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Susan van den Berg MSc. and Piet van Rens MSc., the lecturer duo of the design principles in-company training, were announced as “Teachers of the Year” during High Tech Institute’s annual get-together in Eindhoven. Their training scored high praise and an overall rating of 9.8, as the duo notched a 9.4 for them as lecturers.

In October 2019, the duo was asked to come to Wilton in the USA to deliver an in-company edition of the “Design principles for precision engineering” training to a group of 18 employees. When asked if the course was recommended for others, participants responded with an emphatic 9.8 points out of a possible 10, and handed the lecturers a score of 9.4. Respondents also offered several praising comments. “Trainers were very helpful and really understand the items taught. Well organized, great class materials,” one of the trainees commented. Another pointed out that the discussions with the instructors were very valuable. Other positive comments: “I would recommend this training to all new employees” and “Great training for me at this point in my career. I wish I had learned a lot of this earlier.”

Susan van den Berg teaches mechanical engineering at the Fontys University of Engineering and Piet van Rens has a distinguished history of working in the mechanical or industrial engineering industry and will soon celebrate his retirement. They are both part of the lecturing team for the mechatronics training “Design principles for precision engineering”. The 5-day course for all engineers involved in mechanical, mechatronic and system design focuses on recognizing and analyzing mechanisms with a predictable and reproductive behavior.

The High Tech Institute’s annual get-together with clients and lecturers was held on 10 February at BCN in Eindhoven. The selection of the “Teacher of the Year” award is based on all training evaluation forms.