I haven't set foot on Antarctica nor on the moon, though I don't have aspirations to visit the latter. I was fortunate enough to travel to places all over the world, see beautiful landscapes and cities, and meet people from different backgrounds. Backgrounds ranging from the Middle East to Europe, and from Asia to (Latin) America. During my work as a PhD I flew across the planet and I feel lucky that I've visited six of the seven new world wonders: Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, Petra, Chichen Itza, Taj Mahal, and the Colosseum. The remaining one is on my travel-list, and there are many other places I'd like to go: Iceland, South-Africa, Bora Bora, and New Zealand to name a few… Next to travel I love taking photos, and it is the combination of travel and photography that really gets my blood flowing. I've taken thousands of photos during my traveling and at home. Any day that I can make a time-lapse, take a rad 'bokeh' photo, shoot someone (a portrait that is) or take a photo of a landscape is a good day for me. I have a big soft-spot for low-light photography; there is something about capturing something that is hard to capture that is deeply satisfying to me. Be it the stars, the aurora borealis, or a band performing in a bar, I love pushing the limits of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. The same holds for my job; I see it as a challenge to measure a certain quantity in an experiment, pushing the frame-rates, the magnifications, and the timings. I love capturing something in a way no one else did before, and then share it with others.
Let's be friends, let's discover, let's capture, let's share, better still, let's combine all of them
(and go to Antarctica)
I was born in a small city in the north of The Netherlands called Sneek, and grew up in the nearby town Bolsward. At an early age I already liked `technical stuff': Lego, electronics, math problems, computers. During high school my main interest was in the exact sciences: Physics, Math, and Chemistry. I moved to the east of the country to pursue my studies. I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Physics, both Cum Laude, at the University of Twente. To gain experience, I did an internship in Toulouse (France) at the IMFT. In September 2014 I received my PhD (Cum Laude) in the Physics of Fluids group at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. After a year of PostDoc in the Twente group I started my PostDoc at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France. My current research is focused on turbulent flow in the so-called Lagrangian Exploration Module (LEM). My work involves describing the properties of turbulent flows containing particles.
You can find my PhD thesis here.
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Laboratoire de Physique
46, allée d’Italie
F-69364 Lyon cedex 07