29 April 2022
After studying experimental physics at Leiden University, Professor Werij obtained his doctorate in atomic physics there at the Huygens Laboratory in 1988. After this he worked as a Research Associate at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics ( JILA) in Colorado. After three years at the University of Amsterdam between 1990 and 1993, he started working at TNO. First as scientist, later taking on several management functions. His final position at TNO was Director of Space and Scientific Instrumentation. From 2014 till 2020 he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL). Moreover, since 2011, he has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER). In 2017, he became the dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering where he commits himself to, from a scientific perspective, making aviation more sustainable. He is convinced that as a faculty and university this is a moral obligation.