STORM has set itself ground-breaking goals and has been working on fulfilling them since September 2014. However talented and dedicated our team is, we are happy we do not have to face these challenges all alone. Our project has meanwhile gathered a growing number of supporters we are glad to call the STORM Community.
In the first place, there are our STORM Ambassadors: national and international public figures that have affinity with our project. This could be based on their ambition in sustainability, a passion for riding motorcycles, or just by the enthusiasm of our young engineers. Our ambassadors help STORM spread the world within their respective communities and networks, providing our project more credibility in general.
During his time as prime minister, Jan Peter Balkenende made an impact on the automotive sector. For his role as a driver and inspiration to the trade ministers of infrastructure and environment, he received the "Gouden RAI Wiel" in 2011.
Currently, Balkenende is Partner Corporate Responsibility at EY, working with great multinationals to improve their environment awareness.
Rick Nieman is mostly known for his time as RTL Nieuws anchorman, a role that he fulfilled from 1996 until April 2015. He also worked as a journalist for several other programs and channels, including CNN. Nowadays he is presenting WNL op Zondag, a talk show on every Sunday in which he discusses actualities.
Besides being a successful journalist, Nieman is an active and enthusiastic motorcyclist as well, which is one of the reasons why he chose to support STORM Eindhoven.
The STORM Panel consists of a variety of successful and experienced professionals from different backgrounds. The Panel functions as a sounding board to the team and offers council wherever asked from them.
Ionica Smeets is Prof.dr.ir. in
Science Communication at Leiden University, Dutch mathematician, science journalist, columnist and known for her frequent TV appearances. With a passion for brining science closer to the general public, she is more than willing to support STORM with their communication and PR activities.
Marjan is the founder/directress of Urgenda and is number one in the list of most influential Dutch people in the field of sustainability. Many see her as an ambassador of sustainability in the Netherlands and by becoming independent of grants for her business, she has shown that it is possible to earn well with sustainability.
Rob Beijleveld is CEO (& owner) ICT Media and a.o. initiator behind foundations CharITy, CIO Academy, CIO OTY Association, knowledge institute De Villa and networkclub Double2Dutch. Furthermore he is publisher and organizer of several activities such as the annual CIODAY and the annual Innovation Awards (Timmies).
Steef Blok is the owner and director of the TU/e Innovationlab and the WLB-group. Before this, he fulfilled numerous positions at the Erasmus University among which director of the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of the Erasmus Medical Center. Furthermore he was active as the director of the TTO of the VU and of the VU medical center.
Alexander Steegh is the initiator behind Orphiro, the company that produced the first electric motorcycle in the Netherlands. He is a specialist in mobility and labour market, and has a passion for motorcycling.
Godfried Puts is Senior Advisor Electric Mobility at AutomotiveNL. He was one of the earliest supporters of electric mobility and has apart from his position as connector at Automotive NL also a role as project manager at ENEVATE, an advanced rechargeable energy storage company. Currently, Godfried works on a new revolutionary 3D rotating combustion engine at the STAR Engines startup company.
Geert Verbong is Prof. dr. ir. at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His specialisms are Technology, Innovation & Society. Apart from his role as professor, he is a writer and he fulfils different positions for the province and the municipality.
Marloes Pomp is the founder of four successful companies: Digital Action, Apps BV, REWEAR & IedereenORlid. Apart from that, she has a very varied career. It can happen that she gives a fashion-interview in the morning for RTL Boulevard, whilst in the afternoon she coaches the coordinator of the National Digital Authority.
STORM Eindhoven consists of 23 passionate students who voluntarily dedicate two years of their work to STORM in order to achieve our shared goal of creating the world's first electric touring motorcycle. Nearly every discipline the Eindhoven University of Technology offers is represented in our team. Each knowledge domain has its own part to play in the process of achieving our team goal.
In addition to having experts from each relevant discipline, dedication and ambition are very important to successfully complete our project. It is therefore no surprise that the majority of STORM Eindhoven has already proven itself by entering projects, the Honours Horizon program, or organizing committees. Altogether, we are confident that this group of talented engineers of the future will create the electric motorcycle we have all been waiting for.
These guys monitor the process and structure within the team: from determining the general direction of STORM to streamlining the financial challenges that we face.
Our engineers design, develop and build our motorcycles. With backgrounds in mechanical, electrical and software engineering, they together have the qualities to realize our dream machine.
Going around the world in 80 days, while generating a lot of attention, comes with a great number of logistic challenges. Our strategy team ensures that we and our motorcycles stay energized.
The PR team works on promoting the STORM Eindhoven brand and building partnerships. Their main challenges consist of fundraising, content management and events.