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).


INVITATION for the Ceremony of the Wim van der Hoek Award 2018


DATE: 15 November 2018, 16.15 

LOCATION: central area of the  Precision Fair in Veldhoven.


From October 20 you can see an overview of candidates on this website.





First Belgian winner of Dutch design engineering award in 2017


At the seventeenth edition of the Precision Fair, held on 15 and 16 November in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, DSPE (Dutch Society for Precision Engineering) presented the Wim van der Hoek Award, also known as the Constructors Award, to Sam Peerlinck (KU Leuven, Belgium).


Out of nine nominees, the jury selected Peerlinck as the winner of this design engineering award for his well-founded, very readable and wide-ranging model study of asymmetrically moving cilia (protuberances from biological cells) for fluid propulsion.


Sam Peerlinck has received the Wim van der Hoek Award 2017 certificate from DSPE board member Jos Gunsing.



 A total of nine nominees for Wim van der Hoek Award 2017

Technical talent, crucial for the future of the Dutch high-tech industry, is graduating at a high level at universities and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands and Belgium. This is evidenced by the large number of nominations for the Wim van der Hoek Award. A total of nine nominations were received by the jury for this award, which will be presented in November for the twelfth time at the Precision Fair under the auspices of DSPE.


Best graduation project
The Constructors Award is presented every year to the person with the best graduation project in the field of design in mechanical engineering at the Dutch universities of technology and applied sciences. Criteria for the assessment of the graduation theses include quality of the design, substantiation and innovativeness, as well as the suitability for use as teaching materials. The jury, under the presidency of DSPE board member Jos Gunsing (MaromeTech), received nine nominations, submitted by the graduation supervisor/professor of the student concerned. A total of two universities of applied sciences and three universities nominated candidates: AVANS Hogeschool Breda, Fontys Hogescholen, KU Leuven (Belgium), TU Delft and TU Eindhoven.


Candidates 2017


  Pieter van Eijkeren (AVANS Hogeschool Breda)


The advantage of allowing plastic deformations during the removal of an offshore facility

"Pieter has worked very autonomously, above higher professional education level. He followed the right courses on his own initiative, resolved setbacks and produced an exceptionally good and clear thesis. His subject, the removal of oil drilling platforms, is highly topical and can give the industrial partner for this project a competitive advantage in the currently 'difficult' offshore industry.



 Lars van der Woude (AVANS Hogeschool Breda)



Avans Robotic Hand A system for dexterous manipulation with a soft touch
"Lars has been working on a three-finger robot hand designed to quickly grab objects with a soft grip. In designing, he followed the 'precision engineering' approach for dynamics and construction principles. He partially succeeded, but this is a special achievement for a bachelor student."



 Gijs Bardoel (Fontys Hogescholen)


Collaring Machine, Concept to Prototype of a machine to decrease the production time
"Gijs is a young and ambitious multi-skilled engineer. He had to design a machine and manage its production during his graduation project, which was successfully completed. The machine is running well and the whole design and development process has been very well documented."



  Sam Peerlinck (KU Leuven)


Asymmetrisch bewegende cilia voor vloeistofpropulsie bij lage Reynoldsgetallen: een fysisch model
"Sam was the first to succeed in creating an artificial cilia surface that is capable of imitating all asymmetric characteristics of biological cilia. In addition to a thorough understanding of microfluidics, this required an enormous creative ingenuity. Sam is a driven person, a modern multidisciplinary engineer with vast social and networking skills."



  Martijn Krijnen (TU Delft)


Control System Design for a Contactless Actuation System
"Martijn designed and built a high-tech feedback system for a contactless precision positioning stage for thin substrates. His skills in multi-physics modelling, design of compliant precision stages, magnetic actuators and advanced feedback control systems make him a knowledgeable mechatronic system design engineer. In addition, he is articulate in his writing."



  Joep Nijssen (TU Delft)


A Type Synthesis Approach to Compliant Shell Mechanisms
"Joep has done excellent work in the characterisation of spatially curved elastic elements that can be made using additive metal manufacturing. Using this approach he produced a complex design. Joep is energetic and enthusiastic, and does not shy away from complex theoretical concepts with the accompanying mathematics."



  Stefan Gottenbos (TU Delft)


Follow-The-Leader Control: A mechanical control mechanism for path following deployment of surgical instruments; Principle validation & concept design
"Stefan has researched a way to store the shape of a snake-like surgical instrument in a mechanical shape memory register, without the use of (complexity-enhancing) electronics. He was the first to find a way to construct such a shape memory system in a completely mechanical manner. This has ultimately led to a unique prototype that works extremely well."


  Pim Duijsens (TU Eindhoven)


Design of a long stroke actuator unit for the EUV reticle stage
"Pim has shown that he is able to create a mechanical design and analyse its critical points. Although somewhat modest, he had the confidence to know that this was going well, as early as during his initial discussions with ASML. Pim works hard and very autonomously, although he knows how to approach people to act as a sparring partner and to provide relevant input."




  Max van Lith (TU Eindhoven)


Design of a clean z mechanism in the wrist assembly of a wafer handler robot for cluster tools
"Max has covered a design trajectory from concept to elaborated system – this concerns a lifting mechanism, including a voice-coil actuator, for use in a clean vacuum. Max has been outstanding in familiarising himself with statically determined construction, applying elastic hinges and designing motors and magnetic circuits. He works in a systematic and analytical manner."


The second day of the 2017 Precision Fair in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, Thursday 16 November, will feature the presentation of the Wim van der Hoek Award. This award (also known as the Constructors Award) was introduced in 2006 to mark the 80th birthday of the Dutch doyen of design engineering principles, Wim van der Hoek. The objective was, and still is, to promote and stimulate the discipline of mechanical engineering. This award includes a certificate, a trophy produced by the Leiden Instrument Makers School as well as a sum of money (sponsored by the 4TU federation).




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 in the Wim van der Hoek room at Janssen Precision Engineering in Maastricht:


Chairman Jos Gunsing (MaromeTech)
Johan Vervoort (Vervos)

Marc Vermeulen (ASML)

Maurice Teuwen (Janssen Precision Engineering)

Hans Steijaert (VDL ETG)

Wouter Vogelesang (VH Consult)