Two winners Marina van Damme Grant 2017

Thursday, June 8th, the award ceremony of the Marina van Damme Grant 2017 took place with a very special result. Due to the high quality of the nominees, Marina van Damme decided to reward two nominated alumni with the scholarship of 9000 euro. Leah Sosa and Jetty van Ginkel are the two winners of the Marina van Damme Grant 2017. The other two nominated alumni, Siska Surja and Maria Vansilogio – Verhagen, earned the runner-up prize of 2500 euro each which is being made available by the Fortuna Fonds. Because of the high level of nominees Marina van Damme supported this two alumna with an extra grant of 1500 euro.

Leah Sosa explained how much she missed a female role model during her studies and now also in her work as Hydrodynamic Research Engineer at Quantum Controls BV, Leah wants to change this by being a role model for women. Leah graduated from Delft University of Technology, Ship Hydromechanics. Leah now wants to develop her management skills to complement her technical knowledge. As a manager, she hopes to be able to work with and inspire more women in the future. Leah has enrolled for an MBA at the number 1 Business School 2017 (Financial Times listing 2017): INSEAD. And she has been accepted! In September 2017 she will start the program. The Marina van Damme Grant will contribute to her tuition fees. Leah does not know exactly what she will do afterwards. First, she wants to focus fully on her MBA. As she aptly said: “I have a plan without plan.” The jury of the Marina van Damme Prize is confident and expects that the MBA will provide Leah a solid toolbox supporting her in her next career step.

Jetty van Ginkel finished her master Molecular Cellular and Tissue Engineering at the TU Twente in 2010, she continued with research for her PhD in Bionanoscience at TU Delft. Jetty is working now at the Erasmus MC as Business Development Manager. In her pitch she talked about the challenges between research and market capitalisation. Scientists often do not know how to market products. Jetty would like to assist these scientists to help promising product ideas and research results a step further towards realization. To do this, she will follow a 3 year training to become a technical transmission officer and get the RTTP status. RTTP stands for Registered Technology Transfer Professional. The Marina van Damme Grant will contribute to this training. Because both of her parents work in health care, Jetty would like to bridge the gap between the academic world, corporations and citizens by focussing on the medical field. The jury of the Marina van Damme Grant is pleased to support Jetty with this program and praises her commitment and devotion to making her ambition come true.

KIVI honorary member for Marina van Damme

On behalf of the Executive Board of KIVI, Jolienne Brouwer presented Dr. Ir. Marina van Damme with the KIVI- honorary membership directly following the award ceremony. KIVI rewards the honorary membership to persons who have made an exceptional contribution to technology in the Netherlands. Marina van Damme was surprised and very pleased with this special recognition. Read more in the Delta.