External Awards Staff, PostDocs and PhD candidates


Hajibeygi, H.
The InterPore Award for Porous Media Research.


Gebert, J.
A grant of 20k for a cross-faculty bioengineering research project ‘Biochars for reducing methane emissions’, together with colleagues from 3mE, TNW and EWI. Read more

Boersma, Q.D.
The 2020 EAGE Norman Falcon Award for his paper ‘Linking natural fractures to karst cave development: a case study combining drone imagery, a natural cave network and numerical modelling’, was chosen as the best paper published in Petroleum Geoscience in 2019.

Giardina, G.
An NWO XS grant on Rapid assessment of seismic damage using satellite data.

Vardon, P.J.
An OTP proposal awarded by NWO on ATES Triplet: Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage Triplet, where self-sufficient subsurface heat storage is developed removing the need for heat pumps. Vardon is the project leader, with Martin Bloemendal (TU Delft – Water Management) and Wim Zeiler (TU Eindhoven) as co-applicants, and in collaboration with KWR, Kropman, RHKDHV and BodemenergieNL.

Askarinejad, A., c.s.
GEOLAB: A 4-year grant from the European Research Council in the framework of the H2020 - INFRAIA Research and Innovation Action. The GEOLAB research consortium consists of 11 institutes across Europe with state-of-the-art geotechnical physical modelling facilities aiming to study subsurface behaviour and its interaction with critical infrastructure elements and the environment. Partners of this project are: Deltares, TU Delft, University of Cambridge, NGI, ETH Zurich, IFSTTAR, CEDEX, KPMG, TU Darmstadt, University of Maribor, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG).

Guatame Garcia, L.A.
She has won the ERAMET/EIT best young scientist challenge 2020 with her PhD thesis, which was judged as the best thesis on mineral processing in Europe.

A consortium led by CRUX Engineering, including Vardon, P.J., Pantev, I., De Vries, J.P.
The NENnovation award for the Energy Quay Wall.

Muraro, S.
The Prof. Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2020, awarded by Alert Geomaterials |The Alliance of Laboratories in Europe for Education, Research and Technology, for his PhD thesis entitled "The deviatoric behaviour of peat: A route between past empiricism and future perspectives".

Ngan-Tillard, D.J.M.
European Heritage award/Europa Nostra Award in the category Research for Scanning for Syria project.

Draganov, D.S., and Ghose, R.
Distinguished Achievement Award, awarded by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. This award is presented to the European project Smart Exploration., in which Draganov, D.S. (TUD) and Ghose, R. (TUD) participate as co-applicants and Balestrini, F. (TUD) as PhD student.

Gebert, J.
Funding within the context of the NWO programme Open Competitie ENW – GROOT for the project: Coupled Multi-process Research for Reducing Landfill Emission (CURE). Co-applicants: Dieudonné, A.A.M. (TUD),  Heimovaara, T.J. (TUD), Comans, R. (WUR).

Slob, E.C.
The Reginald Fessenden Award, awarded by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Evert Slob gets this award for his excellent research contributions in applied geophysics and his coaching of many PhD and MSc students.

Zhang, L., Thorbecke, J., Wapenaar, K., Slob, E.
Honorable Mention for Best Paper in Geophysics in 2019 (awarded by the SEG): Data-driven internal multiple elimination and its consequences for imaging: A comparison of strategies: Geophysics, Vol. 84 (5), S365-S372.


Wolf, K.H.A.A., Barnhoorn, A., Draganov, D.S.
Funding within the context of the SUCCEED programme, which combines the scopes of both themes of the GSE Department, Delft Subsurface Storage (DSS) and Geothermal Science and Engineering: The SUCCEED project is a targeted innovation and research activity which aims to facilitate the emergence of CCUS via transnational cooperation combined with sustainable geothermal energy production. It is an industrial CCUS demonstration project, which focuses on CO2 utilization and storage. It benefits from the existing facilities of producing geothermal fields at Kizildere in Turkey and Hellisheidi in Iceland. The project aims at accelerating and maturing CCUS technology application by developing, testing and demonstrating at field scale innovative measurement, monitoring and verification (MMV) technologies that can be used in most CO2 geological storage projects. Our activities mostly involve acoustic-mechanic calibration experiments in the Geoscience and Engineering Laboratory and the verification of acoustic field data obtained with a newly developed vibro-source.

Vardon, P.J.
Environmental Geotechnics 2019 price from the ICE.

Gavin, K.G.,
International collaboration award from the Geotechnical Engineering Faculty of the University of Zagreb, as part of the University’s celebration of 100 years of Civil Engineering.

