S.G. "William Froude"

The Scheepsbouwkundig Gezelschap “William Froude” is the study association of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. The association was founded on the 17th of November 1903 and has been involved in monitoring and improving the quality of the education. Next to this, organizing excursions, guest lectures, social activities and other means to support its members in their academic career has been an important part of its existence. The S.G. “William Froude” offers its members the opportunity to discover the many aspects, possibilities and developments of the maritime industry in the Netherlands and abroad.

Every Academic year, the association is led by a board of five members: President, Secretary, Treasurer, Commissioner of Education and Commissioner of Excursions. The board finds its support from the members in the form of committees organizing various events.

More info can be found on froude.nl

The committee

The Grand Journey committee is a committee of S.G. “William Froude”. The goal of this committee is to organise a study trip for students that are at the end of their bachelor’s or in their master’s of Marine Technology at Delft University of Technology. This study trip is organised every two years. The committee aims to give students experience with the global maritime industry and related ‘technical industry’. The study trip serves as a way to show the participating students a side of the industry that cannot be seen in the Netherlands. 

Below, you can find the previous committee. More information about the current committee will follow shortly. Stay tuned!

Tycho Melles


Hey there! My name is Tycho and I am the chairman of this committee. In this position, it is my responsibility to make sure everything gets done and gets done right. I keep the oversight, see to it that we don’t get behind on schedule and help out wherever I am needed. When all parts come together as a successful whole, I consider my job well done. 

Both personally and professionally, I am very internationally oriented. I have been able to explore a big part of Europe and my participation in Intel ISEF 2019 allowed me to cross (part of) the United States off my bucket list as well. I am very excited to explore Italy and Finland, and the inspiring culture and maritime industry they have to offer!

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Lara Notenboom

Commissioner of MATSO

Hi! I’m Lara and I will be the MATSO Commissioner. The MATSO Foundation was founded to help maritime students orientate abroad by helping the students to collect the money needed for this trip. In exchange, the student will do a so-called MATSO internship at a maritime company of his or her own choice. I will help the students get in touch with companies. Also, companies can contact me if they are interested in a student who can do an internship with them.

I think it is very important to discover our upcoming work sector: the maritime industry, outside the borders of our own country. I am really excited to experience not only the industry, but also the culture and nature, in both Finland and Italy.

Gert Dekkers

Public Relations

Hi! I’m Gert and I will be responsible for the public relations. I’m honored to be part of this committee which will be a learning experience as well. Besides communicating with the participants of the Grand Journey, I’m also partially responsible for the webpage you are on right now! Got a question about the Grand Journey? Don’t hesitate to mail us!

Together with my parents, I have made many holiday trips, but the most memorable one was to Canada. Nevertheless, I’ve got a strong feeling that the Grand Journey in Europe might take over this spot. I’m looking forward to the journey and everything it has to offer!

Elise Hoffmann


Hello! My name is Elise and I’m the secretary of this commission. I will be in charge of making the minutes during our meetings and I’m responsible for the mailbox. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to send us an email and I’ll make sure the right person will find you an answer.

Regarding the maritime industry, Europe really is the place to be so I’m very excited to go to Italy and Finalnd and explore the differences with the Netherlands regarding the industry, but also the cultural differences.

Jelle Woudstra


Hi, my name is Jelle and I will be treasurer for this edition of the Grand Journey. Together with Roan we will be responsible for the coordination and preparation of the budget. We are also responsible for the bookkeeping in order to make sure that the trip will remain within budget. 

Although we will be staying closer to home this edition, I am still very much looking forward to the Grand Journey. As the transition to renewable energy is a hot topic in the industry as well as in education, I am eager to see what industry leading companies have in store for us!

Roan Zwinkels


As treasurer, together with Jelle I am responsible for all expenditures.  Next to this we look after the budget of this project. This committee has two treasurers to help each other and carry the responsibility of this undertaking. Together with Gert I am also partially responsible for this site.

The Grand Journey has always excited me since when I came to know about it. It gives us as students the ultimate opportunity to get a taste of the maritime industry around the globe. The experience that students will gather from this will be invaluable.  With this committee I am confident that it will be a trip to remember.

Lars van Geffen

Chairman S.G. "William Froude"

During the academic year 2021-2022 I will ‘QQ’ the Grand Journey committee. This essentially means that I will oversee the committee as a board member of the S.G. “William Froude”. Being the QQ of the grand journey is very interesting as the organisation of the journey contains a lot of different aspects. Apart from that it is very nice to work with this committee as the members are driven to make the Grand Journey a huge success.