Seniors Headed to the Netherlands

It’s official: Barring any unforeseen thesis catastrophes we will be attending graduate school at TU Delft in the Netherlands beginning in next year.

Ranked the 17th best university in the world for engineering and technology by Times Higher Education in 2008, TU Delft tries to make the transition process into Dutch culture as smooth as possible for international students by hosting a week-long orientation which will include class registration, tours of the campus and the city, day trips to other parts of the Netherlands, and parties. Events are also hosted throughout the year specifically for the international students.

While the university is about an hour’s train ride from Amsterdam and a 15 minute train ride from Rotterdam, the small size of Delft gives it a college town atmosphere. There are 41 different masters in science programs taught at TU Delft, and in these programs, all courses are taught in English. The masters programs most applicable to a Webb degree are in Marine Technology, Offshore Engineering, and Transportation, and we will both be pursuing a two-year Masters of Science in Offshore Engineering. Like Webb, the TU Delft program accepts about 25-30 students a year and has a compulsory thesis. Each student must also select two of the following specializations: floating structures, bottom-founded structures, subsea engineering, and dredging technology.

Delft gives students the opportunity to join several student societies and sports teams. Peter Lee, who has played Webb soccer for all four years, is looking forward to playing soccer for Delft and competing with international players. Peter has always been fascinated with Dutch culture, especially its affection for tulips and techno music. Jay Nonemaker also plans on getting involved in sports at Delft, specifically the swim team and the triathlon club. Jay lived in Europe for six years while growing up and is thrilled to go back. During vacation breaks at Delft, he looks forward to traveling in Europe and visiting family and friends in Germany.

A major contributing factor to our decision to study at TU Delft was the 2009 Offshore Technology Conference that we attended. This conference illustrated how the offshore industry is highly innovative, and relies on international interaction and cooperation. Given that very little is known about Webb outside of the United States, we are eager to promote Webb and its significance to the broader world of naval architecture and marine engineering. We’ve had a blast at Webb for the last four years, but we are really excited to develop our overseas experience and become members of a larger international engineering community. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.