Raymond van der Meij has graduated from Delft University in 2002 and started a position as researcher/advisor at Deltares. He’s specialized in the behavior of flood protection embankments, with a focus on their strength during extreme events. Raymond is course leader for several flood safety courses, dike inspection, and software courses, as well as a lecturer at Delft University, University Twente and several applied universities. He is involved in most flood protection reinforcement projects in the Netherlands as well al many software development projects. Most of all, he lives underneath sea level himself, and he always looks critically at the embankments that ought to protect him.