We are getting ready to welcome new members for this year. For this, we would like to invite alumni and our company contacts to assess the pitches and assist in the interviewing process of the new candidates. Your presence will help new candidates make connections. And as a company, you will be in contact with excellent engineering students and have a chance to groom future engineers.

Marieke van Amelsvoort

Via this short writing, I would like to introduce myself as a PROUD member. 

My name is Marieke van Amelsvoort and I have been asked to join his PROUD team starting in September 2019. I work at Fontys Mechanical Engineering and next to teaching I am also an internship and graduation coordinator.  

I want to support this team of special students in giving them a unique and strong learning experience. Of course, it is also my goal to make PROUD more known within the whole engineering department so that the group will become a well oiled multidisciplinary group. 

Looking forward to being part of this team!

First meeting with possible new members!

On the 20th of May, we had an informal talk with the first-year students who are interested in PROUD. The goal of the evening was just having a talk with the possible new members to inform them some more about proud and help them to determine if PROUD is something that they would like to join.

Next to that was it a more informal meeting with all current members and have a talk about other things than PROUD stuff. We provided everyone with pizza and a nice drink. See photo’s below for an impression!

We also received our new polo’s from HighTech Talents! Thanks for that!

Montero Ruben

Bachelor course:Mechanical Engineering
Specialization: Mechanics
Semester: 4
Role in PROUD committee: Member

About myself:

When I was a child, I loved every time my grandparents were taking me to the train station to see all these big monsters rolling on the tracks. That passion grew up with me becoming passionate for engineering and led me to complete my studies and start my professional career as a commissioning engineer, where I worked for more than 7 years in all kinds of projects including international experience. At one point, I decided that I wanted to keep growing in my career and stepped aside from the professional world back to education for becoming a mechanical engineer. I came attracted by the potential of The Netherlands where I can combine quality education and opportunities to direct the next steps of my career towards exciting new fields.

In Eindhoven, I found a lively space where I am enjoying my free time. I love running (or rollerblading when the weather allows it) along the canals surrounded by nature, going to the city center and sitting in a comfortable terrace, or visiting the airport for spotting some planes! I also made good friendships with other students and enjoy making plans for playing some team sports or simply organizing barbecues. And of course, when I have the opportunity of getting some days off, my favorite hobbies: traveling and scuba diving, which I try to do over the summer breaks

About PROUD Programme: The program has a lot of potential to become a success with the mechanical engineers as it has been through the years for the Electrical engineers. It is really positive for the students to gain knowledge of the professional world while they still have to take care of their study responsibilities, making them more responsible and organized. The opportunity of experiencing the applications of the topics they learn in class is definitively a unique selling point of PROUD.

Mihail Marinov

Bachelor course: Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Specialization: Embedded systems, software
Semester: 4
Role in PROUD committee: Member

About myself: I am a Bulgarian who came to the Netherlands to study electrical engineering and see how life is abroad. I don’t know why but I have been interested in engineering since I was a child and that interest just persisted over the years. When it was time to decided what my further education was going to be, I took a somewhat spontaneous choice to pursuit electrical engineering. I am interested in a lot of things, but engineering seemed like a good choice to make a profession out of.
My hobbies are motorsports with four-wheel vehicles and photography. Unfortunately, motorsports are as easy to participate in compared to the popular ones like tennis or volleyball, so usually watching the cars and taking pictures of them is the way to combine both hobbies.

About PROUD Programme: The first year in Fontys went quite well and I had a lot of free time which I spent gaming. Therefore, it was a good idea to find a job, however, I found out about PROUD. Joining PROUD and working in the engineering field was going to be better for my development compared to delivering pizza with my bike in the rain.
Until now I had not worked anything, so I was anxious whether working is going to be unpleasant and stressful. Fortunately, I found a company with a pleasant working environment and assignment which I have fun doing.

Smets Arne

Bachelor course:Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Specialization: None
Semester: 4
Role in PROUD committee: Member

About myself: I am Arne and i’m 21 years old. I study Electrical Engineering because I liked technology in general and after some visits at Fontys I liked Electrical over the Mechanics. I’m currently still finding out what my specialization is and what I like to do the most. I do like coding and Embedded Systems, but also the Analog Practicum is something I like.

After school I am playing korbal quite a lot and I am currently captain of the first team of my club SDO Veldhoven. I also train the 3 youth teams ‘Under 16’ and coach the U16-1. This costs some time but I love the game that much. Besides this I am also member of the Youth Technical Commission and am referee at youth competitions.

