Each year, the CEM/CME programme awards the best MSc thesis with the CEM/CME Master Thesis Award. The awarding of the best thesis of 2021-2022 was on 25 November during the BSc Civil Engineering Diploma ceremony.
This year, the research groups involved in the Civil Engineering & Management (CEM) and Construction Management & Engineering (CME) Master’s programmes nominated six candidates for their Thesis award. The six nominated theses are inspected by a jury and the jury members noted that all these nominees contributed in making impact. In a societal way, a scientific way, but also some in both ways. In nominating, the innovative elements of the various studies have been taken into account, as well as the mix of technical/non-technical aspects and applicability in practice. The jury concluded that three nominees where eligible for the thesis price as their work covered Civil Engineering AND Management aspects in an exceptional way. Out of the shortlist of three, two nominees graduated in the WEM-profile and one of the nominees at the TEM profile. The 2022 nominees were:
- Marthe Oldenhof (WEM): The morphological modelling of river interventions
- Saskia van Brenk (WEM): Return period of low water periods in the river Rhine
- Bodhi Buurman (TEM): Railway Maintenance Reservation Scheduling Considering Train Traffic and Maintenance Demand
Taking into account the good quality of research from all three nominees, the jury based its judgment mainly on the main criteria: the mix of technical and non-technical aspects (including management), the societal relevance, the innovative aspects and the quality of both research and reporting. The jury members had a discussion and all thesis scored outstanding on the societal relevance, innovation and the quality on research and reporting. Ultimately, the winning research differentiated from the others in the mix of both technical and non-technical aspects.
The winner of the CEM/CME Thesis Award 2022 is: Bodhi Buurman
We congratulate Bohdi with this award, including a check of EUR 1.000 and of course eternal fame.
Besides the CEM/CME Master Thesis Award, the Faculty Engineering Technology (ET) awards the best Master Thesis of all MSc programmes at the faculty (MSc Mechanical Engineering, MSc Industrial Design Engineering, MSc Sustainable Energy Technology, MSc Construction Management & Engineering, MSc Civil Engineering & Management) every year.
For the ET Faculty Graduation Award, the theses were assessed based on an evaluation of the following five aspects:
- Problem definition − Are the problems raised in the thesis elaborated sufficiently clearly?
- Academic content
During the opening of the academic year, the prize (including a check of EUR 1.000) has been awarded to a MSc CEM student. Luuk Barendse won the ET Faculty Graduation Award with his thesis “Hydrodynamic modelling of wave overtopping over a block-covered dike”.
You can find a short video about the nomination of Luuk via this link