Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Faculty of Aerospace Engineering

Overall vision

As the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, our vision is based on three main pillars

Enable everyone to excel

By making our work environment and infrastructures more inclusive, we will make sure that everyone can realise their best potentials, independently of their personal situation. This will be highly beneficial to the excellence and reputation of our Faculty.

Attract and keep talents

By providing extra support to some of our staff and students in need, and by valuing work fairly, we will make our Faculty more attractive to prospective staff and we will diminish the risk of having talented people leaving us. By increasing the representation of minorities at all levels, we will provide role models that students can identify with.

Foster a long-term spirit of inclusiveness in the Faculty

By exposing our staff and students at all levels to information on the subject (e.g. guidelines, awareness tests, training), we will develop a long-term climate of inclusiveness, hence increasing our positive image nationally and internationally and reducing the need for ad-hoc last-minute measures in the long term.

Meet the team

Axelle Viré

Axelle Viré is an Associate Professor in the Wind Energy Section of the AWEP department. Her passion is to develop floating offshore wind farms on a large scale to help accelerate the energy transition. She also wants to train the next generation of engineers to this field. She is committed to support staff and the Faculty, for example through her role as Chair of the Faculty Staff Council (OdC). Axelle has three children who make sure she is never bored.

Sofia Teixeira de Freitas is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Aerospace Structures and Materials. Her research focus on the fracture and damage mechanisms of bonded interfaces with the mission to generate a durable and sustainable (air) transport. She is a Delft Technology Female Fellow and a VENI-laureate.

Sofia is also a mother of two young boys; Pedro, a 3-year-old toddler full of sunshine energy to play and throw tantrums; and Eduardo, a 16-month-old baby with the sweetest smile and obsessed with playground slides. 

Sofia Teixeira de Freitas

Evelien Bijl

Evelien Bijl is one of the two HR advisor at faculty Aerospace Engineering. While she is mainly advising management regarding HR topics, she is also involved in various projects, for example D&I at our faculty. People know Evelien for having a sweet tooth and walking around with a smile, as she feels very proud to be working at our faculty.  

Yinneke de Hoop works as an academic counsellor for both the bachelor and master students. She is also the coordinator of the AE bridging programme. Diversity and inclusion is one of her main field of interest and she is therefore excited to be working on this important matter together with her colleagues. Aside from work she enjoys trying out new restaurants, going to the gym or watch Netflix the whole evening. She recently became a cat mom who wants to play every time she wants to sleep.

Yinneke de Hoop

Sezen Sümer

Sezen Sümer is a legal assistant and education coordinator at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (Education & Student Affairs) at TU Delft. While she is mainly involved with legal subjects, she is also involved in various projects within the faculty. In her spare time she works as a volunteer for refugees (VluchtelingenWerk Nederland). She also likes to travel, photograph and dance as much as possible.

Lianne van Roekel is a member of the faculty communication team. Together with the student communication team, she is responsible for all the communication to prospective Bachelor and Master students. She also organises faculty events such as the opening of the academic year and the new year’s breakfast with her other communication colleagues. In her free time, she pursues numerous hobbies, such as volleyball and reading fiction.

Lianne van Roekel


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AE Diversity & Inclusion Committee