Minor Testimonials

This page contains testimonials of students who did their minor through a TU Delft enrolment. Testimonials published here are from Bachelor students from either Applied Mathematics or Computer Science and Engineering. If you want to contribute to this page, please send an email to education@ch.tudelft.nl with your name, your study, what minor you did and in what year, a nice picture of you, and a summary of your minor experience of 300-400 words.

The minor testimonials on this page are sorted for each faculty as per the schedule below.  The abbreviations of all the faculties are also explained below.

3ME Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering
BK Architecture and the Built Environment
CiTG Civil Engineering and Geosciences
EWI Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
IO Industrial Design Engineering
TBM Technology, Policy, and Management
TNW Applied Sciences
L&R Aerospace Engineering

You can download an overview of every minor that TU Delft has to offer here.

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Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Kevin Visser, AM, 2015-2016

Well, hello there. My name is Kevin and I am currently a 23 years old Master student Applied Mathematics. A few years ago I decided to do the Minor Biomedical Engineering, a Minor mostly given by Material Engineering and Physics professors. I decided to do so, because I wanted to do a Minor which had practically nothing to do with Mathematics and to do something slightly out of my comfort zone. Important to note is that I had already followed a course at Electrical Engineering about Electricity and Magnetism which helped at some points.

During this Minor you will follow courses about several areas in Biomedical Engineering. You will for example a course about how machines like an MRI or a CT-scan work. You will learn the physics and mathematics, e.g. Fourier Transformations, behind this. Other courses teach you about the materials uses during hip replacement surgeries, or about how muscles, tendons and joints work. During the Minor you will have the opportunity to be present at an autopsy, or to have a guided tour at the AMC in Amsterdam to see the earlier mentioned machines in real life.

In the second quarter you will do a large final project worth 12 EC in which you put the knowledge learned in the first quarter to use. In the year I was doing the Minor, some people developed a special kind of bed for infants called CloudCuddle and are currently starting a business. I did a project commissioned by the Dutch Forensic Institute. Unfortunately I am not allowed to say much more due to a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

I would say that every Mathematics or Computer Science student should be able to follow the Minor. If you are interested in doing a Minor in the medicine area combined with some technical aspects, this Minor is for you. If you are looking for a doable, mostly stress-free Minor with enough time left for a social life, this Minor is for you.

P.S. It is awesome to say you’ve developed a machine that is currently used at several Dutch Forensics Institutes.


Tim Rietved, CS, 2017-2018

Hi everyone! My name is Tim Rietveld and I’m currently a first-year Computer Science master student. Last year I’ve done the Robotics Minor from the 3mE faculty. The main reason why I was interested in this minor is because I really liked the hands-on experience this minor gives you; you start building a robot from scratch with an interdisciplinary team. Besides this, I found the fact that these robots are developed for actual clients very compelling.

During the first quarter of the minor, all students follow courses from the other faculties (Statics and Prototyping for Design in my case) but in my experience, this does not require much of your time. Most of the time in this quarter is spent on creating and iterating over the design of your robot. Once the second quarter begins, this design will be the main guideline for developing the robot. During this quarter no other courses are given, so you can focus fully on your robot. Together with my group (2 CS, 1 EE, 2WB and 1 ID student) we started developing Fizzy, an autonomous robot ball for children to play with while being hospitalized, whereas other groups started on robots for other use-cases, such as a bartender robot, a rose-picking robot, and an autonomous boat.

Timing and coordination between the group members are crucial during this minor, as the people working on the hard- and software of the robot often need a prototype from the manufacturing team to perform tests with, and the team manufacturing the robot needs the outcome of these tests to be able to improve the current design.

The minor itself is a lot of work, especially once the development phase of the robot has begun. As there needs to be a working final prototype at the end of the minor, setbacks because of hardware failures and defects can lead to some stressful moments. Be prepared for these failures, as in our case they were way more common than we’d thought upfront. Working with an interdisciplinary team helps you approach problems from different stances and find solutions for these kinds of moments.

All in all, I would definitely recommend this minor to anyone who is willing to put a lot of hours into a minor and enjoys being part of an interdisciplinary team. Although the minor can sometimes be hectic, you will gain a lot of insights about the total design process of a robot and it is very rewarding to see an actual working product at the end of it.

