About Us

Our Company

Solid Sands started in November 2014 and has its headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Solid Sands, based in Amsterdam, is the leading provider of compiler testing and qualification technology in North-America, Europe and Asia. Our mission is to put quality into C. We do that by improving the quality of C and C++ compilers, libraries and analysis tools, and by enabling their safe and secure use. SuperTest, the best possible compiler test and validation suite, helps Solid Sands’ customers to achieve the compiler quality level required by the ISO language and functional safety standards. With its history in compiler development, its knowledge of past, current and upcoming versions of the C and C++ standards, and the development of new analysis and optimizations techniques for new use cases, Solid Sands stays at the forefront of tools testing and qualification.

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Marianne Damstra

After approximately 10 years of experience at ACE and being responsible for SuperTest, the opportunity arose to acquire SuperTest and start my own company. This is a great adventure that I enjoy every day since I am glad to learn new things and meet new people. Understanding new markets and filling gaps by improving our SuperTest product as a TEAM is what I stand for.

Besides running this company as one of its co-founders, I like to play competitive basketball and being active with my family in my spare time.

Marcel Beemster

I love the C programming language, right from the first day I picked up K&R’s book, because it provides a direct connection with the machine at high performance. That book was destroyed by a Chinese professor with a fondness for Prolog who sat on it for reference while writing a device driver. C is that flexible. It did not stop me. C has its issues, but so has <insert your favorite language here>. My long term goal is to make sure our C programs and implementations are of the highest quality possible.

José Luis March Cabrelles
Software Quality Engineer

I received a Computer Engineering Degree, and a Master’s on Networks and Operating Systems, at the Technical University of Valencia (UPV) in Spain. Afterward, I studied a PhD focused on Processor Microarchitecture, devising different techniques to dynamically reduce Power Consumption in Multicore Embedded Systems while they are executing tasks with Real-Time constraints. Finally, after a career break in Västerås (Sweden), I joined Solid Sands as Software Quality Engineer in the summer of 2016.

Monica Visser
Marketing and Communication Coordinator

After my study in Marketing and Communications, I joined the team of Solid Sands in 2017. My interest lies in creating unique ideas and new content, which is why I am curious about the unknown and like to take on a challenge. This is exactly what I found in Solid Sands, working on the marketing department for such a technical product, SuperTest, makes work quite interesting.

I am motivated, enthusiastic and keep myself sharp by pushing myself and setting goals. When I am not in the office, I enjoy traveling, meeting new people and exploring different cultures.

Nicola Rossi
Software Quality Engineer

One of my first experiences "with" compilers was to develop a short piece of C software and translate it into binary code using the Z80 User manual so ... I was the compiler myself. After this and many kinds of lowest-level experiences and the advent of University has changed my life, I began to grow the interest in programming languages, compilers, optimizations, standards, and guidelines.

Crossing many projects on critical and safety systems in the areas of defense, railway, satellite, biometrics, I joined the Solid Sands fleet in November 2017 to boldly go where nobody has gone before.

Remi van Veen
Software Quality Engineer

My interest in compilers was fueled by the compiler construction course during my Bachelor's in Computer Science, which is my favorite course of all time. For my Master's thesis in Software Engineering, I joined Solid Sands as an intern to research the testing of compiler optimizations. Now that I have graduated, I am excited to be part of the Solid Sands team as a Software Quality Engineer. In my spare time, I like traveling, cycling, going to concerts and watching lots of football.

Wan-Yi Chiu
Worldwide Sales Representative

Growing up in East Asia, I opened a new chapter by landing myself in the Netherlands since 2018. I finished my study in Comparative Cultural Analysis in Amsterdam and joined the team of Solid Sands in 2020. My oversea experience fuels my enthusiasm in the international business and intercultural communications. I am happy to build connections with people from different cultures around the world. It’s very exciting to be a part of Solid Sands as Sales Representative, which makes me be able to see more and create more together with people.

My biggest interest is enjoying global literature and films. I am also into brewing coffee and trying different recipes in my kitchen.

Miguel Miranda
Business Development

Over 15 years experience developing business in Europe and Oceania from building networks of channel partners to R&D commercialization. My main role is working with partners to generate new business opportunities in the market together.

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