This page introduces you to the Core Team of the DUT Racing team 2012-2013. The core team is responsible for the management of the entire project and work full-time on the project.
Team Manager – Marius Knol
Hello, my name is Marius Knol and I am 21 years old. Last year I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. This year I decided to pause my studies for one year and become Team Manager of the DUT Racing team. As team manager I am chairman of the team and responsible for the team itself.
The past year I have observed Formula Student from the side-line. I was completely astonished by the inexhaustible motivation and devotion with which team members worked on the car. It really is the engineering passion that unites all these students. That is, in my opinion, one of the great thing about this project and for this reason I am proud to be part of this team.
My personal goal is to build a close team capable of continuing the rich history that DUT Racing has. A team where everyone gets the opportunity to prosper and learn as much as possible. At the end of this year everyone participating in the project has to be able to say that he or she has become a better engineer.
Chief Engineer – Reiner Alberda
My name is Reinier Alberda, I am 22 years old and a student of Mechanical Engineering.
I’ve been a team member of DUT Racing since April 2011, where I started as a production engineer for the DUT11. Last year I did my minor at DUT Racing, where I was responsible for the structural design of the monocoque of the DUT12.
This year I want to apply the experience I’ve gained with the team as the Chief Engineer of the DUT13. I take it as my task to ensure that all individual parts are designed with the same quality and unite to one car: the DUT13.
It will be a challenge to match the results achieved in the previous years. By implementing a new discipline, aerodynamics, we want to design and build an even better, faster and more efficient car to take the unofficial world champions title to Delft for good!
Technical & Finance Manager – Vincent de Gelder
My name is Vincent de Gelder and I am the Technical & Finance Manager of the DUT Racing team 2012/2013. I am 23 years old and a student at the faculty of industrial design. This year I am responsible for properly dividing time and money. As Technical Manager I have to make sure the car is finished in time and as Finance Manager I need to ensure that we will spend less money than we get. Tasks associated with my function are formulating, communicating and maintaining a planning and budget.
This is my first year at DUT Racing and I think my function is great. I learn a lot and the team, both the core team as the engineers, are fantastic! I am very curious how the DUT13 will perform. The team can count upon my full commitment!
Operations Manager – Lennert van den Boom
My name is Lennert van den Boom, 24 years old and a student in industrial design engineering.
This year I am the Operations Manager at DUT Racing which means that I’m responsible for organizing the events, teambuilding and media coverage. I will try to bring the operations department to the same height as the results from the cars the last years. This shall be a big challenge but I’m confident that this year will be a success.
This is my first year at DUT Racing. After a few years at Forze Racing I decided to change to DUT racing. I could not say goodbye to the Formula Student competition, in my opinion one of the finest championships that exist. With DUT Racing I have the chance to be active in Formula Student for another year.
Chief Vehicle Dynamics – Erwin de Gelder
My name is Erwin de Gelder, 23 years old and this year I interrupt my master Systems & Control. Before my master, I finished my bachelor Mechanical Engineering.
This year I am the Chief Vehicle Dynamics. Last year I was involved with the development of the slipratio controller during the last quarter of the DUT12 year. It was nice to do, especially because it was a practical application related to my master Systems & Control. Therefore my interest was awakened; even that much that I wanted to stop my studies for one year, such that I can work fulltime at DUT Racing.
For me, this is a huge challenge. My department covers the suspension (I find this very interesting, also because of my bachelor), the ECU (I always liked electronics), the control system (because of my background I find this really interesting) and aerodynamics. Aerodynamics is a big challenge for me, firstly because it is new compared to previous year and secondly because this is a relatively unknown discipline for me.
Chief Chassis – Jurriën Koeman
After finishing the design and production of the crash nose of the DUT12, I felt I was ready for a new challenge within the team. That is why I have chosen to stop my studies for one year and to completely focus myself on the “biggest bracket of the car”: the chassis of the DUT13. Together with 13 engineers we will make an even lighter chassis, without the drivers complaining about an uncomfortable car.
My personal background is that I have obtained my 180th point in my bachelor Aerospace Engineering, which means I acquired that degree. Furthermore, I am a 21 year old fourth year student and next year I will be starting with my Master’s degree programme.
Chief Powertrain – Stefan van der Kleij
My name is Stefan van der Kleij and I am 23 years old. Last year I finished my last courses of my masters and only graduating remains. I decided to postpone graduating to gain the experience of building an electric racecar with the DUT Racing team. My background is in Mechanical Engineering and the masters I am pursuing are Mechatronics and Systems & Control.
This year I will fulfill the function of Chief Powertrain. The parts I am responsible for are: the accumulators; the accumulator management system; the high-voltage (safety) systems and the communication system in the car that allows the control unit, sensors and actuators to exchange information. I will also make sure that all low-voltage devices are able to interface with each other where necessary.
My job is to make sure that the powertrain engineers can design, build and test the parts. It is also my job to ensure that these parts are finished in time. By exerting my function I will develop my management skills which will be very useful in my future career. When working in a large team with many people with different backgrounds and expertise, like at DUT Racing, it will be a challenge to communicate with the right person on the right moment to create the best possible race car.
Together with all the powertrain engineers we will aim at making the best powertrain ever! I cannot wait to see the DUT13 drive around the circuit.
Chief Drivetrain – Marco de Gier
My name is Marco de Gier and I am this year’s Chief Drivetrain. I am 22 years old and I am a second year Masters student Systems & Control Engineering. As Chief Drivetrain I am responsible for the innerwheel construction, the transmission, the motors, the motor controllers, cooling and the sensors. This is my first year at DUT Racing. I am hugely impressed with the performance of every team member each year, and this motivates me to do the same. I see this as an enormous challenge in which I want to develop my management skills. A Chief needs to give students space to come to a great design and to develop themselves as designers. Furthermore, I like the fact that I am at the base of the development of an electric race car and I am really looking forward to seeing the DUT13 race on the circuit!