Dr. Marit Van Dijk -  BioMechanical Engineering - Young Scientist Award

Delft University of Technology - Netherlands

Professional Profiles


Early Academic Pursuits

Marit's academic journey commenced at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she pursued a Bachelor's degree in Human Movement Sciences from September 2012 to July 2016. During her undergraduate years, she delved into the intricacies of biomechanics, laying the groundwork for her future endeavors in the field.

Subsequently, Marit embarked on a dual Master's program, acquiring expertise in two distinct yet complementary domains. From January 2017 to November 2020, she pursued a Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence, specializing in Socially Aware Computing, while simultaneously completing a Master's degree in Human Movement Sciences focused on biomechanics and research.

Professional Endeavors

Marit's professional journey is characterized by diverse experiences that have honed her skills and expertise in BioMechanical Engineering. Her tenure as an Embedded Scientist in Biomechanics at InnoSportLab de Tongelreep/KNZB, Eindhoven, from August 2016 to March 2019, involved conducting applied scientific research and analysis, alongside providing assistive coaching to the Dutch national swimming team.

Following her passion for innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, Marit embarked on a Ph.D. journey at Delft University of Technology in January 2020. As a Ph.D. researcher in BioMechanical Engineering, she focused on developing an inertial sensor-based method to measure mechanical power output in wheelchair sports, with the aim of enhancing the understanding of energy expenditure in wheelchair users.

Contributions and Research Focus On BioMechanical Engineering

Marit's research endeavors have centered on advancing the application of wearable sensors in wheelchair sports practice. Her dissertation, titled 'Power in wheelchair propulsion - Advancing the use of wearable sensors for wheelchair sports practice,' is a testament to her commitment to driving innovation in the field.

Furthermore, Marit's patent for a method to measure the propulsive power applied to a wheelchair push-rim by a user underscores her innovative contributions to BioMechanical Engineering. Her development of the RHIDE system, a capacitive sleeve integrated with sensors for wheelchair push-rims, exemplifies her dedication to enhancing biomechanical measurements in wheelchair sports.

Accolades and Recognition In BioMechanical Engineering

Marit's exemplary contributions to BioMechanical Engineering have been recognized through various accolades and awards. She was the recipient of the AISS Master Thesis Award in 2019 from the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Sciences, acknowledging her outstanding research in the field. Additionally, Marit's inclusion as a finalist for the ISBS New Investigator Award in 2021 further underscores her significant impact on the discipline.

Impact and Influence

Marit's research and innovations have had a profound impact on the understanding and practice of wheelchair sports biomechanics. By developing novel methodologies and technologies, she has paved the way for enhanced performance monitoring and coaching strategies in wheelchair sports, ultimately improving the overall experience and well-being of wheelchair users.

Legacy and Future Contributions For BioMechanical Engineering

As Marit continues her journey in BioMechanical Engineering, her legacy is poised to endure through her ongoing research, mentorship, and advocacy for innovation. With a steadfast commitment to driving positive change in the field, she remains at the forefront of BioMechanical Engineering, inspiring future generations of researchers and practitioners to push the boundaries of knowledge and innovation.

Marit van Dijk's unwavering dedication, interdisciplinary approach, and innovative spirit exemplify the transformative potential of BioMechanical Engineering in enhancing human performance and well-being. As she continues to chart new frontiers in the field, her contributions will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy, shaping the future of BioMechanical Engineering for years to come.

Notable Publications

Trunk motion influences mechanical power estimates during wheelchair propulsion 2024

Real-Life Wheelchair Mobility Metrics from IMUs 2023

Obtaining wheelchair kinematics with one sensor only? The trade-off between number of inertial sensors and accuracy for measuring wheelchair mobility performance in sports 2022

Dr. Marit Van Dijk –  BioMechanical Engineering – Young Scientist Award

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