Every two weeks, we will post a blog about one of the Qlayers team members. This time, it's all about Derek.
24-year-old Derek Risseeuw loves to talk about aerodynamics. Whether it is about eddies, vortices or simulation programs, Derek knows it all. That’s why, when he first met co-founder Amber, they spent over an hour discussing the drag reducing mechanisms of Qlayers' sharkskin. Time well spent, because since March 2018 we can call Derek our Aerodynamics Engineer.
At this moment, Derek is simulating the behaviour of paint particles in a flow to make sure that no particles will escape the protected environment of the Slash100. In the future, he will also help with what inspired him in the first place; determining the optimal microstructure for aerodynamic efficiency.
Only one of the many interesting things Derek has done before joining the company is his work for the Formula Delft team in 2015. Here he helped designing the aerodynamics of that years universities small formula 1 car. He and his team travelled to the Silverstone circuit (GB), the Hockenheimring (DE) and the Red Bull Ring (AT) to see their car race against other others from universities all around the world!
Next to his work at Qlayers, Derek is also writing his thesis on simulations of fluid structure interaction aimed towards flexible flapping wings. Conveniently enough his research and the work for Qlayers have a lot of overlap, which means he is in a constant learning process and many things he does has both value for the company and his own research. When Derek is not busy solving complex aerodynamic problems he loves to play rugby or to go to the gym.