Julian van Dijk, CS, 2019-2020

During the first week of the minor, we started off with an introduction on how the first quarter of the minor would look: A kick-off with your team, meeting with your clients and some select courses based on the bachelor you are doing. Let’s start off with the team. All teams have a composition of 4 different bachelors with 6 students per team in total. Every team had 2 Computer Science and Engineering students, 2 Mechanical Engineering students, 1 Electrical Engineering student and 1 Industrial Design and Engineering student. Together we had all the knowledge necessary to build a working robot. Or so we thought, because before we started with building the robot we had some courses to attend to. We all had courses from the other disciplines. For me, this meant: Circuit Analysis(EE), Statics(ME), Introduction to ROS and Design in Robotics(IDE). The other had their disciplinary course switched to Software Engineering methods(CSE). The courses were doable although design in robotics is time-consuming. It was scheduled for one and a half days per week. Which alternated a bit between weeks. During these courses, we already started meeting with our client. They clarified what they wanted the robot to do and what the absolute no-gos were. Our task was to build a cheap and small robot bottling machine.

The initial idea was to receive a pallet of boxes with empty bottles, process them and return a pallet of boxes where all the bottles were filled, capped and labeled. However one of the no-go’s we received was: “You are not allowed to use conveyor belts”. This meant we had to be
more creative within the assigned budget. Which ended up in us deciding to tackle the single box problem first.

After deciding upon the specifics of the problem it was time to come up with a solution. Doing this is easier said than done. We had a deadline at the end of the quarter in which we had to hand in our design report. This report had to be less than 100 pages. Which proved to
be a challenge. We had to include our three possible designs and which design we eventually chose and why. Furthermore, it had to include the entire software design, electrical design, and human interaction design. With all our time spent on brainstorming for design,
creating them and actually following our courses. We were finally able to start on the report two weeks in advance. After some stress, late nights and some more stress. We managed to hand-in the report 3 minutes before twelve. Which meant it was time for celebration, because the time of documenting and courses was over. It was time to start on the robot!
Our eventual solution was a robot arm with a smart gripper. Capable of grabbing bottles with computer vision and passing them through stations that would do the filling, capping, and labelling.

Architecture and the Built Environment


No testimonials for this minor as of yet.

Heritage & Design

Josephine Keim, AM, 2018-2019

“What am I looking for in a minor?”, “What am I missing in my bachelor Applied Mathematics?”, for me these questions where the key factors to choose a minor. I wanted to do something more creative! That’s why Heritage and Design was the perfect combination.

In the minor Heritage and Design, you have a combination of art, architecture, and design. You get a brief history of Art and Architecture from 1300 to the present. You get lectures about how to preserve buildings and how to reuse them; heritage. Last, there are three design projects, where you get a good taste of the designing part of Architecture. All the projects are pretty diverse; Annualizing a city, designing a park, and redesign a building. In the last project, the most important part was how can you give a building a new purpose, a new use. How can you use the space that already exists, keep the historical parts of the building and give something that the neighbourhood needs? It’s a lot more than just the designing part.

For me, the best part of the minor was that there would be an excursion every two weeks. We would go to a city in the Netherlands (or even Belgium) and try to recognise the historical creation of the city, the historical buildings and go to an art museum. Because the minor group was so small, we had a lot of fun on these excursions. Especially, the two days excursion to Gendt and Liege felt like a small holiday. Further, I learned how to use Photoshop and Indesign or how to draw a ground map of a building. It is interesting to work with a multidisciplinary group on a project and see how each person has different inputs. The last tip, if you are scared that you have not enough designing background: don’t worry they take into account that you don’t study architecture.

Spatial Computing in Architectural Design

No testimonials for this minor as of yet.

Civil Engineering and Geosciences

African Dynamics

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Bend and Break

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De Delta Denker

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Environmental Engineering

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Geo-recourses for the future

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Integrated Infrastructure Design

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Projectmanagement from Nano to Mega

Marjolein Bouwmeester, AM, 2017-2018

While I’m studying in Delft for some time now, I’m still happy with the choice I’ve made when I was 17 years old: let’s study Applied Mathematics! In most parts, the study has met my expectations, but I bumped into the fact that I really like working with people, being part of a team and discuss what will be the best approach for a challenge you run into. In the study Applied Mathematics, that’s not a big part of the programme, so I decided to go into that during my minor. That’s why I choose the minor Projectmanagement, from Nano to Mega.

The minor was all about people. I think the sentence ‘People are key’ has been used in at least twice in every course. A result of having that as the main focus is that there is no black and white right versus wrong like you have in Math and I think in Computer Science too. There can be multiple ways to be right, as long as you explain it in a good way. I actually loved that. Results were discussable and there was a lot of focus on learning from each other instead of learning from the theory in a book. The side-effect of this is that some of the content could be pretty vague. So when thinking about this minor, take that into account.
The minor consists of 5 courses. In the first ten weeks, there was Project Management Basics, which was a lecture-based course that is supposed to teach you all the basic concepts of Project Management. Also Legal and Finance was in the first weeks: five weeks of legal (which I found extremely interesting) and five weeks of finance (where you could use your mathematics skills a little). Also, the project started, which endured the whole minor. The project was meant to apply the knowledge you gained in the courses on a simulation project (of your own choice) which you should manage with your group. The second ten weeks were, like the project which went one, all group-based. In programme management, there were lectures about how to combine projects and there was a big assignment in which you had to interview a programme manager. The last course was for me the most interesting one, but also the vaguest one though. The assignments you had to hand in each week were not that clear, but the professor of this course had invited two project managers each week to be interviewed by us. From project managers of NS to the guys who led the building of the Noordzuidlijn, we’ve met a lot of people.

