Meet our new stars

Meet our new stars

We welcome Michiel, We Shi, Ibrahim & Maartje to the team of Mediaan. A nice mix of a data scientist, 2 software developers and a digital design intern. Good luck guys and we are very happy to have you as part of our team! Read their story and get to know them.

Michiel Bienkens

My name is Michiel Bienkens, I’m turning 30 this year, and living in Eigenbilzen, a small town between Hasselt and Maastricht.

Michiel Bienkens

My name is Michiel Bienkens, I’m turning 30 this year, and living in Eigenbilzen, a small town between Hasselt and Maastricht.
I’m married to my wife, Cynthia, and we’re expecting our first child in the middle of July.

After a few weeks of getting to know everyone in Heerlen, I’m now working at the Corda campus in Hasselt. The Corda campus is the new hotspot for technology and innovation in Belgian Limburg. Also, it’s not that far from home or the office in Heerlen so that a really big plus.

During my past carrier, I have worked as a software developer for several projects. I started in the healthcare sector, designing and developing software for hospitals to improve patient care. My last project was creating a full back office application for a large parking vendor in Maastricht. I would never have thought that parking cars could have such complex business models. But that is exactly what I like as a software developer, just getting to know the business and help to improve it by writing code.

Lastly, my biggest hobby is playing table tennis. I’ve been playing it for more than 15 years now.

I’m always up for a game in the office in Heerlen!

Michiel Bienkens

My name is Michiel Bienkens, I’m turning 30 this year, and living in Eigenbilzen, a small town between Hasselt and Maastricht.

We Shi Yao

My name is We Shi Yao, currently 23 years old and living in Maastricht. I’m a 3rd-year HBO-ICT student with an IT development profile at Zuyd Hogeschool.

We Shi Yao

My name is We Shi Yao, currently 23 years old and living in Maastricht. I’m a 3rd-year HBO-ICT student with an IT development profile at Zuyd Hogeschool.

During my 3rd year internship for a company at the Brightlands campus in Heerlen, I learned a lot about web and mobile development. It has opened my eyes to see how much of a difference it can be between study and reality. It has sparked my interest, even more, to learn about software development in general.

The first time I came in contact with Mediaan, was during a meeting about AI chatbots hosted by Mediaan and Zuyd Hogeschool. Soon after this, I received the chance to be part of Mediaan as a part-time job student. It’s going to be a challenge while still being a student, but I’m always up for a challenge.

I’m looking forward to learn from those challenges and to learn new things from colleagues at Mediaan.

Ibrahim Loukili

I will introduce myself so that you will get to know me better. I’m Ibrahim Loukili, a Digital Designer, freelancer and student Interaction Designer at Luca School of Arts in Genk (BE). I am 22 years old and live in Maasmechelen (BE).

Ibrahim Loukili

I will introduce myself so that you will get to know me better. I’m Ibrahim Loukili, a Digital Designer, freelancer and student Interaction Designer at Luca School of Arts in Genk (BE). I am 22 years old and live in Maasmechelen (BE).

I’ve started today with my internship at Mediaan and I am very excited about the assignments that I have to carry out. As a well-rounded Interaction designer I make sure that systems, interfaces and graphics are human-friendly, emotive, aesthetically pleasing and usable. The ability to see the big picture as well as being a fast learner makes me capable of working in areas of all types.

During the following three months internship at Mediaan, I will work on different assignments. The positioning of Mediaan Hasselt, creating and/or updating the online content of Mediaan and working on the Augmented Reality Karting project are a few examples.

After school, I am usually working on my freelance work together with two other fellow students. As a hobby, I practice the sports Kung Fu.

I look forward to my internship at Mediaan in the upcoming weeks!

As far as my workplace and location are concerned, I will work 2 days a week at Mediaan Hasselt (BE) and 3 days a week at Mediaan Heerlen (NL).

Ibrahim Loukili

I will introduce myself so that you will get to know me better. I’m Ibrahim Loukili, a Digital Designer, freelancer and student Interaction Designer at Luca School of Arts in Genk (BE). I am 22 years old and live in Maasmechelen (BE).

Maartje Keulen

My name is Maartje Keulen, 25 years old and I started in April as a Data Scientist at Mediaan. I’m from a village close to Heerlen called Schin op Geul, but I’m living in Maastricht for about 6 years now.

Maartje Keulen

My name is Maartje Keulen, 25 years old and I started in April as a Data Scientist at Mediaan. I’m from a village close to Heerlen called Schin op Geul, but I’m living in Maastricht for about 6 years now.

I graduated almost two years ago from my research master in Econometrics & Operations Research at Maastricht University, where I also did my bachelors. During my studies, I was also teaching at the university. I really liked the combination of solving complex problems myself and helping other people with my knowledge as well. At the same time, I wanted to have more impact and do something practical, so I decided to leave academics for the corporate world.

For the past years, I worked as a Data Scientist at Accenture and was mainly active in the field of Natural Language Processing and Understanding in the financial sector. I enjoyed this time a lot and it enabled me to grow fast, personally and professionally, but I felt ready for the next step. I think Mediaan is a great place to keep improving myself and I hope my experiences can help the Data Science team to grow.

In my spare time, I love to do sports, like cycling, hiking and football. I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee the most, which is a fast and dynamic team sport. Currently, I’m training hard to prepare for the World Championships Ultimate Frisbee, taking place in Ohio this summer.