Green Team Twente 2021-2022

Green Team Twente is a multidisciplinary student team with students from the University of Twente and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. They are committed to develop and apply technological innovations in the field of sustainable mobility. This is done by designing, building and racing one of the most efficient hydrogen cars in the world. Each year a new team is formed to paticipated in this challenge. The Shell Eco-Marathon, is a race they compete in, which focusses on most efficient car. 

 

With the car they get more attention for sustainable mobilities, which is of importance because hydrogen is a key element in making the world sustainable and it has a big future in mobility. On top of that, the concept of the car is explained and they will educated people about hydrogen and its possibilities to convince the usefullness and importance.

Management

Wouter Groote Veldman

Wouter Groote Veldman

Team Manager

Having a passion is the most beautiful yet most abstract thing in the world. For me it comes down to loving to perform your passion, even though it is not completely clear why it motivates you so much. Engineering used to be my passion, but it changed due to the overload in theory and lack of applications at my study Advanced Technology. I want to find my engineering passion back and I’m confident that I’ll find it here at Green Team Twente. With a motivated, multidisciplinary team I’m sure that we can solve the problems of tomorrow. Are you ready for the future? Because we are!

Amina Balha

Amina Balha

Technical Manager

After finishing my second year of Industrial Engineering and Management I felt the need to cross the comfortable borders of my study in order to explore the more practical engineering professions. As technical manager I can apply the gained knowledge from my study in a multidisciplinary group, while learning all about the different technical applications on a vehicle. Green Team Twente provides me the opportunity to enter a new world in technology: hydrogen and to create the future of sustainable vehicles.

Benthe Commissaris

Benthe Commissaris

Communication Manager

As a communication team manager, my main internal priority is to motivate the team and realize big dreams. Because without a team you are not able to achieve anything. Then the highest priority external is to generate more publicity, which can be done via stunts, events and educational workshops. Involving partners more in our  project via visits, website updates, newsletters and social media.

Extern and Finance

Daan Frijters

Daan Frijters

Extern and Finance

Being part of a highly motivated team is super exciting. Having enthusiastic competitors, and professional partners to collaborate with drives me to the absolute limit. After studying biomedical engineering for two years, I wanted to challenge myself for a whole new discipline, so I became external relations and financial manager. I can express my passion for finance and develop my communication and negotiation skills, opportunities I didn’t have during my bachelor BME.

Stijn Jensema

Stijn Jensema

Extern and Finance

During my bachelor of Industrial Engineering and management I found out that the most valuable asset to have is experience. There are so many things you just can not learn from books and projects. That’s why I decided to dedicate a full year to GTT. I already had some experience with External relations. However I always missed the technical part of this function. That is why GTT is the perfect choice for me. I am really looking forward to working a full year on an amazing hydrogen car and I am 100% sure I will have an amazing year to develop myself!

Communication
Iris Pelgröm

Iris Pelgröm

Education Coördinator

After studying Industrial Design Engineering for two years, I wanted a new challenge. Green Team Twente attracted me, because I think hydrogen is a good solution for our future. Many many people don’t know about hydrogen as an alternative fuel. I want to educate these people about hydrogen and sustainability. Therefore I will fulfill the function of Education within the communication team this year. I will be responsible for setting up and executing a new education program.  

Robert Bast

Robert Bast

Public Relations

After three years of my Industrial Design Engineering bachelor, I was looking for something outside of the theoretical walls of the university: I wanted to work on something in the real world with a real impact. I strive to achieve this in my PR function by showing the world our achievements and spreading awareness about the feasibility of hydrogen as an energy carrier. I’m excited to improve myself and create great things with the team!

Irene Kikkert

Irene Kikkert

Events

After I finished my bachelor in Technical Medicine, I decided to do something completely different before starting the master’s. Therefore, I found a new challenge in Green Team Twente: with a multidisciplinary team working on a car that drives on hydrogen would be a great way to integrate engineering, social and managing skills. This year I will coordinate and organize a lot of epic events to let everyone see what we are doing and why we are doing it. In this way we hope more people will see the essence of sustainable mobility and will be as enthusiastic about hydrogen as we are!

