John Schmitz, dean

With effect from 1 March 2017, the Executive Board has appointed Dr John Schmitz as the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS). Dr Schmitz was Senior Vice-President and Manager of IP Special Projects at NXP Semiconductors in Eindhoven. John Schmitz succeeds Professor Rob Fastenau.

John Schmitz studied Chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, where he was awarded his doctorate in 1984, specialising in thermodynamics and electrochemistry. Since then, he has had more than thirty years' experience in the semiconductor industry at such companies as Philips, Genus Inc, Sematech and NXP. The practical application of technology has played an important role in his career: Schmitz has more than fifty publications and contributions in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences to his name, and has published books on semiconductor technology, as well as a popular scientific work on thermodynamics in a historical and everyday context. Schmitz has also held advisory roles on such bodies as the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers' Technology and Innovation Committee (VNO-NCW), the Governing Board of MESA+ and the Scientific Advisory Board of IMEC. He is currently a member of the board of the Semiconductors Business Cluster and sits on the advisory board at Smart Photonics. Schmitz holds a total of six patents.

The Executive Board is delighted with the appointment. “We see John Schmitz as the ideal person to lead the EEMCS faculty into a new phase in which collaboration with internal and external partners will play an even more important role as EEMCS continues to enhance its reputation as a leading international faculty with a strong ICT profile”, says Rector Karel Luyben.

John Schmitz himself is equally enthusiastic: “I very much look forward to applying my experience in contributing to the education of new generations of engineers who will be at the forefront of a sustainable technological society. I firmly believe that universities in general and a faculty like EEMCS in particular can and must play an instrumental role in achieving this. EEMCS knowledge will be essential in finding solutions to the major challenges facing society.”