Roy Roesthuis on working for VIRO

Mechatronic System Engineer at VIRO

‘If you are interested in mechatronics, Twente is the place to be,’ according to Roy Roesthuis. A Twente local, born and bred, he could have studied at a number of Dutch universities, and still chose the University of Twente. For over a year, he has been working as a mechatronic system engineer at VIRO’s Hengelo branch. ‘Mechatronics and automation are becoming more prevalent in our region, as well as within our company. With the Smart Industry growing all over the world, there is significant demand to incorporate more automation within projects. Many companies now realise that they must innovate in order to keep up. Together with the client, we look at how we can use software, system management, and system control in their daily activities.’

From research to application
After completing a Bachelor’s in Electrical engineering and a Master’s degree in Mechatronics, Roy was asked to do a PhD.

‘For my dissertation, I studied the application of medical robotics. I investigated needle guidance, which could potentially be used to perform a biopsy to test for cancer. When I was researching my dissertation, I went to the most beautiful places on earth and learned a lot, yet the emphasis was on publishing papers and I missed applying the knowledge. I found that all that and more at VIRO.’

Initially, I was rather anxious about moving from the world of research to business, but I found that it suits me very well!

A software tool for Technobis
‘One of my assignments for VIRO was developing a software tool for Technobis. Technobis develops systems that use sensors in optical fibres to determine the distortion of an object. There is a range of applications such as aeroplane wings for the aerospace industry, crash test dummies for the automotive industry, or catheters and needles for the medical industry. I became familiar with Technobis’ systems and technology during my studies. They approached VIRO to develop a software tool that can determine how placing the sensors in the fibres could influence the accuracy of the calculated distortion. For this project, I developed the software and together with Technobis, developed the algorithms to calculate the distortion. I enjoyed working on this project because I could use my experience of developing algorithms while developing an application for a client.’

Opportunities are presented to you, if you take them
‘The working atmosphere at VIRO is very pleasant; we work hard and together form one big family. Most of my colleagues are from Twente or the Achterhoek (a region in the eastern part of the Netherlands). I don’t know if there is such a thing as a “Twente working mentality”, but we listen to one another and work well together. Nobody has a big ego here or tries to show off. I hope that my career at VIRO is building towards working as a project leader or a systems architect. I liked my experience as a project leader here, as did my supervisor and the client. That’s the great thing about VIRO, opportunities are presented to you, if you take them.’