After successfully obtaining his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Seyed started his doctoral programme in maritime transportation at the University of Antwerp. During his research, he faced many educational and research related challenges but in the end, those challenges helped him become a better version of himself and overcome difficulties in real life.
In her PhD, Lissa Melis focused on answering the following research question: how can we organize public bus transport in a more sustainable, flexible and efficient way? She introduced the concept of ‘on-demand bus transport’. Curious about how that would work and what the difference would be with, say, Uber taxis? Read more in this month’s research column.
During the past four years, Loïc De Weerdt pursued a PhD in Environmental Economics. From day one, as a member of the “EnvEcon” research group, he was immersed in a close-knit group of international researchers. Overall, enrolling in the PhD programme has been one of his best decisions.
Three months after her PhD defense on the topic of decentralized energy systems, Iolanda Saviuc took a moment to reflect on her PhD process. She became curious about the connection that people who did a PhD share and wondered what is behind this connection. In her research column she compares her PhD journey with the the classic divide between ‘hedgehogs’ and ‘foxes’, people knowing one thing and in-depth, and people knowing many things, not in-depth.
Loren Pauwels recently wrapped up her PhD journey after 7,5 years. In her own words, she shares her research experiences at the Faculty of Business and Economics.
For Sven Buyle, starting an academic career was not really his childhood dream As a fourteen-year-old, he dreamed of becoming a pilot. Little did he know that, a decade later, he would start a PhD in air transport economics.
Walter Van Andel was finishing his PhD when the pandemic hit. It taught him valuable lessons about the content of his dissertation, and the value of being able to realign your perspective in the light of unexpected changes.
When Bram Roosens started his PhD back in 2014, he had no clue that he would end up where he is today. He decided to write a little piece on how cultivating a curious, serendipitous mindset has helped him throughout his PhD.
PhD student Aman Srivastava gives 5 tips for a succesful PhD.
20 May 2019: D-day. Not only because the final episode of Game of Thrones was broadcasted in Belgium that day, but also – and for Leentje Moortgat, more important – the day of her public defence.
Tim Huygh was a research associate at the Faculty of Business and Economics. He’s currently working as an assistant professor at the Open University Maastricht. Find out more about his journey.
In retrospect, Joris Beckers’ PhD was a mix of heights and lows, of opportunism and altruism, of freedom and pressure, and many more dualities. While these challenges are not necessarily different from other endeavours in life, he believes it is the extent of the contrasts that really sets this job apart. Coping with these extremes required some unique factors.