"When I first agreed to join S[&]T for a maritime safety project, I had no idea where that opportunity would lead me. I took that first step into the team, then followed a transition into a satellite instrument calibration campaign, and since then a whole world of Earth Observation data has opened up to me."
Bouwe is a Performance and Simulation Engineer responsible for validaing two types of data packages currently being delivered by Sentinel 3 as part of Europe's Copernicus
Programme. He has a background in astronomy, and a double Masters degree. Bouwe first sent an open application because he had heard that we were a nice company to work with.
Bouwe was first brought into the S[&]T team to work on internal projects, and his first contributions were to a sensor fusion system S[&]T created to automatically detect and alert around man-overboard situations on large nautical vessels. He was then brought into KNMI's scientific validation team for TROPOMI's integration campaign that readied the spectrometer for integration into the Sentinel 5p satellite. Part way through the campaign, his skillset was needed in the Earth Observation directorate at the European Space Agency (ESA), with a bit of flexibility and maneuvering, Bouwe now works onsite in Noordwijk. He contributes to the Sentinel 3 satellite mission which launched in 2016,
and he managed the scientific outputs for two of the instruments during initial
Bouwe is very happy at ESA, and now works 4 days a week in order to have
more time with his young daughter, Bobby. A true Amsterdammer, Bouwe still lives in Amsterdam, and is happy that he chose S[&]T as the place to take on his first professional role, as he has been able to both grow, and balance a growing family!