Aart Hoogerwerf knows better than anyone whether recent graduates are ready to start working on the future of the grid. Aart works as an R&D specialist at Eekels Technology B.V. and is also a lecturer in energy technology at Hanzehogeschool in Groningen. Eekels has been active in the Marine & Offshore and Industry & Infra market segments for more than 110 years in the disciplines technical automation, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Aart considers this to be the perfect combination. ‘When you teach specific subjects in depth, it is also essential to have some hands-on experience. Ties to industry are therefore a must. This enables you to provide students with subject-specific knowledge, inform them of the developments in their field, and show them what it’s ultimately all about. In my opinion, full-time subject-specific lecturers learn the most from students preparing for graduation as this brings them into contact with the industry.’
Aart really enjoys working with students. They are often extremely creative and don’t think in terms of limitations. The Hanzehogeschool is taking part in the national challenge “Design your own wind turbine”. This is a combined assignment involving students from both electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. It’s wonderful to see how creative they are with this assignment. And that’s what it’s all about.’
The collaboration with businesses is a two-way street. Students gain work experience or do their final-year project at the companies, and Hanzehogeschool develops lessons which are then taught at the companies internally.