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‘What I’m doing now combines technology, innovation, design and the human body. It has everything’

Eline van der Kruk, Netherlands’ first sports engineer


Eline van der Kruk studied for a Master’s degree in Biomechanical Engineering Design at the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE). In 2013 she graduated with distinction in the Sports Engineering specialisation and became the Netherlands’ first sports engineer.

Eline van der Kruk had almost studied medicine instead. “I had high marks for maths and physics, so I already had a place. Then I went to an Open Day at Delft and realised that I was actually more interested in innovation and design,” Van der Kruk explains. At the last moment she switched to Industrial Design Engineering. It’s a loss for the world of medicine, but a gain for the world of design. Her idea for the “Tukkie” - a cushion with suction pads and a speaker that sticks to the window of a car - was awarded a 9 by TU Delft, but unfortunately failed to win the design challenge run by HEMA, a chain store in the Netherlands. Her final-year Bachelor’s project - innovative earplugs - earned her a UfD-Imtech Bachelor Grant 2012.

Despite the flying start, Industrial Design was not to be the final goal. “After a year I started to miss the technical side of things - IDE isn’t very technical. I took extra modules in mechanical engineering so that I could switch after my Bachelor’s degree.” That switch was to the Master’s degree programme in Biomechanical Engineering Design. The Sports Engineering specialisation was introduced a year later, and it all came together for Van der Kruk. “I was on a sports internship in Birmingham. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to switch. What I’m doing now combines technology, innovation, design and the human body. It has everything,” she says enthusiastically. And this has worked out well too - she graduated with distinction thanks to her graduation project on a dynamic model for skating motion.

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