About me

I grew up in Lisse, The Netherlands and received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (2007) and a MSc in Systems & Control (2010) from TU Delft. During my masters, I conducted my thesis research at UC Berkeley in the Hybrid Systems Lab, under the guidance of Professor Alessandro Abate and Professor Claire Tomlin.
From 2013 to 2018, I completed a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, under the guidance of Professor Claire Tomlin in the Hybrid Systems Group and co-advised by Duncan Callaway in the Energy & Resources Group. In September 2018, I will start as a postdoc with the AI Now Institute at New York University.

My main interests are in modernizing critical infrastructure and sensitive decision-making through developing data-driven tools for analysis and control that promote safe, fair and sustainable societal systems.

While at Berkeley, I enjoyed improving organizational culture and standards around graduate student wellness via EECS Peers and Bias Busters. I also started a campus-wide organization to stimulate cross-disciplinary and engaged scholarship around technology and engineering, called Graduates for Engaged and Extended Scholarship in and around Engineering (GEESE).

After graduating from Delft and before starting my PhD, I gained experience in industry and the public sector. First, I participated in the Nationale DenkTank where I worked on trust and citizen participation in public institutions. Consecutively, I was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney at their Amsterdam office - working on a variety of projects for utility, healthcare and financial organizations. In 2016, I worked as a Data Scientist at C3 IoT in Silicon Valley, helping them to deliver better machine learning products to their energy customers (utilities and providers), by developing tools to increase interpretability and diagnosis and aiding the launch of platform tools with which end users can do data science and machine learning without explicit programming. In 2017, I was a Research Affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs in the Grid Integration Group with Daniel Arnold, working on state estimation and decentralized learning for distribution grids.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, music and exercise. While at Berkeley, I sang as a baritone in the Cal Jazz Choir.