Joint Interdisciplinary Project - Master electives
The projects are focused on integrated design or research assignments, in addition to value adding, societal acceptance and engineering ethics.
– Working closely together with companies in business innovation ‘in the niche’ on a business case to create innovative impact.
– Broadening yourself out of your field of expertise and sharing your disciplinary knowledge, deepening your analytic and creative skills.
– To realise change and impact. Not afraid of getting a taste of success and failure to become resilient in the face of obstacles.
Prepare yourself for a future professional engineering environment in a rapidly changing world with complex global challenges and professions which even don’t exist yet.
Intended learning goals:
– Cognitive abilities attributable to interdisciplinary thinking
– Scientific and intellectual development
– Research and design capabilities
– Collaboration and communication in a interdisciplinary team
– Self-adjustment and reflection capabilities
The landscape of the challenges in society, technology and engineering and the research topics in the National Scientific Agenda (NWA) of the Dutch government differs dramatically from the past because of the many deep interconnections. Solving these challenges requires innovative solutions that balance technological innovation, economic competitiveness, environmental protection and social flourishing. Today’s problems are already of such complexity that they can no longer be solved in soloed engineering disciplines. Solutions ask for multi- and interdisciplinary approaches where specialized knowledge of several disciplines in engineering and humanities and social sciences are integrated into relevant solutions supported by technological advances. More elusive factors like ambition, creativity, patience, perseverance, international orientation, organisational sensitivity and social intelligence gain importance.
Currently there is this increasing importance of interdisciplinary thinking in the engineering profession . Some experts: Most graduates do not become discipline-based academics. In order to come up with valuable breakthroughs in the future, engineers must be able to combine specialist mono-disciplines, cross borders and respect other people’s views. This calls for expert thinking, but even more for collaboration and multi- and inter- disciplinary thinking that cross the borders of engineering. High-tech enterprises increasingly look for engineers who can develop the outline for an integral design, keep the overview and keep an eye on system design consistency. These system architects and integrators not only need solid fundamental knowledge, but must understand “the big picture”, have a sense of the multidisciplinary problem domain and a good awareness of the business side and human context. They must be able to reduce the complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity to workable concepts, and create value for the enterprise and customer.”
The new TU Delft Vision on Education reads “…we aim to strengthen education with multi- and interdisciplinary programmes”, and the chapter Students and Education of the TU Delft Strategic Framework 2018-2024 reads “We prepare students to contribute to solving societal challenges by providing students with a solid grounding in interdisciplinary skills, sustainability and entrepreneurial thinking. To this end we will increase the elective space in MSc programmes.”
“Multi- or Interdisciplinary teamwork as an option for the MSc thesis within the Faculty or interfaculty” and “Personalised learning paths – freedom of choice”.
Adventurous future engineering
Adventurous to seek for an integrated learning experience? To develop both technical knowledge and ‘generic’ skills (communication, teamwork, ethics, sustainability etc.). Are you generous to share your experiences and motivated to inspire your colleague students with your own disciplinary knowledge. Curious about the challenges in interdisciplinary business innovation development in a real-life testing environment. Do you want to surprise professionals in the world of engineering with innovative, unexpected, transcending insights?
 second Revised Edition “Engineering Education in a Rapidly Changing World” Aldert Kamp, June 2016 (pag. 30-34)