Reflection on a Highly Successful First Year of the New CSE Minor.

News - 24 April 2018


Minor Computational Science & Engineering celebrates 1st birthday

Last month, 42 students successfully completed the new Minor Computational Science & Engineering. This minor has facilitated both deepening and broadening of their knowledge in the area of mathematical modelling, computer science, numerical mathematics and scientific programming to take on future challenges in the field of computational science and engineering. During the final project - a group assignment - the students combined and implemented their findings and knowledge in a report.

The Oryon Watermill

One of the groups worked at the numerical modelling of the mechanics of the Oryon Watermill . The Oryon Watermill is an innovative sustainable hydropower turbine that generates green energy from flowing water. The students developed a mathematical model that can predict the power generated by the turbine. Eventually, they compared the experimentally determined performance of the turbine with the results of their simulations.

Much shorter computer time

One of the students who worked on this assignment with a heavy modelling component is Simon van Overeem: "A big advantage of our model is that the computation time is much shorter than the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model that was developed earlier. If we optimize our model it can serve as a testbed for features that have to be added to the CFD mode to make it even more realistic". The accomplishments of the students have not gone unnoticed. The hydraulic engineering consultancy bureau that is involved in the development of the Oryon Watermill has invited them to present their research.

The model of the Oryon Watermill created by the students. On the right, the forces and the torque on the green lamella (shown in the simulation at the left) together with the total torque are visualised. 

This first cohort comprised 42 bachelor students from five different Delft faculties: Aerospace Engineering, Applied Sciences, Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science and Mechanical, Maritime & Materials Engineering.

Independently and in a team 

Almost all courses from this minor were carried out individually by the students. The final project was a group assignment. The groups were specifically formed to stimulate interaction between students from different faculties. Every group chose one of the projects, that had been proposed by staff members of the five faculties above. Nearly all of these projects are actually part of larger continuing research projects of faculty staff and PhD students.

In the first quarter everybody individually made a literature report. Thereafter,  the students combined and implemented their findings and knowledge in a final report. The cherry on the cake was a presentation for a committee of project supervisors, fellow minor students and the minor coordinator. 


Do you want to know more about this minor? Go to the CSE Minor page (link to: Do you have a question? Please contact Berna Torun, coordinator of the Minor Computational Science & Engineering ( | + 31 15 27 86290).