About meeting people, don’t worry about group work. When starting the minor, I knew none of my fellow students, but I’ve met some cool people here quickly because the whole first week of the minor is all about the general introduction and getting to know each other.

Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics

No testimonials for this minor as of yet.

Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

Computational Science and Engineering

Douwe Hoonhout, CS, 2018-2019

Hi, I am Douwe Hoonhout. I am a fourth-year bachelor student in Computer Science. This year I did the minor Computational Science. Before Comput-er Science I was already interested in Mathematics as well. That is why I was interested in doing a minor related to Mathematics. Also, there were some Programming courses which to me seemed a nice way to broaden my programming skills. These programming courses mainly focussed on solving heavy computations. One course is fully focussed on parallelization since doing computations in parallel is a great way to speed up your heavy computation. Another programming course was mainly focussed on errors that will occur when doing computations. Some numbers have many decimals that you can not normally store into a computer. This can lead to big errors over time compared to the actual result. The two numerical method courses were very hard for me. If you are from Computer Science and you want to do this minor, I would highly suggest you do some numerical methods before you start. For me, it was the first time I was exposed to numerical methods and I would say that most people should have some pre-knowledge. Last but not least is the project which combines all knowledge to actually make your own numerical implementation. The nice thing about the project is that they will mix computer scientists with mathematicians (and other studies). This results in students that can really help each other since they have different backgrounds.

Johnathan Katzy, CS, 2017-2018

Hey, my name is Jonathan Katzy and I am a first-year master student of Computer Science at the TU-Delft. During my Bachelor’s, that I also got at the TU-Delft I did the minor Computational Science and Engineering.

The CSE minor is a minor that can help you widen your view in computer science by going more into depth about parallel programming, as well as going more in-depth into areas such as compilers that are skipped over in the Bachelor. Furthermore this minor will introduce you into some basic mathematics, primarily differential equations, where there are 2 courses about numerical methods and stochastic differential equations. My reasoning for choosing this minor was that I enjoyed computer science but also wanted some more mathematics, which worked out quite well for in this minor. For moth mathematics students and computer science students I would recommend this minor, primarily because it lets you broaden your knowledge whilst remaining marginally in your own discipline, and of course that the study load is not too high if you work with people from other disciplines.

The minor overall is not too challenging, for people from Computer Science who have only followed the calculus course it may take a bit to get up to speed with the mathematics being discussed in the mathematics courses, however, I found that there are plenty of non-Computer Science students willing to help you out. When it comes to Computer Science courses, they are a breeze. The main advantage of following them is that you get more insight into things like handling catastrophic cancellation and working with numbers that are larger than standard floats. Also, you get an introduction to C++ and how to work with memory allocation and compilers. This is what I found the most interesting about computer science classes as it is often ignored in the rest of the bachelor. For the Computer Science classes, you will find though that you may want to help out the people from other disciplines as they will not have had as much experience programming and will often struggle with some aspects.

The overall workload of the minor was very doable. You should definitely be prepared to put in some extra time for the mathematics courses, but this is more than offset by the relatively little effort you need to do to pass any of the courses that require programming. One thing to be aware of though that was very different for me is that, if they are using the same course structure, you will need to do an oral exam for the stochastic differential equations course, which may seem daunting but was actually nicer to do than a written exam.

Linda Leeuwestein, AM, 2017-2018

Hi, my name is Linda Leeuwestein, and I’m currently a third year Bachelor student, studying Applied Mathematics at the TU Delft.

This year, I did the minor CSE. Seeing as I want to do a master in Financial Engineering, I was also considering a minor in Finance, but rather than focusing on this topic in the minor as well, I thought it would be better to expand my knowledge with computational science instead. After all, CS is a very important aspect in almost every (mathematical) field, including Finance, and I thought it might come in handy to gain experience in this field.

The two numerical method courses were complementary to the introductory course during the major, focusing especially on differential equations. In the scientific programming and parallel computing courses, the focus is mostly on efficient programming, where several programming languages are compared. During the C++ course, the focus is on the actual creation of small programs from scratch, in the C++ language (programs that would be easy to program in a different language). Finally, there is a final minor project, where you and three other students work on an actual (mostly physical) project with a supervisor from a different faculty.

