Dr.ir. P.W. (Petra) Heijnen


Petra Heijnen studied Applied Mathematics at Delft University of Technology. From 1994 to 1998 she did a four year PhD-research in coding theory at the faculty Applied Mathematics of Eindhoven University of Technology. In 1998 she worked as a research member at the National Institute Statistics Netherlands. Since 1999 she is working at the faculty Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology, first as a project member of the E.E.T.-project Batch Processes: Cleaner and more efficient. 
Since 2002, she works at the faculty as an assistant professor in the Energy & Industry group. She teaches courses in Network analysis, Operations Research and Statistics. Her research field focusses on Graph theory for the design and analysis of energy and industrial networks, Optimisation in energy and industrial networks and Applied statistics.


The research interests of Petra Heijnen are:

  • Graph theory for the design and analysis of energy and industrial networks.
  • Optimisation in energy and industrial networks.
  • Applied statistics. 
  • Besliskunde
    Bachelor Technische Bestuurskunde
    ECTS: 5
  • Prestatieanalyse
    Bachelor Technische Bestuurskunde
    ECTS: 5
  • Bachelor Eindproject – Netwerkanalyse
    Bachelor Technische Bestuurskunde
    ECTS: 15
  • Design in Networked Systems
    Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
    ECTS: 5
  • Design of Integrated Energy Systems
    Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
    ECTS: 5
  • A method for designing minimum‐cost multisource multisink network layouts
    P.W. Heijnen, E.J.L. Chappin, P.M. Herder
    Systems Engineering, 2019
  • Infrastructure network design with a multi-model approach: Comparing geometric graph theory with an agent-based implementation of an ant colony optimization
    P.W. Heijnen, E.J.L. Chappin, I. Nikolic
    Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 17 (4), 1, 2014
  • Maximising the Worth of Nascent Networks
    P.W. Heijnen, A. Ligtvoet, R.M. Stikkelman, P.M. Herder
    Networks and Spatial Economics, 2013

More publications

NWO – Regional Energy Self-Sufficiency
The aim of this project is to support the realization of energy self-sufficient regions in the Netherlands. The integrated use of electricity, gas, heat and renewable sources will be studied. The goal is to develop tools for designing and determining the size and shape of such systems and their institutions.

CityZen – New Urban Energy
To develop and demonstrate energy efficient cities and to build a methodology and tools for cities, industries and citizens to reach the 20-20-20 targets.

NWO - Smart Energy Systems in the Built Environment
To accelerate the large-scale deployment of hardware and software technologies. And to enable the integration of solutions required to meet the challenge of smart and sustainable energy systems in the built environment.

  • Egyedi, TM, Blind, K., Loeffen, AGAJ, Heijnen, PW, Vrancken, JLM, Dos Santos Soares, M & Kaaart, M. (2008). Virtueel boek: The Dynamics of Standards. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Herder, PM, Heijnen, PW & Nauta, A (2008). Proceedings of the NGInfra-IEEE International Scientific Conference "Building Networks for a Brighter Future". Delft: IEEE.

Petra Heijnen

Assistant Professor

Engineering Systems and Services

Energy and Industry

Priscilla Zwalve-Hanselaar

Research interests:
Graph theory for the design and analysis of energy and industrial networks
Optimisation in energy and industrial networks
Applied statistics

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