Joop Roodenburg (1950) graduated from TU Delft in mechanical measurement and control engineering in 1977. He is president of Huisman Equipment, a worldwide operating company delivering step changing technical solutions to world’s leading companies in the oil & gas, renewables, leisure and civil industries. As an experienced and creative entrepreneur, Roodenburg is able to turn technical inventions into commercially successful activities. The latest achievement is the delivery of world’s largest cranes (10.000t each) for Heerema’s Sleipnir.
In September 2015, Roodenburg started 'Buccaneer Delft' on the Paardenmarkt in Delft. This is an accelerator for young technology enterprises that are active in the energy and offshore sector. With Buccaneer, Roodenburg strives to pass on his drive for innovation and entrepreneurship to new generations of entrepreneurs. Buccaneer wants to make a connection between industry, TU Delft and young entrepreneurs.
Help with student projects
Roodenburg uses his network to connect young talents to major market players to boost the rise of the sustainable economy, especially at the faculties of 3mE and CEG. Roodenburg is also a bridge-builder in education. He is a strong supporter of interdisciplinary cooperation and integrated design. He is involved in initiatives in which Master's students from various disciplines work together on interdisciplinary projects. Roodenburg supports master and bachelor projects by supplying them with cases from within the business community and by offering project spaces.
Alumnus of the Year
Since 2011, TU Delft and the Delft University Fund have been awarding the 'Alumnus of the Year' prize to alumni who have earned their spurs in the world of innovation and research. Joop Roodenburg is alumnus of 2019. The winners will receive a plaque on the Alumni Walk of Fame in the Mekelpark on the TU Delft campus.