Compared to my major, the level of this minor in terms of difficulty and time spent on attending lectures, and studying at home, was much lower.

In terms of working pressure, this minor can easily be combined with other courses, activities or work.

The minor is a good combination of studying individually for exams and working together on projects and assignments in small groups. In my experience, the courses focusing on numerical methods were easier for AM students than for CS students, whereas for the programming courses it was the other way around, but by putting in enough effort, I believe they were all very doable for all students.

I would recommend this minor to anyone interested in (numerical) mathematics and programming. I believe this minor is a nice addition to my curriculum vitae and I’m happy I chose this minor.

Electronics for Robotics

No testimonials for this minor as of yet.

Electrical Sustainable Energy Systems

No testimonials for this minor as of yet.


Louise Leibbrandt, CSE, 2020-2021

My name is Louise Leibbrandt and I am currently in my last year of the Computer Science and Engineering bachelor. I have just completed the Finance minor, which due to current circumstances, took part in online education. There were no physical lectures this year and many of the mandatory weekly assignments given in years past were cut from the program.

I decided to follow this minor as I have an interest in mathematics and payment systems. From this perspective, the Finance minor was highly interesting to me and I enjoyed the majority of the courses. The minor includes several theoretical courses where you will dive deep into the
mathematics that is driving the financial world. There are also a few application courses where the mathematics is applied to programming small functions in MATLAB. You will also get the opportunity to discuss current issues in the finance world. Overall, I felt that the minor gives a
strong basis and there is enough opportunity to apply the techniques being taught.

I will give a word of warning that the tempo of this minor is fast, and it requires a somewhat high level of mathematical understanding. If you do not enjoy mathematics and lots of self-study, I would recommend considering a different minor. It is also important to note that in the
second quarter you will have to take 5 end term exams within a two-week period, meaning that the course load in the second quarter is higher than the first.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this minor and I feel that I’ve gained a lot of valuable knowledge. If you are interested in mathematics and finance, then I would highly recommend considering the EEMCS minor in Finance.

Joost Gobbels, AM, 2018-2019

My name is Joost Gobbels and currently, I’m in my third year of applied mathematics and last year I took the Finance minor. After finishing my first 2 years I had the idea that I had quite a lot of mathematical knowledge, but that a had very little experience applying this knowledge, therefore I choose to do the minor Finance.

The minor begins with a lot of general information because you need to get used to financial terms like put short options, after this, all subjects start going into their own debt. What I liked most about the minor was that it covered a large variety of topics, for example, in Monte Carlo and Time Series, you are modeling different options and stocks, in Current Issues in Mathematical Finance, Principles of Asset Trading and Risk Management, you are focusing on daily application of different models and regulations and in the courses Option Valuation and Introduction to Mathematical Finance you go more into depth about the theory behind all the models.

As a mathematician, the minor shouldn’t be very hard for you, but you shouldn’t underestimate it. The minor does have quite a lot of mandatory homework exercises, which forces you to keep up with most of the subject, this is really necessary because at the end of Q2 you have 5 exams because most subjects are semester subjects.

I would definitely advise the minor to all students who want to see applications of their mathematical skills in the field of finance, especially students who liked courses in statistics and probability theory, who also want to see some computational examples of their gained knowledge.

Zoë van Steijn, CS, 2017-2018

My name is Zoë and I’m currently in my first year of the master Computer Science. Last year, I decided to do the minor Finance at the faculty of EEMCS.
Even though I study Computer Science I have always had an interest in mathematics. Therefore, I thought it would be nice to do a minor in this direction. After browsing through all available minors I found out about the minor Finance. This seemed to be a good fit since finance was also an interest of mine. Back then I invested some money in the cryptocurrency market (and failed miserably) and thought it would be interesting to learn some more about stocks and other financial products.
The minor turned out to be very interesting. Many teachers had a background in finance and knew a lot about the subjects they were teaching. The theoretical part of the lectures was often linked to real-life examples. Therefore, you really get the feeling that the material you are learning is actually useful to know.
Since it is a minor from the Mathematics department you can, of course, expect a lot of mathematics. At the start of the minor, you are already expected to be a bit familiar with probability and statistics. On day 1 you get a small exam on this topic. Furthermore, for some of the courses, you have to program in Matlab and R, however, I think the minor is also doable if you have no experience with this. Many courses have weekly assignments that you have to hand in. These are all individual, the minor does not have any group projects.
All in all, I am really glad I chose this minor. The courses were very well-organized and the study material was interesting. I really recommend this minor to anyone who has an interest in mathematics as well as the financial world

Mathematics and Finance

No testimonials for this minor as of yet.

