Linda Vermeulen is the Chief Human Power of Human Power Team 9. This year’s Drivetrain Engineer is Rick Wasserman. This ‘Meet the team’ they will both introduce themselves and tell more about their expectations of their year of being part of the Human Power Team!
Why did you decide to join the Human Power Team?
Linda: Emma, one of the coaches, is a close friend of mine and she was already part of the new team. She was the one who came up with the idea of me applying as well. I did not know what to do after my Master Human Movement Sciences because I would not have any practical experience yet. This was the solution!
Rick: One of the things I like in Delft are the Dreamteams.
Linda: Were you one of those students that came to Delft especially for the Dreamteams?
Rick: Not especially, but I thought it would be nice to be part of a team. So I checked out several teams but the Human Power Team was the best, of course! I really liked the atmosphere and the fact that the team is small. In a large team the chances are higher that you only know a small part of the team and right now you really get to know your teammates.
What were your expectations at the start of this year?
Rick: Of course I thought I would be building a bike! But without kidding, I thought it would be a tough year and that it would take up a lot of my time but that I would also really like it.
Linda: I thought it would take a lot of time. Which is indeed true but I like it more than I thought I would!
Rick: I agree! It is indeed tough and takes a lot of time but it is okay because I like what I’m doing. Because of our goal we have something to work towards!
Linda: I did not expect to learn many new things but I did! I learned to take the lead which is important to do sometimes as Chief Human Power. It was not my intention to learn this but I’m glad that I’m doing so.
Rick: I have learned to produce and to work with several machines. I had hoped to do things instead of just learn the theory.
What is so far the highlight of this year?
Rick: The moment that all parts were combined and the drivetrain worked! The highlight of this was seeing that my designed concept really worked. You can only see if it works after it is made and when everything is assembled.
Linda: My highlight was giving a presentation to a group of Human Movement scientists. They were extremely enthusiastic. After a bit of time you don’t realise anymore how awesome it is that you’re involved in this project and to hear this from experts makes you realise this again!
Are we going to break the world record?
Linda: I think so too but I realise now that it is going to be more difficult than I had imagined at first because all aspects have to be optimal at that time!
Rick: I learned that a lot comes down to circumstances like the weather and it is too bad but we cannot do anything about that. But if it comes down to the bicycle and the athlete we will break it!
Linda: We cannot do anything more than that!