This section features stories by two new members of EEMCS staff. This time they are Vasiliki Giagka and Johan Bosman.
Is assistant professor in the Microelectronics department / Bioelectronics group.
Vasiliki Giagka (1984) was born in Athens. After studying Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she completed her PhD at University College London in 2014. She has been living in Rotterdam since September. It will take her a while to get used to the Netherlands, far away from her friends in London. But she is happy with her bike, which gives her the freedom to go anywhere. Vasiliki Giagka joined the Microelectronics department in September 2015 as one of the three new tenure trackers. This quarter, she is teaching the courses Bioelectricity and Biomedical Engineering. Together with Prof Wouter Serdijn and Dr Reza Lotfi, she is developing a new course on Active Implantable Biomedical Microsystems.
Her research at TU Delft is still in its early stages. She is working on a European project proposal with a large number of partners. It’s an exciting process. In London, she was part of the European ‘Neuwalk’ project, aimed at repairing the body’s motor functions after serious cases of paraplegia from spinal cord injury. Giagka: ‘As part of ‘Neuwalk’, I focused on developing low-power flexible implants to repair the motor system.’ In her free time, Giagka likes practising yoga and learning new languages. Giagka: ‘Language learning expands the mind. Language also reveals a lot about a country’s culture. For example, in Greece, they do not have a good word for the term ‘deadline’.’ In addition to Greek and English, she has also studied some German, French, Spanish and, now Dutch. Giagka: ‘I am currently midway through level A2.’
Is a maths lecturer in the Analysis group at Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics.
He returned to the Netherlands for his wife, who is a maths teacher at a secondary school. If it had been up to him, Dr Johan Bosman would have stayed at the University of Warwick, in the beautiful countryside of Great Britain. ‘The university has a friendly campus, packed with restaurants and cafés. And Warwick itself is fantastic. Tiny traditional villages, forests and lakes.’
Bosman studied mathematics in Utrecht and was awarded a PhD in number theory by Leiden University. He then worked in a post-doctoral position at the Universität Duisburg-Essen and the University of Warwick. On his return to the Netherlands, he worked briefly as a software engineer at ASML and Shell, before deciding to look for a job at a university. ‘I’ve always felt happier in the academic world. I enjoy the interaction with students. I try to pass on my knowledge, and it’s the best feeling in the world when you see the penny drop. Mathematics is such an interesting field. I simply can’t get enough of it.’ But Bosman doesn’t have a lot of time for other hobbies. He became a father six months ago. ‘I spend as much time as possible with my son Jelmer. I can’t believe how much he changes in just a day! Maths is great, but being a father is awesome.’