Professor Geurt Jongbloed
I am a professor of statistics at the Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics. My research focuses on mathematical modelling and the analysis of incomplete and corrupted data. Such data occur in many applications.
The aspect of applied mathematics that attracts me the most is its breadth, as it involves real-life applications and (in my opinion) beautiful mathematics. Collaboration with experts in a variety of disciplines is also inspiring. One of my graduate students recently entered the field of forensic science.
At the Netherlands Forensic Institute, I developed a model for quantifying the strength of proof when a partial DNA profile is found at a crime scene. Students of applied mathematics acquire thorough knowledge of mathematics and learn to apply it to real-life problems.
Our students are often complimented by their employers for their problem-solving attitudes, mathematical creativity and programming skills.