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. I love to dive into a topic to get most out of it.

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!

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 on 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. Scary? Yes! But it was also amazing.

Doctor Tonke expanded quickly with tailored workshops, giving PhD Bootcamps, a role as quality advisor research, and being a moderator at conferences. My clients are for example Delft, Maastricht University,  University of Twente and Bursar Society. 

You don’t have to be dusty, nerdy and geeky as a scientist


I love change, action and challenges. I have passion for travelling, languages and cultures. In 2012, I cycled from Northern Argentina through Chile to the most Southern city in the world: Ushuaia. Almost 4000 km. Step by step.

In 2018, I bought a typical Andalusian townhouse. I renovated it and named it La Casita Cactus. A wonderful place. The next project is on its way, to make more people enjoy all the perks of Spain.

When you don’t give up, you will get anywhere.


I am always on the move and have many ideas. The good thing is that I turn them into realistic plans and execute them.

I am preparing writing weeks for scientists in Spain. It is going to be fantastic! What about writing full-focus on your paper, grant or thesis? I can’t wait!

Enthousiastic, pragmatic and decisive

Tonke in years

PhD at TU Delft, award for best presentation, several publications
Renovating La Casita Cactus in Spain
Started with Doctor Tonke
4 big clients, happy PhD candidates, ambitions