Rick Hogeboom, MSc

rickRick is a PhD researcher at the Water Engineering and Management group at the University of Twente. The title of his research alone is already quite long and complicated, but in short he studies global water scarcity. He estimates how much water is consumed globally in various sectors (industry, domestic supply and agriculture) and compares this demand to how much water is available from rain and surface and groundwater.

Rick took this PhD position after finishing the bachelor and master programme of Civil Engineering and Management, also at the UT. Prior to his UT period, he spent two years in the Dutch army at the Royal Military Acadamy – in the Corps of Engineers. He will not hesitate to use this military experience to discipline the participants of this study tour in case unacceptable behavior is displayed.

During his studies, he spent a year in the United States, where he lived with his wife near Washington D.C. and served as a domestic engineer. Beside his PhD, Rick is a supervisor to the Wetskills Water Challenge programme. In this role, he organizes two-week exchange projects where international students and Young Water Professionals work together on out-of-the-box solutions for real water issues provided by the water sector and present their findings at high-profile water-related events. If you are interested in the study tour, you certainly should consider participating in a Wetskills Challenge as well.

In his spare time Rick tries to renovate his fixer-upper house and is an active member of DSSV Tartaros – Survivalrun association.

Dr. ir. Marjolein Dohmen-Janssen

GIJS8551My name is Marjolein Dohmen-Janssen. I am programme director of Civil Engineering and, as vice-dean for Education, member of the Management Team of the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente. In these roles I am responsible for the BSc-programme, two MSc-programmes and the PDEng-programme (two-year post-MSc designers programme) on Civil Engineering and I represent the educational programmes of Engineering Technology (i.e. Civil Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering and Mechanical Engineering) in the University Committee on Education. In addition, I am Associate Professor in the group of Water Engineering and Management.

In the past, I taught several courses in the BSc- and MSc-programmes (i.e. Water, Design Project Water, Marine Dynamics, Coastal and Offshore Engineering), supervised about 50 students in their BSc- and MSc-thesis projects and was co-promotor of 4 PhD-students (on topics such as Dynamic roughness in rivers; Coastal morphological development after the 2004 tsunami; Biophysical interactions in coastal mangroves). I was member of the UT working group on educational  innovation and as such involved in developing the ideas of the new bachelor curricula at the UT. As programme director, I was responsible for the curriculum innovation according to the Twente Educational Model for the BSc-programme CiT and I am currently leading the further strengthening and profiling of the MSc-programmes in Civil Engineering and the transition to an English-taught bachelor programme (planned for 2017).

I studied Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology and an Erasmus exchange student for one year at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. After returning to the Netherlands I did a PhD at Delft University of Technology on coastal sediment transport, which I carried out at Delft Hydraulics (now Deltares) in Marknesse (Noordoostpolder).

I spent my youth in Zwolle. I am married to Armand, a mining Engineer from Delft University of Technology who was born in Limburg. We have three sons (Hugo and Pieter, 11 years) and Ruben (8 years). I practice ballet since the age of 5; first classical ballet and since 1997 modern ballet. As a child, teenager and student, I played the cello, and still do this occasionally. I am member of the board of “Huis van Verhalen” (a meeting place in response to the fireworks disaster in Enschede in 2000), chairman of the general consistory of the Protestants Church of Enschede and member of the building committee for the renovation and extension of the Vredeskerk. Finally, I love cycling (I bought a racing bike last summer and will cycle the 11-city-cycle-tour in May), camping (I have to admit with a caravan), photography (at the end of a three weeks holiday I usually have about 2000 pictures) dining out (TAO and Verso are my favorites) and wine (I just finished the course “I know something about wine”).

Seirgei Miller, PhD

SeirgeiMillerSeirgei is a faculty member in the Department of Construction Management and Engineering and researcher for the Asphalt Paving Research and innovation (ASPARi) unit. A South African by birth, he has lived in the Netherlands for about eight years. He completed his PhD at the University of Twente and currently teaches on the Faculty of Civil Engineering’s undergraduate program. His research focuses on transforming the rather traditional, low-tech asphalt construction process into an advanced manufacturing process where  technologies such as GPS, infrared thermography and new sensors are used to monitor and steer important process parameters. The overall aim is to reduce variability in the construction process and in so doing, improve the quality of the constructed asphalt layers. This in turn, should lead to more durable asphalt layers. Seirgei has published several papers on the asphalt construction process, engineering education and construction skills development.

In his spare time, he likes to go on long walks, jogs occasionally and has until recently, played for a veterans football team. He actively supports a township softball team in South Africa where underprivileged children are offered a better way of life despite the hardships of poverty they face on a daily basis. Being a typical South African means that he likes to have a good ”braai” now and again.

Dr. Robert Hack

sdfgRobert Hack is employed by University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), in Delft and Enschede in The Netherlands as Engineering Geologist since 1990. In this function he has been involved in teaching, research and consulting in the Netherlands and abroad. He is a past president of the Dutch Association of Engineering Geologists and is a member of various professional and scientific international committees. He is a member of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy and a Chartered Engineer.

He is presently involved in research projects for determination and representation of uncertainty in engineering geological subsurface models, the development of methodologies for integrated data handling in large civil engineering projects, the three-dimensional effects of seismic waves on slopes, the degradation of mass properties in time, e.g. rock and soil mass weathering, the determination of discontinuity data by laser scanning, and in research towards the optimizing of the use of three-dimensional GIS and knowledge base systems for engineering geology.

Robert Hack worked as engineering geologist and geotechnical engineer in the Middle East, Far East, South America, and Africa. Several years he worked as senior rock mechanics engineer in the underground copper mines of Zambia and as geotechnical engineer in Indonesia.

Robert Hack did his BSc geology at the University of Leiden, and an MSc in engineering geology with a minor in exploration geophysics at the Technical University Delft and the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He obtained his PhD from the Technical University Delft with the development of the Slope Stability Probability Classification (SSPC) system.

He is married. He and his wife enjoy opera music and travel to opera performances throughout the world. Both, they also play golf albeit not enough as his handicap is too high. Forthcoming from the last interest are memberships of course management committees and the board of directors of various golf clubs.