Wouter G. van Veen

Wouter G. van Veen

Aspiring developer & scientist


I recently finished my PhD with the topic “Aerodynamics of insect flight”. The defense of my thesis is planned for the 5th of October. I started out as an aerospace engineering student focusing on supersonic Aerodynamics. For my PhD I switched to subsonic flow and used Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to uncover the secrets behind flapping flight.

After my PhD I will hope to start a new career as software developer in the Netherlands.


  • Philosophy
  • Reading
  • Sports (running, cycling & swimming)
  • Programming
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Photography


  • MSc in Aerospace Engineering, 2015

    Technical University of Delft

  • BSc in Aerospace Engineering, 2013

    Technical University of Delft


The skills I learned throug the years


Subsonic and supersonic aerodynamics using Computational Fluid Dynamics


Casual photography


I use Python on a daily basis


I am learning R


I really like working with Linux certificate

Adobe create suite

Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop no problem


I wrote several programs in Java 7


If only I could write everything in LaTeX (or org-mode)




PhD candidate

Wageningen University & Research

October 2015 – May 2020 Wageningen, the Netherlands
I started my PhD with the seemingly humble and simple question: How do insects fly? For this I tried to find the relation between the performed kinematics of the insect and the resulting aerodynamic forces. I used large parametric studies to systematically find and quantify this relation with the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). I will defend my thesis on the 5th of October 2020.

Graduate intern

Institut de Méchanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT)

November 2013 – April 2014 Toulouse, France
Research in a international project on the causes of transition on shock wave boundary layer interactions (TFAST) Independently executing of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations using in-house code (Navier-Stokes Multi-Block NSMB)

Several jobs in the retail industry

Albert Heijn & Steppin’ Out& Michon Computers

January 2003 – January 2008 Nieuw-Vennep & Den Haag, the Netherlands
Shop assistant in a supermarket store, salesman in clothing store, and assistant-manager in a computer store



Master Student

Technical University Delft

August 2013 – August 2015 Delft the Netherlands
I specialized in the field of Aerodynamics. During my internship in France I learned the ins and outs of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). I used this knowledge during my master thesis entitled: Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes modeling of shock wave boundary-layer interactions

Bachelor Student

Technical University Delft

September 2007 – August 2013
During my Bachelor Aerospace engineering I did a lot of extra work. I took place in the board of my rowing society and in several committees. I used this experience during my final bachelor project: Design of a hypersonic re-entry vehicle, the Hyperion 3.

High school (VWO)

College Hageveld

September 2000 – September 2007 Heemstede, the Netherlands
Profile: Nature & Technical, final thesis: “Van fles tot projectiel”.

Extracurricular activity


Pinewood innovation project

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) & D.S.R. Proteus-Eretes

January 2013 – Present Amsterdam & Delft, the Netherlands
Winner of the Pinewood Innovation price in 2013, Embedded sensory system for live monitoring of rowers performance, Finished the project in collaboration with the VU in Amsterdam during my PhD, Testing the system on rowers on a Olympic level

Rowing coach

D.S.R. Proteus-Eretes & W.S.R. Argo

September 2012 – March 2018 Delft & Wageningen, the Netherlands
Coaching a race-rowing crew with a team of coaches, Head-coach of the first years ladies crew in 2017, Head-coach of all the ladies in 2018

Treasurer & board member of a student society

D.S.R. Proteus-Eretes

September 2010 – October 2011 Delft, the Netherlands
Handling all financial matters for a rowing society of 600 members, Part of a board with seven other members, Reorganizing the financial administration to aid efficiency and transparency

Committee member

D.S.R. Proteus-Eretes & W.S.R. Argo

January 2010 – March 2018 Delft & Wageningen, the Netherlands
Organizing the introduction week for new students, Member of the cash committee to check the financial administration, Developing financial software for automatic invoice generation, Photography committee, Several advisory committee’s at W.S.R. Argo


D.S.R. Proteus-Eretes

September 2009 – August 2010 Delft, the Netherlands
Seven to nine times per week training in a team for a common cause Performing under high pressure