Ferdinand Dijkstra – Owner of FerWay

Supplier to KDC

Main research

Ferdinand is a system engineer with a strong passion for aviation. In particular to progress innovations in the field of ATM and related areas of Air Transport. He was closely involved in the development and use of the current Schiphol Approach and Area Control automation support. Since then he has focused on improving the ATM performance by integrating the world of ATM operations and technological developments. Ferdinand, now as an independent consultant in the field of ATM, enjoys contributing on the conceptual, operational and technical level, bridging these disciplines with enthusiasm, supported by one of his favorite discipline of data analysis. His main research areas are: ‘ATM concept development with focus on automation’, and ‘planning systems and aircraft trajectory prediction’.



Dra. Catya Zuñiga Alcaraz – Associate Professor

Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Faculty of Technology

Main research

Focused on strategic and tactical conflict detection and resolution methodologies through Discrete Event Simulation and Optimization techniques to improve the flexible coordination of land/air side operations in the Terminal Maneuvering Area (TMA) at a commercial airports. Participation on some projects funded by Sesar – WPE (EU), CONACYT (Mexico) & CICYT (Spanish) programs.


Education and training

  • Certification Course in Airport Planning with a Sustainable Approach – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – Mexico
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship in Applied Mathematics in Air Traffic Management – Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile – France
  • PhD in Industrial Informatics – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain
  • Master in Advanced Production Techniques – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain
  • Advanced Studies Certification Course in Industrial Engeneering – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain
  • Specialty in Mechanical Engineering – Instituto Politécnico Nacional – Mexico
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering – Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Mexico