So, you are an engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur?
Yes, I am! I am Tonke, I have a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands. Diving into a topic to get the most out of it is something I enjoy.
I love supervizing and motivating smart people. That’s exactly what I do with my business Doctor Tonke: offering academic support to scientists and young professionals, content- and process-wise! I help PhD students to become independent and confident researchers by offering academic support.
During my PhD, I supervized MSc & BSc students and interns. Moreover, I followed several courses, such as: “Education on Stage”, “Development of Teaching and Active Learning” and “Delivery of Teaching and Active Learning”. I was involved in teaching several MSc and BSc courses of TU Delft.
My research got published in several peer-reviewed journals. I presented my work at international conferences and got an award for best oral presentation.
About the start of Doctor Tonke
In 2019, during the full lockdown in Spain, I started my business Doctor Tonke with three Digital PhD Groups; support groups for junior scientists. Scary? Yes! But it was also amazing as it showed to me the real need for more academic support.
Doctor Tonke expanded quickly with hosting tailored workshops and Masterclasses, giving PhD Bootcamps on academic skills, and being a moderator at conferences. My clients are private individuals, but also bigger institutes, such as Delft University of Technology, Maastricht University, University of Twente, and Bursar Society. The very first online course for PhD researchers is up and running as we speak!