Thijmen van Essen

Thijmen van Essen

Graphic Designer

I first learned about hydrogen as an alternative fuel in pre-university. Taking part in a large multidisciplinary project was the factor that convinced me to apply for Green Team Twente. As a graphic designer I am active in the communication subteam and take part in making GreenTeam known to the public. This way, we can collaborate with our partners in pushing the technology and application of hydrogen.

Galina Veldkamp

Galina Veldkamp

Graphic Designer

Last year I finished my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design engineering. However, before continuing with a master’s I decided to do something different, developing my practical skills and using it in a project. Green Team offers a great opportunity to combine the technical and graphic aspects for creating visuals, which is something I enjoy. That is why I will strengthen the team as Graphic designer, focussing on educational aspects and creating clear technical visuals.

TImo Brems

TImo Brems

Technical visualisation

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Mechanics
Esther Koopmanschap

Esther Koopmanschap

Chief Mechanics

I have almost finished my masters in Industrial Design Engineering. However, I was missing practical experience in multidisciplinary projects, which is why I decided to apply for Green Team Twente. Also, I have a lot of interest in sustainability and I want to learn more about technical design. Therefore, I wanted to join the mechanics team. This year allows me to explore what possibilities there are and what I actually want to focus on for my Master thesis. I hope to learn a lot from the experience as chief and I am looking forward to a really challenging and exciting year together with the team!

Nancy Verbruggen

Nancy Verbruggen

Chief Mechanics

What is a better way to earn study credit than by doing something you’re passionate about? As a 3th year mechanical engineering student at Saxion, I got the chance to exchange my 3S project and do an internship, for a full time year Green Team. As a part of the mechanics sub team, I hope to not only expand my knowledge and work experience this year, but also learn to work in a mult-idisciplinary team full of motivated students!

Robert Breugelmans

Robert Breugelmans

Mechanics

As an Industrial Design Engineer I always leaned more towards the technical side of the study program. That is why I wanted to challenge myself and join the mechanics subteam of Green Team Twente between my Bachelor and Master. During this year I will work together with other motivated students in a multidisciplinary team to bring the car and team to the next level. I also hope that with what we achieve this year, the world will see that hydrogen is a great sustainable option for mobility.

Sven Terhorst

Sven Terhorst

Mechanics

After finishing my bachelors of Mechanical Engineering, I wanted a new challenge rather than continuing with my masters. This is how I got interested in Green Team Twente, who doesn’t want to build a car within one year? As a Mechanical Engineering student it is no surprise that I’m part of the mechanics subteam. I am really looking forward to this year and all the challenges it may bring.

Alintay Gorgani

Alintay Gorgani

Mechanics

As a mechanical engineer it goes without saying that technical challenges are in my blood. What challenge is greater than building a racecar with a large multidisciplinary team? In my eyes there are none! That is why I am part of the mechanics team of Green Team Twente, where I will be working on the mechanical parts, such as the suspension and chassis.  

Stef Otten

Stef Otten

Mechanics

From an early age, I was always interested in cars which grew out to a love for racing cars. Which made it clear that I had to integrate car design into my studies of mechanical engineering. Therefore the most logical step was to join Green Team Twente, as this will challenge me to become an engineer that is able to create innovative cars and simultaneously work on the innovation of hydrogen technologies. 

Simulation and Strategy

Gijs Roozendaal

Gijs Roozendaal

Chief Simulation and Strategy

While already in the middle of my master’s in Applied Physics I noticed that I was still lacking practical experience. I wanted to know in what ways I could use the gained knowledge and skills from my studies and make something for real. I think Green Team Twente, by making such a cool hydrogen race car, offers that opportunity the most. I am also curious to see how me being part of the Simulation & Strategy subteam can contribute into a sustainable future by showing what hydrogen has to offer..

Frederic Linde

Frederic Linde

Simulation and Strategy

My motivation for joining a student team was the outlook of working on futuristic and eco-friendly technology. I think, in today’s time, it is increasingly important to explore emission-free alternatives. The GreenTeam offers an excellent opportunity to do that, more specifically, to build a hydrogen-powered racing car. Combining what I learned during my Bachelor’s in Advanced Technology with the excitement of a new challenge, the subteam simulation & strategy seemed an easy choice. A position within a multidisciplinary team allows me to not only apply my theoretical knowledge but also improve my transferable skills. I am looking forward to a year full of fast cars, fun events, and fascinating technology.

