24 June 2016

SingularityU The Netherlands, the first Exponential Regional Partner for Singularity University, has selected a well respected mix of technology experts to become its local Dutch faculty for SingularityU NL core training programs, events and annual Summits. They will also become part of the global Singularity University Faculty. Selected faculty members have expertise in a wide range of exponential technologies.

The newly announced faculty are:Melanie Rieback (cybersecurity), Maarten Steinbuch (robotics),Kris Verburgh (ageing / longevity), Mark Post (biotechnology), Lucien Engelen (health), Daan Kersten (manufacturing) and Carlo van de Weijer (mobility). During the last week of July 2016, these domain experts will be professionally trained as faculty at Singularity University HQ in Silicon Valley. Additional faculty will be announced later this year.

Diederick Croese (CEO, SingularityU The Netherlands): “We are very happy to have such a strong new selection of local faculty members, that will help educate and inspire people about a wide range of exponential technologies. We’re looking forward to see them on stage with the other global Singularity University speakers during our Summit in September”. Criteria for faculty selection included academic credentials, career development, and importantly, practical knowledge of their specific areas of expertise. This is in line with the core philosophy of SingularityU the Netherlands: learning by doing and building our own start-ups over time. The faculty will help SingularityU the Netherlands reach its goal of stimulating the Dutch innovation ecosystem by sharing knowledge and insights through our events and training programs.

All local Dutch faculty will present at the upcoming two-day SingularityU The Netherlands Summit in DeLaMar Theatre in Amsterdam on September 12-13, 2016. For more information:

Melanie Rieback (Cybersecurity)

Melanie Rieback is a former Asst. Prof. of Computer Science at VU who performed RFID security research (RFID Virus and RFID Guardian), that got worldwide press coverage, and won several awards (VU Mediakomeet, ISOC Award finalist, NWO I/O award, IEEE Percom Best Paper, USENIX Lisa Best Paper). Melanie also worked as a Sr. Engineering Manager on XenClient at Citrix, where she led the Citrix Vancouver office. She was also a Sr. Managing Consultant in the Cyber Crime Expertise and Response Team (CCERT) at ING Bank, where she set up the CCERT Analysis Lab and was the lead technical project manager of the ING Core Threat Intelligence Systems. For fun, she founded the Dutch Girl Geek Dinner in 2008. Melanie was also named 2010 ICT Professional of the Year (Finalist) by WomeninIT, and one of the “400 most successful women in the Netherlands” by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010.

Maarten Steinbuch (Robotics)

Maarten Steinbuch (1960) is professor in Systems- and Control at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He received the M.Sc. and PhD degrees from Delft University of Technology, in 1984 and 1989 resp. Since 1999 he is full professor of the Control Systems Technology group of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2015 he obtained the ‘Best-Teacher’ award of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, TU/e. In 2008 as well as in 2014 his research group obtained the QANU excellence rating. His research interests are design and control of motion systems, robotics, automotive powertrains and of fusion plasmas. In 2013 he was appointed Distinguished University Professor at TU/e. In 2015 Maarten received the KIVI Academic Society Award.

Mark Post (Biotechnology)

Professor Mark Post first got involved in a Dutch government-funded programme investigating “in vitro meat” in 2008, when he was a professor of tissue engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Professor Post received his medical degree from the University of Utrecht in 1982 and trained for a PhD in Pulmonary Pharmacology, graduating from the University of Utrecht in 1989.He joined the KNAW Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands before being appointed full-time Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA in 1996. Five years later, he moved with his lab to Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, and was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine and of Physiology. Since January 2004 he has been Chair of Physiology at Maastricht University.

Carlo van de Weijer (Mobility)

Carlo van de Weijer has a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology in Eindhoven and a PhD degree from Technical University in Graz. He started his career in 1990 at TNO Automotive, moved to SiemensVDO in 2001 to head the Eindhoven automotive navigation development lab, since 2007 part of TomTom. Currently Dr. van de Weijer is VP for Intelligent Transport Systems within TomTom and part-time director of the Strategic Area Smart Mobility at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is, amongst others, member of the board of ITS Netherlands and AutomotiveNL.

Daan Kersten (Manufacturing)

In 2012 Daan Kersten founded, together with Jonas Wintermans, Additive Industries, a high tech start-up company industrialising 3D printing for functional parts in various metals. The ambition of Additive Industries is to bring additive manufacturing and 3D printing from lab to fab and allow the high tech manufacturing industry to capitalise on the opportunities additive manufacturing has to offer in creating lighter, compact, integrated, more complex products & parts with better thermal performance/ characteristics. In the evening hours, Daan is also a board member and initiator of NextOEM, an accelerator program for young high tech companies. Specialties: 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Subcontracting, Purchasing Market Research & Global Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Excellence, Open Innovation, Marketing & Sales, Outsourcing, Strategy Development & Deployment.

Lucien Engelen (Health)

Lucien Engelen has worked since 2007 at the Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen as Head of the regional emergency healthcare network and advisory to the Executive Board on the (needed) changes of healthcare enhancing the participation of the patients and their informal care in their own disease, working towards raising the level of participation in Health(care), research and education. He is founding Director of the Radboud REshape Center, that acts on the convergence of technology and patient empowerment. Creating breakthrough programs, foresights and products if industry lacks progression itself. Lucien has been faculty at Exponential Medicine since 2011.

Kris Verburgh (Ageing / Longevity)

Kris Verburgh (1986) graduated magna cum laude as a medical doctor from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Dr. Verburgh is a researcher at the Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies (CLEA) at the Free University Brussels (VUB) and a member of the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition group at the Free University of Brussels. Dr. Verburgh’s fields of research are aging, nutrition, metabolism, preventive medicine and health. In this context, he created a new scientific discipline, called ‘nutrigerontology‘, which studies the impact of nutrition on the aging process and aging-related diseases. Besides medicine, Dr. Verburgh has a keen interest in evolution, the origin and complexity of life, and neuroscience (consciousness, neurotheology, neuroesthetics, theory of mind and the origins of creativity). At the age of 25, he was the author of 3 science books. His books got many reprints and nominations. He wrote his first book at the age of 16, making him the youngest author of a science book in Europe. This book was nominated for the Eureka Science Prize.

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About SingularityU the Netherlands

SingularityU the Netherlands was co-founded in 2016, by Yuri van Geest, Maarten den Braber, Diederick Croese and Jim Stolze. The goal is to educate, empower and inspire students, general public, entrepreneurs, businesses and governments to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s global grand challenges. We focus on developing impact from converging exponential technologies on our society and businesses. The SingularityU The Netherlands Innovation Hub in Eindhoven (Strijp-S), opened with Queen Maxima in June 2016, focuses on four key areas and strengths of the local Dutch economy: water, food, mobility and health. In order to achieve this goal SingularityU The Netherlands organizes events, salons, summits, training programs and our own start-ups across the Netherlands.