Eline van der Kruk was born on the 14th of February in 1989 in Albrandswaard, the Netherlands. In 2007 she finished her high school degree with distinction, where she excelled in maths and physics. During her high school career she followed theatre school in her free time. This made her perform in three musicals and a play before the end of high school.

Summer 2007 she started a Bachelor in Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. Still hooked on mathematics and physics Eline took additional courses at the faculty for Mechanical Engineering. During her bachelor, in 2009, she took off to Sydney Australia for a minor in Design, where she took up photography. In 2011 she finished her Bachelor Degree with a bachelor thesis named ‘Design for an occlusion free ear-plug’ which was highly rated by the faculty and received the UfD-Imtech Bachelor Award. Her thesis was described as “an exceptional final bachelor’s research paper, which met the requirements of technical innovation, practical applicability, collaboration between disciplines, social relevance and daring.”

With the additional courses in mechanical engineering, Eline was accepted for the master Biomechanical Engineering at the TU Delft in 2011. Here she started specializing in sports engineering, first with an internship at the school of Sports and exercise sciences at the University of Birmingham, England. In 2013 she graduated as the ‘first sports engineer of the Netherlands ’with distinction. The name of her master thesis was ‘Modelling and Measuring three-dimensional movements of a speed skater.’ In this same year Eline started her PhD research on ‘providing real-time feedback for an improved skating performance’. One of the big accomplishments so far in the project was the set-up and coordination of a huge experiment in the indoor ice rink of Thialf. During overnight measurements (taking up four days), she measured the full-body kinetics of the Dutch elite speed skaters. It took another 15 people (out of three countries) to help her out during the measurements in order to capture all the data. Next to her time spend on her research, she can still be found in the theatres now and then, in the theatre show ‘the Science Battle’.