Dieudonné, A.A.M.
VENI grant for the project ‘How do fractures perish? Towards a theory of self-healing mechanics for clay'

Abels, H.A.
Funding within the context  of NWO – GROOT for the project: Carbon circle and how carbon is stored in rocks.

Hajibeygi, H.
VIDI grant from NWO for his project ADMIRE: Large-scale energy storage in geological formations.

Jansen, J.D.
Royal decoration of the Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion.

Storms, J.E.A.
VICI grant from NWO for the project: Geothermal in Northern Brabant.

Dieudonné, A.A.M., Vardon, P.J.
Funding from H2020 and COVRA for a EURAD project: Gas flow in clays and radioactive waste disposal.

Vardon, P.J.
Funding in the context of Epos-NL for the project Warming Up. Co-applicants: Abels, H.A. (TUD), Barnhoorn, A. (TUD), Bloemendal, M. (TUD), Drijkoningen, G.G. (TUD), Slob, E.C. (TUD).


Hicks, M.A.
Funding within the context of the NWO DeepNL programme for the SOFTTOP DeepNL project: Investigating heterogeneous soft-top soils for wave propagation, cyclic degradation and liquefaction potential. Co-applicants: Jommi, C. (TUD), Korff, M. (TUD)

Funding within the context of the NWO DeepNL programme for the In Focus DeepNL project: An Integrated Approach to estimation fault Slip Occurrence. Co-applicants: Dinther, Y. van (UU), Niemeyer, A. (UU).

Jansen, J.D.
Funding within the context of the NWO Research programme DeepNL for the project Science 4 Steer: A scientific basis for production and rejection strategies to minimize induced seismicity in Dutch gas fields. Co-applicants: Spiers, C.J. (UU), Barnhoorn, A. (TUD), Hajibeygi, H. (TUD) , Hangx, S.J.T. (UU), Voskov, D.V. (TUD). 

Wapenaar, C.P.A.
Funding within the context of the NWO Research programme DeepNL for the project Deep Image: Multiscale geophysical imaging, monitoring and forecasting of induced seismicity. Co-applicants: Draganov, D.S. (TUD), Weemstra, C. (TUD), Barnhoorn, A. (TUD), Ghose, R. (TUD). 

Hajibeygi, H.
Innovative teaching talent of the year of the Delft University of Technology.

Jansen, J.D.
SPE Distinguished Membership, awarded by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. The distinguished Member award recognizes SPE members attained eminence in the petroleum industry or the academic community. It is limited to 1% of SPE professional members.

Jansen, J.D.
Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, awarded by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. The Faculty award is made to one academic SPE member each year from nominations from across the world.

Farajzadeh, R.
2018 North Sea Regional Reservoir Dynamics and description Award, awarded by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This award  recognizes outstanding achievements in or contributions to the advancement of reservoir engineering profession.

Gavin, K.
Winner of the TRA VISIONS 2018 Senior Research Competition for "Analysing the effect of rainfall on railway embankments using fragility curves".


Pluymakers, A.M.H.
Veni grant from NWO for her project "Taking fluid-rock interactions forward: the role of realistic pore fluid chemistry on rock deformation". Read more.

Wapenaar, C.P.A.
ERC Advanced Grant to develop virtual seismology, for example to improve the monitoring of earthquake-sensitive areas. Read more.

Dieudonné, A.A.M.
The Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize 2017 was granted for her thesis entitled "Hydromechanical behaviour of compacted bentonite: from micro-scale analysis to macro-scale modelling". The Ioannis Vardoulakis PhD Prize was founded by the association ALERT geomaterials with the aim of promoting the dissemination of scientific research carried out by PhD students in the field of soil, rock and concrete mechanics.


Ruigrok, E.N.
The 2017 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award, awarded by the EGU (European Geosciences Union for his outstanding PhD research and subsequent postdoc work in Delft and Utrecht.

Noorlandt, R.P., Drijkoningen, G.G.
Best Paper Award in Geophysics, awarded by SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicists) for their paper: A seismic vertical vibrator driven by linear synchronous motors.

Neut, J.R. van der, Wapenaar, C.P.A.
Geophysical Prospecting Best Paper Award, awarded by the EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers).

Khoshnevis Gargar, N.
DEWIS Award for the best PhD-research of Delft University over the past year.


Bertotti, G.
Best lecturer of the year of the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.

Evers, L.G.
Vidi grant from NWO for his outstanding research on “Probing the changing deep oceans and upper atmosphere with seismo-acoustic waves”.

