First female dean of the Aerospace faculty in Delft.
Hester Bijl has been appointed as the new dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. Out of the 8 deans at the TU Delft, Bijl will be the third woman. She will start her work on the 15th of April in a field that is notorious for its unequal share of women, only 10% of the student population at this faculty is women.
Hester Bijl, with her full title Mrs. prof. dr. ir. drs. Hester Bijl, studied mathematics (in Delft) after which she started a PhD. in computational fluid dynamics. At the same time she got a degree in English in Leiden. After a short interval working in industry she started her scientific work at the chair of aerodynamics in Delft in 1999. In 2006 she was appointed as Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor, a chair which aims to promote young scientists at an early age. This appointment made her the first female professor at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering.
Often she is describe as a cheerful, open and inspirational person. The mother of two lives with the motto ‘Try to get as much out of your life as possible.’ She aims to develop ideas into the future. A future which she tries to better with her involvement in green energy institutes as the director of the Delft Energy Initiative and as a member on teh supervisory board of ECN (Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands).
In my bachelor I have taken several courses in which she lectured. She always managed to interest the people on the subject at hand. Bijl strives to realise an environment where everyone can reach its fullest potential.
In her new job Bijl would like to make her faculty top class in the world:”First of all, I would like to strengthen our connections to the world at large. We make a difference with our first-class education and our relevant research. And we can do even more.”