It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague Jeroen Witteveen, researcher at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam. Jeroen chose to end his life shortly before his 35th birthday.
Jeroen studied Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft and obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honours. He also obtained his doctorate from TU Delft with honours, with a dissertation entitled “Efficient and Robust Uncertainty Quantification for Computational Fluid Dynamics and Fluid-Structure Interaction”. Subsequent to the conferral of his doctorate, he held two prestigious postdoctoral positions at TU Delft and Stanford University.
Jeroen began his promising career at CWI in 2013, taking a position as tenure track researcher in the Scientific Computing group. His research was characterised by a blend of modern, pioneering mathematics inspired by important social issues. As such, Jeroen was a worthy ambassador of CWI’s mission.
Taken from his research statement on his personal website, Jeroen’s own words perhaps best outline his work:
“One of the greatest challenges of this century is the transformation of our society into a sustainable energy economy. I am contributing to the necessary scientific progress and technological developments to reach this goal. To that end, my work focuses on the uncertainties in wind power generation from my background in computational fluid dynamics and uncertainty quantification.”
We will remember Jeroen as an amiable and mild-mannered colleague. He was an extremely talented, passionate researcher with a strong commitment to his field. He was always open to cooperation and realised a range of successful collaborations, both within CWI and with external partners. Jeroen was actively involved in two recently acquired research projects into offshore wind and uncertainty quantification in energy-related concerns. He was a great source of inspiration for his students and doctoral candidates working on his projects.
With his passing, Jeroen leaves a great void. We will miss him as a friendly, humorous colleague, but above all as a dedicated and inspired researcher.
We would like to pass on our heartfelt wishes to everyone who knew Jeroen as they come to terms with this sudden loss.
On behalf of CWI's Governing Board and Management,
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