‘Engineers are not cookies waiting to be baked.’ It was with these wise words that Dirk Jan van den Berg, President of the Executive Board, bade farewell to TU Delft in Delta. After 7.5 years, he is leaving the university for Sanquin Blood Supply. On being asked, he says there are two things he will miss: the contact with scientists – ‘Behind every door a miracle is taking place’ – and the contact with students – ‘Which teaches you to think beyond generations’.


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