Joseph Zacharias

Joseph Zacharias

Simulation and Strategy

For the past 3 years I had mainly been focusing on my Mechanical Engineering degree. Since finishing the degree, I started my master’s in Systems and Control. However, I felt that I needed a bigger challenge; something other than just my regular study. That is why I decided to join the Green Team as part of the Simulation and Strategy sub-team. I was quite intrigued by the fact that I would be working in a large multidisciplinary team, with the end goal of making a racecar that runs on hydrogen, a green energy source. I truly believe that the world should integrate more sustainable, greener technologies. I’m just trying to do my part for a better future at the Green Team.

Electronics
Johan Verzijden

Johan Verzijden

Chief Electronics

I decided to join Green Team Twente because I saw an opportunity to work in a large multi-disciplinary team. In the two years I’ve been studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Twente I worked on quite a few projects, but they were always with fellow students and in small groups. By taking on the role of the Sub-Team Chief I challenge myself to improve my planning and managing skills, while being able to get even more practical experience in the field of Electrical Engineering. The Sub-Team Electronics, which I am a part of, will be responsible for all electrical systems that are not part of the Powertrain, such as the safety system.

Lars Nolden

Lars Nolden

Electronics

Hey I am Lars, part of the electronics team of the GreenTeam. In a previous life I worked as a software developer. And currently I am studying mechanical engineering at the University of Twente. My interest in transportation and supply chain technology made me join the Green Team. Providing me with an environment to  learn more about the design and manufacturing process of vehicles especially on the electronics side of things. 

Pim Driessen

Pim Driessen

Electronics

Before starting my Bachelor’s thesis in Electrical Engineering and beginning with my master’s, I wanted to work on my practical experience within my expertise. Green Team Twente gives me a great perspective of how working in a large team with various backgrounds is done. It also gives me the opportunity to implement my knowledge in an amazing large project, where the result is much more than just a grade. After this year I hope to have a better idea about my future career and where I want to specialise in.

Powertrain
VIncent van Krimpen

VIncent van Krimpen

Chief Powertrain

After finishing the second year of my study Applied Physics at Saxion, I wanted to continue to develop myself on a professional and personal level and at the same time contribute to a better future. Green Team Twente seems to be the perfect place to do so. We show the world that hydrogen is a great sustainable fuel option by making a hydrogen car in a big multidisciplinary team. As Chief Powertrain in this team I will mostly work on the hydrogen system and be responsible for the Powertrain of the car. I hope to learn a lot from my team members and that we show the world that hydrogen is the future.

Maartje van der Lingen

Maartje van der Lingen

Powertrain

For as long as I can remember I have been incapable of sitting still. Continuously searching for new challenges to conquer and knowledge to gather. Green team offers a broad variety of new challenges and knowledge. Because of that I am looking forward to working as a hydrogen engineer in the powertrain subteam. Using hydrogen to build a car so that maybe one day it will be the most used fuel in the world.

Ishmee de Vos

Ishmee de Vos

Powertrain

After 3 years of studying mechatronics at Saxion I realised that I wanted to do a something that was related to mechatronics but with a more practical side to it. When I found out about Green Team Twente I was instantly excited because I find sustainability an import subject and making a car from scratch is very much related to mechatronics. I joined the powertrain sub team because I want to learn more about the hydrogen part of the car and in particular the electronic parts that are involved with it. I am really looking forward to the upcoming year and I am excited to find out what we will achieve.

Bas van der Boom

Bas van der Boom

Powertrain

From an early age, the obsession for mechanical and electronic engineering was great. The development and progress in technology over the past 20 years make me excited and curious about what the future has in store, and to what extent I can be a part of that. Especially in the car and hydrogen industry a lot of progress has been made and we see how it has helped in the energy transition to a more sustainable environment. Green Team Twente gives me the perfect opportunity to develop the theoretical knowledge from my studies into practical skills while also supporting the development of new technologies for a brighter future.

Fabian Lacina

Fabian Lacina

Powertrain

After having finished my second year of Electrical Engineering I finally wanted to do some real engineering again. Green Team Twente suits this desire perfectly since it combines my passion for engineering and my large interest in the automotive industry. I think that hydrogen will play a key role in the future of mobility and I am very excited to be part of this development in my function as powertrain engineer.