About PROUD Programme: Before Fontys I did pre-university (VWO). After I doubled the fifth year I started to think again about my next study. Almost everybody went to University but I wanted to learn a bit more practical skills and thought the smaller classes would suit me better. As I decided to go to Fontys, I made a condition for myself: If it goes well in the first year, do something extra, because I knew I didn’t do the highest education as possible. That’s where PROUD started for me. I think PROUD is a great opportunity to develop myself and gain extra experience even before the internships.

Meijer Roy

Role in PROUD committee: Member Bachelor course:Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Specialization:Embedded Systems and Digital Design
Semester: 4
Role in PROUD committee: Vice-chairman

About myself: A few years ago, I got into obtaining the best audio/video signals out of my video game consoles. I bought some modification kits which improved the audio and video quality of some of my video game consoles, and I figured out that I want to be able to design comparable things myself. When I stated to look for a study, I found that I can learn those things at Electrical Engineering. 

At the time writing this article, I found the courses Digital Design and Embedded Systems suit my interests the best. I even got the ability to send in my own project idea, so at the third semester, me and six other students (two of whom are PROUD members) tried to recreate a Nintendo Entertainment System. I have learned a lot about generating and manipulating video signals during this project. 

After this study, I want to do a master in Embedded Systems so I can learn even more about my favorite subjects. 

About PROUD Programme: PROUD helps me to develop my soft skills and hard skills. When working at my PROUD company, I learn a lot of things which I don’t learn at Fontys. I can develop my soft skills because presenting is my weak point, and I can practice and improve this while doing things for the PROUD community. 

Lakzaei Ehsan

Bachelor course:Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Semester: 4
Role in PROUD committee: Chairman

About myself:

Did you know that every thing in this world can be modulated and be analysed like a control system that we see in our daily life? From A to Z!!! From analysing the behavior of the atoms to analysing a non linear system in machines to telecommunication analyses and even furthur to analysing the whole galaxy!!!! The more I go deeper to my field of study the more it becomes fascinating.
I’m Ehsan, 31 years old (let’s say, age is just a number! who cares… 😂) and I’m from Iran. I am a person who is positive about every aspect of life. There are many things I like to do, to see and to experiance. I do love biking, trips and the most important one : studying and teaching!
I always wanted to be a great teacher at a university and the chance of being one, was given to me about one and half year ago when I started studying at Fontys! So Thanks Fontys!

About PROUD Programme:

How many of you know the percentage of chances that a student gets a good offer for a job after graduation?

Let this idea sink in for a second and then imagine what it would be like if students would have more practical perspective in terms of their workplace and study environment. This represents the main goal of PROUD. Gaining experience in the field of study is certainly one of the most important aspects for all students and it is a great advantage when it comes to applying for a job.

But this is not the only goal of being a PROUD member! We, as PROUD members, learn how to improve our soft skills, how to share our gained knowledge from companies with other students.

At last, we are not just members, but a new PROUD’s constructors generation.

Eduard Cazacu

Bachelor course:Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Specialization: Embedded Systems and Digital Design
Semester: 4
Role in PROUD committee: Member

About myself: Ever since I first laid my hands on electronics, in the form of toys as a kid, I was intrigued. To my parents’ despair, I wanted to understand how they work. I was taking everything apart and switching wires, trying to reverse engineer. However, growing up I discovered programming and started perusing a career in computer science, studying 4 years of C++ and many other programming languages in my free time. I soon discovered that the output of my programs and algorithms were not “physical” enough for me. I wanted more. I wanted my code to interact with the real world. It didn’t take long after I got my first Arduino to realize that Electrical Engineering is the best choice for me. It was my passion and I could make it my day job.  By the end of my first year studying electrical engineering and its many specializations I’ve made my mind: I want to focus on Embedded Systems and Digital Design. 

My hobbies, when not tackling personal electronics projects, include photography and film. I love the entire process from scripting all the way to editing and special effects. But at heart, I am a true gear-head knowing the amazing engineering behind the cameras, both in our pockets and at Hollywood, which we take for granted. My hope is that one day I will manage to combine my profession and my hobbies and get to work on the gear used to capture the otherworldly stories and visuals from the movies.  

About PROUD Programme: Through the years I’ve found that real-life challenges and projects help me learn at a faster pace than anything else. I find practical experience extremely valuable as a way to motivate theoretical studying and deeper understanding. The PROUD programme provided me with head-start for my internship and with valuable practical experience, first-hand and from fellow members. 

Mihail Șotropa

Bachelor course:Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Specialization: Embedded and Power Electronics
Semester: 4
Role in PROUD committee: Member

About myself: I am a student from Republic of Moldova who has a very strong interest in the engineering world. I decided to study in Netherlands because it offers good opportunities for people with a passion. My strongest motivation is to make humans life easier. In this way people will save a lot of time which can be invested in others things.

