Almost two decades ago; a flight in a motorglider ignited the spark that started my fascination with flying. Only a few years later, doing maintenance on composite airframes broadened that interest into engineering and the unlimited possibilities of composites.
Studying Aerospace engineering at TU Delft was a logical and fascinating next step. With a focus on conceptual design, structures and low-speed aerodynamics this provided a solid engineering basis combined with the hands on experience of flying, maintaining and repairing airframes.
While studying I regularly did small side-jobs which grew into Nieuwenhuize engineering and a position at ACLA as Lead engineer, responsible for most engineering and certification efforts on the Sirocco-NG, a from-scratch redesign.
Just short of finishing all certification requirements the Sirocco-NG project was sold to Germany. I started work at a manufacturer of composite bearings as a project engineer. Today, as lead engineer I am responsible for the engineering and project management for some of the largest bearings in the world.