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  • Interdisciplinary projects between all 8 faculties

  • In Q1 of each year, fulltime

  • 15 ECTS
    (In different configurations)

  • Innovative development with industry guidance


About JIP

Real business cases, real experience

The Joint Interdisciplinary Project is an exceptional opportunity to incorporate real interdisciplinary teamwork into your Master. You will work together with passionate fellow students and companies in technical innovation ‘in the niche’ on a business case to create innovative impact. Teams will be able to think beyond their field of expertise, deepen their analytic and creative skills all the while sharing their disciplinary knowledge. Students will get the guidance required to realize the change and get a taste of both success and failure to become resilient in the face of obstacles. The projects are focused on integrated design or research assignments, in addition to value adding, societal acceptance and engineering ethics.


In JIP 2020 max. 200 students will have the opportunity to take part in the Joint Interdisciplinary Project. Interdisciplinary project teams of each four to five selected MSc students will work together full time for ten weeks starting Q1 2020.



  • Defining your team problem definition based on the company case study

  • Connecting with stakeholders in both industry & academic world

  • Experiencing your future professional environment

  • Inspirational interacting with other JIP teams

About JIP

During JIP 2018 I experienced the opportunity to step outside my normal study pattern and get a taste of real world challenges.


JIP student 2018 - Feadship project



Companies 2020


The participating companies 2020 will be announced in April 2020. Each year a 'company pitch event' is held so companies can present themselves and students can ask questions. Because of the CORVID-19 virus this event will be replaced by an online platform where companies will post videos and students can ask questions. Over the course of 3 days the companies will answer the questions. Keep an eye on the JIP social media to be kept up to date about the online platform.

Flying V

Aviation is facing its biggest challenged since its inception: environmental sustainability. There is no silver bullet to making flying environmentally sustainable. Radical aircraft configurations, alternative fuel, changed operations and a modified pricing policy need to come together. The Aerospace Engineering Faculty of TU Delft has presented its radical Flying-V design promising a 20% reduction in energy consumption. Hydrogen is a serious alternative to kerosene with zero CO2 emissions. This case centers around the implementation of a hydrogen-based aviation ecosystem with the Flying V configuration at its core.

View the company presentation, full case and ask questions (Q&A is open 27th of april untill 7th of may):

Companies 2019

These companies were part of JIP in 2019.

  • Gamechangers for Green Air Transport

    Air traffic will have to significantly change to cope with ambitious sustainability targets.

    Explore future aircraft technology options, from ultraefficient wings and disruptive propulsion concepts up to fully novel energy carriers.

    Design green concepts for ambitious scenarios but as well consider viable business models to and bring your future green aircraft “on the runway” !

  • 360-degree Resilience

    Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent international engineering and project management consultancy. Predictability and reliability are vital for 24/7 operational critical infrastructure. Businesses and industries have complex international production networks, supply chains and distribution channels. Disruption caused by hazards or extreme weather impact both operations and P&L directly. The challenge is to develop resilience, supporting mitigation of business risks and reduction of impacts caused by climate- and weather-related hazards.

  • Squeeky Clean

    Superyachts regularly stay at idyllic locations where hull fouling builds up while the guests are entertained. When it is time to relocate the fouling is settled in and has a significant impact on fuel consumption and engine loading. Design a method to prevent hull fouling from negatively impacting fuel economy, comfort onboard and the eco system. The method must be suitable for the superyacht market with limited impact on comfort and operations and most of all it must be take my money fun.

  • The future of small satellites

    Axxiflex Holding B.V. is specialised in high Technology cooperation between the Dutch Space Community and foreign Space Businesses. It is your challenge to model this sector, and compose and present the “Big” Picture of Small Sats including the impact of key drivers

    of technological innovation.

    For company info see:

  • Optimized installation of offshore windturbines.

    Huisman Equipment BV is a designer and fabricator of all sorts of lifting and handling equipment for heavy and large loads. The goal of the assignment is to investigate the logistical challenges of offshore wind turbine installation at the North Sea and to specify the requirements and principle designs of harbors, ships and lifting equipment to further reduce the installation costs per installed MW.

