Stephen van 't Hof

Stephen loves electronics. With a degree in electrical engineering, a minor in industrial design and a healthy interest in IT, he has the right foundation. Practice makes perfect. He has built a Guinness World Record winning game controller, a competition winning monitoring platform and an home IoT solution. He works as an engineer at Ricardo Rail as an EMC and IT expert, specialized in system interfaces, conducted emissions and testing.

Trusted by

NS ProRail Siemens Alstom RET ABB CAF Stadler


In the following engineering projects Stephen was the (co-)creator.



The NEStalgia game controllers have won the Guinness World Record for largest videogame controller. The controllers are thirty times enlargements of the Nintendo NES controller. They measure 3.66 meters in length, 1.22 in depth and 0.55 in height. The controllers are fully functional. This project was organised to celebrate the study association lustrum.

Comfort Coach

Comfort Coach

Comfort Coach won the Ricardo Impetus innovation prize. It emulates a train passenger, who responds to sudden movement. Therefore, it will stimulate the train driver to drive smoothly. Furthermore, it features a dashboard of uncomfortable infrastructure locations. Comfort Coach is based on Raspberry Pi and was tested in a Rotterdam metro.

Home IoT


My home IoT platform features a number of ESP microcontrollers equipped with sensors. One microcontroller reads out the energy meters P1 port. All communicate their measurements over WiFi to my Raspberry Pi home server. The MQTT messaging protocol, InfluxDB and Grafana are used as software stack. The interactive live graphs are shown in my browser.


The following pictures were shot and edited by Stephen.


Squirrel picking a flower on Valentines day.
Panasonic Lumix GF7 m4/3 + Panasonic 45 - 200 mm @ 200 mm (400 mm equivalent).

Monster beach

Monster beach, near the sand motor.
Panasonic Lumix GF7 m4/3 + 7artisans 7.5 mm (15 mm equivalent).


Delhi shopping street.
Panasonic Lumix GF7 m4/3 + Panasonic 20 mm (40 mm equivalent).

Curriculum vitæ


2022 - presentSenior Consultant, Ricardo Rail
2017 - 2022Technical Consultant, Ricardo Rail
2015 - 2016Junior Consultant, Ricardo Rail
2014 - 2015Junior Consultant, Lloyd's Register Rail Europe
2013Research assistant, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
2012 - 2013CanSat competition organisation, ISIS (Innovative Solutions In Space)
2009 - 2012Mentor, student assistant and librarian, Delft University of Technology
Ricardo Lloyd's Register Nanyang Technological University Innovative Solutions In Space TU Delft


2011 - 2014Biomedical Engineering Msc, track Biomedical Instrumentation, Delft University of Technology
2008 - 2011Electrical Engineering Bsc, Delft University of Technology
2010 - 2011Minor Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology
2002 - 2008Pre-university education, profiles N&G and N&T, Keizer Karel College, Amstelveen
TU Delft Keizer Karel College


2017Prague study trip committee, Young Ricardo
2011 - 2014Member of the residents' association, Balpol student apartments
2012 - 2013Chairman, dispuut Antoni van Leeuwenhoek student society
2008 - 2013Various committees at Electrotechnische Vereeniging
Young Ricardo Balpol Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Electrotechnische Vereeniging


2014 - presentElectrician, Repair Cafe Randwijck Amstelveen
Repair Café


  • Keeping track of the latest technologies
  • Music, CDs, vinyls, festivals, played in bands (2005 - 2008 and 2016 - 2018)
  • Badminton (1998 - present)
  • Webdesign
  • Photography and editing photos
  • Driving and maintaining my Mini Cooper