Martin van den Brink award July 6 2023

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

On july 6 we like to invite you to participate in the fourth edition of the Martin van den Brink Award. The award named after chief product and technology officer of ASML Martin van den Brink, aims to underline the success of system
architecture in the development of high-tech machines in the Dutch high-tech systems industry. The success of the
technology shows that our country plays a leading role in this field.

To underline the award we organize a Gala Dinner at Mikrocentrum. Join us for an evening of excellent networking, fine dining and entertainment in an appropriate ambiance. From 16:00 PhDs from technical universities of the Netherlands will show their graduation work. Enjoy a word of welcome and a drink at 18:00 and a delicious 4 courses dinner will be served at 18:30. Dress code will be Tenue de Ville. The cost per table (9 person) are €3000,00 excl vat.

Please send an email to for any further information or to book a table.

Impression of Martin van den Brink Award Gala (with sound)

Looking for partners

To support the success of the ceremony of the Martin van den Brink Award we are looking for companies as a partner and as ‘ambassador’ to ‘buy’ a dinner table for 9 guests, including exclusive dinner and entertainment.

Last time almost 225 guests joined this social event. Hosts were ASML, Brainport Industries, Demcon, DSPE,
Frencken Europe, High Tech Campus, Hittech Group, Holland Innovative, Holland Instrumentation, Itility,
Mapper, Mikrocentrum, MI-Partners, NTS, NTS Group, Settels Savenije Group of Companies, Tegema, TMC,
TNO, TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, UTwente and VDL ETG. We look forward to welcoming them again and even
more companies and institutes with their guests.

More information about the Gala Dinner and  the PhD exhibition via

Criteria candidate Martin van den Brink Award

Excellent system engineer with business oriëntation towards success:

  1. Unorthodox thinker.
  2. Contribution to innovations.
  3. Involved in new business creation.
  4. Has interdisciplinary collaboration.
  5. Using soft skills to achieve results.
  6. Is open to unconventional solutions and ready to go places where others think the limit has been reached.
  7. Also looks at whether something can really work in practice.
  8. Connect all modules to each other.
  9. Has a total overview of the system and can decide whether something can be done in the hardware, the electronics or the software.
  10. 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.
  11. Patent filings.


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 TBD.

Marco Wieland (Mapper Lithography) receives the Martin van den Brink Award 2018

Award for ‘technical conscience’ of electron beam lithography

Marco Wieland (Mapper Lithography) received the Martin van den Brink Award June 7, 2018. This 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 organized by the Dutch Society for Precision Engineering (DSPE) in collaboration with Brainport Industries. Marco Wieland is the CTO and co-founder of Mapper Lithography in Delft. He serves as the ‘technical conscience’ in the development of electron beam lithography into a full-blown supplement to optical lithography. This conventional lithography is the technology with which Martin van den Brink’s ASML has grown to become world market leader.

From left to right: Hans Krikhaar (president DSPE), prof. Pieter Kruit (University Delft), Marco Wieland (CTO Mapper), Martin van den Brink (CTO ASML)

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.

Hall of Fame

2018Marco WielandMAPPER
2016Jan van EijkMICE
2012Erik LoopstraASML


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