Hans Vermeulen and Kees Verbaan were announced as High Tech Institute’s “Teachers of the Year”. Their in-company training scored high praise and an overall rating of 9.7, as the duo notched a 9.9 for them as lecturers.

In October 2022, the duo was asked to come to Wilton in the USA to deliver an in-company edition of the Passive damping for high tech systems training to a group of 17 employees. When asked for a recommendation score, participants responded with an emphatic 9.7 points out of a possible 10, and handed the lecturers a score of 9.9. Respondents also offered several praising comments. “Thoroughly enjoyed the whole course,” one of the trainees commented. Another pointed out that there was a good blend of theory and practical case studies. Other positive comments: “An excellent course. I am glad that I was able to attend” and “Great hands-on exercises and great engagement with audience and interaction.”

Prof. Hans Vermeulen is senior principal architect EUV-optics at ASML and part-time full professor at the Technical University Eindhoven. Dr. Kees Verbaan is system architect at NTS Group, a first-tier supplier for high tech machine design. They are both part of the lecturing team for the “Passive damping for high tech systems” training of Mechatronics Academy. The 3-day course for all engineers involved in high precision motion systems who want to gain more insight into the possibilities and limitations for the applications of passive damping.

The selection of the “Teacher of the Year” award is based on all training evaluation forms in a specific year.

This article is written by René Raaijmakers, tech editor of Bits&Chips.

Besides in-company editions, the training is organized annually for open enrollment.