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TU Delft Free Online Course on Forensic Engineering

The Delft University of Technology is offering free online course on Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures. In this course, students will learn how to use the TU Delft mind-set to investigate the causes of such events so they can prevent them in the future.

Students will identify the causes of failure and use this knowledge to enhance safety and improve performance. The course will start on October 17, 2017.

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Course At A Glance

Length: 6 weeks
Effort:  4 hours pw
Subject: Engineering
Institution: Delft University of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on October 17, 2017

Providers’ Details

Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest technological university in the Netherlands. Our research is inspired by the desire to increase fundamental understanding, as well as by societal challenges. We encourage our students to be independent thinkers so they will become engineers capable of solving complex problems. Our students have chosen Delft University of Technology because of our reputation for quality education and research.

About This Course

What do collapsed buildings, infected hospital patients, and crashed airplanes have in common? If you know the causes of these events and conditions, they can all be prevented.

When, for instance, hundreds of hospital patients worldwide got infected after having gall bladder treatments, forensic engineering helped reveal how the design and use of the medical instruments could cause such widespread infections. As a result, changes were made to the instrument design and the procedural protocols in hospitals. Learning from failure in this case benefitted patient health and safety across the world.

After taking this course you will have an understanding of failures and the investigation processes used to find their causes. You will learn how to apply lessons gained from investigating previous failures into new designs and procedures.

Why Take This Course?

In this course, you will learn how to use the TU Delft mind-set to investigate the causes of such events so you can prevent them in the future.

Learning Outcomes

  • The basic steps in a forensic investigation
  • Essential forensic engineering methods and techniques
  • How to apply the TU Delft Forensic Engineering mind-set in the fields of Building Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Biomechanical Engineering
  • Ways to develop a positive attitude and the right mind-set to learn from failures


Karel C. Terwel

Karel is Assistant Professor of Structural Design and Safety in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at TU Delft and Coordinator of Structural Safety at Delft Safety and Security Institute.

Michiel Schuurman

Michiel is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft and is lecturer in the Forensic Engineering Masters course.

Arjo Loeve

Arjo is a tenured lecturer in the Biomechanical Engineering department of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at TU Delft.


Secondary school (high school)

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