Neut, J.R. van der
J. Clarence Karcher Award, awarded by the SEG (Society for Exploration Geophysics), given for an excellent contribution to the field of seismic interferometry and for his presentation skills.


Rossen, W.R
Award for "outstanding service" as an SPE Associate Editor, awarded at the Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Amsterdam, 27-29 Oct. 2014.

Verruijt, A.
Maurice A. Biot Medal  for his pioneering contributions to the theory of poroelasticity and the development of original analytical and numerical methods for solving problems of poroelasticity in soil mechanics and groundwater flow.

Zitha, P.L.J.
SPE Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award for his outstanding contributions in rock-fluid physics and its bearing upon hydrocarbon recovery at the regional level.

Fokkema, J.
EAGE Honorary Membership


Vardon, P.J.
Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (CIG).

Neut, J.R. van der
Veni grant from NOW for his project "Beyond seismic interferometry: imaging of subsurface shadow zones with multiply reflected waves".

Wapenaar, C.P.A.
EAGE Conrad Schlumberger Award for his outstanding contribution to geophysics by giving seismic interferometry a strong theoretical foundation, enabling research for applications in exploration seismology. Conrad Schlumberger Award.


Weber, K.J.
Powers Medal of AAPG for 2012.

Draganov, D.S.
Vidi grant for his project "Seismic Interferometry for High-Resolution/Cost-Effective Applications in Regional Seismology, Hydrocarbon Exploration and Art Preservation".

Rossen, W.R.
IOR Pioneer, SPE.

Bruining, J.
SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.


Vakili Ghahani
SPE Ferguson Medal for the best SPE peer-reviewed article from an author under the age of 36.

Kroonenberg, S.B & Hoogendoorn, R.M.
Award of Best Poster Paper from the AASP – The Palynological Society. The poster has been made by 7 authors and the subject has to do with the Wolga Delta, Caspian Sea. It was presented on the 44th Annual Meeting Southhampton, U.K.

Wolf, K.H.A.A.
SPE Regional Service Award.This award recognises his long years of dedicated service to the industry, singular devotion of time and effort to the programme and development of his section and region, and the SPE.

Ruiter, J.J. de
Pro Universitate Award at the Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering at the University of Miskolc in Hungary, granted by the Senate of the University of Miskolc. He received this award in recognition of his outstanding academic and research as well as successful international education management.

Rossen, W.R.
Docent van het jaar / Best lecturer TU Delft 2011.


Kroonenberg, S.B.
Van Waterschoot van der Gracht Penning; het hoogste eerbewijs dat in Nederland aan uitzonderlijk verdienstelijke aardwetenschappers kan worden uitgereikt’.

Wapenaar, C.P.A.
Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal Award, award awarded by the SEG (the Society of Exploration Geophysicists), given for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science of geophysical exploration as manifested during the previous five years.

Draganov, D.S.
J. Clarence Karcher, award awarded by the SEG (the Society of Exploration Geophysicists), given in recognition of significant contributions to the science and technology of exploration geophysics by a young geophysicist of outstanding abilities.


Rudolph, S.
Best lecturer TU Delft 2009.

Salimi, H.
The SPE Nico van Wingen Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering.


Draganov, D.S.
Frontier exploration for oil and gas using seismic background noise. NWO VENI grant, Den Haag.

Curtis, A., Gerstoft, P., Sato, H., Snieder, R. and Wapenaar, C.P.A.
Honorable mention for best paper in The Leading Edge, 2006 (awarded during the SEG in San Antonio): Paper 2006: Seismic interferometry - turning noise into signal: The Leading Edge, Vol. 25, (9), 1082-1092.

Wapenaar, C.P.A. and Fokkema, J.T.
Best paper award (awarded during the SEG in San Antonio): Paper 2006: Green's function representations for seismic interferometry: Geophysics, Vol. 71, SI33-SI46.

Bruining, H.
SPE Regional Reservoir description and Dynamics award.

Curie, P.K.
SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum engineering Faculty.


de Ruijter, J.J.
Honorary Doctorate of the University of Helsinki.


Spetzler, J.
Veni Award.


Weber, K.
EAGE Alfred Wegener Award in recognition of his numerous and outstanding contributions in bringing different disciplines together with practical solutions to very complex problems. EAGE Alfred Wegener Award.


Hagoort, J.
SPE Lester C. Uren Award.


Fokkema, J.
EAGE Conrad Schlumberger Award in recognition of his contributions to the applications of mathematics and reciprocity to geophysical problems. EAGE Conrad Schlumberger Award


Dietz, D.N.
SPE John Franklin Carll Award.