Prizes and Awards

  • iSMIT 2021/2022 – Young Investigator Award
    Jette Bloemberg for her abstract: Bloemberg J., Sakes A., Breedveld P. (2022). A Wasp-Inspired, Self-Propelling Steerable Needle for MRI-guided procedures. 33rd Conference of International Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (iSMIT), May 30-31, Oslo, Norway, 2 p.
  • iSMIT 2021/2022 – Best Poster Award
    Esther de Kater for her poster: De Kater E., Sakes A., Breedveld P. (2022). Flexible Wasp Inspired Tissue Transport Mechanism. 33rd Conference of International Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (iSMIT), May 30-31, Oslo, Norway, 2 p.
  • Delft Bioengineering Institute Best MSc Graduate Award 2021
    Jette Bloemberg for her MSc-thesis “MRI-ready actuation system for a self-propelling needle”, third prize.
  • “Precisiebeurs” Young Talent Award 2021
    Jette Bloemberg for her pitch about her MSc-thesis “MRI-ready actuation system for a self-propelling needle”.
  • Best Lecturer Award 2021
    Paul Breedveld. Best lecturer of 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering Bachelor at TU Delft, awarded by the student association “Gezelschap Leeghwater”.
  • Philips Graduation Award Technology for Healthcare 2021
    Vera Kortman for her MSc-thesis “A suction-based tissue gripper for minimal invasive surgery – an explorative design study”. 
  • Young Medical Delta Thesis Award 2021
    Jette Bloemberg, audience award for her MSc-thesis: MRI-ready actuation system for a self-propelling needle. 
  • IMechE Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal 2020
    Best original paper published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the year 2020. Ali A., Sakes A., Arkenbout E.A., Henselmans P.,  Starkenburg R. van, Szili-Torok T., Breedveld P. (2019). Catheter steering in interventional cardiology: mechanical analysis and novel solution. Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng. Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 12 p.
  • Best Lecturer Award 2019
    Paul Breedveld. Best lecturer of 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering Bachelor at TU Delft, awarded by the student association “Gezelschap Leeghwater”.
  • Einthoven Dissertation Prize 2019
    Aimée Sakes, first prize for best dissertation in the field of cardiology in the Netherlands, awarded by the Netherlands Heart Institute and the Dutch Society for Cardiology.
  • DEWIS Best Female Cum Laude PhD at TUDelft
    Aimée Sakes, first prize
  • SMIT 2018 -Young Investigator Travel Award
    Costanza Culmone, Gerwin Smit and Paul Breedveld. Classification of Additive Manufactured Medical Instruments for Diagnostic and Surgery.
  • SMIT 2018 – Best Presentation Award
    Aimée Sakes, Paul Breedveld and Jo Spronck. Development of the Wave catheter for puncture of chronic total occlusions.
  • SMIT 2018 – Best Presentation Award
    Marta Scali, Dimitra Dodou and Paul Breedveld. Bio-inspired self-propelling needle.
  • Aspasia Award 2018
    Aimée Sakes. The Aspasia award is awarded to talented female researchers to promote their careers towards professorship.
  • Best Lecturer Award 2018
    Paul Breedveld. Best lecturer of 3rd year Mechanical Engineering Bachelor at TU Delft, awarded by the student association “Gezelschap Leeghwater”.
  • PhD-degree awarded Cum Laude (2018)
    Aimée Sakes, for her PhD-thesis: High-impact technologies for endovascular treatment of chonic total occlusions.
  • SMIT Conference 2017 – Abstract Award
    Paulien Veldhoven, Marta Scali, Paul Henselmans, Dimitra Dodou & Paul Breedveld. Ultra-thin steerable needle: an experimental prototype. second prize.
  • CVET 2017 – Most Downloaded Article Award
    Aimée Sakes, Evelyn Regar, Jenny Dankelman & Paul Breedveld (2016). Crossing total occlusions: navigating towards recanalization. Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 102-117.
  • Medical Delta Young Talent – Scientist Award 2017
    Aimée Sakes, first prize.

  • Sciencebattle February 2015
    Paul Henselmans, first prize.
  • Wim van der Hoek Award 2015
    Aimee Sakes, nominated top three.
  • Sciencebattle 2014
    Paul Henselmans, first prize.
  • IMDI Talentprijs 2014
    Paul Henselmans, first prize.
  • DMD-EU Conference 2014 – Best Pitch Award
    Awaz Ali, first prize.
  • SMIT Conference 2014 – Young Investigator Award
    Awaz Ali, second prize.
  • MEC Congress 2014 – Best Paper Award
    Gerwin Smit, session ‘clinical outcomes’, first prize.
  • IMDI Talentprijs 2013
    Ewout Arkenbout, second prize.
  • BME Conference 2013 – Best Poster Award
    Gerwin Smit, first prize.
  • VICI Award 2011
    Paul Breedveld, personal research grant, Mechanical squid for brain stem surgery.
  • Summer School Biomedical Engineering 2010 – Best Design Award
    Awaz Ali, first prize.
  • SMIT Conference 2010 – Best Oral Presentation
    Paul Breedveld, first prize.
  • Delft Design & Engineering Award 2009
    Paul Breedveld, best design of TU Delft (I-Flex), second prize.
  • Delft Entrepreneurial Scientist Award TU Delft 2008
    Paul Breedveld, best entrepreneurial scientist of TU Delft, nomination.
  • Delft Entrepreneurial Scientist Award Faculty 3mE 2008
    Paul Breedveld, best entrepreneurial scientist of Faculty 3mE of TU Delft, second prize.
  • VENI Award 2008
    Dimitra Dodou, personal research grant, Plakkende tangen (sticky graspers).
  • Shell/Syntens LiveWIRE Young Business Award 2006
    Paul Breedveld & DEAM, most promising young company of the Netherlands, first prize.
  • Syntens “Gouden Kans” Award 2006
    Paul Breedveld & DEAM, most innovative entrepeneur of North Holland, first prize.
  • ASME Biennal Mechanisms & Robotics Conference 2004 – Best Conference Paper Award
    Paul Breedveld, first prize.
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & sciences (KNAW) 2004
    Paul Breedveld, personal research grant, Biologically inspired technology for surgical interventions in the intestines.
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & sciences (KNAW) 2002
    Paul Breedveld, personal research grant, Biologically inspired locomotion through the intestines.
  • EAES Congress 2001 – Technology Award
    Paul Breedveld & Shigeo Hirose, Best Technical Contribution, first prize.

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