Througout 2012, our research program resulted in some prestigious awards from the Netherlands Organiszation for Scientific Research (NWO), Technology Foundation STW, and the EU. These grants have an important snowball effect. The QANU review committee rated our research performance as "Very Good" on Vitality & Feasibility, on Quality, on Productivity and on Relevance. Group members are increasingly involved in international research consortia. To enable continued growth and quality improvements, the group will further strengthen its connections with research groups within the university and abroad.
In 2012, we graduated 16 BSc's, 36 MSc's and 3 PhD's. Ninety-five percent of the BSc and MSc projects were external, where the student worked on problmens in an agency or company. It shows one of the major strengths of our department: The close connection with both industry and government. This connection also provides funding and improves the quality and valorisation of our research. In line with this, the first PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) projects started in 2012 - stimulated by the industry support funding initiative for Civil Engineering. Furthermore: With our colleagues of the TU/e and TUD we launced the 3TU Centre of Excellence for Construction.
2013 looks very promising. However, due to cutbacks in institutional budgets, we are increasingly reliant on industrial funding or (increasingly scarce) research grants. Many academics feel this as a major threat, but we see this as an opportunity. It will drive us towards a more engaged demand-oriented and high-quality approach. Since relevance of researcg output will be the key for future success, we would like to invite you to share your thoughts and ideas about our program. If you would like to hear more about any of the projects described or our future agenda please do feel free to contact us. We look forwards to working with you in the future.