On Monday 2 July, Cees Dekker, Professor of Molecular Biophysics at the Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS) , was surprised with the announcement that he will receive the Best Professor Award 2018 on 3 September.
“It is a great honour to receive this award, especially because the students and PhD candidates have nominated me”, says Cees Dekker.
The Delft University Fund has awarded its prestigious Best Professor prize (in Dutch: Leermeesterprijs) since 1994. A Best Professor is someone who excels in both research and education, and who knows how to inspire and motivate the next generation of Delft engineers. Recipients of the award are reckoned among the top of TU Delft. Best Professors are not elected on the basis of yield figures or impact scores, nor are they selected top-down. You can only become one on the recommendation of your colleagues and your students, who consider you to be their ‘Leermeester’.
Professor Dekker was nominated by Professor Lucas van Vliet, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, by study association S.V.N.B. Hooke, and by PhD students and other parties with whom he closely cooperates. “Cees Dekker’s enthusiasm has led to initiatives for integrated research and education at the interface between physics, biology and nanotechnology at TU Delft. This is visible today in the success of the relatively young department of Bionanoscience and also in the new bachelor and master programmes Nanobiology”, says Professor Lucas van Vliet.
Myrthe Smit, chairman of S.V.N.B. Hooke, the study association for Nanobiology, says: “Professor Dekker is not only a figurehead for our degree programme, he is also highly appreciated within our study association. We can always contact him for questions and advice and with his extensive knowledge and large network he helps us enormously with the realization of new plans.”
On 3 September the official award ceremony will take place in the Senaatszaal of the TU Delft Aula Congress Center. This year’s ceremony is extra special: Cees Dekker will be the 25th recipient of the award. The ceremony precedes the Opening of the Academic Year 2018-2019.
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Bron: TU Delft