Computer Science

Arian Joyandeh, AM, 2018-2019

After having seen Computer Science students do the coolest of things in the first two years of my bachelor’s, I wanted to be able to do similar things. That is why I chose the minor Computer Science.

The three most important things I have learned from this minor are: learning about machine learning and the mathematics behind it; project management by using agile methodologies and of course programming for all kinds of purposes, in the following three paragraphs I will explain a bit on these points.

First of all, machine learning. You probably have heard this term being used as a buzzword, but I found it really cool actually. In the course ‘Computational Intelligence’, you learn all about machine learning and the ideas behind it. One of the ¢projects we had to do for this course, was training ‘ants’ (not real ants, but on the computer) to solve a maze on the computer. In this course, I learned how my mathematical background gives me a great advantage in understanding such processes.

Secondly, I learned a lot about project management. In the ‘Software Engineering Methods’ course, you learn about agile methodologies and you put these methodologies to use immediately during the project that is also part of the course.

Lastly, programming. It’s no mystery that in a Computer Science minor you’re going to program a lot, but what surprised me is how small things I want to do on my computer are going way easier because of my newly acquired skills.

The most useful information I can give you is the fact that as an Applied Mathematics student, you probably have finished the course ‘Introduction to Programming’. A very similar course to this is part of the core of the minor, that is why you will need to find a replacement. I followed the first-year Computer Science course ‘Object-Oriented Programming’ and it was very interesting. Perhaps you have also finished the Algorithms and Datastructures elective during your bachelor, a similar course to this one is also part of the core of the minor, then you will also have to find a replacement for this course. I highly recommend following ‘Algorithm Design’, which is a course for the second year Computer Science students and a follow-up on the Algorithms and Datastructures course.

In conclusion, if you want to get the most out of your minor, I’d strongly recommend the Computer Science minor!

Industrial Design Engineering

Advanced Prototyping

No testimonials for this minor as of yet.

Designing Sustainability Transitions

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Interactive Environments

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Connected Creativity

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Smart and shared cities

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Technology, Policy, and Management

Companies and Innovation

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Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Global Development

Ilona Post, AM, 2018-2019

Are you interested in working with a multicultural and –disciplinary group of people? Do you want to learn about dealing with unexpected issues? Do you want to broaden your view and develop your social skills and critical view? Then this minor might be for you!
I am Ilona Post, a student in Applied Mathematics and I was part of the very first cohort (2018-2019) of the LDE minor Frugal Innovation. This minor is organised by Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam.
In the first 10 weeks you will learn about Frugal Innovation; what it is, what we think it should be, how we can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and what it has to do with technology, entrepreneurship, and development. The latter is also the 3 parts to which the 10 weeks are dedicated; Technology in Delft, Entrepreneurship in Rotterdam, Development in Leiden. The courses are very interactive. You are challenged to take part in discussions and workshops together with a multidisciplinary group of people. Working with such a variety of people demands you to broaden your view and be more critical than ever.
The classes are exciting. Attendance is compulsory and examination is done by essays and projects.
During the first 10 weeks, you will be busy preparing the internship for the last 10 weeks. During this internship, you will take on a frugal project in a developing country with 1 or 2 other students. There will be a variety of projects available from which you can choose. Together with Filip, I went to Uganda for 2,5 months. TU Delft and MUST University (Mbarara) are working together on a sustainable inexpensive MRI machine. We worked on improving the technical development at the university there, we set up a business model for future business, we met with medical companies, visited different hospitals, talked to the ministry and acquired a lot of information from governmental organisations.
The thing you learn most by living and working in a developing country is that nothing goes as planned, but still you deal with it and manage to get something good out of every part of the experience!
If you are interested, still in doubt, curious about experiences or want to know about my approach for the application, you can reach me by email (ilonap@ch.tudelft.nl) or read my small blog on Polarsteps (polarsteps.com/IlonaPost).

International Entrepreneurship and Development

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Med-Tech Based Entrepreneurship

Note: this is a Dutch minor!

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Technology Based Entrepreneurship

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Responsible Innovation

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Security, Safety and Justice