  • Nature inspired urban development

    Arcadis is a global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. From climate change and rising sea levels, to rapid urbanization and pressure on natural resources, our world is a more complex place. The challenge is related to Symbiotic Nature Inspired (Biophilia, biomimetics) Intelligent (technological) urban design & development. To reconfigure and integrate urban design, architecture, infrastructure.

  • New generation industrial fresh food chain

    China, with about 50% of the world's vegetable production, is in the transformation from low / mid-tech, small scale vegetable production with abundant use pesticides to large scale, integrated fresh food production chains. There is an important need for a break-through solution for cooling / dehumidification. This enables high-tech growers in periodically hot and humid climate conditions to have a profitable year-round production and be the reliable year-round supply chain to the large retailers and on- line delivery firms.

  • Improve power and heat supply of the future: geothermal energy

    Well Engineering Partners is a global oriented well design and project management consultancy firm for predominantly the geothermal industry. In the Netherlands we were involved in 95% of the geothermal projects. The challenge is related to improve the carbon footprint over the whole life cycle of  a geothermal well for power and heat. We have the mindset: no project is too difficult, it might be a challenge, but we come up with the right solution to deliver for the future. Please join us and work on a challenge to improve the carbon footprint of the power and heat supply of the future: geothermal energy!

  • Sustainable Greenfield Development

    The “Warmtebron LEAN” consortium, consisting out of Engie, Huisman Geo, EBN, Eneco, TNO, WEP, IF-Technology and the University of Utrecht, work together as industry- and knowledge partners to sustainably develop geothermal heat for the built environment in a greenfield urban area in the province of Utrecht.


    A primary part of research is on how geothermal energy can be utilized in this environment. The challenges are countless and concern things like spatial integration, various subsurface interests, legislation, the role of the various government institutions, new technology (combination of different heat sources, different temperatures, well integrity, novel drilling techniques, how small can a doublet can, noise and light emissions), aesthetic aspects, stakeholder management and of course social and financial feasibility.


The project was interesting and motivational. It provided a lot of energy and collaboration in a short period of time!


JIP student 2018

Royal HaskoningDHV project


  • Cognitive abilities attributable to interdisciplinary thinking

  • Scientific and intellectual development

  • Research and design capabilities

  • Collaboration and communication in an interdisciplinary team

  • Self-adjustment and reflection capabilities

Do you have what it takes?

Entry and application criteria

Are you an adventurous student seeking an integrated learning experience?

Curious to develop both technical knowledge and ‘generic’ skills such as management, interdisciplinary teamwork, design thinking, ethics, business models? Are you generous to share your experiences and motivated to inspire your fellow students with your own disciplinary knowledge? Passionate about the challenges in interdisciplinary high-tech innovation & business development in a real-life testing environment. Do you want to surprise professionals in the world of engineering with innovative, unexpected, transcending insights?
Entry criteria:

  • You are a 2nd-year master student

  • You have almost completed the first year of the master’s degree programme and will enroll in your second year of master’s degree programme at TU Delft in September 2020

  • You are full time available (40 hours per week) in Q1

Application criteria:

  • Motivation letter + Top 3 company cases

  • Approval from your master coordinator 

  • CV


Students will be selected on the basis of motivation, study progress and recommendation.

Announcement participating companies & topics February-April 2020. Application April/May 2020.

Announcement selected teams May/June 2020.




Practical Information

The Joint Interdisciplinary Project is an interdisciplinary team internship

Programme JIP 2020-2021:

  • Kick Off days: First three days of the programme: ‘managing the project’ courses: scrum, ethics, interdisciplinary teamwork, business models, finances, design thinking

  • Additional company workshops: in depth lectures & workshops by the company coaches related to the team cases

  • Additional case study related company fieldtrip

  • Location: both in the company and at TU Delft

  • Team mentoring by a company coach and a staff member of TU Delft



A general impression of the course of the project

The reviews & course days are plenary

It was amazing to do these kinds of projects and I feel it helped to evolve both internal and external knowledge in every team member.


JIP student 2018

 Huisman Coastal Defence project



JIP team 

Birgit de Bruin

JIP Coordinator

Aldert Kamp

Director of Education at Aerospace Engineering

Hans Hellendoorn

Director of education at 3ME

Renate Klaassen

Programma Coordinator 4TU CEE

Nanneke de Fouw

JIP Support Staff

Want to join JIP 2020 or simply have a question? write us an email