I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente (starting in 1991), and received a PhD in Nonlinear Solid Mechanics of the same university in 2000. After that I became an associate professor in the field of nonlinear solid mechanics with a special focus on the development of advanced numerical algorithms, material modeling, springback, anisotropic damage and multi-scale friction modeling. In 2014 I became director Business Relations at the Faculty of Engineering Technology.
Since 2020, I am a business director of MESA+.
Stichting NXTGEN HIGHTECH
member of management board National Gowthfund programma NXTGEN HIGHTECH
I hold a PhD in Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, with expertise in the fields of material modeling, friction modeling, FEA, and algorithm development. I published over 80 publications in refereed journals and conferences, was assistant promotor of ~10 PhD students, I supervised ~40 graduate students and taught several courses on BSC, MSc and PhD level. My main fields of research expertise were in the field of finite element simulation of sheet metal forming processes; i.e. development of advanced numerical algorithms, material modeling, springback, anisotropic damage and multi-scale friction modeling.
Currently, as business director of MESA+, my focus is not on doing research myself, but in creating and stimulating ecosystems and fund raising for large research themes.
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I teached several courses on nonlinear solid mechanics and Finite Element Analysis, on Bachelor ,Masters and Postmaster level.