Paulien Herder


Paulien is full professor in Engineering Systems Design in Energy. She has an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD degree in the Engineering Sciences. 


I study the design and management of energy systems and more specifically I am interested in energy systems integration and the transition to a sustainable energy provision. In this research, engineering systems sciences as well as social and behavioural sciences play an important role.

Scientific expertise

Research interests concern the design and the design process of large-scale networked systems, with a focus on:

  • Systems engineering
  • Engineering design under uncertainty
  • Design processes
  • Complex systems
  • Energy systems
  • Energy systems integration
  • Supervision of MSc graduation projects
  • Lectures in various courses

Besides research and teaching, Paulien participates in various other activities, such as:

  • Delft Energy Initiative (DEI), director
  • Topteam Energy, Captain of Science
  • CESUN; Council of Engineering Systems Universities, Executive Board member
  • PowerWeb, the Smartgrids research program of TUDelft
  • Scientific and Technological Council of Institute for Technological Research SystemX; France
  • Scientific Advisory Board member of KWR Water Recycle Institute
  • Raad van Deskundigen voor de Metrologie (Council of experts for Metrology)

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