About Ivo Pothof

Mr. Ivo Pothof (PhD, MSc, 1972) currently manages the Deltares portfolio on Renewable Energy and Energy-efficiency. In this role, he identifies innovations and initiates new strategic projects on geothermal energy, tidal energy and smart control of energy infrastructure.

He is also a member of the Scientific Council of Deltares. Mr. Pothof has a background as an industrial hydrodynamics specialist at Deltares. Joining Delft Hydraulics (currently Deltares) in 1997, he became specialist in fluid transients, optimal control of pipeline systems and air-water pipe flows. His PhD thesis on air-water flows in downward sloping pipes is directly applicable to (waste)water, cooling water and hydropower outlet works.

He has worked on innovative solutions for the water industry in the Netherlands and abroad, like the application of booster pumping stations in the urban drainage system of Amsterdam. He has experience with development of numerical algorithms for fluid transients (WANDA software), commissioning fire fighting systems, field measurements and troubleshooting at chemical plants. He has written guidelines on fluid transients in Dutch standard NEN 3650 – 2006: Requirements for pipeline systems. Mr. Pothof is a member of the Technical Committee of the Pressure Surges Conference Series and affiliated with Delft University of Technology, department of Sanitary Engineering.

He has training experience as a lecturer at Deltares Academy (Hydrodynamics in Pipeline Systems) and as a guest lecturer at Delft University of Technology and UNESCO-IHE. He has published in various peer-reviewed journals and numerous conference proceedings. He graduated in 1995 in Systems and Control Theory at the University of Twente, faculty Applied Mathematics.

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Working experience

  1. Delft University of Technology, Sanitary Engineering

    Research staff member multiphase fluid dynamics.

    2011 - present
  2. Deltares

    Deltares (formerly WL | Delft Hydraulics), specialist Industrial Hydrodynamics

    1997 - present
  3. Infram BV

    Consultant mathematical modeling.

    1995 - 1997

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