I’ve been involved in advising on improvement opportunities for buildings and giving training on the sustainability of buildings

Susan van der Heijden, alumnus

The link between technology and society.

I chose the Innovation Sciences Master’s program because it’s so broadly based, and because of the policy-related aspects and the link between technology and society. I found the group assignments during the study really enjoyable and instructive. You don’t just learn how to approach projects, you also learn how to work together with others. That’s proving to be very useful in my work, just like the broad analytical basis for dealing with problems. The advantage of this program is that you learn to work together with people from different disciplines, which is a big advantage in practice!

After graduating I started work as an advisor at ARCADIS, in the Strategic Advice department. This department focuses on legislation in the building industry, the quality of buildings and aspects related to sustainability. For example the department is involved in the formulation of building regulations, and carries out research for the government into the quality of educational buildings. As far as sustainability is concerned I’ve been involved in advising on improvement opportunities for buildings and giving training on the sustainability of buildings.

Now I’m an advisor at RnR Group, and I have a very varied range of tasks. I’m currently working for a Regional Education Centre on setting up and completing a new location. Together with the centre I work out the best way to use the space in the new building, and I’m also involved in the tendering process and in managing the subcontractors.

An important aspect of this work is keeping in mind the links between the educational organization and the building-related aspects, so you can be sure of an optimal result for the future users.