Laetitia Melkboer, CS, 2018-2019

The minor Safety, Security, and Justice focusses, like the name says, mostly on how do we keep the world safe and secure. However, there are more sides to safety and security than one might think. Because of the combination with the University of Leiden, you learn not only about the more technical side of safety and security, but also the ethics and justice issues surrounding safety and security. Where the TU Delft teaches you about models one can use to approach a safety or security problem, Leiden makes you think about topics such as when are security measures invading privacy or how can one research a crisis.
The minor is split, as mentioned before, between two universities. The courses are as follows: in the first quarter you have the classes Researching Crisis and Security Management and Law and Security taught by Leiden University and Security and Technology taught by the TU Delft. The course Researching Crisis and Security management work towards a final paper the students will have to write, which will be a research proposal. The course Law and Security will also end with a paper in which students have to use the topics that were discussed during the course. The course Security and Technology will have a final exam covering everything discussed during the course. In the second quarter will consist of Terrorism and Counterterrorism taught by Leiden University and Security and Technology and Security Integration Project taught by the TU Delft. The course Terrorism and Counterterrorism try to show that not all assumptions that we have about terrorism are true or only partly true, while also covering show history. Students in this class will have to write a midterm paper and make a final exam. The course Security and Technology discusses the ethical and security implications of new emerging technologies and with a group paper discussing an upcoming technology. Finally, the course Security Integration Project has its focus on how a security or safety incident in a multi-actor environment can be explained.
This cooperation of universities means you will sit in class with a student from a wide range of studies. The professors try to use that unique opportunity to make students aware of different sides to the same story. Where TU Delft students might approach a problem in one way, students from Leiden university or the Erasmus university might approach the same problem in a different way.

Applied Sciences

Communication Design for Innovation

Sophie Walboomers, CSE, 2020-2021

Hi! My name is Sophie Walboomers and I study Computer Science and Engineering. I did the minor called Communication Design for Innovation.

The minor contains two key courses. The first course is about sociology and psychology. Some questions that will be addressed during this course include: how people behave in a society, how people learn, how to work efficiently in a team, and how to change someone’s behaviour. In the second part of the minor you will get a course called Communication Marketing and Innovation. This course focuses on issues that arise when you want to bring your innovation or technical solution into society.

Both courses contain valuable information that you need to use during a case study, together with a group of 6 students. For example, my group got the assignment to improve the efficiency of the police in Rotterdam-Zuid. To come up with a good solution we did a lot of stakeholder interviews, visited the police station, and tried to apply the theoretical models to our case.

Furthermore the minor contains some masterclasses, that cover a variety of topics. Some examples are teambuilding, visual thinking (how to create visuals to communicate), intercultural communication and technical writing.

During this minor I learned a whole different skill set than what I normally did during my studies. This minor is great if you want to spend some time thinking about the context of technology and innovations, and how to communicate your technical solutions to different stakeholders in society. For me, this is a welcome addition to the technical skills obtained in the rest of my studies.

Louise Zwep, AM, 2018-2019

Communication Design for Innovation is all about making you into a so-called ‘all-round engineer’. As an engineer, you should not only be able to think about solutions to difficult problems, but also how to present these solutions to the world. We are communicating all the time, but in our studies, there is almost no attention to it. In CDI, you learn how people communicate, why people communicate and how people work together.
The minor proceeds as follows: you get a communication problem from a real company. For instance, I got a project of people working together on creating a Blockchain network. To this end, they started an online work environment, Google Drive a la LinkedIn a la overleaf. It would be a tool which would fix all their problems, but no one was using it. Now was the question to me and my group: why is no one using the online collaboration tool? This was the main project I was focussing on.
To find a thorough solution to this problem, we got courses which gave us the theoretical background. In the first quarter, we had a course on psychology and the second quarter on marketing for innovation. These courses gave us the insights we then could use in our project.
Next to this, you also get ‘masterclasses’. These are 2 or 3 full days on which you focus on the soft skills of communication. You’ll learn for example how to using drawings to clarify yourself, how to communicate through cultural differences and how to make yourself credible in a presentation. All super useful skill for the rest of your career!
All in all, it was very informative (and fun!) to do something not technical for half a year. You work in groups with people from different backgrounds and learn a lot about the way they handle a problem. This minor broadens your way of working and thinking and gives a lot of new insights. So if you want to do something completely different then AM or CS, I would highly recommend CDI!

Chris Mostert, CSE, 2017-2018

My name is Chris Mostert, I am a third-year computer science student and 21 years old. Last year I chose the Communication Design for Innovation minor to have a breath of fresh air. Because the Computer Science Bachelor focused heavily on more abstract matters, I thought it would be nice to do a minor with a more down-to-earth subject matter. I also thought that it would be nice to expand my horizon a bit and thought that the skills I would learn in the minor might really benefit me later in the Computer Science world.

The workload of the minor is very manageable, you have two ‘traditional’ courses, with lectures and an exam. Next to these courses you have one large project in which you design a communication strategy for a case commissioner from a real company. In addition, you have several masterclasses which aim to teach you a certain skill, like business negotiation or visual thinking. The minor teaches you a broad set of skills which I think will certainly be beneficial in my future career.

For Computer Science and Applied Mathematics students this minor will feel very different, and that is exactly why I chose to do it. You will be reading a lot of literature in psychology, marketing and design. You will be actively working together with your multi-disciplinary team and your case commissioner to iterate over and design a set of tools to help them solve their communication problems in their organization.

