The VSV ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ cannot exist without her active members. They are the beating heart of the association, consisting of approximately 200 students who work days and sometimes nights to organize activities for the almost 2500 members. Some of these active members put in so much effort, mean so much for the association, that we distinguish these by designating them as members of merit.
Jasper ten Bloemendal
Jasper ten Bloemendal started in a smart vest when he joined the Year Book Committee in 2013. During his first year, he got to know the VSV and all its deepest secrets while compiling the book 'Ignition'. All those evenings of writing were fun, but he clearly needed something new to spark his interests. Thank goodness the so called 'beunavonden' luckily didn't scare him away from our beloved association, as he then went on to be part of the Design Battle Competition committee in 2014. During this 14th lustrum year, Jasper and his team hosted the epic DeBaCo edition 'Met een Zugt door de Lucht'. In 2015, he decided to take on a more serious role in the Space Department. Here, his function was to organise and coordinate the lectures for the space enthusiasts at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering. After three successful years of being an active member, he decided to go global and performed the role of determining which countries would be visited during the study trip in 2017. This study trip was formally addressed as a 'continental trip', but he scaled things up and ventured all the way out to the United Arab Emirates to explore the leading aerospace companies that this country had to offer. To break up his serious weeks of studying and 'study touring', he also helped out in the CieCie as Commissioner of Logistics and organised an Active Members' Weekend for everyone to attend. Having showed his capable skills, he joined the Airshow Committee in 2017. During all above, he certainly had fun, learned a lot and even managed to literally knock our socks off when presenting an epic idea to design exclusive aerospace feet gadgets! In 2018, he went on to organise next year's 15th lustrum ‘Endeavour’. Together with the PreLuCie, he again showed off his creative talent by successfully preparing the VSV for yet another amazing lustrum year. The cherry on top is his role in the CubeCie, taking part in the Educational Team that is preparing the VSV Cubesat's educational programme in the Netherlands. Jasper never said no to taking on new tasks, never went by 'just okay' or 'good enough', and most importantly, never forgot to smile, and that's why he is Member of Merit of the VSV ‘Leonardo da Vinci’.
Despite all the VSV’s parties and social events that Lukas Müller enjoys attending, he immediately dove into the more serious and demanding committees as a young aerospace engineering student. In the B2 committee, he ensured that the quality of education was continuously assessed and raised to a higher level. Soon after that, he took on the challenge of becoming Chairman of the Script Committee. Our website, the one that the VSV knows today, would simply not exist if it hadn’t been for his hard work and contribution. But his ScriptCie career does not end here. Up until this day, he is actively engaged in the online development and he is now working on a new VSV website and house style together with his fellow ScriptCie colleagues, for which the society is very thankful. Furthermore, he has taken part in the M1 evaluation committee for FPP, along with the function of Logistics in the Studytour committee. Organising an amazing trip to France, Italy and Dubai, he proved his passion for Aerospace Engineering and visited some of the most leading companies within the industry. Now, he is in charge of the faculty communication and promotional affairs within Master Department ‘Apollo’ and continues to amaze us with his dedication and warm heart for the VSV ‘Leonardo da Vinci’. We are proud to have him as one of our members of merit and we would like to thank him for his commitment and hard work online behind the scenes.
For Floris, it all started in an orange suit in the Freshmen Weekend Committee. As treasurer he made sure the budget was kept in check. This Freshmen weekend was a great success and quite some people can relate to this weekend as the start of their student time, even for the person writing this. After that Floris began his journey. With the aviation department Floris invested a lot of time to organise the symposium themed: “journey of a lifetime”. With a lot of interesting and exclusive speakers this was a big success. The journey continued on an Amazona’s trip. In Brazil and Chile Floris took a nosedive into the aerospace industry and gave thirty students an opportunity to connect with the industry. The experience gained during such a trip is priceless, since people’s knowledge and career choices are influenced in a positive manner. Besides these awesome committees Floris has invested his time in improving the level of education here on the faculty. As part of the B1, B2 and M1 he has given teachers useful feedback to improve their courses. It’s safe to say that Floris has covered all three pillars of the VSV ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ : Education, Social and Career.
Sébastien started out designing the previous edition of the Lustrumyearbook five years ago. Hereafter, he wanted to spend more time in his favorite place on Earth: ‘de Atmosfeer’! And so, he became the treasurer of the management and lived his life in the best bar for a whole year. Sébastien then went on to lead the Space Department and devoted his time to setting up the Scheveningen Airshow. Unfortunately, this could not go through as planned, but Sébas and the team had done a tremendous effort in trying to make it work. This perseverance has stayed with Sébas because he joined many more committees like B3 and ScriptCie, and the cherry on top of it all: organizing the 15th Lustrum ‘Endeavor’ with the LuCie!
Ralph van Sunten
The past Lustrum, Ralph was one of the guys always wearing the green Lustrum suit, talking about the Lustrum and enthusing all members with the amazing plans of the LuCie. Ralph chaired the Lustrum Committee, leading a great team that made the best out of the situation and he can be proud of what they achieved during the Lustrum month. The fanatic and professional mindset of Ralph has shown not only in the past year but throughout his whole career with the VSV. He organized an MDE with the Aviation Department and also chaired the Master Department Apollo. Besides that, Ralph is always prepared to give a helping hand to committees and members that need it, and he volunteered at tons of events. His presence is always appreciated and enjoyed!
Arjan is the one person present everywhere, whether it is at events, in ‘de Atmosfeer’, or in the committee room. Arjan’s enthusiasm cannot be beaten, and he is always telling great stories and enthusing others about the VSV and space. Arjan started his VSV-career in the ScriptCie, which he never left. He joined the TapCie, organized the Symposium with the Space Department, and became manager of our bar! This year, Arjan was involved with organizing and promoting the 15th Lustrum and he also joined the CieCie, organizing a wicked weekend for many active members! Arjan has helped out whenever possible and always showed his warm heart and support towards the VSV and its members. This is much appreciated and is why he deserves the title of Member of Merit!
María Seoane Álvarez
Being part of eight committees, María has done a lot for the VSV. Organizing many different events, ranging from Airbase to the Revolutionary Aerospace Women’s event and from DeBaCo to serious activities with MD Apollo. Not to forget her time and effort spent in the CieCie, FiFoCo and TapCie, and last year in the MediaCo. Besides devoting her energy to all that, María brought the change in the VSV and can be called a true pioneer within our society. Being both a girl and an international student in the VSV can be rather challenging, but María made it happen. She has paved the road for many more that joined and will join the VSV in the future by starting a change in our society and the mindset of the members. Her installment as Member of Merit is well deserved!
Graduated Members of Merit
Mats Dirkzwager - installed on 7 January 2019
Christel Prins - installed on 26 February 2018
Alper Kenger - installed on 15 May 2017
Ramon Duivenvoorden - installed on 15 December 2016
Matthew Corvers - installed on 15 March 2016
Vera Somers - installed on 31 May 2016
Coen Ravesteijn - installed on 15 December 2016
Elisabeth van der Sman - installed on 2 June 2015
Jasper Müller - installed on 9 December 2014
Charlotte Broek - installed on 3 June 2014
Sabine Soepnel - installed on 10 December 2013
Benjamin Broekhuizen - installed on 16 October 2013
Maarten Weehuizen - installed on 19 March 2013
Lisanne van Veen - installed on 5 June 2012