Hello out there to all of our sponsors and community. I am Jeroen Aaftink the Team Manager of HAN Formula Student Team for the 2018/2019 project year. I would like to first tell you a little bit about myself.  I am in my third year of study at HAN Automotive and I have always been passionate about the field of automotive ever since I was young. Michael Schumacher was a childhood hero of mine and his competitive spirit and model of excellence is something that still inspires me to attain the best results- both in my personal and professional life.

In my second year of bachelor’s study, I was a project member of HAN’s Shell Eco Marathon team. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging experience and I enjoyed the team environment, working with students to build our own vehicle within the time and budget constraints.

Now it is 2018 and I am the team manager for the HFS04 project. The Formula Student team is another vital part of the HAN University identity and in terms of complexity and skill it is a much more demanding project than standard university projects. That being said, I believe it is a unique way to connect the theory we learn in school and apply it in real life contexts. Our student team will learn to design and produce parts whilst encountering problems that they can expect to encounter in their careers later on. Producibility, cost and revenue structures and strict deadlines; these are vital considerations for any project of this sort.

The main goal of these projects is to learn as much as possible, and as a team we will all be focused on that. As for the car itself, we want to take a huge step forward from previous years by doing as much testing as possible to refine our initial concepts. If we achieve this while communicating effectively and relentlessly pursuing our targets at each phase of the project, I will call it a successful project year.

From what I have seen in the team room across all departments so far, I can tell that we are a very motivated team and the team-spirit being displayed has really impressed me. These observations to me, really exemplify what HFS represents. We are living the dream that others are pursuing. Our preparation for being the engineers of tomorrow starts today. I can’t wait to see what we achieve!