Pieter Westerik was born in Ngqeleni, South Africa on August 26th 1988. He received his BSc in Advanced Technology at the University of Twente with a study on nonlinear effects in electrostatically driven MEMS cantilevers in 2011. In 2014 he received a MSc in Electrical Engineering at the same university with a thesis in which he designed, fabricated and tested bio-inspired tympanal ears. As of March 2014 he started as a PhD student at the MCS group at the University of Twente. He is researching a micropillar based solar energy to hydrogen conversion device, with an emphasis on the technological challenges of the envisioned device.