Prof. Suzanne Hulscher

Name                Prof.dr. S.J.M.H. Hulscher
Water Engineering and Management CTW W-217
Phone               +31 53 489 4256
Phone secr.      +31 53 489 3546
Position            Professor Water Engineering and Management, in particular Water


Prof.dr. S.J.M.H. Hulscher
University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Civil Engineering
Department of Water Engineering & Management

P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands


From 2002 Prof. dr. Suzanne J.M.H. Hulscher is head of the group Water Engineering & Management. She received her PhD-grade in 1996 at the faculty Physics and Astronomy, on the topic modelling of bed patterns in coastal seas. The research was conducted at WL|Delft Hydraulics and IMAU, Utrecht University. Hereafter she held several scientific positions within the Cluster Civil Engineering & Management at the University of Twente, from 2002 she holds the chair Physics of Watersystems. As guest scientist she stayed in Canada and Spain. In 2002 she won the Minerva-award of FOM (Fundamental Research on Matter). In 2003, she was awarded a VICI-grant of the NWO (Dutch organization of scientific research) to investigate roughness modelling for water management applications. Hereafter she was invited to join the DJA (young senior scientists) of the KNAW (Dutch academy of sciences) and the KNAW council for earth and climate. From 2007-2010 Hulscher was part of the Dutch Innovation Platform, chaired by Balkenende (former Dutch prime minister). Prof. Hulscher acted 29 times as promotor and she supervises 16 PhD students. From 2009 till 2012 prof. Hulscher was member of the committee of sciences & innovation (Commissie van Wijzen). Hulscher chairs the scientific advisory board of the Waddenacademie. Hulscher was member of the committees on the Hedwige polder and the closure barrier IJsselmeer, advising the Dutch government. Hulscher is PI of many STW and ALW projects on sand waves, coastal dunes and river dunes, often collaborating with TUD, UU, WUR, NIOZ and RU in a multi-disciplinary setting. In particular, Hulscher chairs the STW-perspective programme RiverCare in which 5 universities and 33 non-academic partners collaborate.  Hulscher is (co-)author of 107 papers in refereed scientific journals (Web of Science) and she chaired the conferences MARID (2004) and RCEM (2007). In 2014 Hulscher entered the Board of NWO-ALW. STW appointed Suzanne Hulscher to Simon Stevin Meester in 2016, which is the highest award in the Technical Sciences in the Netherlands.From 2017 onwards Hulscher is elected member of the KNAW (Dutch academy of sciences).


  • M.Sc. Theoretical Physics, with Mathematics as a minor, University of Utrecht, 1991
  • Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, University of Utrecht, 1996

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You can find a list of publications here.



  • Shallow Water Flows (540041)
  • Seminar morphology (540082)

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