The 2015 Wim van der Hoek Award was presented to Niels van Giessen, who 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.
Design engineering 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 design engineering 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 universities of applied sciences. This award includes a certificate, a trophy made by LiS and a sum of money (sponsored by the 4TU federation).