About PROUD Programme: I joined PROUD because it offers possibility to work in a company and discover how companies work. Besides that it is a nice community with people who are very nice and smart.

First workshop for interested students

On Tuesday the 2nd of October we had a workshop from our new partner HighTechTalents.

The workshop was for the new 2nd year students that are interested in PROUD and want to participate in the intakes. To prepare the students for the intakes, the workshop covered points like; elevator pitch, cover letter, and CV. Now it is for the students themselves to complete their pitch, cover letter, and CV. So that during the intakes, they can show that they are ready and motivated to become a PROUD member.

This was the first event that we did with HighTechTalents, and they are interested in PROUD and we are happy to work with them in the next year.

Nikola Savov


Name: Nikola Savov

Bachelor course: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Semester: 4

About myself: Electronics have always been a passion for me. Before I started first grade, my grandfather showed me how to build a simple series circuit and I instantly fell in love. I have always pondered on how I can one day build electrical circuits and machines. Because of this I decided to go abroad and learn new things, while meeting new people. Even though, my previous studies were not connected to electronics in any way, I still managed to succeed and get very high grades, because when I get motivated I do it.

About PROUD: For me PROUD is a place where people who seek improvement can gather and work together. It is a way to constantly challenge each other to be better than before. This type of mentality is the driving force towards improvement and success, hence the main reason why I decided to be a part of the PROUD community. The main advantage of PROUD is its focus towards creating professionals. Not a lot of students have the opportunity to get a taste of working in a company. In PROUD students can get a feel for real life, which will prepare them for the road ahead.

Richard Fransen

Name: Richard Fransen

Bachelor course: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Semester: 4


About myself: Understanding the many systems, tools and machines that are around has always intrigued me. I like to learn how things operate and how we can make tools to better our environment, whether that be work or play. Having a hands-on background with Electrical systems as an Electrician, I am really enjoying getting to know more in depth how these systems operate especially from an Electrical/Electronic perspective.

About PROUD Programme: The community here with PROUD is a great way for me to further to challenge myself to be active within the study course. Helping to create a better and more positive environment for us students to be a part of. I also really like that the PROUD community is bridging the gap between students in their studies and professionals and companies within the workplace. Being able to get out into the workplace while studying is a huge advantage for me as a student, it will really help when I go out to find an internship or possible future jobs.

Georgiana Argeiti Valdes

Georgiana Argeiti Valdes

Bachelor course: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Semester: 4

About myself: I like the thrill and find myself constantly having to adapt to my environment, which makes it hard to describe myself. I am both Cuban and Greek so exploring culture is something that I have always loved. Having lived in a country were having access to technology is a privilege I was always drawn to it.

About PROUD program: PROUD program for me represents the opportunity to learn the social and academic skills that will be needed in the future. To experience what it is like to take part in a professional environment is an invaluable lesson that cannot be taught in a classroom. It provides the chance to explore our weaknesses and strengths that will let us know where it is that we belong.

Caio Bastos

Bachelor course: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Semester: 4
 Originally from Brazil, I am a committed hands-on international engineering student willing to do what it takes to achieve my goals and dreams. Since I have always being curious about how things around me work and attracted by manual work, I believe that electrical engineering suits my personality well.
From my study program, until now the areas that I have found most interesting are Embedded Systems, Analogue and Digital Design. Besides my studies, I am also very interest on sports, social interaction and traveling.

Kledis Koltraka

Bachelor Study: Mechatronics Engineering

Semester: 4

My strong technical points are in software and electrical engineering. In my previous projects besides software and electrical design I also found experiences such as leadership and entrepreneurship interesting and learned to adapt to new challenges. I am an analytical person, but my way of tackling a problem is by first understanding the whole picture. That’s one of the reasons why I chose the mechatronics department as it studies how sub-systems interact as one.

In the future I see myself working in a company that specializes in automation and control systems. The reason is that those are my strongest aspects and I believe that they will be key factors for modern industry 4.0 that Eindhoven is looking forward to.

Tanushree Roy


Bachelor course: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Semester: 3

I am a second year Electrical & Electronic Engineering student from India. Having received my propaedeutic certificate within a year, I am confident the effort I put into the first year paid off. I am hardworking and can perform well under pressure. Also, due to my curious nature, I am eager to learn.

Coming from an educational system that focuses mainly on theoretical knowledge, I do not have much practical experience. And now getting the chance to apply this knowledge in practical scenarios, is very intriguing to me. I want like to go more in depth towards the practical side of the study and working alongside my study lets me get a taste of the professional world.


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