Prof. Tim De Troyer has been with the Faculty of Engineering of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel since October 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in system identification and modal analysis from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2009), and an M.Sc. in aeronautical engineering from the Erasmus University College Brussels (2004). Before that, he obtained a commercial pilot license (CPL-ME/IR) from the Sabena Flight Academy (2001). In addition to his research work (see below for more information), he teaches a number of undergraduate courses (related to aerodynamics and aeronautics) and supervises several B.Sc. and M.Sc. student projects a year. He was awarded several `Excellence in Teaching' awards for his undergraduate lectures on Helicopters, Aircraft Systems, and Introduction to Aeronautics. In 2018, prof. De Troyer obtained an OZR Sabbatical leave grant, which he used to spend six months at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, doing unsteady aerodynamics experiments in the wind tunnel lab of prof. Greenblatt.
Prof. De Troyer has research expertise in the experimental study of unsteady aerodynamics, the use of non-linear system identification in aerodyanmics (e.g. for flow control), and wind turbines (mainly on vertical-axis wind turbines). He was the head of a European CORNET project, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute, in which a novel rotor for a vertical-axis wind turbine was developed. He has supervised three PhD students and one post-doctoral researcher, and is currently (co-)supervising 6 Ph.D. researchers.