Henri Werij appointed dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (AE)

News - 29 March 2017 - Webredactie-mc

The Executive Board has appointed Dr Henri Werij as dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (AE), starting from 1 June 2017. Dr Werij is currently Director of Space and Scientific Instrumentation at TNO.

Werij studied experimental physics at Leiden University, where he obtained his doctorate with honours in 1988. He then worked as a researcher at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) in Boulder, Colorado (US) and at the  University of Amsterdam. He has been connected to TNO since 1993, first as a scientist and subsequently in a variety of (management) roles.

During his years as a researcher he published over 25 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has since kept in touch with the world of science: he is a member of the NWO advisory committee for Condensed matter and optical physics (COMOP),  of the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) and of the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER).  Werij is also no stranger to the AE Faculty, having been a member of the Advisory Council.

The Executive Board is very happy with this appointment: “His strong international network and his leadership experience make Werij the ideal candidate for forming powerful internal and external alliances, thus further strengthening the already first-class education and research at the AE Faculty”, says Rector Magnificus Karel Luyben.  Henri Werij is looking forward to his new position: “I leave my current position at TNO with warm feelings towards the organisation and its passionate employees, and with gratitude for the inspiring work I have been able to do there.  I’m now looking forward to working with enthusiastic people in a world-class academic environment. It is an honour to be able to join this fantastic university and Faculty. Working side by side with my new colleagues,  I will use my passion for the aerospace industry to establish new alliances and to inspire young people.”

Henri Werij succeeds Hester Bijl, who left TU Delft in the course of 2016. The Board would like to express their emphatic appreciation to professor Rinze Benedictus for the commitment he has shown during his period as acting dean.