About Us

We are 15 young, ambitious and talented engineers with strong ideals for a greener world.

Most of us are TU Delft alumni with a background in Aerospace Engineering, Control Systems, Mechatronics, Computer Science and Structures. Approximately half of our team joined the TU Delft Solar Boat Team during their studies.

In this team we experienced the advantages of hydrofoils and electric powertrains to achieve fast and green sailing. In 2017, we won an award from the International Hydrofoil Society and in 2018 one of the co-founders became Dutch Maritime Designer of the Year.

Since then, it has become clear that our focus on sustainable, high-tech maritime solutions is being followed with great enthusiasm from the industry.

Our professional team is applying its expertise in hydrofoils, electric drives and data processing on a daily basis.

Learn more about our team members below!

Gijsbert Van Marrewijk

CO-FOUNDER

Gijsbert Van Marrewijk

CO-FOUNDER

Gijsbert Van Marrewijk,Msc,has graduated cum laude in Space Systems Engineering at Delft University of Technology.

Back in 2013, he worked at the TU Delft Solar Boat Team as Chief Hydrofoil Dynamics.

With hydrofoil systems engineering, Gijsbert has won multiple awards. At Flying Fish, he works on electric drives, hydrofoil simulation and company finances.

Johan Schonebaum

CO-FOUNDER

Johan Schonebaum

CO-FOUNDER

Johan Schonebaum, MSc, has graduated in high tech engineering at TU Delft.

He worked on the TU Delft Solar Boat as hydrofoil engineer. With novel experiments on hydrofoil dynamics, Johan completed his honors program.

For Flying Fish, Johan creates strong strategic partnerships as a business developer and engineer.

Gerben Schonebaum

CO-FOUNDER

Gerben Schonebaum

CO-FOUNDER

Gerben Schonebaum, MSc, was Chief Engineer at TU Delft Solar Boat Team 2014.

Two years later, Gerben graduated cum laude in Control & Simulation at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering of TU Delft and worked at high tech company ASML.

At Flying Fish, Gerben leads the digitalization department that created the [DyNaMo] system.

Jaime Junell

ENGINEER

Jaime Junell

ENGINEER

Jaime Junell, PhD, was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

Jaime finished her Ph.D. in machine learning for autonomous drones at TU Delft.

During her Ph.D. years, she was on 41 parabolic flights! Now Jaime works as engineer and system developer for electric ship propulsion, or E-drives.

Levien Bareman

ENGINEER

Levien Bareman

ENGINEER

Levien is a sportive and happy engineer who has completed his Bsc. in Mechatronics after his graduation project at Flying Fish. During this project, he designed and built a test setup for hydrofoil height control that allows the simulation of water and boat motion by moving two platforms along a rail. Currently, Levien is working as engineer for zero-emission ships.

With Levien in the team, there is always a good story to hear. He likes cooking with friends and going on cycling holidays.

Tim Visser

ENGINEER

Tim Visser

ENGINEER

Tim Visser, PhD, gets a smile on his face from working in the field of data analysis and physics modeling.

Tim has finished his Ph.D. thesis at the Department of Space Engineering at TU Delft.

He is now contributing to Flying Fish digitalization projects with expert skills in R&D, programming, and data analysis.

Olivier Prakken

CO-FOUNDER

Olivier Prakken

CO-FOUNDER

Olivier Prakken, MSc,is an experienced entrepreneur.

He helps Flying Fish to build a winning organization.

He focuses on overall strategy, team performance, and commercial partnerships. He lives in Driebergen together with his wife and four children.

Gijs Bruining

ENGINEER

Gijs Bruining

ENGINEER

Gijs Bruining, MSc,has a keen interest in mechatronics, software development, and 3D printing.

Gijs was Chief Electronics at the TU Delft Solar Boat Team 2014 and studied Mechatronics.

First he worked at a high-tech machine manufacturer and now he is a versatile engineer and developer at Flying Fish!"

Chiel Bruin

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Chiel Bruin

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Chiel Bruin, MSc, is not only a board-game playing champion but also a creative software developer.

His problem-solving capabilities were best demonstrated in the virtual Flying Fish escape room, in which no puzzle was hard for him.

Chiel is developing the Watertaxi App and underlying software framework.

Mohammad Bidgoli

SOFWTARE DEVELOPER

Mohammad Bidgoli

SOFWTARE DEVELOPER

Mohammad Bidgoli, MSc, has worked on his PhD in mathematics in Tehran.

He came all the way from Iran to help Flying Fish develop smart software for Water Taxi operations.

Mo loves discovering the most unknown corners of the Netherlands and often surprises the locals with his knowledge about places that nobody knows.

Rijk van Wijk

ENGINEER

Rijk van Wijk

ENGINEER

Rijk van Wijk, Bsc, has years of experience in electrical engineering and computer science.

Thanks to Rijk, the Solar Boat Team has a robust system for live data visualization.

Rijk has seen the potential of live data insights to maximize operational efficiency and is working at Flying Fish to create the same possibilities for the maritime sector.

Casper Vertregt

ENGINEER

Casper Vertregt

ENGINEER

Casper Vertregt, Bsc, improved the hydrofoil design and control system of the TU Delft Solar Boat.

He completed his MSc in Control & Simulation at Aerospace Engineering. At Flying Fish, Casper co-developed the Hydrofoil Education and Research platform.

He's very sportive too: he cycled from Delft to Paris in just one day!

Thore Roepman

ENGINEER

Thore Roepman

ENGINEER

Thore Roepman, Msc, was not only one of the race pilots of the TU Delft Solar Boat Team, but he also developed an efficient powertrain, a data-logging device, and a 3D flight simulation interface!

He is a very versatile engineer, programmer and designer.

Thore has completed an MSc. in Aerospace Structures & Materials and works on the back-end of our Watertaxi Operations System.

Martijn Gribnau

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Martijn Gribnau

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

Martijn Gribnau, Bsc, knows all about programming efficient and robust software architectures and digital interfaces.

With his experience, the Flying Fish team software developments are speeding up every day.

Martijn likes to do photography.

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