Wim van der Hoek Award

The Wim van der Hoek Award is awarded to promote and stimulate precision mechanics and the design of mechanical structures. The award will be given to the best graduation work. The award is named after the emeritus professor Wim van der Hoek, who founded the unique Dutch method for design of precision machinery, at the Technical University of Eindhoven. (1962-1985).


Nominate your best graduate before 7 September 2017.


Candidates should be nominated by their supervisor or professor.

Ask for the instructions via info@dspe.nl



Ceremony Wim van der Hoek Award 2017

Thursday, 16 November, 2017, at 16:15


The ceremony for the Wim van der Hoek Design Engineer Prize 2017 will take place

on the last day of the Precisiebeurs Precision Fair in Veldhoven.


Register for free.




Wim van der Hoek Award 2016              


Niels van Giessen won this Award during the Precision Fair November 17. Niels studied Mechanical Engineering at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, the Netherlands. This summer, he graduated on the design of a robot arm, with special attention devoted to the contruction of the 'wrist'. The panel of judges designated his design as an excellent example of applying the well-known precision design principles and praised his clear formulation of the assignment and the conclusions. Which he substantiated with experiments and improvement suggestions, involving the cost price among other things. With his Bachelor project Niels van Giessen has laid the foundation for a new concept of a robot arm that can be deployed for handling purposes in production environments.


From the left: Wim van der Hoek, winner Niels van Giessen, Chairman jury Jos Gunsing (Maromotech), 


From the left: Chairman jury Jos Gunsing (Maromotech), Wim van der Hoek, Hans Steijaert (VDL ETG), winner Niels van Giessen, Marc Vermeulen (ASML), Wouter Vogelenzang (VH Consult), Maurice Teuwen (Janssen Precision Engineering), Johan Vervoort (Vervos)



Winner of the Wim van der Hoek Award 2015 is Gihin Mok with his Master Thesis 'The design of a planar precision stage using cost effective optical mouse sensors':




The 2015 Wim van der Hoek Award went to Gihin Mok, who studied mechanical engineering at Delft University of Technology. He worked on his dissertation project in the department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering, specialising in mechatronic system design. His dissertation project concerned the use of inexpensive optical sensors for computer mice in the design of a planar precision stage. In the presence of the man after whom the award is named, it was presented by chair of the panel of judges and DSPE board member Jos Gunsing, lecturer in mechatronics at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda and technology innovator at MaromeTech in Nijmegen. The judges were impressed by the sheer scope of Gihin Mok's work. "Once again we have learned a lot as judges. He has adopted a systematic, multidisciplinary approach, from specifications to draft to elaboration to testing. We'd be happy to have him in our company!" Gihin Mok is now working as a process control technologist at Shell.



Gihin Mok, winner of the 2015 Wim van der Hoek Award, looks at the trophy, which was made by the Leidse instrumentmakers School, together with the man after whom the award is named. (Photo: Jan Pasman/Mikrocentrum)




2014  Marc Damen  TU/e  news
2013  Marc Janssens  TU/e  pdf
2012  Stefan Spanjer  UTwente  pdf(nl)  photo
2011  Alexander Mulder  TU Delft  pdf(nl) photo
2010  Tim Nai (TIN Yan Nai)  TU Delft  pdf 
2009  Raymondo Cau  TU/e  pdf
2008  Volkert van der Wijk  TU Delft  pdf
2007  Rob van Haendel  TU/e  
2006  Erik Manders  TU/e  


The jury:
Chairman Jos Gunsing (MaromeTech)
Johan Vervoort (Vervos)

Maurice Teuwen (Janssen Precision Engineering)

Wouter Vogelesang (VH Consult)

Marc Vermeulen (ASML)

Hans Steijaert (VDL ETG).