If you choose this minor, you need to feel comfortable with working in teams on a large project and be open to a more ‘alpha’ side of science. At times as a Computer Science student the subject matter might feel very vague, but it can really give perspective on a different kind of science and improve your communication skills at the same time.


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Abel Frank, AM, 2018-2019

Do you enjoy working with teenagers, making a difference for others and do you want something completely different than just following classes? Then you should really consider the minor education. In just slightly less than 5 months you will learn how to teach mathematics at a secondary school. You will learn to understand what it is to be a teacher and experience education from another point of view. And as a bonus, you receive a teaching qualification, which allows you to teach children aged 12-15 at a secondary school.

Hello, I am Abel Frank (21) and at the moment of writing I just completed my minor Education and I am almost ready to start my bachelor’s final project Applied Mathematics. The minor consists of three parts. The first six weeks are for orientations. In this period, I observe other teachers and carry out assignments. It is important to get to know the children as you are going to teach them within time.
The second period is the practical part because you are going to teach several classes now. As you can expect this is the most challenging period. Do not underestimate it, as it will take a lot of energy and time. As an AM student, I had an advantage because I did not have to delve into the math material and practice some topics again.
Once a week there are classes in Delft where you will follow some educational courses. These courses covered the theoretical part of education, which I did really enjoy as I preferred to teach. The last part is after Christmas. This is the moment to complete your last assignments and hand in your portfolio.

I think that the education minor is fairly practical, which is awesome since you mostly follow theoretical courses at the university. I received many positive reactions from the children I taught and even from my colleagues. That made me realize that being a teacher is a very rewarding profession. I even got a temporary job at my internship school. After the minor, I noticed that my presentation skills improved immensely, and I can give a presentation without any nerves.
Therefore, I recommend the educational minor to everyone who likes working and teaching children and is looking for a practical minor.

Jip Rietveld, CS, 2018-2019

Last year when I had to choose my minor, the obvious choice was education. During secondary school and at university I was always interested in teaching as a profession. Trying it out in such a low-key manner as a minor is perfect. Half a year of doing something totally different than computer science.

Three days of the week you will be at a secondary school in an internship. In the beginning, you will be doing a lot of observing, you are observing lessons and making notes on how you want to start teaching your own future lessons. Besides that, in the first quarter, you have a lot of subjects on preparing your lessons and about how you really teach kids something. In the second half of the minor, you are only following lectures in Delft one day in the week. The rest of the days are spent at your internship where you are expected to give nearly 60 hours worth of lessons.

This is hard work. Juggling the assignments given by the TU Delft as well as the tasks given by your mentor at the internship is tough. Long days of preparing your lessons, printing out worksheets and marking tests are all part of the job. Do not pick this minor if you are not ready to put in the extra mile. You cannot slack off on the children you will be teaching and the TU Delft does not expect you to slack off on them.

But teaching children is oh so satisfying. Working with the kids and seeing their laughs, or seeing their eyes twinkle when they finally understand what you´re teaching them is great fun. You will have an experience with this minor you will not be able to get somewhere else. Besides that, you will have a real certification to teach the lower ages in a secondary school as soon as you are finished with your bachelor.

All in all, a minor that is very different from computer science. A minor that is a lot of hard work. But it is a very unique and special minor in the stories and experiences you will receive from it.

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Minor Abroad

Timo van Asten, CS (America), 2017-2018

Hello reader,
I’m Timo, and to start off I would like to say: if you got the chance to do so, go abroad for your minor. It was an experience I will never forget, and I met many people that gave me so much energy, love, and friendship. For my minor, I went to the University of Maryland; a university close to Washington DC. It was a decision I took somewhat impulsively, but I am so glad I made the decision to go. A friend texted me that the deadline for a minor abroad was 2 days later, and I did not pay attention to this deadline at all. In the short time that I had, I wrote a motivation letter and did some research. The University of Maryland ended up in my top three. Four days later I received an email that I was selected to go, and 7 months later I got onto a plane to the US. It is amazing how refreshing it is to get away from the daily routine. Everything you see is new. Everyone you meet is new. American college life is so different from ours, which you notice in a few things. The whole campus is like a big town, where students are the only citizens, and this makes it ridiculously easy to make new friends. There is a party around every corner (yes, also the frat party’s you see in the movies). You don’t cook or do the dishes, but there is one big dining hall where all the students eat and all of this is done for you. About every two weeks, there is an American football match which you can go to free of charge. Everyone dresses up in UMD clothing and students have drinks together from the back of their car, called ‘tailgating’. It is one of the most exciting days on campus called ‘game day’ and it is so cool to experience this yourself. I got to see Washington DC, New York, Chicago, and Miami …. and of course, you also study, but you don’t even notice that you are. Studying abroad was just what I needed to bring back my joy in studying. It has changed me as a person and living in another country for 4 months makes you appreciate things about your own country you didn’t even know were special. Just go!

