I am a system level thinker, I am interested in the bigger picture and I prefer back-of-the-envelope approximations over detailed computations. I work systematically, organized and do not take things for granted. I am convinced that better is a worse alternative to good enough.
Since 2018 I have been a Systems Engineer at Hittech Multin, a first-tier system supplier. In this role I am responsible for the technical aspects of development project for the development of products for the medical industry, instrumentation industry and the semiconductor manufacturing industry.
From 2014 tot 2018 I was affiliated with Optomechatronics department of The Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research TNO and Delft University of Technology.
I am a doctor engineer, although engineering doctor would be equally valid. Throughout my academic career my main focus has been on the development and utilization of scientific instrumentation.
In September 2011, I obtained the Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology. After an in-depth minor programme in Aerospace Systems and Technology, the bachelor was concluded by a thesis on the development of a miniature telescope for use on nanosatellites.
The BSc was followed by Master of Science degree in Space Systems Engineering at the same institute and concluded in February 2014. The master program provided a solid foundation in system engineering on one hand, and space-specific engineering topics such as satellite thermal control and rocket propulsion. I concluded the MSc programme with a thesis on the measurement of micronewton thrust levels and micronewton-second impulses from miniature rocket engines.
In September 2021, I concluded a 7 year Doctor of Philosophy project at the department of Structural Optimization and Mechanics, Delft University of Technology under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. Fred van Keulen (Delft University of Technology) and prof. dr. ir. Giampiero Gerini (Eindhoven University of Technology and TNO). In collaboration with TNO, I developed a new scanning probe microscope that measures radiative heat transfer at sub-micrometer length scales. This technique can be used for measuring distances and thermal surface properties.