Max Mulder receives Professor of Excellence Award 2021

On Monday 6 September, Delft University Fund awarded Max Mulder the title of Professor of Excellence 2021. Mulder is Professor of Control & Simulation in the Department of Control & Operations at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (AE). The prestigious Professor of Excellence Award has been awarded annually by Delft University Fund since 1994.  Max Mulder was nominated by Prof. Henri Werij (Dean of the Faculty of AE), colleagues from his field, the study association VSV ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ and former Master’s students and doctoral candidates.

From left to right: Cindy de Visser, Executive Director Delft University Fund, Prof. Fred van Keulen, Chairman Selection Committee Professor of Excellence Award, Ir. Michael Wisbrun, Chairman Board Delft University Fund, Prof. Max Mulder, Professor of Excellence 2021 and Prof. Tim van der Hagen, Rector Magnificus/Chairman Executive Board TU Delft.

Professor Mulder receives the Professor of Excellence Award for his remarkable contribution to teaching, research and the university. The jury considers Professor Mulder to be a true Professor of Excellence, a consummate professional with outstanding research qualities who also excels in every aspect of coaching students, doctoral candidates and colleagues.

Prof. Van Keulen, Chair of the Professor of Excellence 2021 jury

Take-home message

Prof. dr. Mulder closes his speech during the ceremony with a special take-home message for everyone: “I believe it’s all about caring for the things that you do. The care you put into your subject. So that people can see that you really love the topic that you teach. And that the students feel that he/she is taken care for in the journey that they are taking in this university. And the same goes for everyone you work with in your team. So being a Professor of Excellence is not only about the mind and the matter, the things that we see. But it’s truly only about the heart and soul you put in everything that you do!”

About Max Mulder

Professor Mulder joined the Faculty of AE at TU Delft in December 1999 as an assistant professor, and was awarded a Vidi grant in 2005. After ten years, in 2009, he was appointed to the chair of Aerospace Human Machine Systems by the Executive Board as full-time professor. In the past 12 years as a professor, Prof. Mulder has supervised the graduation of some 300 students. He was named the Faculty of AE ‘Lecturer of the Year’ on a number of occasions. In the role of supervisor and promotor, Mulder has now supervised more than 40 doctoral candidates in the successful completion of their PhD research.

Max motivates and gives his team credit. His professional knowledge is immense, which is evident when he speaks with his peers, in his consistently high-quality output, and in the many awards he has won for his research.

Prof. D.A. Abbink (TU Delft)

Max is an exceedingly friendly and approachable professor. He is highly committed to his students and colleagues, not only interested in the work that is presented, but in the person behind it. He encourages his students and gives them freedom where possible, offering reassurance and guidance when required

Dr Joost Venrooij, former doctoral candidate supervised by Prof. Mulder

Source: Delft University of Technology

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