Martin van den Brink Award

For the best contributor in precision engineering from both system architecture and business develoment perspective.



Criteria candidate Martin van den Brink Award

Unorthodox thinker.

Contribution to innovations.
Involved in new business creation.
Has interdisciplinary collaboration.
Using soft skills to achieve results.
Is open to unconventional solutions and ready to go places where others think the limit has been reached.
Also looks at whether something can really work in practice.
Connect all modules to each other.
Has a total overview of the system and can decide whether something can be done in the hardware, the electronics or the software.
Has a good overview of all of the modules and all of the interfaces between the modules in the system. Moreover, keeps future developments in mind, so that when there's a new design, most of the modules can be used again very easily. etc. etc.


Jos Benschop (ASML), Pieter Kappelhof (Hittech Group), Adrian Rankers (Mechatronics Academy), Hans Krikhaar (Hurli) en Martin van den Brink (ASML)


Suitable candidates can be passed on to President Hans Krikhaar before March 28.


PhD of the Technical Universities in the Netherlands are invited to show their graduation work for free from 4:00 till 7:00 pm


Overview of these talents


GALA June 7   
To underline the award we organize a Gala Dinner in the middle of the Dutch Technology Week (DTW). The Gala Dinner will start at 7:00 pm at The Evoluon in an appropriate ambiance. The idea is that parties 'buy' a table and invite their contacts to join us. The organization appreciates if also fresh graduates are invited.


The following companies are present with their guests June 7: ASML, Brainport Industries, Demcon, DSPE, Frencken Europe, Hittech Group, Holland Innovative, Holland Instrumentation, Itility, Mapper, Mikrocentrum, MI-Partners, NTS Group, Settels Savenije Group of Companies, Tegema, TNO, Technical University of Delft, Technical University of Eindhoven, VDL ETG.


Martin van den Brink Award 2016 for founder of mechatronics in the Netherlands

Jan van Eijk, former CTO of Mechatronics at Philips Applied Technologies and Emeritus Professor of Advanced Mechatronics at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), received the Martin van den Brink Award May 26, 2016.

This second system architecture award was presented at a gala dinner held at the Evoluon in Eindhoven as part of the Dutch Technology Week. The event was organised by the Dutch Society for Precision Engineering (DSPE) in collaboration with Brainport Industries.

Jan van Eijk is the founder of mechatronics in the Netherlands and an unorthodox thinker. He has contributed to innovations at Philips and spin-offs such as ASML, has dedicated himself to teaching mechatronics, and places a lot of emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and soft skills.


Many prominent representatives from the high-tech industry were there to underline the importance of system architecture for the success of the Dutch high-tech systems industry and the leading role our country is playing in this field.


Martin van den Brink Award 2012

In 2012, the DSPE Advisory Board suggested that another award would be welcome, for the best system architect in precision engineering. A name was found easily. By far Martin van den Brink is the most successful system architect in the Netherlands, bringing ASML to where it is today. He would say: "I did it with my team", which is of course true, but Martin van den Brink played the crucial role of giving directions.
The first Martin van den Brink Award was assigned in 2012, to ir. Erik Loopstra of ASML during a very nice and informative ceremony at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.


Winner before: 

2012  Erik Loopstra  ASML  pdf
2016  Jan van Eijk  MICE  pdf