About

The Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics

The Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics was founded in 1996 and received a five-year accreditation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) directly at the first application in June 1997. 

The EM Graduate School embraces all internationally important research groups that are active in the field at Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and at the University of Twente. Eindhoven University of Technology acts as the commissioner of the EM Graduate School, locating the EM Secretariat.

In 2001 a peer review of the activities of the Graduate School over its first period of operation by an international review panel took place and in 2002 the ECOS (Research school accreditation committee)/KNAW-accreditation of the Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics was renewed. In 2006 a peer review of the activities of the Graduate School over its second period of operation by an international review panel took place. In 2007 the Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics received the ECOS/KNAW-accreditation for its third period of operation (2007-2013). In 2013 the Graduate School received the ECOS/KNAW accreditation for its fourth period of operation (2013-2019).

Mission statement

The Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics has been established with the aim to strengthen research and education in the field of engineering mechanics in The Netherlands. The EM Graduate School intends to be a platform that, on the basis of a number of selected research themes, fosters long-term knowledge and skills in the engineering mechanics field. Although operating primarily at a national level, it intends to stimulate international collaborative research projects within the research themes. Within the foregoing global objectives the following more specific objectives can be formulated:

  • Training of PhD-students to become qualified independent researchers in the field of engineering mechanics according to international standards. To this end, a series of high-quality graduate courses is developed on specific subjects.
  • Co-ordination and tuning of the engineering mechanics research activities in the participating groups. Furthermore, the Graduate School aims at strengthening the available infrastructure for research in engineering mechanics. It can be stated that the present infrastructure meets high international standards.
  • Selection of the main research themes in engineering mechanics carried out within the Graduate School EM. These research themes are being characterized by a strong international position of the research in The Netherlands, while at the same time they are of importance for Dutch industry and society.
  • Strengthening of the international scientific position and the international visibility of The Netherlands in the engineering mechanics field.
  • Guarding the standards of undergraduate education in the engineering mechanics area at the Dutch universities. This is done in particular by influencing policies with respect to the appointment of professors and other senior staff in this area.

Organization

The organizational structure of the Graduate School Engineering Mechanics is summarized in the following organization chart:

Orginazational structure of Engineering Mechanics

The Scientific Director is in charge of the day-to-day management of the Graduate School. Local Directors from the participating universities assist him in this. Eindhoven as commissioner supplies extra support for the general management and secretariat. Altogether they form the Management Team.

The Governing Board establishes the annual plans on research, education and finances of the Graduate School. They are advised on this by the Advisory Board, which consists of representatives from industry and applied research institutes.

Board of directors

Scientific director and local director for Eindhoven University of Technology
prof.dr.ir. E.H. (Harald) van Brummelen
Eindhoven University of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Multiscale Engineering Fluid Dynamics

Local director for Delft University of Technology
prof.dr.ir. L.J. (Bert) Sluys
Delft University of Technology
Department of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Computational Mechanics, Structural Mechanics and Dynamics

Local director for University of Twente
prof.dr.ir. A.H (Ton) van den Boogaard
University of Twente
Department of Engineering Technology
Applied Mechanics

Local director for University of Groningen
prof.dr.ir. E. (Erik ) van der Giessen
University of Groningen
Department of Science and Engineering
Micromechanics

Advisory board

The Advisory Board, consisting of representatives from industry and applied research institutes, advises the Governing Board on strategic matters concerning research and education of the EM Graduate School.

dr.ir. P. (Peter) van den Berg
Deltares Geo-engineering
PO Box 177
2600 MH Delft

dr.ir. F.J. (Frederic) Blom
NRG
PO Box 25
1755 ZG Petten

ir. H.J. (Henk Jan) ten Hoeve
National Aerospace Laboratory NLR
Aerospace Vehicles Division
Voorsterweg 31
8316 PR Marknesse

dr.ir. J. (Jaap) van der Lugt
TATA Steel Research Development & Technology, Rolling Metal Strip Hot Rolling Process Development
PO Box 10.000
1970 CA IJmuiden

ir. H.C.L. (Hugo) Vos
DEMCON advanced mechatronics Delft B.V.

dr.ir. H.M.A. (Herman) Wijshoff
Océ Technologies B.V.
PO Box 101
5900 MA Venlo

Governing board

The Governing Board establishes the annual plans on research, education and finances of the Graduate School. They are advised on this by the Advisory Board.

Chariman
prof. dr. ir. L.J. (Bert) Sluys
Delft University of Technology
Deparment of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Computational Mechanics, Structural Mechanics and Dynamics

Governing board member
prof. dr. ir. A.H (Ton) van den Boogaard
University of Twente
Department of Engineering Technology
Applied Mechanics

Governing board member
prof. dr. ir. A. (Akke) Suiker
Eindhoven University of Technology
Department of Built Environment
Applied Mechanics and Design

Governing board member
prof. dr. ir. F. (Fred) van Keulen
Delft University of Technology
Department of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
Applied Mechanics (PME)

Governing board member
prof. dr. S. (Stefan) Luding
University of Twente
Department of Engineering Technology
Multi Scale Mechanics MSM

Board of PhD candidates

The board of PhD candidates represents the PhD students participating in the EM Graduate School. They are involved in the evaluation of events of the Graduate School, like the EM Symposium and the EM course program. Moreover, they initiate activities for fellow PhD-students.

Local representative for the Delft University of Technology
ir. L. (Lidan) Zhang
Delft University of Technology
Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME)

Local representative for the Eindhoven University of Technology
Ir. B.H.H.A. (Britt) Cordewener
Eindhoven University of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanics of Materials

Local representative for the University of Twente
ir. B. (Björn) Nijhuis
University of Twente
Department of Engineering Technology Applied Mechanics