was early January 1990 when Rob Praaning, director of VGT, called me and asked:
“why didn’t you apply?”. I returned the question asking “for what?”. Rob
explained his question, and I remembered a flight to LA in 1987, with Goof
Wisse of Stork sitting behind me. Goof touched my shoulder and said: “VGT is
going to form a foundation to finance a gas turbine chair at TU Delft”. I
realized that this plan was now to become true, and that I was a candidate for
made it real was the VGT new-years’ reception in Zoetermeer on 25 January 1990.
A memorable day, not only because of the extreme weather (I think we never
touched the gale force of that day since), but because at this meeting the just
established foundation SGO was presented.
Founding Fathers of SGO at the presentation on 25 January 1990.
large support to the chair was given by NLR, who made Ir. Wilfried Visser
available to assist in lecturing and guidance of master students and PhD
candidates. After Wilfried left NLR, budget for his assistance could be found
in various sources. He is still active in gas turbine research and education, however
now as Dr. ir. Visser, as he got his PhD in gas turbines in 2015.
started in 1996, when the chair was granted two PhD students from TU Delft
budget. Later on, the budget for more PhD students was found by applying for
government subsidies, often in cooperation with industries.
general, large support was received from members of VGT/DGTA and contributors
to SGO. It was more than pleasant to experience this from what can be called a
“community”. There was always a positive response to any request for
cooperation, which was mutually beneficial in many cases. This is perhaps
typical for communities with such a clear focus on an interesting subject so
well defined as the Gas Turbine. Moreover a subject so relevant for industry,
aircraft and power, in times of the growing concern for fuel conservation and environmental
now celebrates its 30st anniversary. During almost 22 years I was
able to serve its goals and was part of the DGTA/SGO community. After my
retirement in 2012, I still was promotor for 7 PhD students.
lot has happened since that windy day in 1990. What started as a single person
operation for 30 % of his time, grew to a real academic infrastructure of very
knowledgeable scientists at both relevant faculties of TU Delft: Mechanical
Engineering with prof. Sikke Klein and prof. René Peçnik and Aerospace
Engineering with prof. Piero Colonna, prof. Arvind Gangoli Rao and Dr. Wilfried
This was all thanks to the positive and constructive community, consisting of industries, institutions and both faculties of TU Delft. I am proud of having been part of that community for so long. Special thanks must be given to the founders, the respective chairmen and board members of SGO over this 30 years, who always supported the chair actively.
Many Congratulations SGO
Jos van Buijtenen
Emeritus Professor of Gas Turbine Technology.