Joint Interdisciplinary Project – NEW master for second years master students 

Starts September 2018
Joint Interdisciplinary Project (15 ECTS)
September-November fulltime (Q1)

AE           Aerospace Engineering
CEG        Civil Engineering and Geosciences
3mE        Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
AS           Applied Sciences- Chemical Engineering
TPM       Technology, Policy and Management

The first five pilots will start in September 2018. The pilots of 2018 intend the participation of ± five interdisciplinary project teams of each 4 to 5 selected MSc students. The projects are focused on integrated design or research assignments, in addition to value adding, societal acceptance and engineering ethics.
– Working closely together with companies in business innovation ‘in the niche’ on a business case to create innovative impact.
– Broadening yourself out of your field of expertise and sharing your disciplinary knowledge, deepening your analytic and creative skills.
– To realise change and impact. Not afraid of getting a taste of success and failure to become resilient in the face of obstacles.

Submit to prepare yourself for a future professional engineering environment in a rapidly changing world with complex global challenges and professions which even don’t exist yet.

Students will be selected on basis of motivation, study progression and recommendation.
Intended learning goals:
– Cognitive abilities attributable to interdisciplinary thinking
– Scientific and intellectual development
– Research and design capabilities
– Collaboration and communication in a interdisciplinary team
– Self-adjustment and reflection capabilities

Case Studies: (Click on the link)

The landscape of the challenges in society, technology and engineering and the research topics in the National Scientific Agenda (NWA) of the Dutch government differs dramatically from the past because of the many deep interconnections. Solving these challenges requires innovative solutions that balance technological innovation, economic competitiveness, environmental protection and social flourishing. Today’s problems are already of such complexity that they can no longer be solved in soloed engineering disciplines. Solutions ask for multi- and interdisciplinary approaches where specialized knowledge of several disciplines in engineering and humanities and social sciences are integrated into relevant solutions supported by technological advances. More elusive factors like ambition, creativity, patience, perseverance, international orientation, organisational sensitivity and social intelligence gain importance.

Interdisciplinary  teamwork
Currently there is this increasing importance of interdisciplinary thinking in the engineering profession [1]. Some experts: Most graduates do not become discipline-based academics. In order to come up with valuable breakthroughs in the future, engineers must be able to combine specialist mono-disciplines, cross borders and respect other people’s views. This calls for expert thinking, but even more for collaboration and multi- and inter- disciplinary thinking that cross the borders of engineering. High-tech enterprises increasingly look for engineers who can develop the outline for an integral design, keep the overview and keep an eye on system design consistency. These system architects and integrators not only need solid fundamental knowledge, but must understand “the big picture”, have a sense of the multidisciplinary problem domain and a good awareness of the business side and human context. They must be able to reduce the complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity to workable concepts, and create value for the enterprise and customer.”

The new TU Delft Vision on Education reads “…we aim to strengthen education with multi- and interdisciplinary programmes”, and the chapter Students and Education of the TU Delft Strategic Framework 2018-2024 reads “We prepare students to contribute to solving societal challenges by providing students with a solid grounding in interdisciplinary skills, sustainability and entrepreneurial thinking. To this end we will increase the elective space in MSc programmes.”

“Multi- or Interdisciplinary teamwork as an option for the MSc thesis within the Faculty or interfaculty” and “Personalised learning paths – freedom of choice”.

Adventurous future engineering
Adventurous to seek for an integrated learning experience?  To develop both technical knowledge and ‘generic’ skills (communication, teamwork, ethics, sustainability etc.). Are you generous to share your experiences and motivated to inspire your colleague students with your own disciplinary knowledge. Curious about the challenges in interdisciplinary business innovation development in a real-life testing environment. Do you want to surprise professionals in the world of engineering with innovative, unexpected, transcending insights?

How will it fit in the curriculum of you master?
For all civil engineering masters, JIP can be implemented just like the multidisciplinary project. The multidisciplinary project is worth 10 EC and if JIP is followed then the student will get 15 EC. This means you will receive 5 EC extra on top of your normal curriculum.

For Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences as well as Applied Geophysics, JIP can be followed in the first quarter of your third year of the master. It does not fit in the master track and cannot replace any present courses.

For Geo-Engineering and Geoscience & Remote Sensing, the same applies as for all the civil engineering masters. It can be replaced by the multidisciplinary project.

Environmental Engineering has electives in the second year and it might be included in those electives, however that is not certain at the moment. Geo-Resource Engineering has a course in the first quarter of the second year and JIP could possibly included under that course code, but also this is not completely certain yet.

Apply for the new curriculum pilot Joint Interdisciplinary Project

How to apply
Hand in your motivation proposal via your the Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging. The selection will be made by education officials from the faculty.

You have almost completed the first year of the master’s degree programme and will enroll in your second year of the master’s degree programme at TU Delft in September 2018. And you are studying a master track at one of the participating faculties?

Application Documents – Deadline is the 17th of June, mail to 
– A motivation for participating in the Joint Interdisciplinary Project
– Curriculum Vitae
– Transcript
(- Letter of recommendation of a supervising TU Delft professor or company) Optional

The students will be selected by the director of her/his master track

Please come by the MV for questions!

[1] second Revised Edition “Engineering Education in a Rapidly Changing World” Aldert Kamp, June 2016 (pag. 30-34)

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– EPOS-NL: ‘ Dutch contribution to European Plate Obersevatory System awarded’
– Ruisdael Observatorium: ‘Measuring the Dutch atmosphere on a 100m scale’

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