Simone Vis, AM (Australia), 2018-2019

Hi, my name is Simone Vis and I am currently 21 years old and a third-year bachelor student Applied Mathematics. From July till December 2018, I went on exchange as part of my minor abroad to the University of Sydney in Australia. I always wanted to study abroad and preferably outside of Europe. I chose to sign up for universities in English-speaking countries because it would be easier to choose courses. After registration, I was accepted at the first university of my preference, the University of Sydney. Then came the arrangements such as choosing courses, arranging housing and a student visa. I chose to take economic (math) courses because I wanted to broaden my horizons in economics.

The University of Sydney is a great university with 60,000 students from which around 25 percent are international, most of whom are Asians or Europeans. This gives you the possibility to get to know new cultures and make friends all over the world. I am still in contact with some friends. The university also offers courses in almost all fields and not specifically for technical studies, which is great if you want to follow courses in different fields.

All courses are fairly easy to follow, which allowed me to do many other things besides my studies. For example, I learned to scuba dive, I became a member of an outdoor association to enjoy hiking, snorkeling, and camping in the nature around Sydney and I undertook many fun activities with other exchange students. I had a great time in Sydney, but one person can adapt more easily than another. What is the best tip to feel at home on the other side of the world? Build up your circle of friends and life there as quickly as possible and enjoy it, because it’s over before you realize it.

Moreover, the semester already finishes at the end of November, which gives you the opportunity to travel for 2 months afterward. At least, this is what I and many of my friends did because there is a real backpacker culture in Australia.

So if you are interested in making friends all over the world, exploring other cultures and studying in a completely new setting, then studying abroad will definitely be something for you!

Daniël van Gelder, CS (Singapore), 2018-2019

For my minor, I decided to take a leap of faith and go study abroad. During the last semester, I spent my time studying at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU). I had an unbelievably great time and an experience of a lifetime! Not only did I get to meet some awesome people, but also got to travel around Asia and see many great things. However, studying was, of course, the most important part of my time there. For my minor, I took five courses: three computer science courses, an economics course, and a Chinese language course. It was a lot of fun studying Chinese and although I only learned the bare basics, the course was really interesting. As for the other courses, they were less interesting as the level wasn’t that high and the content not that interesting. The workload was in general lower than in Delft. This gave me a lot of opportunities to travel and do cool stuff in Singapore itself. Singapore is a really interesting country and is a kind of hub for Southeast Asia, this means that you can do a lot of cultural stuff there. On the other hand, it is a very modern country where you can do lots of shopping and partying. I got to do a lot of traveling around Asia and got to visit amazing countries. The countries I got to visit were: Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong. There are, however, many other countries that I would like to have visited but didn’t get the chance to travel to. I would recommend anyone to study abroad for their minor, it is an amazing experience where you learn a lot. I’m very glad I took the opportunity to go to Singapore and would do it all over again.

Eva Slingerland, AM (Sweden), 2018-2019

Hi, my name is Eva and I am a third-year BSc Applied Mathematics student. For my minor, I decided to go abroad since that has always been something that I wanted to do. I ended up going to Stockholm, which was exactly what I wanted!

So, I spent a semester at the Kungliga Tekniska högskolan in Stockholm. Most of the courses there are 7.5 ECTS, so for my minor, I had to choose 4 courses. I ended up taking a Swedish language course, two machine learning courses that were part of the mathematics master there, and a course about the theory and methodology of science. It was really interesting to see how other universities organize their lectures and exams. For example, the exams there are 5 hours, which is crazy! I was completely exhausted after such an exam, but on the other hand, I never ran out of time so I could always finish all the exercises. I also noticed that the courses didn’t demand as much work as what I am used to in Delft and that our university is very highly respected. When I told people that I study at TU Delft, they were really impressed and a lot of students I talked to told me they applied there but didn’t get in.

Next to the studying, I also joined a choir called Osqstämman and THS MAIN, which is an association for master and international students. With the choir, I got extra practice in my Swedish since a lot of the songs were Swedish, and some of them we even had to study by heart. We had weekly rehearsals, a few choir weekends and several performances. For one of the performances, we worked together with an orchestra and ballet group, so that was really cool! With THS MAIN, I organized and participated in pub nights, a beer pong tournament, a karaoke evening, a pub crawl and a big Christmas dinner and party. Apart from that, I also made a lot of trips to the neighbouring countries, so I visited Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Russia.

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