. ‘’I am passionate about educating and guiding MSc and PhD students and fellows. I feel great satisfaction when I see the career development of our alumni in their countries after graduation from IHE Delft.’’ Yangxiao Zhou likes working on capacity development projects in developing countries. Currently, he is implementing a research project on saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers in Vietnam and Mozambique. IHE Delft will remain an attractive institute for research and education as it develops its student-centered education, solution-oriented research, and impacts-focused capacity development.

Yangxiao Zhou

Capucine Dupont

Senior Lecturer in Bioresource Technology

Capucine Dupont joined IHE Delft in 2017 as Lecturer Researcher in the Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery chair group. Her current research deals with the biochar value chain: how to tailor the process operating conditions versus waste and get optimal biochar properties for the different end applications. The Water-Energy-Food nexus is a good way to summarize her career path. It started with the energy dimension and an MSc in energy engineering. Then she mixed energy and food dimensions during her PhD and as a scientist working on the thermal conversion of bio waste, in particular agri-food residues. Finally, joining IHE Delft gave her the chance to add the missing water dimension and place the triangle in the context of education focusing on developing countries. She likes the diversity at IHE Delft: of cultures, job tasks (teacher, supervisor, researcher and trainer) and of disciplines and fields of expertise.

Capucine Dupont

Staff

PhD Fellows in focus

Adriano Biza

PhD fellow

Adriano Biza is from Mozambique. He is a PhD fellow in the Water Governance Department. His research focuses on the politics of wastewater in Maputo City, the capital of Mozambique. He examines how the provision of and use of sanitation services is unequal across the city and the impacts this has on health and environmental hazards. He hopes this research will help identify possibilities for improving the reliability and quality of sanitation services. What he like the most about IHE Delft is the possibility of studying water through various scientific lenses. Adriano also combines his PhD with education activities in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo. He plans to continue in academia (research and teaching) to influence more young people with social sciences backgrounds to study water.

Adriano Biza

Thaine Herman Assumpção

PhD fellow

Thaine Herman Assumpção is from Brazil and enjoys mixing and matching research, coding and fieldwork and doing that for a cause. She worked on the H2020 Scent project where she collaborated in designing campaigns to collect flood-related data, evaluating data accuracy and assessing how it added value to flood models. She worked with volunteers in Romania and Greece. Thaine likes the multicultural environment at IHE Delft. ‘’Being at IHE Delft, I found I had an endless curiosity for learning and interacting with an international community.’’ She looks forward to continuing to solve water-related problems by combining modelling, people and new datasets and techniques. Whether for flood risk or for environmental challenges, she is eager to team up on new projects, to apply research and ultimately improve people’s lives across the globe.

Thaine Herman Assumpção

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.

Read more about alumni

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.

Read more about students

Share

Connect with us

Never miss a thing!