Masters of Engineering

Masters of Engineering

Masters of Engineering is an initiative of the study associations for Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management. They represent three very different fields of science, that yet share a lot of interests. With this in mind, forces were joined to create an event for masterstudents and PhD's with a topic that excites participants from all three disciplines. The main aim  of Masters of Engineering is to organize activities and lectures specifically for masters students in the engineering studies. See more on For questions about this event email

Masters of Engineering 2015, 03-12-2015

Wells Engineering: A journey through the subsurface in The Netherlands

Ever wondered how an oil & gas operator can safely drill to over five kilometers depth to hit a fifty square meter target? What technologies are involved and what considerations come into play? How is it possible to drill horizontally or offshore in deep-water environments?

A Well Engineer develops, plans, costs, schedules and supervises the operations necessary to the process of drilling oil and gas wells, from initial well design to testing, completion and ultimately abandonment. They work with other professionals, such as geologists and geoscientists, to monitor drilling progress, oversee safety management and ensure the protection of the environment.

In this lecture, Rob Reijngoud, general manager Wells Operations, will explain the principles of Wells Engineering. With a background in mechanical engineering, Rob started his career in a small company in hydraulic machines. This involved a lot of traveling all over the world. With an appetite to discover more, after three years Rob decided to join Shell. He has had operational roles in Scotland, Turkey, Oman and The Netherlands. His responsibilities are equivalent to running a medium-large company in dimensions and capital expenditure. Rob is married, has two children and enjoys fishing for Atlantic blue marlins.

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. Shell’s aim is to help meet the energy needs of society in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

The location of the lecture, drinks and dinner is at the Van Swinderen Huys. For more information and registration see http:/ The deadline of the application for the recruiment dinner is the 19th of November. The selection is based on resume.

Master of Engineering 2014, 30-09-2014

Since natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel, the demand of gas is expected to grow in the future. In the Netherlands the production of gas is not sufficient to cover the domestic consumption. Therefore most gas for the European market is imported from Russia. Political tensions make it risky to be depedent of one import partner. Therefore, a Liquid Natural Gas storage terminal is built in de harbour of Rotterdam to make import of gas fromall over the world possible. This is a project of Gate Terminal, which is a joint venture of Vopak and GasUnie.

Gasunie is a Dutch gas infrastructure company. They take care of the transport of natural and green gas throughout the Netherlands and northern Germany. To make sure the gas reaches its customer on a safe and reliable way, Gasunie owns an excellent gas transport network with a total length of over 15,000 km! As an introduction you will get to know everything you want to know about Gasunie. Be ready to shoot some of the most interesting questions at the Netherlands biggest gas transport company and let yourself be enlightened by their insights!

Gate built the Dutch first import terminal for liquid natural gas. Since Gate and Gasunie can provide great help for each other, they are operating as partners. As well as to Gasunie, the speakers will give you a great introduction to Gate Terminal and the cooperation. Let this moment be a chance to obtain all the information you need to know about the companies!

Master of Engineering 2013, 21-11-2013

During the last Masters of Engineering event DSM (Roman Stepanyan) was invited to give a presentation about fiber diameter control in electrospinning. 

Electrospinning of polymeric solutions is a method for production of nanofibers (NF). Although the method itself is relatively simple, a number of difficulties still prohibit its wide employability on a large scale. In the presentation the challenges were overviewed one faces when using electrospinning of polyamide solutions to produce filter media. The challenges encountered range from fundamental problems (electrochemistry, electro-hydrodynamics, etc) to technological exercises (scaling up, quality, etc). Next to that, we address one particular problem - fiber diameter control in electrospinning - in more detail. In the majority of applications, the efficiency of NF or non-woven structures based on them is directly dependent on the NF diameter. Therefore, the diameter control in electrospinning process is essential. At the same time the available literature contains mainly empirical observations, often contradicting each other.

We present a simple one-dimensional phenomenological model for stretching of an electrified filament in the whipping part of electrospinning jet. Despite the simplicity, all the essential ingredients, such as viscoelastic effects and solvent evaporation, are taken into account and the predictions allow explaining some generic features observed in experiments, such as viscosity dependency of the NF diameter. We show that the fiber diameter is mainly a result of interplay between the viscoelastic and the electric forces and is sensitive to solvent evaporation as well. Also, simple scaling predictions are made, predicting the terminal fiber diameter to scale as power 1/3 of viscosity and 2/3 of the polymer solution throughput divided by electrical current.

Masters of Engineering 2012, 08-05-2012

During the first seminar Eilard Hoogerduijn-Strating, Asset Development Leader at Shell Upstream International provided an overview of different Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery methods used within Shell and NAM. There was an option to have a luxurious dinner at stadscafé 't Feithhuis with the speaker and other Shell/NAM employees after the lecture. 

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